Saturday, 14 September 2013

Chocolate Chip Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake

from Betty Crocker`s Cookbook circa 1984
a gift from Eric to his mother
Ruth came to Grandma and Grandpa`s house by herself and what she wanted to do was make chocolate chip cookies.  We talked about making Great Great Aunt Marjorie`s cookie and no Ruth wanted to try a different recipe.  So I took out a cook book that her father Eric gave to me when he was four years old.  For a long time this was only cookbook that I could use when cooking with Eric.

The first picture that caught Ruth`s attention was a Cat cake and she asked if we could make a Cat Cake.  The answer was yes.  Building Assets At age 5 Ruth is learning that she has choice and to support her making good choices sometimes we need to say yes to her.  If we always say no she will quickly assume that we will not let her have personal choice.   Instead she will learn to sneak around behind our backs to get what she wants - Don`t want that!

Next we had to pick a cake and this is when we read of the Chocolate Chip Cake.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups milk (we used Almond Milk)
3 eggs
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
 Grease and line your pan with parchment paper

         As we are making a cat cake we used two circle pans. 
 Chop the chocolate Chips into fine pieces

 Pour all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
 We had measured out all of the ingredients into smaller bowls 
and the recipe allowed Ruth to then just dump 
the ingredients into the bowl in whatever order she wanted.
 I was surprised how much fun she had with this independence, 
considering which ingredient to add when, talking to them
 "not your turn yet milk, Ok eggs here you go".
 Beat all ingredients in large mixer bowl on low speed,
 scraping constantly. 
 Pour into pans.
 Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a 
toothpick comes out clean.  
Cool and frost.  
Our cake will be a pink Cat.

The cake was very good and the next time I make it will use banana instead of the lard.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Friday, 13 September 2013


Our Potatoe Tower

Friday September 13, 2013 is the day that we look inside our Potatoe Tower.  Our tower was planted the first Saturday in June 2013.
Like today it was an unseasonably cold and damp day.  If you have followed the blog you have watched this our first attempt at a Potatoe Tower grow.

Potatoe Facts 

Wikipedia tells us that wild potatoes grew throughout North and South America.  More recently through genetic testing science has determined that the origins of the wild potatoe was in ``present day Peru and the extreme northwestern Bolivia``.  Today Wikipedia reports that 99% of the potatoes grown worldwide have their beginnings in what is called Chiloe Archipelago, the Peruvian wild potatoe.

Nutrition Facts 
Amount Per 1 Potato medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" diameter) (213 g) is 163 calories
Total fat 0.2 g,   
Saturated fat 0.1 g,             
Cholesterol 0 mg                 
Sodium 13 mg                     
Potassium 897 mg               
Total Carbohydrate 37 g     
Dietary Fiber 4.8 g               
Sugar 1.7 g
Protein 4.3 g
Vitamin A 0%,  Vitamin C 70%, Vitamin B-6 30%, Vitamin B-12 0%
Calcium 2%
Iron 9%
Magnesium 12%

Digging our Potatoes

The Smithsonian  link above will take you to a short video about the potatoe and how it changed the history of human beings on earth.

I am interested in finding out your favourite Potatoe recipes if you send them to us either through the comment section below or via Facebook Grandpa, Ruth, Emily and I will test them and publish in this blog the ones that we like the best.

So while our crop of potatoes was small we will expand our planting to two towers next year and Grandpa will sometime researching how to get a larger crop over the winter.

Grandma Snyder               


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Unconditional Love of a Grandparent

Luke 6 27:36

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.
If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
 Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do that.
And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.
Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

This was the reading this morning on “Pray-as-you-go” and as I listened to the scripture I was struck with how the meaning of these words has changed for me.  As a young adult this words spoke of a personal sacrifice that I had to make to be a good Christian.  Today the words speak of the gifts I can freely give to my family, community, world and myself. 

As Grandparents we have reached or are reaching our psychological maturity: we understand as we did not when we were younger.  Tal Ben-Shahar describes psychological maturity as “the ability to willingly shift perspectives in time and in space, the capacity to appropriately choose between engagement in the here and now and awareness of the big picture”.   We understand Luke 6 27:36 not as a set of rules that we must follow but as gifts of spirit, the spirit of our creator given life in us on the day of our conception.

It is important that we exercise our psychological maturity and extend to our children and grandchildren the intent of Luke 6.  That we give them unconditional love, a love that they can count on no matter what they do.  Luke 6 does not say we have to agree with them, it does say that we love them and that we do not withdraw ourselves from their lives, that we “choose between engagement in the here and now” reacting to what the next generations are doing in this moment or understanding the “big[ger] picture” and putting the moments with the context of whole human experience.

Ben-Shahar, Tal,

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

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