Friday, 16 October 2015

Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup

Sauerkraut was introduced into the North American diet by Pennsylvania German immigrants in the eighteenth century and Captain James Cook used sauerkraut to ward off scurvy on the Endeavour 1768-1771.  

In the Mennonite food tradition sauerkraut is used as a hot side dish, in casseroles, salads and cake.  

This weeks recipe features sauerkraut in a soup.

Sauerkraut  turkey sausage soup makes a wonderful base any vegetable combination that you might want.  Tonight we made this recipe with leftover vegetables from our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner.  We use approximately half a cup of sautéed mushrooms, one baked sweet potato, one roasted white potato and ½ cup cooked carrots, with good results so don't be afraid to experiment with the vegetables that you use.  The trick with leftover vegetables is to ensure you add them with just enough time left to heat them up and then do not freeze the soup. 

The recipe has been created to use carrots and potatoes vegetables that in our household are always at hand.

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 pound of your favorite turkey sausage
  • 1 pound of sauerkraut
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 large carrots cubed
  • 2 potatoes cubed
  • 1/8 of a teaspoon of cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 2 tablespoon apple butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Cut the turkey sausage into bite size pieces
  2. In the soup pot fry the sausage and sauerkraut in the oil stirring constantly to prevent burning.  You are finished frying when the bottom of your pot is covered with caramelized brown layer.
  3. Deglaze the soup pot using the broth (there is no need to remove the sauerkraut and sausage)
  4. Add carrots, potatoes, cardamom, cumin, and caraway seed.
  5. Simmer until the vegetables are tender and the sausage is cooked through
  6. Add the apple butter simmer for 5 minutes more
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.


From our table to Yours

Grandma Snyder


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Monday, 12 October 2015

Today Is All that Matters

This morning we woke to a perfect fall morning, clear blue sky, freshening breeze and a day of opportunity ahead of us. 

Yesterday, its disappointments, joys and struggles now allocated to history, to memory and beyond our ability to change. 

Tomorrow out of reach present only on a calendar full of what might be.

In this perfect morning we are born a new to the potential and choices we make.    We live in today and this is the time that matters.

Be mindful of how much of your now, you spend not living but worrying about either the future or the past, then stop and claim your life,

 claim your today and live!

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Treasure in Heaven

We are forgiven because our God knows how frail we are physically, emotionally and spiritually.  

So loved are we that God sent his son to walk a human path from birth to death, from heaven through hell to return to his Father in heaven and we can go boldly through the gates of heaven because Christ has walked the path before us. 

Christ revealed for us that we can walk/live life through love, service and humility – a path upon which we gather wisdom.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

So it is that each of us will pass in our own time through the gates of Heaven wash clean of our sin by unconditional love. 

There we will find treasure, treasure in Heaven.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15, Psalm 90:12-17, Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 1-:17-31

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