Saturday, 3 May 2014

Knitting the Sky April


Knit the Sky April
  I enjoy walking outside in the morning with my camera snapping a picture of the sky and then through out the day watching the sky change until after a day at work I sit down with a cup of tea and choose my colours to knit.
 Nine pictures of the April 2014 Sky
Knitting the Sky is the brain child of Leafcutter Designs they have designed a year long project that requires you to be mindful of the sky above you and then knit two rows that represent what you saw.

If you are interested in starting your own Knit the Sky project I would encourage you to visit the link provided under the Leafcutter Design logo above.
Many people who have visited the blog mention with regret that they would have liked to start this project.  A year is just a starting and ending point with 365 days between.

 - Start your project now-

Yarn and knitting April 2014

I purchased the yarn for this project at Docknits in Port Elgin, Ontario Canada
January to April Knit the Sky 2014

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Love Mother Teresa Quote

Mother Teresa Quote on Love 

Selfless Love

Thinking about people who have loved you 
people you have loved 
can you tell the difference between the two types of love?

Which felt better to give?
Which felt better to receive?

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Coconut Apple Loaf Gluten and Dairy Free

Coconut Apple Loaf  
Looking around the kitchen we noticed that our Good Food Box apples were starting to go soft and needed to be used.  We had been talking about making Morning Glory Muffins and we could make apple muffins instead.  

Mixing coconut apple loaf

The more I thought about this however the more I really wanted a loaf something that I could substitute for bread in my lunches.  Thus is was that we created this coconut apple loaf recipe.

Apple Butter and Coconut Oil
Not wanting to use sugar or butter we substituted coconut oil and gluten free, sugar free apple butter and to add further sweetness and flavour the coconut flakes.

1 cup quinoa flour
½ cup potato starch
½ cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup coconut flakes
½ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup coconut oil
2/3 cup apple butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coarsely grated apples skins left on

Mix all of this ingredients together and pour into your loaf pan.

Bake at 350 F for between 45 and 60 minutes depending on your oven and elevation above sea level.
Two slices of Coconut Apple Loaf


Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Growing Fig Trees in Southern Ontario

Our Grey County Fig Tree

Fig Tree
Early in the spring of 2013 Paul and I purchased a fig tree.  We did our internet research and were confident that we could winter our fig without a green house or space in a sunny window.

Fig Tree Wintering in Garage

Fig Trees Go Dormant in Cold Weather

We moved our fig tree into the unheated garage where we installed a heat lamp and surrounded the pot (root system) with black reflective front-end car bra.  Paul limited watering to once a month during the coldest part of the winter and then with increasing frequency as the temperature in the garage started to rise.
New fig tree growth
At the end of March we started to see new growth appearing and we worried that our tree would become weak and spindly from lack of light.  Remember the only light in the garage was the heat lamp, which ran 24 hours a day.
Our worries were not realized as the growth was very slow and by the time the weather outside replicated that of January in the garage we were able to move the fig outside under a roof overhang to provide some protection.

Fig tree moved outside 2014

April 20, 2014 Our Fig Tree Moves Outside
A new fig starting to grow

We have covered it twice when temperatures threatened to fall too far below freezing.  Our fig tree looks healthy and has started to grow two figs.  We will keep you updated on our fig tree and hope to start collecting fig recipes to add to the blog.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Monday, 28 April 2014

Random Acts of Kindness

Notice When Our Children Pay Forward an Act of Kindness

Helping to pour tea 
 We had been at the restaurant for about two hours because outside the rain had made playing outside impossible and I was tired and out-of-sorts with trying to entertain two wonderful Granddaughter age 6 and 8 at the house.

The girls had played hard in the McDonald playroom while I enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee and it was time to head home.  As we exited the restaurant two elderly women approached the door.  I moved to hold the door open for them when Emma coming from behind me held the door open for them.

Inwardly I beamed at this random act of kindness on her behalf.  As the women passed by her each said thank you and she beamed outwardly.

Sharing a crayon

Back in the car I gave voice to my pride and we talked about what she had done.  

Learning through watching

She knew it was the right thing to do because she had watched the adults around her do the same thing - hold the door open for old people, people carrying babies or parcels and for people with physical disabilities like her cousin.

Learning through experiencing

As we pulled out of the parking lot I asked her if people are always thankful when she holds doors for them.  She sat for a while and then said no sometimes they ignore her and just walk away and once they got mad and told her to just go away.  Luckily these experiences did not happen often and were outweighed by the positive experiences.

What are you teaching your children or grandchildren?

Helping to mail a letter

Children are watching and learning not only from us (family), daily life (school and neighbourhood) but also TV and other media.  They will observe negative behaviours like smoking and drinking, rudeness and resolving differences with violence as well.  Better that we reinforce the values we want them to adopt by deliberately talking about their actions and the actions of others.  And better still that we focus on the positive values: make note of their Random Acts of Kindness.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls 

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