Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas and all the Best of New Year to You and Those You Love

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for following us over the past two years. 

Christmas Day marks the beginning of our third year of blogging.  Grandparents & Grandchildren has evolved over the past three years from it’s beginnings as a platform for our granddaughters to share with you the adventures with their Maplelea Dolls, to a grandparent life style blog with six main features:
  1. Mindful Monday - short quotes and insights to consider 
  2. Wordless Wednesday - a series of original photograph on a specific topic
  3. Foodie Friday - a recipe from our table to yours
  4. Spiritual Sunday - this follows the Mennonite lectionary series and are words meant to bring joy and spiritual contemplation
  5. 5 Minutes of My Day - a daily photo journal and
  6. Weekly Photo Project - a google+ photographic group that we belong to 

In addition, we post crafts, gardening, and (grand)parenting insight posts that feature our adventures with our grandchildren and children.

In the coming year our two granddaughter Emily and Ruth want to have a more active role in the blog and to accommodate this we will be hosting blogs that feature their photograph, a monthly blog challenge where we will re-purpose an article of  old clothing into clothing for their Maplelea’s or themselves and original stories that the girls write.

We will also be bringing back the monthly post Women of History as many of you have requested this and I will continue to a monthly post this year entitled Crocheting the weather.

We will taking from December 24, 2015 to January 1, 2016 off from our regular posting to take time to write, research, photograph and relax with family.  

We will continue to post 5 minutes of my day through out this time.

Merry Christmas from James, Emily, Ruth Grandpa Snyder and me Grandma Snyder.

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Laundry Day

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Morning Glory Muffins Gluten Free

Cooking with children is a wonderful way of teaching them to give back to their community, their social and religious groups. 

A dear senior member of our small church past away this week and there was a call from the pulpit for people to make sandwiches and cupcakes or muffins for the funeral meal.

Emily and Ruth did not know this member however had heard his name spoken in our home whenever we played crokinole a game much loved by Israel. 

What happened to him was their first response and when we had answered this question to their satisfaction we asked if they wanted to contribute the make of the funeral meal.

So on the Sunday before Christmas we found ourselves in the kitchen making Morning Glory Muffins (gluten free) with our granddaughters.

This is a recipe that we have been making since the early 1980’s and is our go to recipe when the call is given for muffins.

  • 2 cups gluten free flour (½ cup almond flour, ½ cup rice flour, ½ cup coconut flour, ½ cup tapioca flour, ½ teaspoon xanthan gum)
  • 1 white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup roughly crushed nuts, we used pecans
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 apple cored and grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  1. In a large bowl shift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, oil, and vanilla once fully combined add this to the flour with the carrots, raisins, nuts, coconut, and apple.  Mix well.
  3. Spoon the batter into muffin cups or a well-greased muffin pan.
  4. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  5. This recipe make 2 dozen small muffins or 14 large muffins.
Ruth enjoyed crushing those nuts way too much :)

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Monday, 21 December 2015

Be Mindful of Your Rushing

Well the holidays are well under way and today was almost my last, as I walked across the parking lot of our local grocery store and a car going too fast, had to break hard to avoid missing me.  

Then inside the store as I stand patiently in line a woman three people down the line “yells what is taking so long this is supposed to be the express line”.  When my turn came I looked sympathetically at the cashier and without me speaking she offered “Christmas (sigh) everyone gets is such a hurry”.

What are we rushing around for?

How is Monday of the week of Christmas different from any other Monday?

I will admit I was curious how the woman three people down the line would handle the situation when it became her turn so I waited.  

There was no Christmas Cheer, nor was there an apology, “About time!” was all she said until it came time to pay and she realized that in her haste she had left her wallet in the car.  “Just a minute, I will be right back, You don’t mind” and before the cashier could say anything the woman rushed out leaving her purse unattended and wide open and guess what car she went to, yep the one that almost hit me.

I was gobsmacked and waited until there was no one in the line.  I approached the cashier and commended her on being gracious and understanding, when many would have retaliated.  She thanked me for noticing and offered that what I witnessed was mild.

The situation left me wondering where in my life I am rushing around and where do I need to slow down so that I can experience hospitality, a smile from a stranger, the playfulness of a child or a random act of kindness – acts that is our rushing around are overlooked.

Be Mindful this week of where you are rushing and slow down you will experience more of life.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Peace: He Will Bring Peace

As we busy ourselves for Christmas celebrations do we see them?

Maybe at first we did, yet more than likely not even then because we have grown used to them always being with us on the margin of our consciousness and society.

Our shopping malls have security guards to ensure they don’t bother us, they don’t distract us from the beautiful displays of lights and merchandise that draws us into the shops to make that perfect purchase to place under the Christmas tree.

We decorate our homes both inside and out without a thought given to them, well possibly you paused just for a moment to wonder if they would steal the outdoor decorations and even then maybe not.

We placed our crèches in places of honour in our homes without a thought to them.

We gather at parties and fail to see them.

Sitting at our Christmas feasts laughing and eating far too much we do not see them.

Yet it is for such as these Christ was born into this world to minister too.

Our busyness, our wealth, our freedom shelters us and allows us to turn our faces away from the path of obedience and faith God has set us on.

Christ was born not with lights, feasting, and gifts under Christmas trees.  No, our Saviour was born among livestock in a barn to humble frightened parents and in his birth came the promise of life eternal for all.  

Christ's profession was that of a servant and he brought comfort to the forgotten of his society and our Lord has commissioned us to continue this ministry.

Who are these people that we do not see?  

They are the homeless, the hungry, the lonely, the mentally ill, the drug addicted, the widowed, the orphaned, the frightened, wherever they are in this world and in your own neighbourhoods.

When we remember our commission and we bring comfort to one of God’s people we are spreading God’s peace here on earth.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Lectionary verses Micah 5:2-5a, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)

Sunset at the beach reflected

Four images of how the sunset is reflected in the waves Grandma Snyder ©twosnydergirls