Saturday, 7 June 2014

Durham Herb Fair

The 2014 Durham Ontario Herb Fair


We spent a wonderful morning walking around the Durham Herb Fair.  This event has been a spring tradition for many families and I look forward to picking out my kitchen herb pots along with visiting with local crafts people and farmers.

Orange flower

Each year the attendance at this wonderful example of a community fair is getting smaller and smaller.  The reason is believed to be the introduction of herbs at local grocery store garden centres.  This is very unfortunate! 

Next year consider a drive to Durham Ontario CA and attend the Herb Fair held the first Saturday in June every year.
 Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Friday, 6 June 2014

Great is Thy Faithfulness


Clouds outlined by the sun

I live, work and breath words every moment of my waking hours.  I am good at my trade, my job and it is words!  Words spoken and thought about designed to influence, describe, challenge, support, comfort, and understand. 

Words that help me enter into the reality of other people.

Words meant to redefine the reality we live in.

Words that help me understand myself and my relationship to the world.

And lately I have become worried that my human words are too limiting for my Creator, my God.  That through my dependence on words I am limiting God in my life and I am creating a God that is too human, too small, and too vengeful.

A Barn with storm clouds in the sky above

I took my worry to the Caring and Sharing time in our small Mennonite Church Service and asked if others would join with me in a weekly time of meditation of silence.

I can only speak of my experience as we did not share words.  We shared only the human noise of movement, and body.

I sought to stop thinking, to just experience God in God’s house.  I positioned myself comfortably and began the repetition of the Jesus prayer as I know it.

Lord Jesus Christ Holy Son of God 
have mercy on me for I am a sinner

The sun breaking through clouds over the ocean

A clock somewhere in the building comfortably measured each second and soon my mantra and breathing matched the tick tock.  When my mind wondered I patiently brought it back to the mantra.  

I had taken with me a Bible, hymnal, pencil and journal to write in.  I was unsure how these would fit into my time of silence and at some point I opened the Bible and was drawn to words chronicling the families of the Old Testament.

I struggle against the conscious attempts to understand the meaning behind these words - I went back to the mantra.  At some later point I had words to write down.

You are a daughter of creation

This became my mantra thereafter and my spirit grew in the knowledge of a personal God that Love Me!

Sometime later I found myself opening the Hymnal and the hymn was Great is Thy Faithfulness.  I silently sang the words of this hymn to God and my spirit soared higher.

You are a daughter of creation and “I change not, my compassions, they fail not.  As I have been I forever will be”  

The rays of the sun breaking through clouds

I am faithful to you my daughter whom I created

In the silence I created space for God to nurture my soul.

I will return next week and once again silence my words so that I can notice the voice of God.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush 

We planted eggplant again this spring and with the abundant crop last year I have started to experiment with new eggplant recipes.   Baba Ganoush seemed an easy one to try ~ we grow three of the ingredients in our own gardens, eggplant, garlic and parsley.

On our first attempt we realized too late into the process that we had no parsley our plant had wilted so there were no usable leaves I did have on hand fresh dill.   

We enjoy the taste of dill and we were hooked on Baba Ganoush.  I proudly took it to work for my co-workers to sample and was confused when they said that it was not Baba Ganoush because of the dill ~ they liked what we had made and none travelled home with me.

For this post we made the same recipe and used the now green and hearty broad leaf parsley.  The favour is good we enjoy the strong garlic flavour with the freshness of the parsley.

Our  favourite remains the eggplant dish made with the dill weed.  I have no idea what to call it if in fact I cannot call it Baba Ganoush.

 You can decide which you like, enjoy!

1 large Eggplant
½ cup lemon juice
1 whole garlic bulb roasted
½ tsp salt
1 cup Tahini Past
1 tablespoons minced dill weed or parsley

Eggplant and garlic on a cooking sheet


Bake the garlic cloves and eggplant in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes or until done
Skin the eggplant and garlic and add to the blender
Add all of the other ingredients blend well
Refrigerate the Baba Ganoush overnight and then serve.

Eggplant on the vine

Help me find new and interesting eggplant recipes what is your favourite?

 Grandma Snyder
©2013- 2015 twosnydergirls

Sunset at the beach reflected

Four images of how the sunset is reflected in the waves Grandma Snyder ©twosnydergirls