Friday, 8 January 2016

Golden Turnip and Apple Soup

Call us old fashion we enjoy turnip!  We enjoy it raw cut into strips as you would for carrots, cooked, or mashed.  Did you know that the first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips – they were. 

As with most of our soup recipes their origins spring from leftovers or what is on hand.  Last week we had apples, turnip and sautéed onions leftover from Christmas to work with and the result was what we are calling Golden Turnip and Apple Soup.  A rich, and hearty soup full of flavour and warmth.

  • 2 cups caramelized onions (we do large batches and freeze in 1 cup lots)
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium turnip cut into small cubes
  • 4 apples (peeled, and cut into small cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  1. Caramelize your onions in your soup pot.  You want to retain all of the flavour that the browning contains.
  2. When the onions are done deglaze the pot with the water
  3. Add the vegetable broth and cubed turnip and apples
  4. Simmer until the turnip is soft enough to puree (we cooked ours for 2 hours)
  5. Being very careful not to burn yourself puree all the ingredients
  6. Add the turmeric, black pepper, nutmeg and salt to taste.
  7. Serve

From Our Table to Yours
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 7 January 2016

We Finish What We Start


One would think that by the time you become a grandmother you would have learned that your grandchildren are paying attention to what you say and then what you do.  Yet once again the voice of a seven-year-old caught this grandma up short, when I did not follow my own advice.

Those of you that follow the blog will know that on January 1, 2015 I started a year long knitting project entitled ‘Knitting The Temperature’.  I picked a lace knit stitch and started my scarf, however by the end of May 2015 I was not sure I liked the pattern and I realized that the scarf itself was going to be far too long.  Recording the temperature on a daily basis had become a habit and knowing that my maternal grandfather kept journals in which he recorded the temperature and the weather for every day I continued, however I stopped working on the scarf.

The yarns lay neatly rolled into balls in the basket beside my chair the scarf a almost half done folded on top.  Christmas came and went with our granddaughters happily cherishing the handmade gifts they had received.  With all of their gifts made and put away the basket once again was the lone project sitting beside grandma's chair and this is when Ruth noticed it.

“Grandma when are you going to finish the scarf” inquired Ruth one afternoon when she was visiting.
 “I'm not happy with it I don't think I will finish it I'll just put it away” I replied.

 "Grandma do you told me that I had to finish my sewing project that I started that I just couldn't abandon it!  We finish what we start”, she said admonishing me with my own words.

Whoops I knew it what coming next and as she finished her sentence I pulled out my knitting needles and set about finishing the scarf.

It's done now and I'm OK with the pattern.  It still is too long so it has become an infinity scarf, which I will wear wrapped around my neck as is the fashion today.

It is always good practice to finish what you start and an even better practice is to do what you say and say what you do, little ears are always listens!

We finish what we start!

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Crocheting the November Sky

November 2015

My November Guest
~ Robert Frost

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.
Her pleasure will not let me stay.

She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted grady
Is silver now with clinging mist.

 The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so ryly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

 Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell he so,
And they are better for her praise.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 4 January 2016

Don't Just Exist, Live

New Year's resolutions abounded today at work and they were as diverse as the people making them.  Unfortunately, less than 10% of the resolutions made will be kept the rest will just fall by the wayside.  

As you know if you follow the blog we do not support the practice of New Year's resolutions because for 90% of those made they represent yet another personal failure.

In setting small attainable goals each day success can be found. 

Begin by setting goals that will affirm you as a person, that will support you being alive in each moment, that move you from existing to living.

Don’t just exist, live.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 3 January 2016

The True Light

We crave light!

We suffer physically when we are deprived of light, our bones and muscles weaken, emotionally we become depressed and mentally we experience confusion.  

We were created to live in the sunlight!

Spiritually we crave the light of: direction, hope, love, inclusion, health, completeness, purpose, peace. 

A light that will “gather [us] from the uttermost parts of the earth” the true light under which we will “walk by rivers of water, in a straight way” a light so bright and protecting that we “will not stumble”. 

The original light that shone for us “before the foundation of the world [was formed], that we should be holy and without blemish before [the creator] in love”

Jesus Christ is the true light, shining for all people!

Christ shines not just for Christians, we are not to lounge in the glory of his light we have been commissioned to go out into the world where through love, and service to all people, we reflect into this darkened world the true light.

It is through our actions - how we live day to day that we reflect into: our homes, neighbourhoods, places of employment, where we vacation the light - into the entire world Christ love of love and peace.

What type of light would the person who packs your groceries say you reflect?

We were created to spiritually thrive in the light of selfless love and peace!

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary verses: Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9), 10-18

Going to seed

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