Saturday, 6 December 2014

Children's Crafts Felted Soap

A gift even small children can have fun making.
Felted Soap

Children of all ages love to play in soap bubbles and water.  As a parent and grandparent I have fond memories of my children standing on chairs at the kitchen sink washing the plastic dishes, OK really they were playing in the bubbles and water.  This children's craft builds on this fun activity with the added reward of a wonderful gift to give away or use themselves.

You will need:

  • a bar soap
  • the foot of a nylon
  • sink with warm water (Note: with older children use hot water and the felting will happen faster)
  • wool roving (we purchased ours at the local wool shop)

Directions:
  1. Let your child pick the colour of roving they want to wrap their bar of soap in.  Keep the layers thin it is OK if the soap shows through.
  2. Place the roving covered bar of soap carefully in the nylon stocking.
  3. Soak the stocking  in the water and then play.  Rub, pat,  squeeze your soap, be rough with it that is how the wool felts and this is when the  children get to have fun.
  4. If you would like to have multiple colours, carefully take the bar out of the stocking and wrap with second colour, rep steps 1 - 3 and add a third colour if desired.
  5. Once done set your bars of felted soap on a rack to dry.


Note: the third layer did not felt in before the children were tired of playing.  We did not worry because as the soap is being used by the recipient of the this gift it will continue to felt.

This is a wonderful craft and as I write this I can imagine an adult turning tub time with small children into craft time.  Bring all of the supplies into the bathroom and let the children play in the tub while at the same time making gifts for grandparents.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Friday, 5 December 2014

Wild Rice Refrigerator (vegetable) Soup Gluten Free

Foodie Friday



There comes a time every few weeks when the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator cry out to be cleaned and this creates an opportunity to create vegetable soup.  While the vegetable combination in the soup will change with what remains in the refrigerator the base remains the same.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Basil
  • 2 Tablespoon garlic salt
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Pesto Spices
  • 3 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomatoe paste
  • 1 Tablespoon White wine vinegar
  • 1 can 28oz. chickpeas
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 5 cups vegetable broth or water


Directions:
  1. Using the most wilted on the vegetables in a large stock pot add 5 cups of water your spices and the wilted vegetables.  Place the pot on the stove to cook.
  2. Peel and prepare the rest of the vegetables adding all the bits that you cut off to your stock pot and placing the cleaned and chopped vegetables back in the refrigerator.
  3. Do not be afraid of adding cabbage, beets or turnip to your soup each adds their unique flavour making each batch of soup unique.
  4. We let our stock pot cook for about 2.5 hours on medium low heat, you can let it cook longer if you want. 
  5. While your stock is cooking cook the wild rice as per directions
  6. Once the stock is done pour the liquid through a sieve and add the cooked vegetable matter to your compost.
  7. Return the stock to the pot and add your diced vegetables, tomatoes, tomatoe paste, vinegar, chickpeas and wild rice.
  8. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables cooked and serve with salt and pepper to taste.


From our table to yours

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

10 Things To Tell Your Children and Grandchildren this Christmas

Source The Graphic Fairy

As grandparents and parents now is your opportunity to share your memories and to help your children and grandchildren get to know you as more than their parent, as a person, as part of their history. Give the gift of your memories.

A gift I gave to an Aunt when I was child which
was gifted back to me as an adult and all the
memories associated.

10 Memories of Christmas to share:

  1. Your strongest memory of spending time with your Grandparents at Christmas.
  2. A memorable Christmas gift you received as a child.
  3. As a child a gift or ornament that you remember making at school and giving to your parents.
  4. A school Christmas Pageant that you remember being in.
  5. A Christmas Eve tradition from your childhood.
  6. A Christmas morning tradition in your childhood.
  7. A Christmas ornament that you remember or now have from your Grandparents Christmas Tree.
  8. Favourite Christmas Carol.
  9. Favourite Christmas Cookie.
  10. Favourite Christmas Food. 

In this age of limitless information and social networking that allows our children to connect to strangers all over the world it is imperative that they know us that they know their story and feel a strong connection to family.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2014 twosnydergirls

Rabbits of the apple orchard

Four images of the rabbits this October in the apple orchard Grandma Snyder ©2013-2017 twosnydergirls