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Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Corn and Peach Salad...and I'm Frazzled!

Corn and Peach Salad

You know how sometimes, you have everything under control?
Whatever comes your way, you say...
 "I Got This!"  

I don't know exactly what happened, 
but suddenly, I Don't Got Anything.

 I've come undone. 

I think it is the it's-getting-dark-at-7:36pm-holy-crap-school-is-next-week-I-haven't-started-my-summer-projects-yet-please-don't-snow-every-other-day-this-winter blues. 

That, and I was just asked to be the chairperson of the Fundraising Committee at my synogogue. 

You know, the one responsible for raising all the money 
so they can pay the staff, buy supplies, and keep the heat on.
Stuff like that. 

Yeah, no sweat.

Corn and Peach Salad

Don't get me wrong...
I am honored to have been asked...
it is a "mitzvah" to help my temple,
and I really want to do this!

But, have I mentioned that I have NO fundraising experience whatsoever?

Actually, I was asked to be the co-chair, 
but they couldn't find anyone else to partner with me,
so now I am not a co-chair, I'm the whole darn sofa. 

And I'm having a little confidence crisis. 

It's days like these that 
I need Aibileen Clark to come over for some tea, 
look me in the eyes, and say,
"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."

I wouldn't mind a hug from her, either. 
That would be just peachy.

Corn and Peach Salad

Speaking of peaches,
(go easy on me on that segue...
remember, my confidence level is on thin ice),
this is a great recipe for late-summer peaches
and end-of-season corn...
and perfect for Labor Day Weekend.
I'm well aware that everyone else has moved on to 
pumpkin recipes, but hear me out.

Junior Goo Shoes asked me yesterday if he could have 50...
camp friends sleep over on Friday night for his birthday including girls...
so I hope you can understand why I am a little too frazzled 
to be thinking up pumpkin recipes.

Not that we said yes. 
Fifty kids???
So. Not. Happening.

I mean, 50 kids don't look like much out here 
in the wild, wild west... 

Photo courtesy of camp counselor

But can you imagine them all in my basement?
(I'll be right back. I need some valium Advil).

We agreed that he could ask just the boys, 
hoping that because it's Labor Day weekend,
it will keep the response rate to a reasonable number. 

And if they misbehave,
I'm going to serve corn and peach salad,
until it is coming out of their little teenage ears...
and make them each give me a donation to the 
Fundraising Committee.  

Corn and Peach Salad

 OK, where was I?
The recipe...yes.

(which is from Better Homes & Gardens, by the way).

Because I was lazy, 
I used frozen corn kernels and steamed them. 
It would definitely be better with fresh corn.
The original recipe called for radishes, 
but I used tomatoes, since that's what I had on hand.
The next day, 
I decided to toss in some blackberries, 
and not only did it look pretty,
it tasted amazing. 
I highly recommend that you add them,
or some blueberries. 

Corn and Peach Salad : Add some blackberries!
Extra yummy with blackberries!
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens 
4 ears fresh sweet corn
1 cup chopped fresh peaches
1 large tomato, diced
1 cup blackberries or 1/2 cup blueberries, optional
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
salt and pepper

1. Cut kernels from cob (about 2 cups). Steam the corn until cooked, but not mushy.
2. In a bowl, combine corn, peaches, radishes, and mint. 
3. For dressing, combine oil and vinegar; add to salad; toss to coat. 
4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Top with berries, if using.
Serve immediately. 
Makes 4 cups or 8 to 10 servings.

Make ahead: Assemble salad without mixing. Cover; refrigerate up to 24 hours. Add oil and vinegar. Toss before serving. 

Corn and Peach Salad

Oy, I have a lot on my plate lately,
and it ain't just Corn and Peach Salad.

Excuse me while I go take a few yoga classes 
before all those kids get here.



  1. You're making me really nervous - it's 7.30 here and still light - is it really dark there?
    And I for one don't want to hear a word about Fall decorating yet - everyone's talking about it - but if you live in 4 seasons - and one of them is winter ( like we do ) I think you become paralized with fear that it's coming lol..............
    50 kids - boys and girls LMHO - but maybe it would have been good practice for what your about to take on at the synagogue?
    Good luck - and your dessert ( as always ) looks to die for !
    Suzan ( aka Winter denier too )

    1. I guess what I should have said is that the sun sets at 7:36, so it's not dark then, but it is almost dark by about 8pm. You hit the nail on the head - I am DREADING winter this year! Haha, 50 kids at my house? I would never recuperate from that!

  2. How would you like another guest and a frisky dog to add to your son's sleepover!! Only kidding! As a good friend I wouldn't do that to you. Would be available to help if you needed some though. My guess is you will have it all under control.

    1. I'm waiting to hear how many will be coming - no idea, but I don't think it will be too many because of the holiday weekend. Thanks for the offer of helping out! You might never be the same after that, LOL!

  3. I looked outside and it is ALMOST dark at 8 p.m. :( Funny post! I don't envy the fundraising position ( I am clueless there) OR the almost 50 kids in your basement! I am sure you will have a blast with it all though!

    1. Same here, AnnMarie. I should have said the sun sets at 7:35, and it is almost dark by 8pm. I think there won't be a lot of kids after all, because of the holiday weekend. That doesn't mean he won't ask again another time!

