Friday, 19 September 2014

Vegan Gluten Free Sloppy Joes

Foodie Friday

The Sloppy Joe found it’s beginning in the Great Depression when homemakers struggled to feed their families for less.  The Sloppy Joe by definition is loose meat in a tomato sauce, served over bread or between bread. 

Overtime Sloppy Joes have become a comfort food in both American and Canadian homes and while our Vegan Sloppy Joe does not contain meat it is made with loose Quinoa & Mushroom mix (click here for recipe) our meat substitute recipe.  We have also up-cycled the tomato sauce.  

  • 2 cups cooked Quinoa & Mushroom
  • 1 ½ cups of mushroom chopped
  • 1 cups of chopped onions
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 4 chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomatoe past
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of your favourite gluten free Italian spice mix.  We used Epicure Italian Dressing Seasoning.
  • 4 gluten free buns
  • Deep frying pan with lid

  1. Chop all your vegetables
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan and sauté onions until clear
  3. Add the rest of your vegetables and seasoning
  4. Cook the vegetables on low for 20 minutes with lid on
  5. Remove the lid and cook off most of the liquid and then add the tomatoe paste stir in.
  6. The last step is to add your cooked Quinoa and Mushroom cook for 3 minutes and service on your buns

Enjoy from our table to yours.
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Monday, 15 September 2014

Celebrating Halloween from Afar

Let your grandchild design your Jack-O-Lantern this year

 One of the questions that we were asked last year at this time was how grandparents living at a distance can celebrate Halloween with their grandchildren in a more active way, they wanted to do more than receive pictures of Halloween after the fact.

Too begin to solve this dilemma we looked at what children like to do.  Children love to draw and then to find their drawings displayed on refrigerators, walls and on the social media platforms that they share with their grandparents, thus this activity was born.

Step #1
Call your children and explain the process to them so that they understand what you are attempting to do and in this way they can help their children.

Step #2
Write, call, Skype or facetime your grandchildren and explain that what you would like is for them to design your Jack-O-Lantern this year.  That you want them to draw you a picture of a pumpkins face.  Here is where the communication with your children is important given the age of your grandchild. 

Step #3
Once they have created one or a few of these pictures ask them mail the drawing to you, using either land mail or electronic mail, being able to print off the picture is important.

Step #4
When you receive your pictures decided on how many Jack-O-Lanterns you are going create and set to work replicating the drawings as best you can. 
Here you have some choices:
  • You can carve your pumpkin the old fashion way or
  • You can paint your pumpkin (this is my choice as I like to use pie pumpkins)

Step #5
Once your Jack-o-lantern is finished take a picture of the drawing next to your pumpkin and to really thrill your grandchildren be dressed up in a Halloween costume yourself and get into the picture.  I recommend not a selfie have a friend take the picture.

Step #6
Send this picture back to them.

When I talked to my granddaughters about this activity they thought it would be even better if the parents and grandchild used one of the same picture "twin Jack-O-Lanterns" 

We would love to see pictures of your Jack-o-lanterns.  Remember that the memories we give our grandchildren is of us having fun so dress up!

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Joy, Good Medicine

At this stage of our lives we need to make a choice.
A choice that impacts the impression our children, grandchildren will have of us.
That will inform their decision to visit or stay away.

Do we live with a joyful heart or are we dried bones?

How do I live in Joy? 
To answer this question I went in search of a definition for joy.

Joy the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation:the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.a state of happiness or felicity.a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated:

I find joy in my grandchildren and their parents my children.

Do you find joy in the children you know - nieces, nephew, grandchildren?

Let them know that they bring joy into our lives.
Express that joy and live with an open heart.
Be remembered as joyful

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

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