Sushi {Cake} Rolls

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Hi all-   So this is a recipe I found in Family Fun back in 2008.  Yes, it took me six years to make this recipe!  And, I must admit it is a very messy project!   However, I think this would be a great activity for a kid’s sleepover- what could go wrong with kids, frosting and 300 pieces of gummy products!  Or, maybe a mom’s happy hour sushi party- frosting and wine- what could possibly go wrong!

I purchased premade pound cake and used my baking shot glass (from Crate & Barrel).  I don’t usually eat pound cake, but with all the leftover edges I found myself sneaking too many scraps!!!!

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I found the candies and fruit roll ups at Target (cheaper than the grocery store), frosting acted as the glue and coconut added to the taste!   

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I have to admit this was a lot of work and as you can see from the photos, the sushi rolls are  not Pinterest- worthy!  It was messy.  But, I have held onto this recipe for 6 years and I have no regrets that I finally made it!  ! And, my boys were curious about them and said they tasted great!    Yay!  Getting a smile from them is worth the mess and cleanup!

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Earth Day… start with one small change

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Happy Earth Day!  For the past several years I have made SMALL changes in how I try to reduce or reuse “STUFF.”  I  don’t have a political reason behind my decision or theory about global warming, I just think recycling- like my grandparents and parents’ generation- makes sense.    I think for me the image of the floating island of plastic in the Atlantic ocean was enough for me to try and start with plastic bags.

 

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Sidenote: I love the Athleta shopping bags! They are large and sturdy!  They hold a lot of groceries!

It started as a game with myself. Yes, I am that competitive that I have to compete against myself with  the # of  bags I have to use!   If I leave  my recycle bags in my car I  force myself to use as few bags as possible to get my haul of groceries to the car.  Now it’s just the end goal: use as few plastic bags as possible.

Here is the visual:

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And, now when I checkout I just tell the baggers  not to bag any liquids or anything already in a plastic bag (think potatoes, bags of chips).  And, yes I am making a few extra trips from the car to the kitchen, but I look at it like extra steps for my 10,000 steps a day! And, think about it, how many bags of chips fit in one plastic bag? Maybe 2?  Well I can carry a dozen items with my arms and hands without extra plastic  bags!  I use my Athleta bags to bag  jars, meats, small items.

Here’s one more suggestion.  How many of you have dogs?  With two dogs we go through 1 large bag of Nature’s Recipe Vegetarian ever 3-4 weeks – depending on on how many “bonus meals” the dogs get when we forget to announce the dogs were already fed!   Those bonus meals are like a buffet for my Bernese Mountain dog!    I use the empty bag to stuff with yard debris.  This is Tanner, our Australian Shepherd.

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What creative ways are you recycling?

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