August 9, 2011: Best Scooter, Chicken Pasta Salad

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Weekly Peek: Aug 9, 2011

Issue 17 
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Tomato & Frittata  

Watch the video below for a quick, delicious lunch for Mom. Enjoy!     

 tomato frittata

Main Ingredients:

Veggie frittata, tomato.  


Chicken Pasta Salad 


  • 1/2 lb cooked fussili or rice pasta
  • 1/4 c pasta cooking water reserved
  • 1/2 head of broccoli chopped 
  • 1-2 pieces grilled chicken (or tofu) chopped
  • 3/4 c Italian salad dressing (e.g. Newman’s Own) 
  • Fresh herbs (e.g basil/parsley) for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese to taste

Soak chopped broccoli in half of the salad dressing while making the pasta. (remember Dana Carvey performing Choppin’ Broccoli on SNL?).

Cook the pasta.  When pasta is done, mix it with reserved water, broccoli, chicken and remaining dressing.   Cool in refrigerator for a few hours to let flavors meld.  Serve with cheese and fresh herbs sprinkled on top.  

Focus Food: Rice pasta

Give it a try. Rice pasta is typically made from whole grains and is gluten free. 


Shopping Bag

Getting around – best starter scooter

This is the best scooter on the market for a starter scooter – I love how they can steer it easily and with only one wheel in the back they don’t trip. My two year old is now begging to ride it. Here’s a great helmet.  They also really love roller skating – but that’s a little more labor intensive with all the pads, and it’s harder to master. Finally, this bike is the best for learning to ride – balance first, then the pedaling piece.   



Online Music


We’re all probably familiar with Pandora - the internet radio. You can also check out They have a great Backyardigan’s channel & more.   





Since we’re moving from New York City to Charlotte, NC next week,

we’ve been having lots of good-bye moments — at work, with our talented babysitters, teachers, awesome friends and family, even our pediatrician. I’ve also been getting nostalgic about the last visits… to the playground, to the kids favorite class at MyGym, biking the big loop, running on the bridle trail, and just sitting having a popsicle in Sheep Meadow with the kids. So many amazing memories in NYC over the past 13 years. I’m sad to leave it all; at the same time, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for all the gifts big and small.




This weekend we celebrated my son’s first birthday.  Even still, a year later, I get excited to say “my son.”  I am so happy to have girls, to have daughters and sisters (we come from a long line of women!).  I’m also so thrilled for the balancing out of pink and princess now that we have a little bit of tow-truck and dinosaur in the mix.  


One of the notable differences is in his speech development. He likes to grunt.  He likes to say, “Uhhh” in a deep gutteral way – even at one!  What is to come?  


His biggest sister nicknamed him Tugboat when he was born, hence his Tugga party.  It was the third in the trilogy of first birthday swim parties at the YMCA. So fun. I also enjoy making them themed cakes – as long as I don’t expect perfection, since I’m not an Ace of Cakes, I love to do it.  


Tugboat Birthday Cake
Tugboat birthday cake


For everything there is a season, 


a time for every activity under heaven:

A time to be born and a time to die.

A time to tear down and a time to build up.

A time to cry and a time to laugh.

A time to grieve and a time to dance.

A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

A time to be quiet and a time to speak.


Please note: the next Weekly Peek issue will be August 30th, as PeekabooMom is relocating from NYC to Charlotte, NC!!!  

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