June 21, 2011: Garden Gaspacho & Candy Valley

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Weekly Peek: June 21, 2011

Issue 16 
Happy Summer!  Thanks for all the recipe submissions! Looking forward to trying them & sharing ideas soon. Let me know if you have any kitchen questions via Twitter @peekaboomomny or mom@peekaboomom.com.   


Garden gaspacho

This is a favorite for the summer. It’s so refreshing and you can substitute anything. For instance, swap out zucchini for cucumber, parsley for cilantro or lime for lemon juice. Whatever you have on hand works and you can turn up the “heat” as much as you like with a bit of hot sauce.   



Main Ingredients:

Cucumber, tomato, garlic + whatever else you have on hand! 


‘Cado Salad 


  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • 1/4 c fresh corn
  • 1/4 c black canned beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/8 c olive oil
  • 1 c frisse (or romaine lettuce)

Mix ingredients together. Toss in lemon and oil immediately before serving.

Focus Food: Black Beans

Recent research has shown that black beans provide special support for digestive tract health, and particularly the colon.


Shopping Bag

Clear the cupbord

Out of site out of mind. Try not to keep junk in the pantry and you won’t be tempted to eat it. If all you have is rasins to satisfy a sweet tooth, chances are you won’t over indulge like you might with cookies.



Strength training for kids

Looking for something to do with the little ones rain or shine?  Check out these fun exercises from healthnews.com.  





It was an ambitious plan: card store, jewelry store (to get our sitter a graduation gift), shoe store (for the kids) and finally the pet store (for fun).  First two stops went well, got the cards and a necklace.  Then it started, “I’m hungry…” So we got a banana from the street vendor. Next we passed the candy shop, “I want a lollipop.”  ”Not right now, sweetie.”  Then passed Crumbs, “I want a cupcake,” with a tug of my arm.  No sweetie, not today. They’re for special occasions. “But I want a special treat…” she whines.  ”Maybe later,” I respond in a moment of weakness.  


The shoe store is typically a good distraction; not today.  The pet store was fun, but only briefly until my two-year old wanted to feel the bunnies and almost knocked over ten Japanese fighting fish in their individual bowls.  Following this near miss, we began the short 3 block walk home… “I WANT a lolli-pop, RIGHT NOW!.”  ”Not right now honey.” Result: complete melt down, “If you don’t get me a lolli-pop right now I’m going to fire you up in the fire!” (Where did she even learn this?).  Then she pulled with all her might on my arm leaning towards the candy store. I tried to keep balance while holding the double stroller, now laden down with shoe boxes and the other two kids.  You can’t even imagine the looks I was getting as she screamed at the top of her lungs for treats and practically laid down on the dirty sidewalk kicking and screaming.  


I bent down and said as gently as I could muster, “the answer is going to continue to be “no”, so you can stop asking.”  I was hoping this method of ignoring the request would “extinguish” the behavior… WRONG… we passed the newspaper stand with all the M&Ms and Skittles right out front, “I want THOSE…”  Oh my gosh, this was a nightmare.  We ducked into the Vitamin Shoppe to pick up some protein powder for my husband’s shakes, and I was temporarily saved by chewable vitamin Cs, but that was sadly short lived.  When we left the store there were more pleas, “can I just have one ice cream?” (Like we ever have more than one!) 


In an attempt to not let the oldest completely ruin the walk for the others we started to sing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, my two-year-old’s favorite song. Unfortunately we live on the same block as Magnolia Bakery and got stuck at the red light. The tantrum moved to “I want a CUPCAKE, RIGHT NOW!!!!” Same answer, “Not today honey”.   If I had it to do over again, I would have just bought the lollipop at the first request and had a pleasant afternoon.



Watching my four-year old daughter make my 10 month-old son crack up.  It’s priceless. He had crawled up onto the little trampoline and was standing up bouncing. She was hiding behind the music table and then popping out. Each time he saw her he gave a belly laugh. It was totally adorable.  


I tried it . . .

…and it’s not for me. (a polite way of saying, Yuck!). 

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