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Kiddie sushi-style rolls

I love cookbooks. Plain and simple. Buying them, renting them from the library- it doesn’t matter. I just like recipes. My sister asked me awhile back if I had any good recommendations on toddler cookbooks. I gave her the name of a couple that I had and looked on Amazon for some more. I came across one that I wanted to check out.

I’m a try before you buy kind of gal so I requested it from the library. A month or so later (apparently, a lot of people wanted to peruse it) I got to go through it. There were tons of recipes in there! I think I will have to buy Annabel Karmel’s book. I did note some recipes that I HAD to try though.

Yesterday we tried our first recipe. I think it went over pretty well.

Kiddie sushi-style rolls

* Makes one portion

2 slices white bread, crusts removed
half a 6-ounce can tuna (she said “in oil”, I used “in water”) drained
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup (I omitted this)
2 drops Tabasco sauce-or to taste (I omitted this as well)
2 inch piece of cucumber, cut into strips
2 inch piece of carrot, peeled and coarsely grated

  • Using a rolling pin, flatten the bread until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Mix the tuna together with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, the ketchup and the Tabasco (if using).
  • Spread the remaining mayonnaise over the bread.
  • Spread the tuna in a line about 1/2 inch from one edge of each slice.
  • Arrange the cucumber strips on one side of the tuna and grated carrot on the other side.
  • Roll up from the filled end and press down to seal.
  • Trim the ends to neaten using a sharp knife, then cut into three little rolls.




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Swim lessons

I really wanted Emily to have swim lessons before we go to San Diego in August. Yesterday was her first lesson. She was SO excited! Her little friend Slade is in the the same class as well so that added to the excitement. On the way over I asked her if she was ready. She said “I see Julie. Hip! Hip! Hurray!!!! I give Slade a kiss!!!” Her enthusiasm was bubbling over when we reached the YMCA. She did really well waiting until the previous class was over but she was itching to get into the water. This child truly has no fear.

We worked on hand paddles, back floats, jumping into the water. She was a little questionable on the back float and she truly did not like the songs that we sang. They made her cry. Or maybe it was just my bad singing. Who knows?  I did have a hard time getting her to focus on the task at hand. She was too excited that she was in the pool and just wanted to play. I think I need to get a different swimsuit because Emily kept trying to climb up my chest and flip over. Not sure the other moms appreciated my itty bitty sliding out of my top as she got her foot caught in my suit.

She was NOT a happy camper when class was over. She was not ready to get out.  I finally flung her over the edge of the pool and tried to hurry to get out. Little stinker is fast!!! She ran to the edge of the pool, on the other side of the rope thing where I could get over to her. I was yelling at her to stop, don’t jump in and this grandma looked at me smiling. “Ha ha, your kid is going to jump in. Now that’s funny.” Umm, no. But thanks for your help hag. Thank God Julie is fast and saw then gleam in Emily’s eye. She grabbed her before the little stinker could jump in.

I think I am going to have to keep my eye on this child!

PS- Would you believe there are no pictures of this momentous event? 😉

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