  4. Corn & Peach, what a combo:) I had never eaten them together ever. The salad looks very pretty:) You cracked me up when you mentioned that you had become the SOFA, because I had once also ended up becoming the SOFA the same way you did...:)

    1. So tasty together! I love the fruit with the tangy dressing. I hope that when you were a sofa, it all worked out! I'm nervous!

  5. Sorry to hear you are at your wit's end, too, Claire! I am so far behind on son has been home a week, and I still haven't finished unpacking his trunks (I did do all the laundry, though). I will try to remember to breathe!!!

  6. I will never again be able to hear the word co-chair without thinking of a sofa. Hysterical, and yes, you got this. I have a feeling you will be a fabulous sofa ;).

    1. Aw, thanks, Doreen! I am looking forward to it...but I keep thinking, what if I am the only Fundraising "Sofa" to never raise any money??? Appreciate you vote of confidence!

  7. Amy - this is such a delightful post - I'm giggling over here!!! I'm sure you will do very well as the sofa of that committee! As far as the 50 teenagers coming for an overnight - eek!!! Yoga "might" help - Namaste is all I can say. That salad looks wonderful by the way.

  8. Looks delicious, thank you for the recipe Amy :)

  9. You have time for yoga with all this going on!!??
    The salad looks yummy. Can you believe that with all that has been going on here I haven't bought any fresh corn and ate, maybe, one peach. It's the summer that never was. I will look back in horror, or wonder. It depends on how the move goes!
    I think that the parents of the birthday guests should all be hit up for a donation to your temple! - start as you mean to go on!!

    1. Just once a week (tomorrow, just in time!). Love your idea of hitting up the parents! Next summer you will make up for this summer, and it will be twice as wonderful!

  10. Love your writing! Hope your 'metamorphosis' is going well, and thanx for visiting.

  11. Amy, I have all the confidence in the world that you will rock at fundraising - seriously! I think we all get into a comfy mode and we question whether we want any added responsibility and if we can handle things that we would have never questioned in our younger days. I bet you will find that you enjoy this opportunity much more than you ever thought you would :) And shh... about the W word - lol!

    1. Aw, thanks, Eileen! That's exactly what I have been thinking -- I got really comfy doing nothing! Thank you for your vote of confidence!

  12. I've never heard of that salad before but I bet it's good. Congrats on being offered a position at the synagogue! I have no doubt that you would do a good job. Good luck with the party for your son. I think a good pair of ear plugs might be in order. LOL!

    1. I really like the combo of fruit and veggies. Thanks for your confidence in my position :) My first meeting is tomorrow! Oh yes, ear plugs for sure! Still don't know how many are coming. Probably won't be very many because of the holiday.

  13. With such a busy schedule I'm surprised you have time to cook at all. I'm glad you do so that you could share this salad…it is so different and delicious sounding.

    1. I don't love cooking, so whatever I do has to be fast and easy! Thank you for the visit!

  14. Awesome and congrats! You will do great with your fun outgoing got this. This recipe looks awesome and so refreshing.

    1. I sure hope I got it, Debbie! First meeting is tomorrow...yikes!

  15. Your salad looks great! But I did a double take on the 50 kids. Holy moly. Can you imagine?!

    1. No, I can't which is why it will never happen! I'm still in shock that he even asked! Turns out, probably just a few kids will come because of the holiday weekend. So, I should remain sane. I think.

  16. Amy I came back to get the recipe. I think I may make this for a party this weekend. You mention radishes. However not sure how much? I don't see them in the salad so I am assuming they are chopped. Thanks!

  17. Ok I went back and retread it. Duh and thank you. I was too distracted with all those kids lol!!!

  18. Big parties are scary...I remember one of my kid's 16th and I spent half my time being the police trying to find out who all were smuggling liquor in.

    1. I'm not good at big parties of teenagers at my house. I'm glad the the big sleepover with the boys turned out to be just a few. Phew.

  19. Hi Amy! I'm stopping over from Let's Get Real today. I love your peach and corn salad. It has such pretty colors in it. Fundraising can be scary, but it is also very rewarding to see your hard work pay off for an organization you care about. Good luck with the kids!

    1. Thanks, Christina! I hope you enjoy it, if you make it. Yeah, I'm feeling a bit under pressure about raising the money, but we had a great first meeting, and you are right, it will be a very rewarding experience.

  20. Dear Amy, I know "you got this" and that is why you were asked. I bet you will be the best fundraiser is the history of the synogogue. I have no doubt!
    As for the fifty kids girls and boys. in the basement....I think not! Perhaps boys only and that will be a bit much too; though they will have fun.
    I am sure the kids will enjoy the salad.., with a side of pizza of course!
    Blessings dear for a great weekend. Catherine xo

    1. Thanks for your vote of confidence, Catherine! Luckily, it turned out to be just a few kids for the sleepover -- everyone was away for the holiday weekend! Have a great week!

  21. Hi, I just know I commented and pinned this yesterday. But I don't see it! I came back to tell you I'm going to feature this recipe at this weeks #theWeekendSocial. I love the flavors and textures of corn and peach together. Thanks so much. I do hope you receive this comment!

    1. Thank you so much for the feature, KC! I am very appreciative!

  22. I love this combination. So many great textures and flavors! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Fridays. Hope to see you next week too!

  23. This sounds amazing, Amy! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,


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