School’s Out

I struggle with ideas for dinner. I don’t like cooking the same thing every night, and the kids really don’t like it when I do that either. So what do I do? Do I troll around the internet? All that ever yields me is lots of pretty pictures and things I never do. Where do I find inspiration? I guess that’s what kids are for.

When Decker came home from school on his last day, he told me immediately that he wanted to do home-school/summer-school. I was seriously shocked. “Decker you just got out of school, are you serious?” He said he was, and then proceeded to get onto Netflix and watch Nova all weekend. Man I have a weird kid. Well, crap. Now I need to get stuff together for that.

While I’m trolling the internet for home-school ideas, I’m thinking about things I can teach him. We need to do math, writing, art, PE, and other stuff. What am I going to do for history or world studies? Whoa, I think I actually have an idea and I don’t have to stress about what to cook as much!

So for the summer we will be “traveling the world” through food! Every week I will be cooking from a different country and we will learn about that country’s food, history, and other neat bits and pieces. I’m not sure if a week will be enough for each culture, but we’ll just have to see how it works.

Decker’s first request? Sushi. Seriously. He said it’s his favorite thing. Now, I don’t feel I can do sushi right, so this one we might just have to go out for, but the beauty is, he will learn that every culture is much more than the one small bit he knows it as. Right now, Japan for him is sushi. That’s it. So on this journey we will both be learning new things and having our own inspiration. This summer is going to be very fun. 🙂

This will be my husband all summer long.


One response to this post.

  1. No!!! Don’t be scared of Sushi! While sashimi is a bit harder to master, there are plenty of easier rolls to make than the run-of-the-mill PA or CA rolls. If you need ideas, you can always peruse your local sushi joint’s menu for roll ideas.

    Here in OR, our favorite place is Sushi Ichiban (formerly Sushi Takahashi). Their menu has a traditional Asian base, with added Portland flair. (An example would be “The Caboose” (Vegetarian) – Rice, Sweet Potato, Sweet Thai Chili sauce.)

    My personal favorite is Futomaki – fat roll. Common fillings are
    tamago (sweetened egg), cucumber, carrot, imitation crab, daikon, avocado, and whatever else you want, really. The hardest part is the making sure you find a good recipe for sushi rice and tamago. Once you have that though, you’re set!

    If you need some suggestions, I’d be glad to help.

    Be sure you post pictures of you, your family, and of course your guys’ Summer Food Vacations. 😀


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