Saturday, 22 October 2016

Stay Healthy this Flu Season

It is flu season again and at work people are dropping like flies!

Who you ask is getting ill well it is parents and grandparents of young children.  

How as a grandparents  and parents can we not pick up, kiss and cuddle an ill child?  

Yes, we then have to suffer the consequences!
What do the expert say we should do to keep the winter flu bug at bay?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers us three basic steps:

Get your flu vaccine as soon as they are available. 

Did you get a flu vaccine this winter? 

The CDC website provides a list of why you should answer yes.

Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs.  

Last year we got the flu from kissing our ill granddaughter.  At the time it seemed like the right thing to do but in hindsight we missed an important teachable moment.  We could have offered her physical comfort and taught her that when we are ill we do not kiss other people.  

Take Flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.  

Grandparents we are joining the high risk category and with flu viruses becoming stronger and stronger these are lessons worth teaching and learning from.

When our grandchildren are ill, if possible, ask their parents to keep them home. 

We can call them on the phone or Skype with them to provide comfort and support.

If you have to provide direct care, which many of do, talk your ill grandchild about the reason you are washing your hands, or using alcohol wipes and in a loving way tell them up front that there will be no kissing and why.

Grandma Snyder

Note: I am not a doctor or an expert on flu please visit the CDC website and vet all medical advice through your physician.

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Turkey Sausage and Vegetable Gratin

Always ready to support a school fundraising event our freezer held a large bag of frozen turkey sausage and it needed to be eaten.  

We could have BBQ sausage on a bun however this is not my favourite meal. 

While we were away we had a potato gratin dish that contained meat and root vegetables so we decided to make a turkey sausage and vegetable gratin.

We hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do.

Turkey Sausage and Vegetable Gratin
  • 6 - 9 links of your favourite turkey sausage coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium onions chopped
  • 16 small potatoes coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 12 medium radishes coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms coarsely chopped
  • 1 lbs of asparagus coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Sauté the chopped sausage and onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil until the sausage begins to brown
  2. Add the potatoes and sauté for another 5 minutes
  3. Place this in a large mixing bowl and stir in the cream
  4. Using the same frying pan sauté the mushrooms and radishes in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 3 minutes and add to the potato mixture combining well
  5. Clean and coarsely chop the asparagus fold this into the potato mixture
  6. Pour this in to a 9 x 11-inch greased baking dish
  7. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese
  8. Cover with tinfoil
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minute
  10. Remove the tin foil and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes, the cheese will be golden brown
  11. Serve

From Our Table To Yours
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Monday, 17 October 2016

Unchangeable Mindsets

Getting children to try a new food we often bump into an unchangeable mindset. 

Child: “I hate broccoli”
Parent: “You have never tried broccoli”
Child: “I don’t care I hate broccoli”

And without gentle guidance children are at risk of holding this unchangeable mindset well into adulthood no matter how irrational it maybe.

Be mindful of positions where you are not prepared to explore the possibility of change.

Challenge yourself as to the reason. 

You desire to not change your mind maybe very valid and 
you maybe surprised at your motivation as well.

Be open to the possibility of change and keep growing.

Grandma Snyder


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Lord Is Your Keeper

We can not know the mind of God nor should we pretend to.

God reveals himself to each of us through the moments of our lives as our need dictates.  If only we make space in our lives to know God’s will for us.

Too often our personal desires, and thoughts take up all the space in our daily lives, our thoughts are too loud and block out the still quiet voice of our Lord.

And worse than that we pretend to know the mind of God and we bend scripture and our faith to come in line with our personal desires and wants.

Here is the problem our desires are rooted in human understanding, and are motivated by human experiences of pleasure, pain, love, hate, greed, lack and competition.

Psalm 121:7 reminds us that it is our eternal souls that God is protecting for all eternity, not necessarily our human experiences.

And when we are mindful in the moments of our lives, of God’s presence, of God’s voice, we find that we are content and filled with joy not matter human experience that we find ourselves in – we have all that we need, we are full.

Following all of scriptural rules and not being mindful of God in our daily lives  we are putting our eternal souls at risk.  

We are placing ourselves in the position of assuming we know the mind of God.

Living in a state of mindfulness for God’s hand in our lives we are humbling ourselves to his will.  

We come to know our Lord as our keeper, we will know we are safe in God’s hands.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary scriptures Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 121, 2 Timothy 3:14-5:5, Luke 18:9-14.

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