On December 3rd, my son, Simon, became a Bar Mitzvah. He worked really hard to learn all the prayers and to master his Torah portion, which featured Jacob and his famous dream of a ladder that connected earth to heaven.
Simon and big brother, Josh, stand on the bima before the service begins. (Get the scoop on Josh’s hair at the bottom of this post!)
Janice and Don attended the morning service at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA, and they joined the fun that evening as we danced, visited with friends, and feasted on a delicious meal of filet mignon and salmon (guests had a choice between the two). And then there was the cake. Janice and I are pretty sure it was the largest soccer cleat cake ever created in the history of the world! Tune into this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast for highlights from the big day, a Recipe for Success (see below), and a recipe for Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes.
I asked Scootter, baker extraordinaire from Wilson Farm in Lexington, MA, to create a “small” soccer cleat cake for the party. This is what he came up with!! Can you believe it? Simon’s favorite sport is soccer and his favorite cake flavor is chocolate, so the giant cake hit the spot.
The Meal Makeover Moms (Janice on the left and Liz on the right) traded in their aprons for velvet and silk to celebrate Simon’s Bar Mitzvah in style.
At my Temple, it’s a tradition for the parents to say a few poignant words to their child as the service comes to a close. When it was my turn, I spoke to Simon about how proud we were of his accomplishment and how he matured through the Bar Mitzvah experience, and I shared a special recipe that I created just for this day. Simon’s Recipe for Success sums up the ingredients that I believe will lead him down a positive path (and at times, up steep ladders) as he grows up.
Simon’s Recipe for Success
Makes Endless Servings
- 1 Bar Mitzvah
- Lots of hard work
- A big cup of kindness towards others
- Plenty of time to enjoy family, friends, and the beautiful world around you
- 1 to 2 hours a day (on the weekends only, please) for watching Fox Soccer
- 1 giant scoop of empathy
- A dollop or 2 of good deeds
- Laughter for leavening
1. Mix together, sweeten to taste with sugar (organic, of course), top with a giant chocolate heart, and serve.
It was a spectacular day that I’ll always cherish.
Tim’s family lives in England, and they all flew in for the occasion. In this photo are Stanley (the lovely sleeping toddler), Tim’s brother, Dick, my niece, Daisy, and my sister-in-law, Karen.
My mom and dad pose with my brother-in-law, John, and my sister, Amy
A few appetizers to start off the night.
When I said the cake was big, I meant BIG. At many Bar Mitzvah parties, groups of family and friends are called up to light all of the 13 candles.
My mother-in-law, Joy, sits with sleeping Stanley. By the time dinner rolled around, he woke up and was ready to join the party! Speaking of Joy, if you missed our podcast on Kitchen Stories with our Moms starring Joy and Janice’s mom, Carol, be sure to tune in.
Filet mignon, roasted vegetable risotto, and asparagus were on the menu.
Josh’s hair … The back story: Josh, and a bunch of the boys on his high school soccer team, dyed their hair blond this fall during the playoffs. As you can see, the blond is still growing out!
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