Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mazal tov: Bat mitzvah edition

Warning: The following post exceeds the recommended daily allowance for vain attempts at making up for one’s prolonged absence with an overwhelming amount of photos. Proceed at your own risk.

As some of you know, we recently celebrated a Shiputzim daughter’s bat mitzvah.

First, she had a small party in school with her friends, and then we had a separate party just for the immediate family.

Here are the threatened promised photos. (As always, feel free to click on the pictures for a better view.)

The bat mitzvah girl chose spring colors for the decorations:


Note the bat-mitzvah-themed confetti sprinkled in the middle of each table:


The rolls were made by one of the bat mitzvah girl’s grandmothers (aka “She Who Made the Incredible Bundle-of-Wheat Challah for Shavuot):


As you can see by the screen in the above picture, the program included the requisite video presentation (i.e. a matzeget, for the Hebraically-oriented among you), expertly prepared by our favorite filmmaker.

The main course consisted of brisket, schnitzel, mushroom rice, carrot bread, and several salads: (Thank you to each of the salad makers!)


Dessert included a yummy assortment of homemade treats, such as trifle (made by the bat mitzvah girl’s other grandmother):


Chocolate cake (courtesy of guest blogger Malke) and French coffee cake (which is neither French nor made with coffee – discuss amongst yourselves - recipe to follow, b”n, in a future post):


Cookie “pizza” (credit: one of the bat mitzvah girl’s aunts):


Cinnamon swirl cookies and black and white cookies:


Chocolate chocolate chip bars and chocolate chip sticks:


”No-name” bars (with white glaze instead of colored sprinkles) and more black and white cookies:


Except where otherwise specified, all the desserts were made by the talented Shiputzim bakers (known here on the blog as the tza’ir bakers) – including the bat mitzvah girl herself.

Mazal tov to the beautiful bat mitzvah girl, who did an amazing job with her dvar Torah!

We love you!!!!


  1. I had seen some photos on FB and am glad to see some more! The tables are lovely. Very nice of the film maker to have made the video! Did the bat mitzvah girl like it?
    If there is some trifle left, feel free to send some over. :-) It is one of my favourite dessert, especially if I don't have to make it.

    1. Yes, she loved it! And if we had any leftover trifle, I'd be more than happy to share it with you... :-)

  2. Mazel tov! Everything looks lovely . . . I love the color combination and a very nice selection of desserts. I eagerly await the recipe for the cake that is neither French nor coffee flavored. And the cookie pizza is extremely cool--I bet that got gobbled up fast.

    1. Thank you! And you're right. The pizza was a huge hit - especially with the kids! :-)

  3. mazaltov!!! thanks for sharing

  4. Mazal tov! Love the colorful displays. You must be so proud of her.

    My family members loved your blondies that we made for them for sheva brachot ... so you may have gotten more clicks on that post before Shavuot!

    1. Thank you!
      I'm glad to hear that the blondies were a hit!

  5. mazal tov! Love the photos! How do you break up the cookie pizza? wedges? squares?
    wishing you much nachas from BM girl and all your children!

    1. Bruchah tehiyi and amen!
      RE: the cookie pizza - We broke it into squares. (BTW, my sister-in-law, who made it, said that she used a chocolate chip cookie dough recipe - minus the chocolate chips.)

  6. mazal tov! just made one of your recipes this past friday to send back with our soldier, will look into the other recipes too

  7. Thank you!
    Ah, yes, the traditional Friday exchange: He gives you his dirty uniforms to wash, and you give him a batch of freshly-baked cookies... :-)


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