Saturday, August 06, 2011


Two weeks ago I mentioned in my post that Maisie tried out for a special team at her gym.  The team is TOPs (Talent Opportunity Program) which is a talent search and educational program for female gymnasts ages 7-10.  Maisie has been talking about wanting to be on TOPs since June 2010 and now she’s a very happy little gymnast as she made the team!

IMG_9641eThis morning was Maisie’s first practice and she was super excited to be starting TOPs, have another day of practice at the gym and to be working with Coach Hardy.

IMG_9642eMaisie’s favorite part of the practice was working on press handstands but she also enjoyed working on the rope climb, conditioning and the cast handstands.  In fact there wasn’t anything that Maisie didn’t enjoy, she loved the entire practice.  I think given the opportunity Maisie would move into the gym and live there forever.  I’m glad that she enjoys gymnastics so much and that she has the opportunity to pursue her passion.

My passion is eating…and cooking but eating wonderful tasting foods and right now it’s all about cucumbers as our garden has been producing them at an amazing pace.  If your garden is overflowing with cucumbers I have the perfect recipe posted today over on Cook Lisa Cook for a Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad.IMG_8987e2The salad is absolutely delicious with wonderful flavors and a good kick of heat from the peppers.  Perfect for summer, no cooking involved and super fresh and tasty.  I hope that you’ll give this recipe a try.

While you’re checking out this recipe please take a look at my other recent recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook including: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake Fig & Watermelon Salad and Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini.

Don’t forget that you still have an opportunity to get a coupon for FREE yogurt.  Click on over to Cook Lisa Cook’s Dannon Activia Selects Review post.



  1. Way to go Maisie! I'm so glad she is loving it. Maybe the gym will let you put a little cot in the corner and then Maisie can live there. I think she would love that. LOL! ;D

  2. Lisa, I totally see Maisie going to the Olympics one day, don't you?

  3. Way to go Maisie! Look at that awesome handstand!

    She's young too which means they see the talent and drive of your little girl! Amazing Maisie!!!


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