Friday, 24 April 2015

Sour Cherry Dumplings

There are those recipes that bring back childhood memories of kitchens, sweet boiling syrup, and windows steamed over with the moist rich mist coming off the stove.  Sour Cherry Dumplings is just such a recipe.  We have adapted the recipe to be gluten and dairy free and as requested we have included the original recipe as well.

  • 1 cup of gluten free pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond milk (or your favourite none dairy milk)

Sour Cherry Sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (this made the syrup brown in colour you can substitute with any sweetener of your choice)
  • 2 cups cherries
  • 2 drops almond extract

  1. Place all ingredients for the sauce in a medium sauce pan with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Stir until the sauce begins to boil and then turn the heat down to low

  1. Mix the dry ingredients
  2. Add almond milk to the dry ingredient just until combined do not over mix
  3. Drop the dumplings one spoonful at a time into the sauce
  4. Cover and let boil on low for 15 minutes

Note:  if the sauce is too thick do not be afraid to add more water

Original Recipe

From our table to yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Crocheting The 2015 Sky

March 2015


“The cock is crowing, The stream is flowing,
The small birds twitter,
The lake doth glitter, The green field sleeps in the sun;
The oldest and youngest, Are at work with the strongest;
The cattle are grazing, Their heads never raising;
There are forty feeding like one!
Like an army defeated, The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill, On the top of the bare hill;
The Plowboy is whooping-anon-anon:
There’s joy in the mountains; There’s life in the fountains;
Small clouds are sailing, The rain is over and gone!”

~ William Wordsworth

For my yarns I go to Docknits in Port Elgin and now they have an online store that we all can shop from.  

I have a problem that I am hoping you can help me solve,
What should I make with 52 granny squares that measure 6 inches square?  
What are do you suggest?

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Planting Grandma's Coleus

I can remember my Grandmother and Aunt Marjorie over wintering coleus and geraniums plants.  All winter I would watch the coleus get bigger and more spindly and the geraniums hanging in the basement gets dryer and more dead looking.

Then in the spring these wise women of my childhood would cut the coleus into small pieces and shake the dry dirt off the geraniums and plant both in fresh new soil.  Soon to my amazement both would grow and once again bring beauty to the gardens of my childhood.

Last year we took our spindly coleus plant and with the help of our granddaughters cut the plant into small pieces making many new beautiful plants for our gardens (Click here to visit that post).  

Today Ruth and Emily in search of something to do spied our large spindly coleus and so began our Sunday afternoon cutting and planting frenzy.  If they all grow we will have 73 separate coleus plants our summer garden.  I think there maybe a plant give away in our future.

What do you remember from your childhood gardens?

How are you sharing a love of gardening with the children in your life?

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Going to seed

Four images of a palm going to seed. Grandma Snyder ©twosnydergirls