Saturday, 28 November 2015

Wooden Snowmen Christmas Craft


The idea for this activity with our grandchildren came about this summer when our son built a fence around their backyard.  We had gone over to help them pick up the wood left over from the project and here we found various lengths of wooden posts.  Rather than see them go to the dump we gathered them up and stacked them in the garage.
Once again we would love to credit the original creator of this idea however the net and Pinterest are full of version of this idea and so we add ours to the growing list.
Our snowmen cost exactly $2.00 each to create.  We purchase Christmas socks at the dollar store and one can of varnish.

What you will need:
  • White paint
  • Something orange for the noise we used scrap doweling that Grandpa
  • Dark or Black button of various sizes.  For this we went to Grandma’s button box.
  • Green and red scrape of fabric.  These came from Grandma’s fabric stash
  • 1 colourful scarf per snowperson
  • Hot glue
  • drilled and glued into the wood
  • Varnish

Directions:
  1. Paint the wood white
  2. Varnish
  3. Glue on the noise (orange), and the buttons for eyes, mouth and buttons
  4. Tie and glue on the scarf
  5. Place sock on the top and you are done


Ruth and Emily gave a set of snowmen to each of the Grandparent’s and Great Grandmother.

Grandma Snyder


©2013-2015 twosnydergirls





Friday, 27 November 2015

Ginger Chicken Soup


With the arrival of cold weather and snow our thoughts turned to chicken/turkey soup.  So this week as our American friends celebrate Thanksgiving I hope they have kept the bones and some leftover meat because this is a wonderful soup.


Ingredients:
Broth
  • Bones and leftover meat of one chicken
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • Five large onions
  • Seven celery stocks
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • Three bay leaves
  • Water to cover

Soup
  • 6 cups of broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 3 teaspoons grated ginger (add more if you enjoy the flavour)
  • 2 carrots finely julienned
  • 1 teaspoon cumin



Directions:
  1. In a large soup pot simmer all of the broth ingredients for three hours (freeze any left over chicken broth to use later)
  2. Strain broth through cheese cloth and discard everything in the cheese cloth
  3. Place all the soup ingredients in a medium soup pot holding back 1/2 cup of julienned carrots as garnish
  4. Bring to a simmer and cook just long enough to cook the peas
  5. Plate the soup and garnish with carrots in the centre

From Our Table To Yours

Grandma Snyder


©2013-2015 twosnydergirls


Monday, 23 November 2015

Practice Mindful Kindness This Holiday Season


Social media is full of advice on how to make it through the coming holidays, specifically how to deal with family/how to not feel guilty about avoiding family. 

Family relationships are the most complex relationships we will ever have to negotiate, because at the core these relationship reflect on us or to us images we reject or are painful– they are fundamentally about us.
 
Just as self-forgiveness/self-love is difficult so are the relationship of our childhoods.

This holiday season rather than avoiding, ignoring, bracing yourself for the fight, approach family gatherings with an attitude of kindness.  

These are not people you have to live with nor do you see them daily.  

You gather with them at this time of year solely because they are family.

All too soon they may be gone, they will beyond your reach.  

Be kind this holiday season to yourself and your family.

Grandma Snyder


©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Your temple will always be beautiful



Words of reassurance and hope that no matter what has happened or will happen, our eternal home remains beautiful , undefiled by sin waiting for our homecoming through the love of Jesus Christ.

Thus those who seek to bring fear into our world they will not have my fear they have my love.

Amen.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls




Revised Common Lectionary for this week Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, Psalm 93, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37

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