13 Days – Recipe: California Sushi Roll

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Let me begin by saying that I am positive that this is not the proper way to make a California Sushi Roll.  This is just the way that I did it because, well, it is how I wanted to make it.  I am not all about being proper; I am about making food for my family, food that I know they will enjoy…at least most of the time.

So, my oldest little requested sushi for his birthday dinner.  And, if you have been reading the blog for long, you know that he got sick on his birthday, which changed our dinner plans just a bit.

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Then, we jumped from his birthday to Spring Break, and I realized that I still had not made his sushi.  I surprised him with it for St. Patrick’s Day dinner…because sushi is totally Irish. Right?

Well, even if we had our holidays all confused around here,

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I can assure you that this was the best California Sushi Roll that I have ever made.  Summer is not a sushi fan yet, but the rest of us loved it.  One of the things that I love the most about it is that you can do whatever you want to with it – change what you put inside it, roll it in a different sauce (or no sauce at all), or change the Panko crumbs to crushed crackers (or no crumbs/crackers at all).  It is versatile, delicious, and very simple to make.  And, making it on St. Patrick’s Day means that we officially celebrated Gabriel’s birthday for 13 days, which is a new record around here.

California Sushi Roll

California Sushi Roll

Ingredients

Rice

1 1/2 cups sushi rice

2 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Sushi

Faux crab meat

Cream cheese

Sushi wraps

Panko bread crumbs

Iron Chef sesame garlic sauce

Instructions

    Preparing the Rice
  1. Add the rice and water to rice cooker.
  2. Cook until the timer goes off.
  3. Remove from cooker and pour into a bowl.
  4. Add rice vinegar and mix to combine.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. Preparing the Sushi
  7. Slice strips of crab and cream cheese for the stuffing.
  8. Once the rice is cooled, press the rice onto the top of a sushi wrap. You can lay down a sushi mat, plastic wrap, or just do this part on a cutting board.
  9. Wet your hands slightly to finish pressing the rice onto the sushi wrap, and then turn it over. The rice should stick to the sushi wrap when you flip it over.
  10. Lay crab and cream cheese strips down the center of the sushi wrap.
  11. Roll up the wrap in the same manner that you would roll up cinnamon rolls, from the outside in.
  12. If the rice is slightly loose, you can slightly wet your hands and press the rice and roll together.
  13. Pour the sauce into a plate, and roll the sushi roll around in it, using your hands to press it into the rice.
  14. Pour the bread crumbs into a separate bowl, and roll the sushi roll around in the crumbs, using your hands to press the crumbs into the sauce.
  15. Using a serrated knife, cut the sushi roll into 1 to 1 1/2 inch slices.
  16. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce or solo. It is delicious either way.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/21/recipe-california-sushi-roll/

Enjoy!

Happiness Is…

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Happiness is Family Fun Week.  After having surgery last year during Spring Break, I really felt like I had cheated my children out of a week of fun, so I really wanted to make up for it this year.

Happiness is bowling with the littles.

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Happiness is Sea World.  It truly is a magical place for our family of five.

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Happiness is Texas Bluebonnets.  I find that I cannot see Bluebonnets or look back at pictures without smiling.  There is just something about the tradition that truly makes me happy.

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Happiness is The Lorax.  I wrote about how it was a defining moment for me, and I truly hope that I do not forget the feeling or the message that I took away from it.  Because, it did make me very happy.

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Happiness is a nature walk, a waterfall, dinosaur tracks, and a dip in the cool water at San Gabriel River.  I loved everything about the afternoon from the name of the river to the soaking wet clothes.  Happiness is watching my children be free little spirits and loving every second of it.

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Happiness is hearing, “This is the best Spring Break ever, Momma!”.

Have a happy weekend!  I am sure that you have noticed that recipes have been scarce this week.  While I do love cooking for my kids and sharing recipes, this week has been much more about playing with my kids and creating memories, which I love even more.  The recipes will definitely continue, as will sharing our journey, our story, our family fun.

 

The Lorax and a Defining Moment

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To continue our Spring Break family fun week, I took the littles to see The Lorax.  Honestly, I had not read or heard anything about it, and I just took them because going to the movie is always good, fun family entertainment.

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I had no idea that I would have a defining, almost life-changing, moment while watching a Dr. Seuss movie.

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I loved it so much that I was the annoying girl in the theater with my phone on so that I could take notes.  Yes, I was also taking pictures during a 3-D movie, which is why they look a little blurry.

You see, we have had one of those weeks where we have worried more about Ethan’s future.  Not because he has been having a bad week.  Because, he has not.  There are just times that we start planning for the unknown, knowing that, in reality, all of us worry about our children’s future.  There are just times that it is intensified when we think about our sweet Ethan.  So, the movie, for me, came at a perfect time.

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The classic The Lorax quote held so much more meaning when I heard him say it than it had when I had just read it.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

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While The Lorax is referring to the environment, it spoke to me on a whole different level.  I was inspired to do more, try harder, and go to bed at night knowing that I have done my part.  I know that I probably cannot find a cure for why Ethan cannot speak.  But, I do know that I can continue to fight to make a difference.  I know that I can start small by pushing for that iPad a little harder, with a little more passion, because I do believe that it will make a huge difference for my sweet youngest boy.

“It’s not what it is. It’s what it can become.”  True. True. True.

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None of us have just one thing that defines us, that makes us who we are.  I have been very adamant about that with Ethan.  Being non-verbal does not define him.  At all.  Having a special needs child does not define our family.  At all.  One of the things that does define us, however, is we dream and have joy about what we can all become, as a family and as individuals.  And, we definitely believe in what Ethan can become.

Besides being with my family and loving the movie, I also loved the conversation that we were able to have about the movie.  When I asked the littles if they liked the movie, they all said that they did. When I asked what they took away from the movie, Gabriel and Summer both said, “Don’t cut down trees.”  However, it was what Gabriel followed up with that was the most profound.  He said, “And, nothing that is done cannot be undone.”  Very true, sweet boy.

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Once again, for me, it was about so much more than the actual theme of the movie.  Yes, the movie made me want to do more to conserve the environment and to appreciate the beautiful trees, flowers, and earth, in general.  However, even more than that, it made me realize that Ethan has so much more potential than any of us have yet to witness.  Yes, he has been sick, and yes, he has probably needed more therapy than he has received.  However, we do have good doctors and good specialists working with him now….people on Team Ethan who just want to let him grow, people who do care a whole awful lot, people who believe in what he can become.

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But, really, for my sweet Ethan, it is only the beginning.