Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hillsong, but also Katy Perry. And Curried slaw.

This past summer, we bought a new to us car, complete with CD changer. Two days after driving off the lot, the disc changer broke, leaving me at the mercy of the good ol' AM/FM stereo for entertainment.

Have you tried listening to the radio lately with small children in the car? I'm all about exposing my kids to a certain amount of worldly knowledge, but that doesn't mean I want them inundated with suggestive song lyrics, or heated talk radio every time I pick them up from school or drive them to the dentist. Upon tiring of switching stations every three minutes in an attempt to avoid the inevitable onslaught of audio ugly, I settled on the local contemporary Christian station.  Family friendly? Commercial free? I can get behind that.

I grew up on an eclectic array of musical stylings from artists spanning from Tommy James and the Shondells, Roy Orbison,  and Fleetwood Mac to Keith Green, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith.

I don't particularly love contemporary Christian music. The praise and worship songs we sing in church often move me to raise my hand in worship of our King, or bring me to tears, but the contemporary songs played on the radio *usually* leave me wishing my car CD player worked so I could press a button and start rocking out to a band with a little higher "cool factor".
But, when my kids were in the other room coloring, and I heard them both belting out the words to the Apostle's Creed thanks to Hillsong's "This I Believe", I realized the value that must be placed on this musical genre.

Is contemporary Christian music the most amazing thing ever? Will constantly listening to nothing but Chris Tomlin and Hillsong solely and successfully take on the task of shaping our hearts and pointing us to God without further and more invasive action? Probably not. In fact, no.  But, it's an easy step in the right direction of creating an atmosphere where God is present in all things, at all times.  

So, for this reason, I say “thank you” for my broken CD player. Even when this song comes on. Seriously. Who is out there genuinely enjoying that, inquiring minds want to know.

All that talk of filling my dear children’s heads and hearts with edifying music leaves me feeling the need to divulge that we just engaged in an out-of-control dance party to the soundtrack of Katy Perry/Carly Rae Jepsen/Miley Cyrus. It’s all about balance, people.

Today, I also have a recipe to share! I made some curry shredded chicken the other night and wanted a light yet satisfying side to go with it. This curry slaw was super easy to throw together and hit the spot.
{super non-photogenic but delicious slaw}

Sweet and spicy curry slaw

1 12 oz. bag of slaw veggies (I get mine from Trader Joe’s)
⅓ C. Mayo (I use homemade, as I think it tastes amazingly better with so few ingredients! But use whatcha got)
1 T. Maple Syrup
1-2 T. Curry powder, depending on how curried or spicy you like your slaw
¼ C. Raisins
¼ C. Sunflower seeds
½ C. Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Juice from ½ a lime
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. It’s ready right away, but I like to let it set for a couple hours to let the curry marry into the mayo a bit and strengthen the flavor.

Serve alongside your favorite protein for donner, or add some chopped or shredded chicken right to the slaw for a filling lunch. Boom.

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