Sunday, 25 August 2019

Markets and Garage Sales

Saturday and today were amazing day of markets, crafting, and artists.

The steampunk chest was created by Ann Kerr of Edmonton Alberta.  She sells her art at Bountiful Farmers Market.

The Bountiful market is worth a stop, fruits and vegetables in season, wonderful lunch stops and beautiful crafts and art.

One of Ann Kerr’s Chest Dioramas.  If you get to Ann’s store turn her chest over and you will find a surprise.

Ann also creates beautiful Journals all in the Steampunk genre.

While Susan and I walked around the market, Ron and Paul painted parking lot lines at Holyrood Mennonite Church.

Paul brought home a picture of  Susan’s stained-glass artwork that hangs at the church, there are amazing artist in this family.

Saturday night I made a sushi supper by myself and my presentation was good if I do say so myself.  Now in the spirit of full disclosure I did add too much syrup and the larger pieces of sushi fell apart when you picked them up.

Today we went to Paper Arts Creation in Leduc to a Scrapbookers Garage Sale.  This Steampunk lazy susan is made with tin cans, and paper rolls. 

I see one of these in my future.

Again, the men did not go with us and went instead to Telford Lake in Leduc where they saw Pelicans.

We return to Saskatchewan tomorrow morning after spending a wonderful week here in Edmonton.

Thank you for coming along today.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2019 twosnydergirls

Friday, 23 August 2019

Art and Mushrooms

All morning Sue and I played with acrylic paint in Ron’s man cave (the garage).

This is a technique that Sue learned in a class and was willing to teach me.

In the afternoon we went to Gruger Fungi Farm where we learned how fungi is grown in the fibers of hemp stalks.

The fungi was beautiful and process of growing the fungi very interesting.

Thank you for coming along today.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2019 twosnydergirls

I learned to make Sushi

Relaxation:  a relaxing or recreative state, activity, or pastime; the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed. 

Relaxed is the best way to describe August 22, 2019.  The day started with a leisurely breakfast after which the men went for a walk while Susan and I headed for Treasured Memories.  

I was in my happy placed as I walked through row upon row of paper crafting supplies.

Treasured Memories is also a place to dream about future projects with walls full of completed projected all beautiful, the creative potential was limitless.

Another fun aspect of this store was the abundance of original art tags that were for sale.

Susan had to pull me from the store (we have nothing like this in Grey County Ontario) and back to the house we went to pick up the men for our day adventure at the new H Mart in Edmonton a Korean supermarket.

We wondered the aisles past displays of fish, vegetables and condiments we had never heard of and given time would like to try.  

Our trip to H Mart was not just a cultural adventure Susan was gathering ingredients for supper – she taught me to make Sushi using her mothers-in-law’s recipe.

Ingredients:  (I learned that sushi is made with short grained white rice)
5 cups of rice makes 10 maki sushi or sushi Roll1 cup of rice makes 2 nori sushi or sushi barVinegar syrup1 cup sugar1 cup white vinegar1 ½ Tbsp. salt.Directions:Combine all the ingredients and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.  (Don’t mix rice in aluminum as vinegar is hard on aluminum) Pour just enough of the vinegar syrup into the rice to make sticky.  The rice needs to be warm, not hot when you add the syrup.
For agih sushi mix finely chopped vegetables ie. carrots, beans, etc into the rice.Buy: Santa brand Inarizushi no moto (seasoned fried bean curd bags) Japanese seaweed sheets (8” x 7”)For nori sushi lay out a seaweed sheet and spread a 1” strip of the vinegar syrup at the top of the sheet then spread a thin layer of rice mixture on the sheet of dry seaweed.  Put thin slices of 3 items i.e., red/green/yellow bell peppers, cooked carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, thin scrambled egg, tuna, etc.) horizontally across the opposite end of the sheet from the vinegar syrup strip.  Roll squeeze a bit forming a firm roll.  Cut into 1-inch pieces.  Do Not Refrigerate.
For agih sushi carefully open the bean curd bag and stuff with he rice mixture.  Do Not RefrigerateServe both at room temp.  If storing overnight cover with a damp cloth.

Thank you for coming along today.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2019 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 22 August 2019

I am never driving in Edmonton AB again.

The day dawned sunny and humid.  The humidity and temperature increased during the day reaching mid 30C by the afternoon.

Being forewarned we went for our walk in the morning and this is where all of the photographs were taken.

Fairy rings Marasmius Oreades are a problem in Edmonton and evident in the lawns along our walk.  The grass turns dark green and the mushroom then being to grow.

It has been a very wet year here and there is an abundance on fungi growing under trees.

After lunch Paul and I decided to drive to a nearby Goodwill and then to a mall.  Well we finally found a Goodwill and our Garmin kept taking us downtown Edmonton and we did not want to go there.  We drove across the river three times each time on a different bridge.

At 2:45 and once again downtown we decided to return our Edmonton home before rush hour traffic.

We made it home and I will not drive in Edmonton again!

It felt like I was driving on the stairs at Hogwarts where everything is in constant motion.  After paper crafting for an hour I calmed down and I will not drive in Edmonton again!

Thank you for coming along today

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2019 twosnydergirls 

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Riding the Funicular

What a wonderful day getting reacquainted with family and walking along the North Saskatchewan River Valley in Downtown Edmonton.

We travelled from street level to the river valley on the 100 Street Funicular a glass walled elevator that provides amazing views of the river and surrounding area.

We took a leisurely walk along the well groomed pathways stopping often to take pictures and just admire our surroundings.

Muttart Conservatory is closed this year and we had a beautiful view of the conservatory from the far side of the River.

Looking up from the river valley there were spectacular views of the city.

Our walk provided Paul and Susan lots of time to talk and catch-up on family news.

These clay tiles adorned the wall of Edmonton Library car park.

After lunch and ice cream we returned home to relax and catch up on my travel journal.

It is hard to stay focused surrounded by Susan’s amazing craft room! 
So many new paper crafting tools and supplies and what happens when a card maker meets a junk journaler too much talking LOL.

Ron and Paul clean the van and BBQed supper.

Just a wonderful day and we appreciate that you took time out of your day to visit with us.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2019 twosnydergirls

Monday, 19 August 2019

Being with family.

As I write the narrative for this blog post we are in Edmonton Alberta visiting now with Paul’s sibling.

The drive from Lipton Saskatchewan to Edmonton Alberta was a 9-hour whorl wind drive as we wanted to drive in daylight.

We left the farm at 6:45 am and drove under ever changing skies and ever-changing point of interest to keep the drive interesting.

The drive was stress free and passed quickly as we listened to yet another Emily Peabody novel.

My last blog post was Friday August 16, 2019.  Saturday was very busy and Sunday the internet was offline at the farm.

Saturday, we went to the local farmers market to find eggplant for Sunday supper.

The children had fun picking out vegetables with their Grandmother.

Our next stop was at the Co-op grocery store where 7 of us formed up in a line and passed Grandma’s purchase down the line to Uncle Paul who was pushing the cart. 

Back at the farm I made Rollkuchen and introduced the children to some of their Russian Mennonite heritage. 

Saturday after supper everyone laughed, and cheated their way through games of Uno.

Sunday was our last day to play with the children and that is what we did.

Time at the park,

finishing up ‘projects’

and going on imaginary trips.

This image is one we have come to understand as the potty-training walk of failure.  She was just having too much fun.

Tonight, before supper with Ron and Susan we all went for a walk.
Thank you for coming along.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2019 twosnydergirls

Markets and Garage Sales

Saturday and today were amazing day of markets, crafting, and artists. The steampunk chest was created by Ann Kerr of Edmonton A...