Yesterday afternoon, the two year old in my family had a meltdown… in the middle of the grocery store. Let me tell you, it was a lovely site. First, refusing to wear her shoes and then refusing to sit in the cart, my normally sweet and laid back daughter completely lost it. Running off, laying in the middle of the aisles and screaming at the top of her lungs, she really let everyone within a ten mile radius know that she was not happy. I would attempt to pick her up, and she would  scrunch up her legs, pushing me away, and would scream even louder. Three kids, lots of grocery store trips, and this was my very first time to experience such a show firsthand.

Most sane mom’s would pick up their child and leave the store with their groceries un-purchased. Me? Nope – I continued to let her make a scene simply because I had these luscious, juicy, aromatic peaches in my cart and I couldn’t bare to walk out of the store without them. Women, who apparently have never had children or who were as terribly annoyed as I was kept giving me dirty looks in the checkout lane. But, as stubborn as my two year old, I refused to leave without my peaches.

And I can honestly say… all the dirty looks, all the built up frustration, all the cussing at my husband for traveling for work this week which lead me to go to the store with my three kids in the first place… all of that was well worth it when I took my first juicy bite.

In fact, I may even brave the store with the temper tantrum thrower again tonight. This simple recipe (even though my whipped lemon cream had a meltdown of its own) is worth any embarrassment I may face.

Peaches with Lemon Cream, from Simple & Delicious August 2008


  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 medium peaches, halved
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

    In a small mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add the brown sugar, vanilla and lemon peel; beat until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
    Brush cut sides of peaches with oil; place cut side down on grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until peaches are tender and begin to caramelize.
    Place peaches on dessert plates; fill with lemon cream mixture. Yield: 6 servings.

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    1. says

      I don’t think I’ve ever had to deal with a full-blown 2 year old temper tantrum. But I think a good peach is something worth sacrificing for.

    2. says

      When a child lies down in the grocery isle of the supermarket and has a tantrum – what makes it worse is the fact that people look on as if they have never had children themselves!
      Hope the peaches helped take the stress away.

    3. says

      I never shoot dirty looks mothers in that situation. I always feel bad for them because you know they would rather it not be happening either. It’s not like they should become a recluse until the child is at least 4.

    4. says

      I really admire your determination. Nothing worse than being stuck in the grocery store with a crazy child… and those looks. Yikes!

      Your peaches look and sound divine.

    5. Lisa says

      You crack me up! The allure of fresh peaches… why, it’s enough to make a kid scream! 😉
      Sorry, I couldn’t help it! Bless your heart!

    6. says

      I had a daughter who used to do these things, I used to walk the other way completely ignoring her. She wasn’t long in stopping, thinking she had been abandoned. BTW she is now a very well adjusted 31 year old and the mother of a two year old herself.

      These peaches look as though they were worth it. YUM.

    7. says

      Great post! The peaches look amazing! I’m so glad that you were more stubborn that your screaming daughter. The rewards totally look worth all the noise and trouble.

    8. says

      Wow, these peaches look worth all the stress and hassle of a tantrum in the store! Looks like that was actually a couple of years ago, I hope the tantrums are a memory and you have smooth sailing these days! I had three toddlers and then surprise, twins! It was a wild life for a few years–I can totally relate to the grocery store story!
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