Saturday, 10 January 2015

Family Rules How Do You Butter a Muffin

Family Rules

How do you butter a muffin?

Butter individual pieces
 Family rules we all have them, we follow them without even knowing they exist and we expect others to intuitively follow them as well - there in lays the problem.

So how do you butter a muffin? This was cause for raised voices and tears the other day.  Sitting at a table near us one child cut the top off their muffin and proceeded to butter both halves, this child was clearly following the unspoken rule of the family. Whereas his sister started to butter the top of the her uncut muffin she had violated a family rule and the adults with her responded with  "what are you doing! Butter that muffin properly" and as identified earlier there was an ensuing argument which included:

  • I like to eat it this way (I don't care)
  • Mom lets me eat it this way (I don't care followed by an eye roll to the female's adults male partner) and it ended with tears and an uneaten muffin.
Buttering the muffin top uncut
I asked our grandchildren how many ways they could think of to butter a muffin.  What fun they had exploring this question:

  1. There is the traditional cut the top off the muffin and butter top and bottom.
  2. The equally traditional cut the muffin in half from top to bottom and butter both halves
  3. Ruth's favourite butter the top, eat the top with butter, butter the next level and continue eating this way.
  4. Butter the bottom and eat up to the top.
  5. Emily's favourite pull off a piece of muffin butter it and eat repeat until the muffin is gone.
  6. And my favourite butter any piece of the muffin you want, dunk it in your coffee and eat.

All result in the muffin being eaten,

 all were acceptable in this achieving the objective

Family rules as seen through the experience of buttering a muffin is light hearted at worst yet many family rules need to be seen through this lens and then relegated from a rule to personal preference, because many of the "rules" we carry with us are just that the personal preference of some long ago forgotten relative.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Friday, 9 January 2015

Sauerkraut and Turkey Sausage Stew

Foodie Friday 
The hint of caraway gives this stew a wonderful flavour
Growing up in a German Mennonite home sauerkraut was often on the menu and it brings back fond memories of Sunday night suppers in my family home.  This is a wonderful hearty stew that is not overpowered by the taste of sauerkraut rather it adds to the full rich flavour. We hope you enjoy this stew as much as we do.

  • 1 lb turkey sausage cut into bite size pieces
  • 6 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 carrots cubed
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 4 celery stalks cubed
  • 6 cups vegetable broth (we use our homemade broth)
  • 2 cups sauerkraut drained and rinsed
  • 3 parsnips cubed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 Bay leaves 
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste  


  1. chop and cube all your vegetables
  2. in a heavy stew pot add your turkey sausage, onion, garlic and mushrooms allow these to saute on medium high heat until the onions are clear
  3. add your vegetable broth
  4. add all other ingredients and cook on medium heat for 40 minutes
  5. remove bay leaves and add the quinoa and cook for another 15 minutes

Serves 8 @ approximately 203 calories per serving

From our table to yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Monday, 5 January 2015

Mindfulness Play with Children and Words

A moment of Mindfulness

Standing on the pier with our granddaughters we each decided to describe what was happening in the water below us, we created a word painting.  This activity brought each of us into a single moment of mindfulness as we played with words and our experience as the water and sand played beneath us.


Clouds of sand exploding as the ocean floor reaches heavenward in an effort to hold back the sea, create gossamer ripples of current .  Higher the ocean floor reaches and the sea takes on an urgency propelling torrents of foam every forward in its wake.

The first droplets of green sea to pull themselves out of the torrent, dance effortlessly on top of the wave while the last are caught in the roar and crash as the ocean floor makes one last effort to hold back the sea.

In the collision of sea and land gossamer water is transformed into white storm clouds of foam that play themselves out on sand, while further out clouds of sand are being pushed up as the ocean floor rises up in an effort to hold back the sea.  
Children see and experience the world in wonderful ways and when we take the time to listen and create with them our world as adults expands and our children learn that their voices have the power to move us.

By Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

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