Saturday, 9 April 2016

Seeds to Food Fun Activities for Children



It is time once again to think about planting seeds for our gardens and at our Mennonite Church we will once again plant our Peace garden.

This is a project that was started last year to help our children understand stewardship of both our environment and to our community at large.

Our Peace garden is a Three Sister Garden a form of companion planting that we have taken from the first people’s of North America.


The children plant, care for and harvest the garden making the produce available to the members of our congregation and the members in turn make a donation to our local food bank.

This year we have added a new element planting the seeds that will become our squash, watermelons, pumpkins and sunflowers.

Keeping with the stewardship theme we asked the children to collect toilet paper rolls, for seed pots and when we used all of those we made newspaper pots.



We also saved milk containers these we cut in half and they became the water tight contains that we placed our seed pots.


Everyone had a great time even to cleaning up.


Grandma Snyder
2013-2016 twosnydergirls



Friday, 8 April 2016

Chia Beet Soup



Vegan, gluten and dairy free!

This wonderful refreshing soup can be served either hot or cold.  

The impetus for this weeks recipe was the need to use up last years beets because soon we will planting this year crop.  In the refrigerator we had homemade vegetable broth from Easter, and a small head of cauliflower so off we went to the stove.

As some of you will know Grandpa Snyder likes his soup thick and this is where we decided to use chia seeds to thicken the soup while adding extra nutrients.

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 1/2 inches of fresh ginger chopped
  • 3 beets cleaned and chopped
  • 1 small head cauliflower chopped
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar 
  • 3 Tablespoons whole chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Sautée the onions, garlic and ginger for 3 or 4 minutes
  2. In a large soup pot add the sautéed mixture, chopped cauliflower, and beets
  3. Cover with the vegetable broth and simmer until vegetables are soft
  4. Purée the ingredients in the soup pot - we use a hand blender
  5. Add the Balsamic vinaigrette one tablespoon at a time until you reach the flavour you like we stopped at 3 tablespoons
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. To the still hot soup add one tablespoon of chia seeds at a time waiting 10 minutes before adding the next, stop when you read the thickens you enjoy.
From Our Table To Yours
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 4 April 2016

Cancer is a word.



Cancer has touched both our extended and immediate family in the past few weeks, months and refocused our reality. 

At times the focus is one of grief, sadness of loss both expected and feared, paralyzing in it's veracity.

At other times it has brought clarity, joy, freshness to a single moment in time.

The sound of laughter, the smell of lilies, the way a childhood story remembered transports you away.

Cancer is a word; it is not a sentence ~ unknown author

When you use cancer in the sentences of your life, be mindful of the power you are giving away or drawing to you.

Cancer is word it should never be allowed to define the people who it has touch!

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Peace Be With You


Peace be with you and also with you is now common place mantra used in Christian church services, where at some place in the service you are encouraged to stand and address the people around you with the words “peace be with you”.

How can we be at peace when we are sinners!

Moments before being provided this invitation to address our neighbours what was I thinking about, were my thoughts Christian thoughts? 

Driving to church was I a Christian driver, allowing others to merge, driving at speed limit and following the other rules of the road? 

In my preparation for church was I without sin or did I speak harshly to members of my family, did I contemplate not going because I am so busy?

What is this peace we are offering to each other?

A beginning can be found in Acts 5:31
God has exalted Jesus to his right side as leader and savior so that he could enable Israel to change its heart and life and to find forgiveness for sins.

Forgiveness of my sin is not to be earned it is a gift to be found and found again anew every moment of our human lives.  It is not like an Easter egg hunt, you are never too old to go in search of God’s forgiveness, and God’s forgiveness will never run out. 

Revelation 1:7 begins to answer the second question who is entitle to find God’s forgiveness, entitle to God’s peace?
Look, he is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him.
So inclusive is God's promise of forgiveness that even those who pierced the side of his son on that fateful day are welcome to be with God in glory forever.

God’s forgiveness is infinitely available to all people every moment of their lives.

Finally, John 20:29 speaks directly to our doubt, or unbelief in Jesus’ address to Thomas.
Jesus replied, "Do you believe because you see me?  Happy are those who don't see and yet believe."
The peace that we offer to others and are given exchanged offer is the knowledge that this human life will pass away and we have an eternal home with our God and Saviour, we can have peace against that day.

In writing this I was challenged with the following question.

Think about the most heinous person you have had the misfortune to cross paths with and now consider how you will feel when you step over the threshold of the gates of heaven and the first person to greet you is them?

Let every living thing praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls


Lectionary scriptures: Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 150, Revelation 1:4-8, John 20:19-31

Poppies

Grandma Snyder ©2013-2017 twosnydergirls