When my girls were young, we spent many weekends and holidays on my parents' sail boat. While going sailing and spending time with my mom and dad was fun, my main reason for going was more of a safety matter—to make sure they did not hurt themselves or someone else. You see, my dad was a self-taught sailor; he read how-to books and learned by experience. And my mom did not know how to swim! So when I found out they bought a sail boat, my elation was overshadowed by my worry. 

I was all for them having a hobby in their life, but my dad tended to gravitate toward extreme sports. I imagined my parents’  sailboat heeling over, Dad whooping in adrenaline-pumping delight and Mom hanging onto the railing for dear life.

So my family of four trailed along on the days they set sail. My daughters loved these warm days, when they could sit on the edge of the boat and dangle their feet over the water.

Once my dad gained his sea legs and knowledge of sailing, we eventually began to relax and enjoy picnic lunches or BBQ dinners on the boat. We always had some kind of a protein as a main dish and, usually, my mom's coleslaw. It was by far my favorite dish--simple, fresh, and easy to prepare. And it always added a nice crunch to the meal. 

As 4th of July approaches, I find myself craving my mom's dish and am planning to serve it in her honor as we honor the amazing country we live in!


Mom's Coleslaw

1 head of green cabbage, shredded

1 half of head of purple cabbage, shredded

2 carrots, grated

Mix and place in a big bowl or container


1 cup of Mayonnaise

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup white vinegar

Mix together in a bowl or jar

If eating later, keep slaw and dressing separate and mix together right before serving.