Friday, 20 May 2016

Gluten Free Date Squares


The past few weeks have been stressful on our family and extended family as we wait for a loved one to heal.  Comfort food always seems to be the best thing to serve at these times and Date Squares fit into this category for us.  As a child I remember visiting Aunt Marjorie and sitting down to table with a glass of Niagara Dry Ginger Ale and her homemade date squares.   Here is Aunt Marjorie’s recipe converted to be gluten free.


Ingredients:
  • 350 grams dates chopped
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup gluten free cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthium gum
  • 3/4 cup butter substitute
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar



Directions:
  1. In a sauce pan add chopped dates, water and 1/4 of coconut sugar bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes set aside to cool.
  2. Mix the remaining 6 ingredients together and divide in half.
  3. Grease or line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper
  4. Cover the bottom of the pan evenly with 1/2 the oats mixture and press this down
  5. Pour the cooled date mixture evenly on top of the pressed oats mixture
  6. Cover with the remaining oats mixture and lightly pat this down
  7. Bake at 350 F for 30 minute


From our table to yours
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Transplanting Our Peace Garden

 While the weather in Ontario Canada has been too cold to begin our plants outside, the church basement has wide window sills that are south/east facing and here the seeds that we planted did well.   
(click on the link to see this post)

The cool temperatures during the week made this a wonderful place for our, pumpkins, squash and sunflowers to sprout.  Our watermelons did not sprout so we will purchase two plants for the Peace garden.

The children enjoyed watching the seeds grow and announced with pride when their seedlings reached to two leave stage, the point at which once again they would get to play in the rich soil and transplant their seedlings.

Again they created labels using markers and Popsicle sticks.

Not only was transplanting fun there was a great deal of enthusiasm for cleaning up after.

The proceeds from the children's Peace Garden/ Three Sister's Garden go to the local food bank at Thanksgiving.


Now we water and wait for the weather to warm up enough to plant our corn and beans.  Followed by our squash and Sunflowers.

2015's Peace Garden click to visit

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Filled with the Holy Spirit


There is a well known joke that can from time to time be heard from the pulpit and it goes something like this –

A newly arrived soul is being shown around heaven by God and as God points out blessed places in heaven they pass a high white wall over which you can not see.  The new soul turns to God waiting for an explanation and when none is forthcoming the soul asks God what is behind the wall.  God looks at the wall and says in a conspiratorial voice those are the (input the denomination to which you belong) they believe they are the only souls here!
Laughter follows.

Jokes are funny because they contain seeds of truth in them and it is this truth that presented this weeks spiritual.

Consider for a moment the wonders that heaven might hold.  The amazing beauty, the creative splendor and now picture the rules that define your faith as being right, as bricks that will surround your denomination and separate you from the diversity of heaven. 

We create these rules to define ourselves more right, more faithful, more spiritually correct and they are human rules based on human understanding.  

They are rules we create to define ourselves and may have nothing to do with how God defines love, faithfulness, and forgiveness.  

In this household we follow Mennonite beliefs, rules of faith and we expect to find in heaven everything and everyone God loves!

In this week following Pentecost be mindful of how vast God's love is and how narrowly we define this love to keep others out and ensure our special place, when clearly we are told that God will pour out his spirit on all people. 

 Grandma Snyder
 ©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary Reading for this week Act 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:14-17, John 14:8-17


Double Fern Leaf Peony

Four images of our Double Fern Leaf Peonies  Grandma Snyder ©2013-2017 twosnydergirls