Friday, 26 August 2016

Russian Salad - Vegan

Growing up within a Russian Mennonite extended family there were many delicious dishes that we would only have when we went visiting.  

Russian salad was such a dish.  

As children we all thought Russian salad was an adult code name for emptying the refrigerator because it contains some many different vegetables and fruits and it did not matter to us because it was a favourite.

We have reworked the original recipe without loosing any flavour to meet the requirements of a healthier diet.

Our recipe is vegan.

  • 3 cups of julienned Brussels sprouts, carrots and cabbage (the ratio is up to your tastes we used very little cabbage)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large potatoes cubed into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 cup cubed cucumber
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2 apples cored and cubed
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup of our favourite mayo
The ingredients without the dressing.

  1. Prepare the julienned ingredients and place in a large mixing bowl
  2. Prepare the apple, and cucumber and add to the julienned Brussel sprouts bowl
  3. Add to this the crushed pineapple and juice combined
  4. In a frying pan sauté in the olive oil the cubed potatoes and raisins until the raisins are plump and potatoes start too brown.
  5. Add all of the ingredients to the other vegetables.
  6. Mix together the coconut cream and mayo which makes the dressing and mix this into your salad.
  7. Place in refrigerator for approx. 3 hours or overnight.
  8. Salt and Pepper individual serving to taste.

From Our Table to Your
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Monday, 22 August 2016

Perfect Love

This quote was on the wall of a friend's home and it trouble me as a new parent how could there be any more perfect love that our love for our first born son.  

The Grandmother in whose home the quote was found just smiled and said someday you should be so luck as to understand.

Now as a grandmother myself I do. 

As a parent my love for our children was unconditional, I would have given my life for them and yet I questioned my every action.  

I worried over every decision and cared too much what other people thought.  

The worst part was measured by value as a parent against my children’s progress both positive and negative.

I now believe the perfect love referred to in the quote is the freed from self reproach as you engage in play for the pure joy of play and eating ice cream before lunch just because you can.

Getting to know your grandchildren not as your children with responsibility for their future.

 Getting to know them as people unique and very separate from you.

Getting to know them and rediscovering yourself, the child you once were and still remain.

As parents and grandparents there is a perfect joy in exploring who your children are as people and through them getting to know yourself better.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Bless the Lord

“Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service.” Hebrews 12:28 

Gratitude is an interesting concept and one that is gaining favour both in the secular and spiritual world.  

Being grateful changes our brain chemistry, we are less stressed, more focused on the positive – we are healthier.

Yet many Christians live in a state of fear, they are afraid that they are not good enough to enter Heaven and so following rules and making sure others do the same becomes the focus of their lives.

If we truly believed we belonged to an eternal spiritual kingdom that cannot be shaken, the foundation of our lives would be built on grace, on gratitude and all our actions both great and small would be offered in the same.

If we truly believed our God to be merciful, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness what reasons would we have to fear entrance into God’s kingdom?

Yet we demand that rules be followed, we argue over the rightness of every form of worship, we worry and stress – we live in fear of God.  

Thus we live our lives not in a state of grace and gratitude we live  constantly vigilant for the rightness and wrongness of our faith, our service to the world often demands the recipients of our service follow the rules and be grateful for it.

We are quick to judge, we are aloof in our rightness, quick to anger, and very short on unconditional love.  We are the opposite of how God is described in Psalm 103:8.

Our God is a loving God, the creator and redeemer of all, and our eternal spiritual kingdom is unshakable for this I am are grateful. 

There is nothing that I can do on my own to compel God to let me into heaven!

I will enter through God's grace and for this I am grateful.

Live your life in the surety of God’s unconditional love for you.  

Live all your moments in faithful reflection of God’s loving kindness, so that in all you do you are gracious, constantly living in a state of gratitude.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings: Isaiah 58: 9b-14, Psalm 103: 1-8, Hebrews 12: 18-29, Luke 13: 10-17

Off camping Be back Sunday

Grandpa and I are out in the camper this weekend relaxing and visiting family and friends. We will catch up the blog when we return...