Friday, 7 November 2014

Pumpkin Cherry Breakfast Bake

Pumpkin Cherry Breakfast Bake GF

Foodie Friday


  • 2 cups puree pumpkin
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons pumpkin spice (We use the old Farmer’s Almanac pumpkin spice mix click here)
  • 4 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 cup gluten free oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup Chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups sour cherries (we used frozen cherries)


  1. Mix everything together in a bowl
  2. Pour into a 9x11 inch baking dish
  3. Place in a 400 F oven for 45 minutes
  4. Stir once during baking process

We like to eat it with pumpkin seeds and a few thawed cherries.

From our table to yours

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Sunday, 2 November 2014

How to help a worried child!

Grandma & Grandpa's Worry Jar

All children experience times of anxiety and worry.  To ignore or dismiss the signs of worry in our children is at best to miss a teachable moment and at worst it leaves them alone and powerless with their fears and worries.

As adults we share the things that worry us ~ those things that wakes us up at night or that intrudes upon our consciousness during moments of inactivity ~ we talk about them with friends, therapist, and we write them down.

Children experience worry and stress and have the same need to express them, to share.

Enter Grandma and Grandpa’s Worry Jar

It is a simple strategy with a powerful impact.  All it takes is a jar with a lid and slips of paper.  Sit down with a worried child and let them talk and offer them the worry jar.  They can write down or draw a picture of the worry and place it in Grandma’s worry jar.

Key in the implementation of the worry jar is a sincere promise by grandparents that they will keep the worry safe in the jar until the child wants it back.  We are not promising to make it go way or that it will be Ok because we know this may not be possible or true all we do is hold it for them.  

And be prepared for them to want to take their worries out of the jar on occasion to look at or to throw away.

In this way we are teaching and modeling for them two time tested strategies in dealing with worry and stress, talking and/or writing the things that worry us down.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Sunset at the beach reflected

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