Saturday, 30 August 2014

Preparation for death ~ Mother Teresa

Everyday is a preparation for death.  By realizing this, it helps somehow, because what the dying to through today, I will go through tomorrow.  Death is nothing expect going back to him, where he is and where we belong ~ Mother Teresa
Again this past week I stood witness to the passing of a child becoming an adult and I take comfort in these words of Mother Teresa's. 

From the moment of our birth we are on a journey back to the creator.  For some the journey will be long and for others very short.  

We each journey a different path and we journey alone.  

Along our journey we find friendship, love, struggle and trauma and we stand witness to the lives, to those who journey the closest to us.

I pray that when my journey comes to an end I can meet it with courage and rejoicing.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Friday, 29 August 2014

Summer Squash and Swiss Chard

Sautéed Summer Squash on a Bed of Swiss Chard

We have an abundance of Yellow crookneck squash in our ThreeSister Garden and because this type of squash is meant to be eaten while still immature we are experimenting with it in many of our favourite recipes.

In searching the web I came across this great publication with some interesting recipes I hope you enjoy it.
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For this gluten and dairy free recipe you will need:

  • Swiss Chard 3 cups uncooked per person
  • 4 yellow summer squash cut into ¼ inches slices
  • 3 cups of mushrooms of your choice also sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut oil
  • ½ inch of fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed

  1. Prepared your vegetables and set them aside
  2. In a deep frying pan with a lid add the coconut oil and mushroom, garlic, ginger, squash and saut̩ until the mushroom are cooked to your liking and you can smell the ginger Рdo not place the lid on the frying pan.
  3. Now add the Swiss chard and place the lid over the frying pan DO NOT STIR.  Check every few minutes and once the Swiss chard has turned bright green the dish is ready to serve.
  4. Divide the Swiss chard among the plates to be service adding the mushroom and squash on top.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I hope you enjoy this as much was we have.

There is an added benefit of gardening with children they will try new food if they helped grow it.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Knitting the Sky

July 2014

 July was a cloudy and stormy month.  While there was usually blue sky peeking through there was almost always clouds in the sky. 

From The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley

   I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
         And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
         I change, but I cannot die.
For after the rain when with never a stain
         The pavilion of Heaven is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams
         Build up the blue dome of air,
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,
         And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb,
         I arise and unbuild it again.

Knitting the Sky is the creative genius of  Leafcutter Designs and I encourage you to visit their website and begin to knit your sky.

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The yarn used in this project was purchased from Docknits in Port Elgin Ontario

Join me in Knitting the sky.  

Just look up and pick up your knitting needles.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Monday, 25 August 2014

Gifts that Grandparents Give

There are many gifts that we can give our grandchildren.

  • We can purchase gifts from a store
  • We can hand down family heirlooms - a gift of family history
  • We can use our talents and make gifts
  • And we can gift them our time.
The gifts that I remember with clarity and that continue to hold meaning were gifts of time by my grandparents, aunts and uncles.  
Time spent:
  • in the raspberry patch with my Grandmother
  • with my grandfather going on early morning drives
  • cleaning peaches and learning to preserve with Aunts
  • summer vacations on the farm with Uncles
  • visiting family in the USA and so much more.

We are hard wired to seek out relationships, to know that we belong, that we are important.  Having an active, dependable, trusting relationship with a grandparent is the greatest gift that we can give.

How do you gift your time to the important children in your life?

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2013 twosnydergirls

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I spent much of the weekend making these two journals to travel to Victoria BC with our son.  I do enjoy making journals. Grandma Sny...