Red Cabbage Cole Slaw

Growing up in North Carolina, pulled pork BBQ was a common dinner. I love having it with a good cole slaw with it. Cole slaw is so easy to make. Here is my recipe!
This red cabbage cole slaw is a great addition to any barbecue #coleslaw #recipe #realfood #foodie #cookout #barbecue @godschicki

Red Cabbage Cole Slaw

  • 4 cups finely shredded/diced red cabbage (about 1/2 a head)
  • 1/2-2/3 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar (I use turbinado)
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds (optional, but adds great flavor)

In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar well until sugar is dissolved. Mix in remaining ingredients. This is best after it has set overnight, but still good freshly made.

What do you like to eat cole slaw with?

Vanilla Sugar

A gourmet ingredient that is so simple to make, you will never spend the money on buying it premade again.
Most recipes call for putting a few vanilla beans in a jar with a bunch of sugar and letting it set for weeks. This one is almost as easy and you can use it right away. I have never actually tasted straight premade vanilla sugar, so I cannot say it has a better, stronger taste, but I really enjoy the flavor it brings to recipes.
Swap it out in your favorite sweet recipes for a lovely flavor boost.

Vanilla Sugar

Quick Vanilla Sugar @godschicki
2 cups of sugar
per
1 vanilla bean
You’ll need a food processor. I have a very small one that holds maybe 1 cup, so I have to work in batches, though if you have a large one just chuck it all in at once.
Cut your vanilla beans in half length wise. Next cut them into 1 inch snippets. Be sure to wipe the seeds from the knife (or scissors) you use! Put bean pieces and sugar in food processor and whiz it for a minute or so.
Viola, you have vanilla sugar.
Store in an air-tight container. I leave the bean pieces in and sift them out before I use the sugar. It may clump a bit due to the moisture in the beans, but a gentle shake of the container will break it right up.
Swap out vanilla sugar for plain sugar in your favorite recipes. My favorite swaps so far are in banana bread and angel food cake.

Imitating

It happened the other day. My sweet little guy wanted to be sure I heard him as I was trying to change little sisters diaper. He took my face in his hands, put his forehead on mine and looked right into my eyes.
 
Imitating @godschicki
It was one of those moments when you realize they are not just watching, but learning habits and how to do things.
You see, when I want to make sure little man understands me, I take his face in my hands, put my forehead on his and look into his eyes.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;  and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Ephesians 5:1-2

What a perfect picture painted here in Scripture. Kids pick up on and repeat so much. They are extremely perceptive.
We, as God’s children, need to imitate Him.
The term “Christian” was not originally used by people to describe themselves. It was used by pagans as a derogatory term. The Christians in Antioch stood out with characteristics of Christ. They were different.
As a mom, I need to imitate Christ. To walk in His love. Offering my life as a sacrifice to God.
My kids are watching. The world is watching.
Finding time to study the Word is hard, but I need to get better at it. I cannot pass something to the that I do not have. I want the love of God to overflow from my life to theirs.
Have you ever had a moment when you realized your kid was watching you? Did it give you pause to think about your life and habits?