Saturday, 24 May 2014

Mother Teresa Quote - Kind Words

Kind Word

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless
~ Mother Teresa

Where are the echoes of kind words in your life?

What kind words will you speak this weekend?

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Friday, 23 May 2014

My Mother's Prayer

This song is one of the hidden blessings that God presented us with that March afternoon in the Laundromat at Pirateland and I would like to share it with you.  
Light pink and dark pink blossoms
My Mother’s Prayer
No 59 from Songs of Inspiration
By John T. Benson Publishing Company 1949
I never can forget the day I heard my mother kindly say,
“You’re leaving now my tender care; Remember, child, your mother’s prayer”
Whenever I think of her so dear, I feel her angel spirit near;
A voice comes floating on the air, Reminding me of mother’s prayer.

I never can forget the voice that always made my heart rejoice;
The’ I have wandered God knows where, Still I remember Mother’s prayer.
Whenever I think of her so dear, I feel her angel spirit near;
A voice comes floating on the air, Reminding me of mother’s prayer.

Moss growing on tree roots

Tho’ years have gone, I can’t forget Those words of joy – I hear them yet;
 I see her by the old armchair, My mother, dear, in humble pray’r.
Whenever I think of her so dear, I feel her angel spirit near;
A voice comes floating on the air, Reminding me of mother’s prayer.

Church yard

I never can forget the hour I felt the Savior’s cleansing pow’r
My sin and guilt He canceled there, “Twas there he answered mothers pray’r.
O, praise the Lord for saving grace! We’ll meet up yonder face to face;
The home above together share, In answer to my mother’s pray’r.

Sun rising above a cloud
By J. W. Van De Venter
W.S. Weeden

I was able to find a printable pdf of this song words and lyrics if you would like to rediscover or learn anew this wonderful song - Click here for the link 

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Sweet Potatoe Sandwich Bread

Gluten Free

Sandwich Bread

Sweet Potatoe Sandwich Bread Gluten Free

Our local Independent grocery store has started to carry Raw Sweet Potatoe Flour and I purchased some and went home to try it in my favourite Sandwich Bread recipe.  The result was a rich moist bread.  
two slices of Sweet Potatoe Bread with fresh strawberry jam


1 cup brown rice flour
1 3/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon yeast
1 1/2 cups raw sweet potatoe flour
2/3 cup milk powder
1/3 cup corn starch 
1/3 cup sorghum flour 
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut oil

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  and grease your loaf pan with coconut oil and line the pan with a parchment paper sling.
  2. Mix the honey, yeast and warm water in a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Your yeast should active and bobble.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients and in a separate bowl
  4. Combine all wet ingredients including the yeast
  5. Combined wet and dry ingredients mixing at a low speed for about 6 minutes.
  6. Bake for one hour or until a test stick comes out clean

two slices of Sweet Potatoe Bread with fresh strawberry jam
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Gardening on May 24th, 2014

Gardening with Grandchildren

Young child wearing gardening gloves

Ruth was at Grandpa and Grandma's house this weekend to help with the gardening.  I don't know about you but I like to start each new gardening season with a new pair of gardening gloves.  Ruth saw the pair she is wearing at our local Independent grocery store and fell in love.  Of course a pink flower to match her pink gloves also was purchased.
Young child planting forget-me-nots in a cow shaped planter

Ruth has always loved the resin cow shaped planter that I gave Paul many years ago now.  She started her gardening adventure this weekend by falling in love with  the blue forget-me-nots that grow wild in the spring in all of my gardens (OK I also love the early blooming blue flowers).  She asked Grandpa to help her transplant them.  She was very proud of her pot of small blue flowers until she found the pink geranium which you can see it the first picture of this post.

Ruth also helped me pull weeds and transplant perennials from the back garden to the front flower beds.  We cutting down on the number of flower gardens and increasing our vegetable and herb production this year.  We want to eat as healthy as we can and growing our own vegetables and fresh herbs is one way we can to this, be outside, and have fun with our grandchildren.
Sunshine rainbows from a garden hose

Ruth loved making rainbows with the gardening hose.  At one point while we were both on our knees in the dirt pulling the volunteer maple saplings from the flower bed, Ruth stopped and said

Grandma is this your sandbox?

Yes Ruth our gardens are Grandpa and Grandma's sandboxes, the place we play in the mud and dirt.
Young girl planting radishes in a container garden
 This is our second year of planting radishes, spinach in plastic eave-trough mounted to the wall of our house.  The height is just right for Ruth to work in. To make this container garden you purchase the length of eave-trough you will need purchase a stopper for each end, drill drainage holes in the bottom and mount.  This type of a garden needs watering everyday if it is in a place where there is full sun and making a shade cover is always best.

Apple and Pear blossoms

I will end this gardening post with a photograph of the apple and pear blossoms as they appeared in our garden this weekend.

Happy Gardening Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Monday, 19 May 2014

Your Internal Critic

Do not compare your insides to someone else's outsides

We live isolated, inside the context of our personal internal dialogue: our thoughts, perceptions and emotions and it is from this isolated position we live out our lives in the very public physical world around us.

What is the impact of having to live within these two absolutely opposite environments?  My private and personal thoughts, perceptions interpret the public world for me yet what I believe about others and myself is not necessary true.

For much of my life and with increasing frequency as I grow older my internal thoughts find me looking at other women my age and believing they are happier, more beautiful, more loved and financially better off than me.

I compare myself/my inside thoughts to the other women’s outside appearances and for some of those women they are comparing themselves/their inside thoughts to my outside appearance.

Here is the punch line:

I want to be more like them and they want to be more like me.

I have started on a path to mindfulness.  A path that is challenging me to pay attention to my undisciplined and self-critical thoughts so that I can teach my mind to identify thoughts I want to stop and replace them with thoughts that affirm and encourage.

Don't compare your insides


other people's outsides!

What is your internal critic telling you?  Know that it is not true and then tell your internal critic the same thing.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls 

Envelope Junk Journal make in a day

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