Two weeks ago, I had an EPIC week of life. My husband and I took a break from work and the daily grind. It was heavenly. At the same time, we had our good friends come out and visit.
We had a mini vacation and it was fabulous. Monday night we kicked off our vacation with a much needed date night. We ate Chinese in this little hole in the wall restaurant that was absolutely FABULOUS. They had a cucumber soup that had tender goat meat along with cilantro and chunks of ginger that was out of this world. Since the night felt young we decide to catch a movie. Now, normally, my husband I can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 minutes just trying to figure out the perfect movie to see. LOL, I know crazy right? This time we picked out a random movie in 10 minutes based on ratings and time frame. I didn’t want to be out too late. 😉 It was the perfect way to beat the Monday blues and remind ourselves that work was NOT going to be a priority.
Later that week, we headed to Modesto to visit childhood friends that had moved out to CA 16 years ago. 🙂 It was surreal to introduce my two children to the now grown women that I used to baby-sit and to catch up talking about old memories.
We continued to head West and camped out near Yosemite National Park. Even though I had gone as a child I was completely taken away by the beauty all over again. My 3 year old could not get over the water falls. “Mom, look the water is falling from the sky. And it’s beautiful.” I could not agree more.
Friday, we made the short drive to one of our new favorite places – Santa Cruz. We love that the beach is less than hour away and that there are plenty of sea lions to enjoy. For us, the beach is a perfect way to relax.We never tire of watching the waves come in and our kids love the sand so it’s a easy win for our whole family. Even though everyone packed a swimsuit, only our feet made into the water. Here’s our daughter getting ready to chase some waves.
And if that wasn’t an epic enough – I headed to Mount Hermon for an overnight Women’s Retreat. I recognized a few faces going into the retreat and came out with some new friends which was great.
Needless to say, by the time I came home Sunday and our friends left on Monday, I was tired. It was a good tired. A tired from spending time in the sun, doing new things, eating lots of yummy food and staying up late to share in good conversation. 🙂 We did a lot of grilling and lots of grilled vegetables which is great because you really can’t go wrong with a cookout.
One of the sides, I whipped up at one of our many meals was this Best Homemade Coleslaw Recipe. So, I’m pretty much a coleslaw snob as in I’m super picky when it comes to coleslaw. In my opinion, coleslaw should be creamy with a bit of sweetness and tang. I love making my own because it only takes 5 minutes to make and it’s REALLY easy. When you have to make several dishes, it’s nice to know you have a dish on hand that takes little effort and can be made in a short period of time. I also love this recipe because I’m not a huge fan of cabbage but I could eat this dish all day long. Both of my kids scarfed it down and asked for seconds so I’m pretty sure your kids will love it too.
Here’s my kids scarfing down the coleslaw.
Another reason why I love this coleslaw recipe is because it’s a great tasting and fast lunch meal. Our favorite is either chopping up cherry tomatoes and lunch meat and mixing them in on this Best Homemade Coleslaw recipe or wrapping up this coleslaw in big romaine leaves on top of our favorite lunch meat.
The Best Homemade Coleslaw Recipe
1 package of premix coleslaw - *Use 14 oz is finely shredded or 9 -10 oz if chunky
1/2 cup dairy-free mayo (I used Just Mayo)
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 tbsp. cherry wood aged balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. fresh lemon
1/2 tsp honey
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
salt to taste
In a large mixing bowl add all of your ingredients for the sauce excluding the coleslaw.
Add coleslaw and stir until well mixed.
Stir in raisins.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I would love to hear from you. If you give this recipe a try, please let me know by giving the recipe a rating and leaving a comment.