Saturday, 27 September 2014

A Responsible Deed

With fresh clementine’s in our shopping bag we had our supper on this our first day in Toronto.
“Stop, stop please!  Did you buy the parmesan cheese, yes, yes you did, can I please see your receipt please I need to make sure.”  Upon seeing our receipt she relaxed and apologized for forgetting to place our cheese slicer in the bag.  She takes the cheese slicer and places it in our bag and runs back to the Global Cheese in Kensington Market.

15 minutes before we purchased Quince preserve, Fig and Almond paste, Calamata Olives, Parmesan Cheese, a box of gluten free crackers and a cheese slicer.

So it is that this blog is a shout out to the Global Cheese Shoppe in Kensington Market a store where it employees are valued for their integrity and honesty.  Oh and the cheese is really good.

When was the last time you experienced a shoppe owner or worker showing this level of integrity?
How are you as a (grand)parent teaching your children integrity?

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Friday, 26 September 2014

Tomatoe and Eggplant Bake

Foodie Friday

It is that time of year again when we start to put our garden to bed for the winter and so we picked all of our eggplants and most of the tomatoes.  And thus this recipe came into being. 

Eggplant and tomatoes are a natural together as is parmesan cheese add onions, sour cream more cheese and you have a wonderful hot meal.

  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 cups shredded eggplant
  • 4 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup swiss cheese shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Chop all of your vegetables
  2. Sautee the onions until clear
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the onions, eggplant, tomatoes, sour cream, spices, and swiss cheese
  4. Mix well
  5. Grease a 11 x 9 casserole dish and add your ingredients
  6. Top with the parmesan and mozzarella cheese
  7. Bake in a 350 ° F oven for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft

This makes a great potluck dish

Enjoy from our table to yours
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sunday, 21 September 2014

International Day of Peace

Peace Sunday

September 21, 2014

In the days leading up to today the news has been full of professional football players, how violence plays out in their homes and our response has been outrage.  Yet should it be when the same types of violence play out every day all around us?

Violence in our homes!

Our homes are to be places of safety, comfort, support, refuge, acceptance, fun, play and rest yet for many it is the last place they want to be.  It is where they encountered violence for the first time and where violence become normalized and even accepted as necessary.

Too many of our children approach the front doors of their homes with trepidation and fear, watchful for the signs of stress, frustration, and anger from the people who love them.    Alert for that moment when their home becomes a war zone, a private personal war that they cannot escape.  

That moment when hands that gently wipe away tears from a nightmare turn into weapon of pain.

If we cannot create spaces of peace within our own four walls we will never do it on a global scale!

I vividly remember a friend at school telling the story of how an elderly neighbour would wait at her front door to beckon my friend over as she passed.  The elderly neighbour would then tell her that there had been a great deal of yelling from her home and might my friend want to wait with the neighbour until her father got home.  She never took the invitation but said she would walk around the block building up enough courage to cross the threshold because it was her home - it was her personal war zone.

As neighbours, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends we must find our voices and challenge the privacy the violence of the home.  It can no longer be a space where private and deadly wars are fought.  

The United Nations has designated today as the International Day of Peace let us start by bringing peace to the family home.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

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