Saturday, 16 January 2016

January 2016's Crochet Along Project

All last year I watched this Google+ Community as they took on a new crochet challenge each month and I was envious (never a good thing) so taking one month at a time I have decided to join in the fun and I will post pictures and a link to the pattern here for your and my future reference.

One of my key expectations is that I will use yarn from my stash so for this project I used.

Using Coral Reef the end product was very soft and comfortable to wear.  As long as you did not have to pull out your work it was also wonderful to work with.  The threads caught making rework very hard and frustrating.  I have a number of balls of this yarn having picked it up a Michael’s on sale a while back.

The pattern is called Fortune's Shawlette by Moogly

I found the pattern easy to follow and you will notice that I changed the finishing edge to scallops which consisted of placing 6 dc in every other open space.

If you decided to make this shawl, please post a picture in the comments section or better still join the community and crochet along with us.

It's January 15, 2016 and I already have one Christmas gift complete now I just have to decided who to give it to.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Friday, 15 January 2016

Pork and Mushroom Sunday Dinner

As a child Sunday dinner always involved either being a guest or having guests following church.  Most often you know how many people to expect and there was always the one time when you did not put a pot roast on before leaving for church and planned pork chops instead.  As Murphy’s Law dictates this is the time when the number of guest for dinner increases beyond the portions of meat!

That is exactly what happened this past Sunday and instead of running out to the store to purchase more meat, an option we have today that was not available to our parents I took a page out of my Grandmother’s cookbook and stretched the meat in a roasting pot.

This involves cutting your meat into stew sized portions, and adding the pieces to root vegetables that you then roast together.  In this way you stretch the meat without your guests knowing that they are eating less meat and more vegetables.

The following recipe served 6 adults and two children.

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 pork chops cut into bite size pieces
  • 8 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 cooking onion chopped
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 8 carrots cut length wise into wedges

  1. Heat the oil in an oven proof deep dish pan (we used cast iron)
  2. Add to this pieces of pork and fry quickly until they begin to brown the meat does not have to be fully cooked -remove from frying pan and set aside
  3. In the same pot add the mushrooms, onions and garlic fry on high until the mushroom begin to brown – remove from frying pan and set aside
  4. Deglaze the bottom of the pot with the water and return everything to the pot
  5. Place the carrot wedges on top of the meat and mushroom cover with a tight fitting lid or tinfoil.
  6. Place in 375 F oven for 45 minutes.

Serve the carrots separately or on the same plate as the meat.

From our table to Yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Susan Le Flesche Picotte

Susan LaFlesche Picotte was born on June 17, 1865 on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Nebraska, the youngest of four girls.  Her mother Mary Gale was half French and half Omaha and her father Joseph LaFlesche was half white and Omaha.

Joseph LaFlesche played an important role in the Omaha nation and believed that if they were to survive they would need to become like the white people who were overtaking their lands.  Thus Joseph ensured that Susan received a white education and this meant being sent off reserve to attend school.

Early in Susan life she is described as witnessing the death of an Omaha person because the white doctor would not provide treatment.  Her outrage at this is described as placing her on a path that would see her become a physician at a time in history when women were believed to be unfit mentally to handle the rigors of higher education and add to this that she was aboriginal as well. 

Once obtaining her medical training she returned to the Omaha nation where she worked tirelessly as the residential boarding school physician and quickly thereafter to the people of Omaha.  In this position she earned substantially less than white doctors, and when medical supplies ran out it was from her personal earnings that she paid for needed supplies.

She married and had two sons, while continuing her medical practice.  She was active in the temperance movement knowing first hand the affects of alcohol on aboriginal families, her husband was an alcoholic. 

She was a public health activist, educating the Omaha people on how to prevent the spread of disease, in particular the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis and Susan was instrumental in building of a hospital on the Omaha reservation.

She was also a political activist, writing letters to government on behalf of herself and others on the issue of land entitlement.

There is a wonderful YouTube video called Drums of Change - a Nebraska Story about Susan LaFlesche Picotte click here if you would like to be directed to the 4 minute video produced by NetNebraska  

Susan LaFlesche Picotte is a Woman of History and her story is a powerful example to women today

Please visit these sites to learn more about Susan LaFlesche Picotte the first Native American Physician 
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A Child's Voice Sang On

We opened our Sunday morning service with "I sing the might power of God" standing we raised our voices and sang our praise.   With voices and piano building to the crescendo we ended with the words that are at the foundation of our faith, "there's not a place where we can flee but God is present there!"   

And where ear-ringing silent should have been his voice continued to sing on clear and pure the words unrecognizable except to his God. The clear pure voice of a 3-year-old soul and with tune and words unknown to all but God, we were all given a gift: the gift of pure unrestrained worship and praise.

Parents quickly try to hush the small yet powerful voice and he refused to stop until his worship was done and his praise complete. 

I am always humbled by the pure worship of children and the gifts of joy they provide us if we have the heart to listen and wisdom to understand.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 11 January 2016

Eat mindfully

Well it has happened again, the January diet craze and if it follows the normal course of events by the third week in February pizza, desert and junk food will once again be on the office menu. 

When you sit down to eat a meal or enjoy a snack what do you see?

Not what you look at, what do you see?

Do you see nutritious food to fuel your body for the day, or do you see a tasty snack that brings you a moment of joy to your taste buds, or do you see a meal that reminds you of a love one long gone and the list can go on encompassing all of the reasons we eat what we eat.

What is being referred to is the distinct elements of the meal:
  • Where has it travelled get to your table
  • The reason you chose it
  • The memories it provokes
  • Your hopes and desires in eating that particular meal

Or like most of us do you look at your plate, and start to eat? 

Eating has become a habit that we no longer think about just like breathing.  We just open the bag, open our mouths and devour. 

It is a sad reflection on our society that in our abundance of safe nutritious food a reality that is unparalleled in history we have stopped seeing and knowing the place our food has in our daily lives.  

Be mindful of the food in front of you, consider how it will affect you, how it was made and where it has come from.  Take a moment to consider how blessed you are in having the food opportunities you do. 

Model for our children and grandchildren that food is not our enemy like breathing it is our friend and we need to understand its role in our lives.

Eat mindfully, recognize your food.

Grandma Snyder


Sunday, 10 January 2016

You Are Precious In God's Sight

God sees the little sparrow fall,
it meets his tender view;
if God so loves the little birds,
I know he loves me too.
He loves me too, he loves me too,
I know he loves me too.
Because he loves the little things.
I know he loves me too.

Isaiah 43:1 brings me great comfort when my life is falling apart and humbles me when I venture down the path of feeling I have earned my place in heaven.

Before the world as we know it was set into motion God knew us by name, earthly name or spiritual name does not matter God knew us!

God knew the best that we could be and the worst and knowing this God loved us enough to allow us free will the choice to become self aware and self directed.

So precious are we to our Creator, to God that nothing can stand in the way of God’s love, not even death.

We must seem like little things in the vast expanse of all creation - one human being, yet God’s love for us is uncompromising to the point of  his becoming human for the purpose of redeeming us.

I know he loves me too.

All of my good or bad deeds do nothing to diminish or increase God’s love for me.

I am precious in God’s Sight

We are precious in God’s Sight

All of Humanity is precious in God’s Sight

Because he loves the little things
I know he loves me too.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary Scriptures Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-17 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Sunset at the beach reflected

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