Friday, 29 January 2016

Quinoa Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Winter is once again upon us here in Canada and hot desserts are once again on the menu.  What could be better than being greeted by the smell of apple crisp fresh from the oven, after an afternoon of playing in the snow.

Apple crisp is a versatile dish in that you can experiment with ingredients and as long as you include enough apples you cannot go wrong.
Today’s apple crisp recipe was made for a Sunday evening intergenerational games and potluck night.  As always we made lots planning on have some to bring home and you guessed it, all was eaten.

  • 12 apples peeled sliced
  • 2 cups pecans crushed
  • 1 cup raisins pre-soaked for 15 minutes
  • Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup quinoa (cleaned and soaked for 30 minutes in hot water)
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Half a cup water or apple juice
  • 1/2 cup butter

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F
  2. In a large mixing bowl place the prepared apple slices, pecans, raisins, lemon juice, apple butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, quinoa drained, oatmeal and water.  Mix together.
  3. Grease a 9x12 pan and pour the apple and oatmeal mixture into the pan
  4. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes removing at the half way mark and stirring.  If the mixture appears too dry add more water or apple juice being careful not to make the crisp runny.
  5. Remove the apple crisp, stir again and pat the top to make a smooth surface to this add dollops butter and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.
  6. Serve

From Our Table to Yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Children's Valentines Craft

Newspapers collect waiting to be recycled in our garage + having a very good friend Dawna P. who for years has turned old newspapers into beautiful and powerful pieces of art = our search for a Valentines craft to do with our granddaughters.

This time we found our activity on YouTube

(click on the link to see the video)

  1. Emily searched out our recipes for the Mache paste on the internet.
  2. Our first paste was equal parts water and flour and being gluten free the only flour we have in the house at the time was stale whole wheat.  Surprisingly this worked well on the first layers and we would not recommend it for finishing because the rough texture of the flour creates a textured finish.  We finished using a Mache paste that was 1-part white flour to 2-parts water (we made about 8 cups of paste and to this we added 1 cup of white glue.
  3. As in the video the girls each drew out the shape of their heart and cut the hearts out.
  4. Next they bunched up newsprint and taped it in place using painters tape.
  5. Then the fun part!  Well Emily and I had fun wetting the newspaper in the glue and placing them onto the form - Ruth was disgusted with the feel of the wet newsprint.
  6. We covered the hearts with three layers of newsprint and finished with a layer of white paper towel.
  7. Using tempera paints each girl mixed the colour of red they wanted and set about painting their heart.
  8. Next using scrape paper they created the design that was transferred and painted onto their heart.
  9. Finally using family links on Facebook we downloaded the pictures they wanted to use.  

Their hearts will hang in their bedrooms a reminder of the people who they love and consider part of their family.

Happy Valentines Day

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Remembering Summer

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sweet Potato Chocolate Fudge Cake

January 27th Is National Chocolate Cake Day!

This year we have made a gluten free sweet potato Chocolate Fudge Cake, it has a rich dark chocolate taste with a moist fudge consistency, a little goes a long way with this amazing cake.


  • 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup applesauce 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and let the batter sit for 5 minutes
  2. Bake a 350 F for between 30 and 40 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Normal? No exceptional!

How often have we over heard a frustrated parent respond to the antics of a child "I just wish you'd act normally, do you see anyone else here acting that way?"

Is normal really what we want for our children and grandchildren?

The definition of normal is conforming to the standard, typical or expected.  In essence them when we say to our children could you just be normal were saying to them it would you please conform to the standard norms or I want you to be typical I want to be able to expect your behaviors – Do not stand out!

This definition of normal brings to mind the novel A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle where in Camazotz every house is the same and every child bounces their ball in rhythm to the next - there is no deviation all is ‘normal’ and to deviate from the norm requires reprogramming.

Normal? No I want exceptional!

Think of the great inventors, musicians, scientists, politicians, writers none of them were normal no they were exceptional.  They were encouraged to achieve their full potential, to standout, to dream and then reach for their dreams.  They did not fit in.

Albert Einstein had Asperger’s Syndrome, Stephen Hawking ALS, Isaac Newton epilepsy, Thomas Edison a learning disability, John Forbes Nash Jr. Schizophrenia, John Milton blindness, Ludwig van Beethoven deafness and the list goes on.

I don’t want my children and grandchildren to be normal - I want them to be all that they can be, as original, imaginative and unconventional as their abilities will allow so that they can influence their world instead of conforming to it.

I want them to bounce their balls to their own rhythm to the music of their soul not the average expectations of society.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 25 January 2016

Ask Don't Assume

We have all heard the adage never assume because it makes an ass out of u and me and yet we persist in making assumptions.  

To assume something is paramount to saying I don’t care what you actual, want, desire, or you opinion is because mine is more important and for many of us we make assumptions out of a desire to do good.

Recently a well meaning member of the community was over heard to say, “… I just did what I would want someone to do for me…”  the out come of what she thought would be an act of caring was hostility.  She is a very public person and the beneficiary of her actions is a very private person.

On another occasion an assumption was made because “… I didn’t want to bother them so I just went ahead and prepared a meal” on this occasion the meal arrived only to be politely refused the family had made plans for meals what they needed was volunteer drives.

The other excuse we often hear for making an assumption is “… I only did what had to be done!” and the list is endless.  Always the person making the assumption has placed themselves in a position of authority over the other people.

It is always better to ask the question that the assumption has been created to replaced.  

There will be times the answer will be I don’t care and then feel free to assume.  

On other occasions you will hear “I don’t know?”  Be patient at these times and ask the question again.  Sometimes you have to wait on an answer.  

Be mindful of the assumptions you make for other people!

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Good News For All Humanity

Good News to all humanity from the beginning of time unto eternity this is the gift of a loving God who rejoices for each human life from the beginning of time unto eternity. 

We live within this good new just as we live within an oxygen rich environment and just as we take the air we breath for granted we live much our daily lives unaware of the the good news God spoke at the beginning of time. 

The good news that we are acceptable in our Lords sight.  That as we are loved and seek the assistance of our Lord, we are to be servants to the poor, compassion for the captive, seek to understand the perception of the bind and restore the birthright of those who have been bruised because they are not like us.  (Luke 4:18)

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12

It takes each person and all of the differences to realize God's love on earth.

Grandma Snyder

© 2013-2016 twosnydergirls 

Lectionaries scriptures Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21

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