Friday, 8 August 2014

Apple Cinnamon French Toast

Breakfast at Grandpa’s house is never dull and often includes ice cream and candy from Grandpa’s candy drawer.  Today we are sharing with you a family favourite, Sautéed Apples on French Toast.

  • 4 pieces of bread
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 3 apples peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • Maple Syrup
  • (ice cream, and a candy drawer)

  • Beat your eggs and milk together adding the vanilla
  • Dip your bread into the egg mixture, be careful not to over soak the bread
  • Fry the bread in a little coconut oil until brown on both sides and place in a warming oven.
  • While the French toast is cooking have someone peel and slice the apples.  We like using the press slicer because we do not have to worry about little fingers getting cut.
  • Toss the apples in the lemon juice to prevent browning
  • Once the French toast is done sautéed the apple in the remaining coconut oil until brown
  • Place the apples atop the French toast sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and top with maple syrup.

Alternatively, make a rabbits face or add ice cream, jelly beans and one large marshmallow

Regardless if you have it plain for with candy enjoy!

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Monday, 4 August 2014

Bike helmets for a safe summer

“We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do. We should set them an example that we wish them to imitate.”
― Brigham Young 
family wearing their bike helmets

Have you ever observed a family out biking together the children are outfitted with bike helmets while Mom and Dad ride without?  They are looking after their children’s well-being while taking chances with their own. 

And a few weeks ago Grandpa Snyder was in the process of setting out with our grandchildren without his helmet.

 A wise woman once told me that parents should look after their needs first because who else will look after the children and this wisdom is replicated when you board a plane with a child.  Here you are told to put on your life jacket or place your oxygen mask on before you looking after your child.

We want our (grand)children to be safe and happy and they want us to be the same.

Keep yourself and your children safe while out enjoying exercise and fresh air together wear your helmet too.

I am not an authority on how to safely wear a bike helmet so I have included two link from institutions that are.  The first is to a link to the Ontario government's young cyclist PDF booklet.

And to Sick Children Hospital page on keeping our (grand)children safe this summer.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Finding God’s Message in Unusual Places

On a walk to the park

It was one of the weekends that our granddaughters were staying with us, and just when grandpa and I were looking to sit down for a few minutes, Ruth calls out “let’s go to the park, please Grandpa!”

As we walked the three blocks to the park Emily notices a stone laying in the gutter and picks it up.  “Grandma what does this mean?” 

Jesus is coming back soon!

My first reaction was mild outrage.  I have been struggling of late with Christian messages that use fear to motivate belief and so some reason this nonthreatening message sparked that reaction in me.

Emily quickly turns the stone over and on the other side she reads.

Are you looking for him?

I reach over and hugged Emily and I am brought to tears.  God had placed a teachable moment in both Emily’s and I path literally and figuratively.

As a hugged Emily I talked about how through Jesus God brought love and healing back into this world.  That all we have to do is look for God’s love and we can see it, the love that Jesus freely gave to us.

This was not a message of fear and damnation it was reminder to look for Christ’s love today in this very moment.  To see when Christ’s love is being offered to you and where you can offer it to others.

Later as we watched the children play Emily noticed a little girl trying to catch a balloon being blown on the wind, Emily left her play and ran after the balloon giving in back to the now crying child.  The child's mother thanks Emily and the little girl stopped crying.  

Emily looked over at me and raised the stone into the air, and my heart soared with gratitude.  Thank you Lord for this teachable moment

Matthew 25:35-40 (NIV)
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me
 Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

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