Friday, 28 November 2014

Creamy Mushroom and Edamame Soup Gluten Free Dairy

Foodie Friday

As the cold and dark takes over the evening hours we bring in the last of our garden kale to use in this full bodied soup.  By using frozen edamame beans instead of peas, or green beans you increase the protein content of this soup.

  • 2 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups of chopped kale
  • 1 large leek chopped
  • 3 cups frozen shelled edamame beans
  • 3 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 5 cups of vegetable broth

  1. Sauté the leek and mushroom until the leeks are translucent
  2. Add the vegetable broth and all the vegetables
  3. Cook until the vegetables are cook
  4. Blended into a creamy consistency
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste

From our table to yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Knitting the Sky

   October 2014

That orbèd maiden with white fire laden,

         Whom mortals call the Moon,
Glides glimmering o'er my fleece-like floor,
         By the midnight breezes strewn;
And wherever the beat of her unseen feet,
         Which only the angels hear,
May have broken the woof of my tent's thin roof,
         The stars peep behind her and peer;
And I laugh to see them whirl and flee,
         Like a swarm of golden bees,
When I widen the rent in my wind-built tent,
         Till calm the rivers, lakes, and seas,
Like strips of the sky fallen through me on high,
         Are each paved with the moon and these.
Excerpt from The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley

October provided what felt like equal amounts of sun and cloud, yet in most of the pictures that I took show cloud cover and the knitting would also support a very cloudy month.

Knitting the Sky is the creative genius of Leafcutter Designs.
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The Yarn used is from Docknits in Port Elgin Ontario
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As we come to the last few months of 2014 if you are thinking about knitting the sky in 2015 all you need to do purchase your yarn, look up and pick up your knitting needles.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Craft for Children

Button Ball Christmas Ornaments 

Grandma! Grandma!
The Christmas decorations are out!
Now can we start making Christmas crafts for the blog!?

So off we went to Grandma’s Craft Room and set scattering magazines, newspaper clipping everywhere as we looked for a Christmas craft that the girls agreed upon and where do you think we found our first ornament for 2014?

Pinterest of course

 We followed the direction on The Navy Stripe blog

Lessons Learned

  1. Purchase your Styrofoam balls from the craft section of the dollar store not the Christmas section.  In the Christmas section the balls were 3 for $1.00 and the same balls were 6 for $1.00 in the craft section.  The Christmas balls did have ribbon already glued on and applying your own ribbon allows your child to match ribbon and buttons.
  2. Do not use the dollar store pins as the shafts are too fine and the length of the pin too short.  They work their way out of the ball too easily and become a hazard to stocking feet.  We purchased our pins at the local fabric shop with much better success.  Also if you are purchasing pins with a particular colour head get too boxes so that you do not run out.
  3. Check out your button jar to ensure you have bright coloured buttons and a lot of them.  I found in our local dollar store small packages of same coloured buttons and added these to the button jar.
  4. We dipped the end of each pin in white craft glue to help adhere the pin in the   styrofoam ball.

Ruth has always loved searching through the button jar for treasures so she decided to use mixed button for her balls which she named “Candy Passion”

Emily added her own touch and grabbed the box of craft beads and created “Snowflake Explosion”.  Here it is important to make sure the beads are shorter than your pins so that they stay stuck in the styrofoam ball.

I used pink buttons and created “Candyfloss Christmas"

You will need:
  • Styrofoam Balls you can decided on the size
  • Long straight pins with beaded heads
  • Buttons lots of button in any colour
  • White glue – a puddle on a plate for each child.
  • 1 hour
  • Snacks
  • A table
  • Good conversation

Have fun

CAUTION – like all Christmas decorations these are not toys and once completed they should be hung up to be admired from afar.
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Sunset at the beach reflected

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