Friday, 17 June 2016

Stuffed Mushrooms

When supper options are getting boring and you are tempted to eat out at your local fast food restaurant consider stuffed mushrooms.  A quick trip to the grocery store and you will have all the ingredients you need and a short 30 minutes later you are sitting down to a delicious meal.  Here is Auntie Carla’s recipe for stuffed mushrooms.

  • 8 large mushrooms
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/4 cup of chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoon shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated mix Cheddar cheese

  1. Clean the mushrooms remove stems
  2. Finely chopped the mushroom stems, green onions, garlic
  3. Sauté the chopped vegetables in the oil until all of the liquid evaporates
  4. Set aside to cool
  5. In a medium bowl beat the egg and to this add bread crumbs, all but 1/4 cup of the cheese and the cooled sautéed vegetables and mix well
  6. Spoon into mushroom caps
  7. Bake 350 for 20 minutes
  8. Remove from oven top the mushrooms with the last 1/4 cup of cheese and return to the oven for 5 minutes
  9. Serve with a salad

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Three Sister Garden

June 12, 2016 marked the planting of squash in the church’s Three Sister Garden, Peace Garden.  

This is the second year that our local Mennonite Congregation has support this learning opportunity for the children and fundraising opportunity for our local food bank.

The Sunday School children started squash and sunflower plants from seed early in the spring and they watched the seeds grow on the church window ledges.  

Once the plants reached the two leaf stage the children transplanted their seedling’s into larger pots and today they transplanted those pots outside into our Three Sister Garden.

How does this benefit the Food Bank?  

The surplus plants were taken home by members of the congregation who on Thanksgiving Sunday October 9, 2016 will make a donation to the children’s garden that equals the produce the plants produced for them.  

And through out the year anyone who has taken corn, beans, squash or pumpkins home from the children’s garden will make a donation with all funds raised going to the Food Bank.

The Three Sister Garden Companion Planting is an Indigenous form of permaculture gardening.

Sister corn is the first of the three sisters to be planted and she offers support for the beans.  
Sister bean comes next and she moves nitrogen from the air back into the soil and as her vines grow up the corn and into the squash vines she ensures the sisters stay together.  

The last sister to be planted is squash, her broad leaves create a canopy that hold moisture in the ground and her prickly vines discourage animals from entered the garden. 

In this way the three sister companion planting system, creates a low maintenance garden where each plant gives back to the soil what the others needs and acts to protect and support the garden as a whole.

Links to Our Other Three Sister Garden Posts.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 13 June 2016

To Plant A Garden

There are days when tomorrow is beyond our ability to see.

Days when the now that is our today is so intense,

it blinds us to opportunities that tomorrow brings.

Days where no matter what we do we are consumed with hopelessness.

Where all we can do is sit and ruminate on what is lost.

Before this happens to you create or find a place in a garden where you can sit, touch the soil, hear wind in the trees and bird song.

A place where the expectation of tomorrow is so real that one can not but believe in the opportunities that will come with the new day.

Visit this place often and  be mindful that it is here you will come, to remind yourself of hope, life, joy and tomorrow.

Take pictures of it to carry with you.

Go to your garden and know tomorrow always comes.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Your faith has saved you

We are all sinners.

No human being sits in spiritual judgement over another.

The scripture passage above is followed by a parable and finally with Jesus comparing the woman’s love for him as greater than that of his host.

Of what little she had of value she gave all out of faith and love.

How often does organized religion like the Pharisee's of this passage label who we should and should not allow to love us - who is acceptable in God’s eyes ~ too often in my experience.

Today in our worship service God as a gardener was discussed and this passage was read.  

God did not/ does not plant seeds of love and faith once in a human lifetime.

The opportunities to find and to know spiritual love is always present. 

God is sowing seeds of love and forgiveness wherever we travel each day of our lives.

There is no place we can go that God’s love is not there if we have the faith to see and accept.

There is no sinner so corrupt that God will turn love and forgiveness away.

“This is why I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven; so she has shown great love.  The one who is forgiven little loves little” Luke 7:47

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary reading for this week 2 Samuel 11:26–12:10, 13-15; Psalm 32; Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36–8:3

Going to seed

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