Saturday, 23 April 2016

Earth Day Cedar Tea

We were first introduced to cedar tea at the Grey Roots MapleMoon Festival and it feels right to share this amazing tea with you on Earth Day.  

The tea has been made for longer than can be remembered by the Indigenous people on North America.  It was served to the first white settlers to ward of scurvy as Cedar tea is high in vitamin C.

How to make Cedar Tea:
  • Walk out into your local cedar bush taking with you a small amount of tobacco.  Once in the bush breath deeply notice how the bush smells and then stand silently listening to the bush and the animals you call it home.
  • Locate a healthy cedar tree with fresh growth and place the tobacco at the base of the tree, this is your gift to the tree.
  • Using a sharp knife or scissors cut (never rip) off the equivalent of 1 cup of cedar new growth cedar.   You are now ready to leave the bush if you want to.
  • Once home wash the cedar in cold water, remove any brown bits or thick woody stems.  Place what you will not be using in a dish and set it aside.
  • Place the cedar  in the bottom of a clean tea pot and cover with boiling water or in a sauce pan and fill with water bring to a boil.
  • Steep the cedar for at least 45 minutes.  You can reheat the water if you like your tea very hot.  If boiling the cedar taste after 15 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and enjoy.
  • When you are done with the cedar, gather up with the discarded bites with the cedar you used in your tea and again return to the bush. Place these on the ground where they will nourish the cedar bush.

By respecting nature, 
we will always have cedar tea to enjoy.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls    

Monday, 18 April 2016

One Person At A Time

At the end of the day there just seems to have been too little time to meet all of demands that we face.

It is tasks that are being referred to.  

It is all of the people who need or want a piece of our time.

The needs of children, grandchildren, spouses, siblings, neighbours, parents, grandparents, of the homeless, the poor, the refugees, the oppressed …

Have you ever felt like you would like to move away from people and the demands that they make either real or perceived and live the life of hermit?

By 5:00 pm on most days that is exactly how I feel.

Yet on those rare occasions when I spend a day without the needs of others, I find myself sitting in coffee shops just to feel connected.

There are two things going on that I and others like me need to be mindful of.

The first is perception.

My perception is just that, my way of understanding someone else’s behaviour, it is not their truth in fact my perception could be totally wrong -  it is always best to ask if there is something they would like and OK to say no or not now.

Mother Teresa provides wisdom for the second.

It is not the number of people that require our assistance, it is the help we render to the person who is next to us that changes our families, our neighbourhoods, our county and the world.

When we are present with each other, taking the time to understand, to listen, we create change, we render help in a co-operative way, we provide a service both to ourselves and the other.

Grandma Snyder

                                         ©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunset at the beach reflected

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