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Friday, August 20, 2010

What Are You Passionate About?

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Haagen Dazs. All opinions are 100% mine.

We all have something we are passionate about. The planet, animals, eco-friendly, children, education, human rights, woman's rights, there are so many things to be passionate about. Passion is such an energetic, and charismatic word. As most of you know I homeschool my children, and I make jewelry. Those would have to be my two greatest passions in this world, right now. Education is so important to me, in so many ways. I believe everyone is teachable, and can learn if given the chance. Life itself is about learning, and growing, and without that we stagnate and wither. We should strive to learn something new every day, or relearn something we might have forgotten. Both homeschooling, and making jewelry requires knowledge beyond what I may have already accomplished in life.

My mother was such a wonderful cook, still is. While I was growing up she tried to teach me to cook the right way, you know from scratch. Canning, making your own jellies and jams, all kinds of neat things. She even used to make pasta from scratch. I had no interest at all. I was a strong, independent girl, and cooking would serve me no purpose in life. Or so I thought. Until I had my first child, and started a family, I really did not have a need to cook. Now my passion is learning to cook. Maybe not from scratch, lets face it I am still stubborn. But I do love to cook for my family, and simple yet healthy meals that are both pleasing to the eye, and the stomach are my focus. I buy all kinds of cookbooks, and read all kinds of magazines to learn and then learn some more. Cooking is something you have to have a passion for and love. Trust me my husband would agree with that. My cooking now compared to my cooking then, HA I won't even go there. I love to make cakes too. If you have ever tried to make a fancy cake you know it is a process to learn. I have shared some of my cakes on this blog, you may remember them. I will share one of my favorite summer recipes in a minute with all of you.

Have you ever heard of Passion Profiles? It is a Canadian talk show, viewable online, that talks about the passions of some of Canadas most notorious chefs, designers and other notable personalities. You can view their profiles and let their stories inspire you to be passionate about something too. On August 25, 2010 chef Mark McEwan will debuting his Passion Profile on the show. The show hosted by ET Canada's Cherly Hickey, has been a big hit so far. They will discuss their love for their chosen career, and what inspired them to make that choice. Be sure to go to Passion Profiles to see the Passion series more in depth. They are adding new celebrity passion profiles all the time.

So what would I pick as my most favorite recipe to share? That is so hard because I like so many that I make. However, since I am very fussy about coleslaw, there isn't many I will eat, I will share my personal coleslaw recipe. It is really simple, healthy, and colorful.

1- I always use the already shredded cabbage, one bag. Hey might as well save time too.
2- If the shredded cabbage your purchase does not have shredded carrots already in it, put some in the bowl. Shred or grate them if you need to.
3- Finely chop one sweet Vidalia onion. You can use a regular onion but the sweet ones are so delicious, and my personal preference.
4- One can of sweetened crushed pineapple, drain off most of the juice, but not all. Add it to the bowl. You can of course use chunks of pineapple, I just don't care for it as much, and unsweetened if say you are diabetic or watching sugar intake.
5- After you have all that in the bowl, sprinkle on some garlic salt, just a little around the bowl.
6- Then add as much Hellman's mayonnaise as you like. I have never measured it, but probably three to four large stirring spoons worth. You will kind of know when it is enough. I never ever use coleslaw mix or whatever it is called, yucko gross. You can use light mayonnaise as well.
7- Then sprinkle around the bowl 3 to 4 tablespoons of sugar. I usually use three because of the sweet pineapple. I do NOT add vinegar.
8- These last two things are my recipe secret, so you have to swear not to tell anyone else LOL. You have to let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before eating it. Everything gets so mixed together and yummy. Trust me this makes a huge difference. The very last thing I love, but my husband does not care for, so I only add it to mine is sunflower seeds. Not the whole seed with the shell and all, just the nut inside. These are so delicious and healthy, and they add even more texture and crunch. Of course you can sprinkle on salt and pepper, as desired, if needed.

If you try my secret coleslaw please do comeback and share with me how awesome it was. I would love to hear from all of you.

Oh yes, please share your passion in life too!

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