Saturday, 14 March 2015

Science Fairs

The season of school science projects is here and our granddaughters received a bronze medal for their contribution this year.  The discussions around a possible project have be the subject of dinner time conversation and each time the realization of a possible project formed in their young minds.

It is important that (grand)parents encourage and support children in the planning and execution of the project.  This does not means we do the work.  

We encourage, re-frame blunders as opportunities of try again and to transport the project to school and attend when the public is invited it.

Just as an added note the girls found that Root Beer was the most corrosive pop on teeth

What was your (grand)child’s science project this year?

Grandma Snyder

© 2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Friday, 13 March 2015

Hot Tuna Macaroni Salad

Foodie Friday

Hot Tuna Macaroni Salad was a favourite childhood meal and one that unfortunately had to be given up until recently when I found “Organic Ancient Quinoa Harvest” Rotelle - Gluten Free Pasta

This is not a paid product insert as in all other post the products I highlight are ones I use and find noteworthy.  Ancient Quinoa is just such a product it has great flavour and the noodles hold together, can be frozen and reheated without any loss of flavour or textures.

So from my childhood ‘Mother’ tuna macaroni salad.

Hot Tuna Macaroni Salad

  • 1 package spiral noodles cooked as per package
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ can of milk
  • 1 large can Tuna packed in water

  1. In a large casserole dish add the peas, celery, onion, cream of mushroom soup and ½ a can of milk mix well
  2. Mix in your cooked noodles and
  3. Top with grated cheese
  4. Bake in a 350 ° F for 30 minutes or until the casserole is heated through

From our table to yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Crocheting The 2015 Sky

February 2015

 “February 7, 1878, Glistening sun to-day, with slight haze, and yet tart…in which I study the sky, the light, the leafless trees, and an occasional crow, with flapping wings, flying overhead.  The brown fields have a few white patches of snow left” Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

And here is what February 2014 looked like!

February 2014
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Potential is in this moment

How many wasted moments have been spent worrying about something in the dim distance; a test, job interview, medical appointment, retirement and did one of those collective moments of worry do any good?  More than likely not if all you did was worry!

Recently we overheard one of our grandchildren lament that she was worried about a math test, she had not done well on the previous test and now was anticipating the next. 

We could have said Well have you studied? or You will need to study? or even worse I know you will do OK as none of these statements would help her deal with the worry that was 'clearly at hand'.

We asked her to think of one thing she could do right now.  Of course she offered, that she could study and had no intention of doing so, as she visited at our home.  We asked the question again and asked her to think of how we could help.  After a few minutes she offered we could do times tables and so an enjoyable half hour was spent reciting times tables and laughing at our mistakes.  Her worry disappeared in the face of taking advantage of an at hand opportunity.

In this way we hope that we are modelling behaviour that teaching them to take advantage of what is a hand - being mindful.  

That regret for yesterday and worry for tomorrow steals from you the potential that is your now.

Grandma Snyder

2013-2015 twosnydergirls

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