It's official. The tzimmes WERE terrible! Even the raccoons wouldn't eat them!
ImaSophie your menu sounds delicious! And yes, the cover of Time made me uncomfortable. I didn't read the article, so I don't know weather I agree or not with the premise, but regardless I thought it was in poor taste to run during the High Holy days.
Chava, that turkey sounds amazing! Did you use hard cider or non-alcoholic?
shnitzel, I hear you about the "never ending tyrade of food," and I'm not even very observant so it must be particularly hard for you more traditional mamas.
We've finally made a decision about what congregation to join. We have a meeting with the rabbi and director of education next week. I had a hard time convincing my husband that we should spend the money to do this. He hated his Hebrew/religious school experience, had a very unsatisfying Bar Mitzvah, and pretty much has never gone back to Temple since. But, he realizes that this is very important to me, and I offered to try to cut my food budget $50 a week to help finance it, so he agreed. I like the rabbi very much, feel comfortable with the people who attend there, and actually know some of them from my kids' school, so that was a big plus. I hope it really is a good fit.