Saturday, 13 February 2016

The Joy of Gathering

In a time of instant messaging, and electronic social networking we spent a wonderful Saturday afternoon with friends and family playing table games, 
eating good food, talking and laughing.

The face to face kind of talking where eye contact, shoulder touching, and back slapping happens.

An old fashioned Saturday gathering.

When was the time you gathered just for fun?

What was the central event the gathering focused on?

Grandma Snyder 
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Friday, 12 February 2016

Turnip Taquitos

Wasting food is so deplorable when all around us there are families struggling to provide nutritious meals for children.  So to prevent waste when we shop we always check out the reduced produce section first and there we found a large bag of white turnips.  

Knowing that for many of our readers turnip is a new experience we set out to come up with a new and interesting was to use our small white turnips.  Enter my sister Carla who was vacationing recently in Mexico.  She was describing a dish called taquitos and the variety of filling that they had been treated to.  Here was my answer we would create Turnip Taquitos.


  • 5 small white turnips
  • 2 carrots 
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric 
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes seeds removed diced
  • 1 lime 
  • 1 package of your favourite flat breads (we used gluten free)
  • Vegetable oil enough to cover a 1/4 inch of your frying pan
  • Your favourite guacamole recipe

  1. Peel both the carrots and turnip cutting into pieces, boil in water until soft 
  2. Drain and mash the vegetable mixing in the ginger, cumin, turmeric,cinnamon, and horseradish.  Set aside
  3. Chop and mix together the cilantro, tomatoes and onion.
  4. Squeeze into this mixture the juice of one lime
  5. Heat the oil 
  6. Cook each taquito separately for safety 
  7. To build place 1 1/2 tablespoons of turnip on the flat-bread and next to this 1 tablespoon of the cilantro roll the flat-bread and using toothpick to hold the roll together place carefully in the hot oil browning three sides.  Carefully remove the toothpicks and brown the fold.  Place in a warm oven until all of the taquitos have been made.
  8. Plate the taquitos with the guacamole - delicious!

From Our Table to Yours 

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 11 February 2016

February 2016's Crochet Along on Google+

This was a fun and relatively quick project to work up. 

The pattern easy to follow and aside from making an error in the braiding I had no problem putting it together.

This project was made with three different red yarns from my stash as doing this year long project is for the purpose of using up the stash of yarn I have collect.

This is pattern is called Madly In Love 
by moogly 
Click here for pattern

Mother has spoken for this cowl.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Valentine's Page Corners Craft

We made page corners in public school and I used them at University to mark pages that would be important to me in writing the paper I was working on.  In thinking about a quick valentines craft for our granddaughters to do these corners came to mind.

Step #1 take a square piece of paper we used a page 4 inches x 4 inches.  Fold it in half on the diagonal.

Step #2 Fold each side point to the top point. 

Step #3 Open the side folds back up and fold down one layer of the triangle so that the point meets the bottom of triangle at the halfway mark

Step #4 Fold the side pieces over the single fold down and tuck them over the flap and tuck them inside.  

You have now made a page corner and all you have to do is decorate them.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 8 February 2016

Be Mindful Of Your Body's Needs


These bodies we wear on this human journey require daily attention and care.

Like the cloths that cover our bodies require washing, storage, refreshing and mending, so our bodies require our attention and care to be healthy.

Rest, fuel, water, exercise, fresh air and tenderness are what our bodies require.

8 8 oz. glasses of water a day
7 hours of sleep a day
2,000 calories of energy a day
30 minutes of exercise a day
Gentle physical care

Be mindful always of the body that your spirit wears in this human journey, treat it with respect, love and generosity.  

Nurture it and make the time to care for your body as you care for those you love.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Fish Pie (gluten free)

(Note: this post was originally published Friday February 5, 2016 and disappeared from the blog for some unknown reason so we are putting it back up)

While travelling in England I encountered Fish Pie for the first time and enjoyed it very much.  Once back in Canada we would order it in restaurants and purchased prepackaged Fish Pie wherever we found it.  Many were good and none as good as what I had in England.  

Our next step was to search through as many recipes and we could find until we came up with a recipe as close to the original as possible.

This is what we are offering today.

In the picture you see that we divided the white fish portion of the dish from the catfish as some people would not try the catfish.

This fish pie is very much like a shepherd pie in that it is primarily mashed potatoes, fish and cheese.

  • 6 large potatoes mashed
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 6 white fish filets
  • 4 shallots diced
  • 3 garlic cloves diced
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3 cups bread crumbs (we used gluten free bread crumbs)
  • 3 cups shredded parmesan cheese

  1. Prepare the potatoes and mix in the horseradish
  2. In a frying pan melt the oil and sauté the shallots and garlic until the shallots turn translucent
  3. Into the same pan add the white fish cooking until the fish flakes into smaller bite size pieces
  4. Grease a 9 x 12 pan
  5. Cover the bottom of the pan with mashed potatoes
  6. Spread on the sour cream on to the mashed potatoes
  7. Now add ½ the bread crumbs
  8. Followed by the fish and shallots
  9. Another layer of bread crumbs
  10. And finally the cheese
  11. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 40 minutes, if the cheese has not brown turn the oven up to broil and watch it carefully until the cheese browns.
  12. Let the dish sit for 5 minutes before serving

From Our Table to Yours
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

We act with great boldness

How many times in your life have you known that something will not work out, because you have just tried it to only be asked to try it again.

Just recently I was in this very situation and well I was not as gracious as Simon I said it will not work and refused to try yet again.

Yet this is exactly what was expected of Simon and the result was not another failure, he had to get help to bring in the catch.

When I hear this biblical story I am reminded of Christian Peace Makers who travel all around the world to do the impossible for their God.

They will never know the catch their obedience has landed we know only that they act with great boldness and stand with the poor, the lonely, the victimized, the people who have no value and who are caught in both global and civil wars.

They like Isaiah have answered the Lord’s call “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And [they] said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

Again like Isaiah they are not hero’s they deliver an uncomfortable message as they stand witness among a valueless population drawing attention to the dark places oppressive governments would rather we do not look at.

I am not suggesting we join Christian Peace Makers, am I offering that we go boldly into situations we know will not work because our Lord sends us.  That we all become agents of Christian peace wherever we live, work and play.

Shine the light of love into the dark places within your family, stand with those who are powerless.  Seek to draw attention to the dark places in your community to witness the lives of the homeless the poor.  And do the same where you work and play.

Even though you know nothing will change, let down your net anyway and act with great boldness in the service of your Lord.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings - Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13), Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11

Going to seed

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