Cooking Lessons 101: Sushi

We’ve been adding cooking to our homeschool repertoire in an attempt to engage and excite our recently diagnosed ASD son. It is a wonderful way to engage him and sneak in “school”. And it’s a great way for me to get him out of his quiet space and spending some time with me as during down times he gravitates to spending most of his time in his room reading…not that that is wrong, but it’s good to do other things and broaden your horizons. There are so many fantastic life skills and educational opportunities with cooking, from math, to direction following, food safety and even the important skill of following through on a project.

Sushi was an interest of Mr.M’s…and it really worked on his ability to stay on task and yes…to finish what he starts. Because as anyone who has made sushi knows, it’s a bit time consuming!

Even scripture has a few things to say on finishing what we start…take this one for example!

“Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have.” 2 Cor. 8:11 NLT

I purchased this fantastic “learning to make sushi” kit from Chapters. It had a really excellent DVD with it. We watched all the way up to the California Rolls section (which was what he wanted to make). It totally broadened our horizons on different kinds of sushi though, and actually made us consider trying some different types!

We needed some help improving our sushi rice, and this video REALLY fixed things. Both Marcus and I realized what we had been doing wrong, and were able to correct it:


We got our mixture of sushi rice vinegar from the book that was included, and the taste was perfect. Our rice turned out amazing and was super easy to work with!

Here are some pictures of our final results: All in all, we thought it was a complete success!



Moments such as this…

A moment between two brothers ages and differences and worlds apart in their interests. Enjoying each other’s company. I do not get these very often with them, but they come in bursts. And your heart grows, because you hope and pray that one day, they will cherish each other’s company and be the VERY best of friends.


And this moment…a time to cherish and remember, time with nana to learn and grow. And make apple sauce with a seasoned cook 🙂


Brushing every day keeps the dentist away…

Well here’s some health and nutrition for you…
I know, how exciting!

The boys, however, were very excited, going to the dentist right now is FUN! (None of them have had to have fillings yet – can you tell?) And they really like the prize cupboard.



I’m not really sure how my eldest son felt about me taking pictures of his recent visit to the dentist, but he was a good sport about it, and completely cavity free again too! 🙂

This was little Monkey’s first visit. The hygienist was AMAZING. Honestly. She showed him how the chair goes up and down, and introduced all the tools just like he was in his very own “Handy Mandy” show. “Here’s Mr. Sucky! He has a VERY important job!” She really got my nervous little man interested in everything and feeling really comfortable. So kudos to them!




I feel Monkey should have been sooner, but the old dentist told us that they didn’t want to see him until he was three. This was their first visit to our new dentist, Dr.Forrest. She’s great, and would have seen the boys earlier. Monkey consequently seems to have some small “pits” in a few molars. Ugh. She says that it may not be cavities, but might be the start, or simply that he has naturally deep indents in his teeth. I certainly hope it’s the latter!