Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Friday, 8 September 2017

Fall Beef Stew

At the Snyder home Sunday dinner has become an adventure as we reach into the box of handwritten recipes we have collected from the estates of our parents. 

Once upon a time we had thought this jumble of scraps of paper should be tossed but no more! 

As we make these amazing recipes we take a mental trip down memory lane.  Did we remember the recipe , did our parents or grandparents ever make the recipe and if they did, did they like it.

This weeks offering started as a newspaper clipping the name and date of the paper cut away years before and on the paper was written the additional ingredients one of our ancestor's  added.

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 onions chopped
2 lbs stewing beef
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
1 lb button mushrooms
3 stalks of celery chopped
3 large carrots chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup beer
2 cups beef broth
1 cup frozen peas
1 pkg of onion soup mix
3 bay leaves tied in cheese cloth
Cornstarch mix in water

Clean and chop the vegetables set aside
Add olive oil to a stew pot and sauté the onions, garlic, celery for 3 minutes on medium high heat
Add stewing beef and cook until the meat has started to brown, reduce heat and add the rest of the ingredients
Simmer for 3 hours
Remove the bay leaves and thicken with cornstarch add small amounts of the cornstarch paste and stop when the desired thickness has been reached.
From Our Table to Yours
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Monarch Butterflies

Five images of the 2017 Monarch Butterflies that have visited our Butterfly weed.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Friday, 1 September 2017

Cornmeal Pancakes

This week we just randomly pulled a recipe from mother’s box of hand written recipes and thus Sunday dinner was Cornmeal Pancakes.

Cooking from mother’s stash of handwritten recipes is a wonderful way to honour and remember a woman who loved to feed her family.  Food was one of the last pleasures she had.  

Mother and Great John loved to cook for each other or go out to their favourite restaurants.

We changed two things in this recipe, we used whole wheat flour and added a teaspoon of vanilla.  The cornmeal flavour shines through and goes well with spicy sausage, we used Italian Turkey sausage.

1 cup flour, white or whole wheat
1 cup cornmeal
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
 1 ¾ cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combined all of the dry ingredients
Hand beat together the milk, eggs and vanilla
Add wet ingredients into the dry mixing – do not over mix
Heat a skillet and add enough oil to keep batter from sticking
We used a ½ cup measuring cup to pour our batters onto the hot skillet
This recipe made 7 dinner sized pancakes

From Our Table to Your

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Beauty of a shallow lake

 Six images of one of the many swallow lakes of Grey County Ontario CA

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Be Transformed

When trouble is all around you what do you do?

Most people look around for help or a pathway out of danger.

Others begin by crying out ‘Oh God’ or ‘Oh God why me’.

For those who cry out in faith God is there to save.

“…trouble is all around me, but you keep me alive … with your powerful right hand you save me.” Psalm 138:3

God’s response to us is twofold. 

The first is too strengthen our faith in the face of trouble, calm our spirits, allowing us to find joy in the face of adversity.

The second is to be present with us, through human help, support and comfort. 

We are God’s hands, feet and voices to other human being when we allow God’s unconditional love to shine through us.  This means that we must be ready to be what God needs us to be and to accept help from the most unexpected people.

Years ago travelling in white out conditions a Grandmother and her granddaughter were caught in the back seat of a car that itself was trapped in a multi vehicle accident.  It was a dangerous and difficult time, when out the left passenger window an adult who had been walking beside the cars was picked up on the hood of a car travelling through the whiteout in the opposite direction and thrown into the air.

Must later that day when all were safe at home, the Grandmother was asked how she managed to stay calm, she replied “At the point I thought all was lost I felt my 6-year-old granddaughter reach out and take my hand and  she began to pray out loud for God’s protection” I was overwhelmed with the nearness of God and that I rested in the palm of his hand.

“…when I called out to you, you answered me” Psalm 138:3

Be transformed in your times of trouble by calling out in expectation for God's help and then accepting the people God sends to help you.


Allow yourself to be transformed into exactly what another human being needs in their time of trouble, allowing God's unconditional love shine through you.

We belong to God and through God's acceptance of us we belong to each other.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings for this week Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Open Faced Reuben Sandwich

A good meal does not have to be difficult and this Friday’s offering fits the bill 

Open Faced Reuben Sandwich.

The German Rye Bread recipe from last week was the inspiration for supper this week and of course our love of a good Reuben sandwich.

Rye bread
1/3 lb slice corned beef
½ cup well drained sauerkraut
3 slices Swiss Cheese
2 Tablespoons Sandwich spread

Sandwich spread:
½ an avocado
1 tablespoon horseradish
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard

Place all of the sandwich spread ingredients and blend until well incorporated into a spread.
Butter one side of the bread and place butter side down on a baking sheet
Place corned beef on the unbuttered side
Spread the sandwich spread on the meat
Add sauerkraut and top with Swiss cheese
Bake in a 400 F. degree oven for 5 minutes
Turn the oven on to broil watching the sandwiches carefully until the cheese begins to brown
Remove of oven and serve.

From Our Table to Yours
Grandma Snyder

©2013 to 2017 twosnydergirls


Four Images of a Hinny Colt Grandma Snyder ©2013-2017 twosnydergirls