Saturday, 3 October 2015

Fun Saturday Care Of Pinterest

Our Best Bites' Oreo Turkeys click here for directions

What do you do on a cold rainy Saturday at Grandma’s house?

You looks for crafts on Pinterest!

The Canadian Thanksgiving is October 12th this year 
so we looked for table favours and found to wonderful food crafts
just right for grandchildren and grandma.

There was great merriment at Grandma’s house from both the pleasure of creating and a very big sugar high!

Honey and Butter's Chocolate Acorns click here for directions

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Friday, 2 October 2015

Apple Roses

We went in search of a new Thanksgiving dessert with our granddaughters and found what we were looking for on Pinterest.  The problem is there were so many different pins for Apple Roses we did not know who to credit so after reading all the recipes we made our own.  

Ingredients:  (We made 9 roses)
  • 2 apples cored and sliced thin less than a 1/4 inch
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 sleeve of president's choice butter puff pastry

  1. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a saucepan 
  2. Core and slice the apples and place in the saucepan
  3. Bring water to a simmer and cook the apple slices until they will bend without breaking
  4. Drain the apple slices and place on a double layer of paper towel to cool
  5. While the apples are cooling take out 1/2 a package of pastry which you have prepared ahead of time according to the package
  6. Roll out the pastry onto parchment paper and cut the pastry into 1 inch strips Do not move the strips!
  7. Cover the pastry with brown sugar and cinnamon pressing this into the pastry lightly
  8. Now place the cooled apple slices on the first strip with the apple skins hanging over the edge of pastry slightly and over lapping the slices slightly
  9. Roll up the strip being sure to keep the apple slices within the rolled strip
  10. Place the now unbaked rose in a greased muffin pan
  11. Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes
  12. Let cool and enjoy

From Our Table To Yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Ten Things To Tell Your (Grand)children in September

Family stories

September in Canada is the month when children go back to school and presents opportunity to talk about family stories and your memories of school.

1) Talk about your earliest school memory.

2) Describe the first school that you attended; the name of the school, where it was/is, how big the school was, and if you remember the name of your first teacher. 
For a fun family activity go on line to is if there are pictures of the school or take a driving tour showing your (grand)children the school itself or where it was.

Count how many times you changed schools.

3) Discuss with your (grand)children reasons for each move as you remember them.

4) Reflect back on what it felt like to have, to leave friends, social clubs, etc.

5) Children at this time are frequently asked what they want to be when they grow up take this opportunity to let them know what you wanted to be at their age.

Emily wants to be an environmental lawyer and "take to court" business who are adding to global warming while Ruth want to be a marine biologist and swim with dolphins, at their ages I wanted to run a restaurant because I thought it would be fun and Grandpa wanted to be a farmer which he became.

6) Explore with your (grand)children their favourite subjects at school and share with them what subject you liked best.

7) What was your least favourite and/or the subject you struggled with at school talk to your (grand)children about the reason  for your struggle and how you sought help.

Click here to read Great Grandpa David’s story of taking a dog cart to school.

8) Describe your favourite teacher, the reason you liked him/her, how well you did in their class and did you feel they like you.

9) Show them any report cards, certificates, pictures that you have of your public school experience.

10) Share any historical family stories about school.

Great Grandma Audrey attended a one room school house and tells a story of being lifted into the rafters by a much older boys, when the teacher was out.  Only to have the boys have to help her down when the teacher returned and for each of them to be punished for his actions (back then it was the strap)

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Monday, 28 September 2015

This Too Shall Pass

 “The way to live in the present is to remember that ‘This too shall pass.’ When you experience joy, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.” ~Joey Green

 It’s the middle of the night and you wake with a sharp intake of breath, you cannot remember what woke you up however going back to sleep will be next to impossible as you perseverate on the events of the previous day.

It is at times like these that turning away from unhelpful, unhealthy and intrusive thoughts to get yourself back to sleep is important and over the years I have returned to sleep with the repeated phrase ‘this too will pass’.

Being mindful of  the life you have lived and the things you have over come provides you with the buffers you need to weather unpleasant times.

Joey Green is also correct that being mindful that times of joy and pleasure will pass helps to focus the mind to remain present in your joy.  Again here we can look to the children around us to understand what being present in joy looks like.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Anointing Him With Oil

He kneeled at the centre of three circles.

In the centre was our friend with the pastor of the church.

Standing in the first circle with their arms reaching forward hands resting on both the pastor and our friend was his wife, mother, father, brothers.

In the second circle with our arms reaching forward hands resting on the shoulders of the first circle were his closest friends.

In the third circle their arms reaching forward hands resting on our shoulders were members of the congregation, and others who were drawn to this Sunday evening anointing service.

In the last stages of cancer, he so wanted to live and was prepare to die.

We prayed for healing, we prayed for faith, we prayed for hope, we prayed for courage, we prayed for him, his loved ones and ourselves.

Our faith was strong, strong enough to move mountains and our friend passed quietly into the arms of his God a few months later.

He was sick and called for the elders of the church and with them we prayed over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith that we prayed that evening saved him, and the Lord raised him up; and welcomed him home with the Lord.  (paraphrased from James 5:15)

Sometimes there is healing of the body 


Always there is healing of the spirit, the soul which is eternal!

Rather than diminishing my faith, his passing into the arms of God strengthen my connection to God.  With my hand resting on his wife's shoulder that Sunday evening I knew my God as Father, knew that he loved our friend with a passion that knew no boundaries. 

We had anointed him and faithfully placed him and his family in the loving hands of God.

Grandma Snyder


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