Friday, 28 October 2016

Apple Cake

October in Ontario means fresh crisp apples are everywhere.  For sale in markets, at pick your own orchards and for really adventurous along roadsides where there is an abundance of wild apple trees.

This week’s recipe is a remake of the family Applesauce Cake.  We are giving credit to all sides of the family because when we were looking through the many handwritten recipe books we have inherited over the years everyone includes an Applesauce Cake.

We have substituted chopped apple for raisins, ginger for cloves and reduced the sugar we have name our cake simply Apple Cake.

  • ½ shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups applesauce
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 2 medium tart apples cored, peeled and chopped – you decided how small or large we chopped them into ½ wedges approximately

  1. Cream shortening and sugar together
  2. Beat the two eggs and add to shortening
  3. Sift all dry ingredients together including spices
  4. Alternate adding the applesauce and dry ingredients to the shortening mix well
  5. Add soda and water to batter
  6. Add apple pieces
  7. Pour into a greased cake pan
  8. Bake at 350 F for one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean

From Our Table to Yours
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Monday, 24 October 2016

What Comes Next

Have you ever just wanted the world to stop changing, just for a day, so you can catch up.

The older we get the more change becomes the ever looming shadow in the corner of a dark room, the monster in the closet the thing that keeps you up at night.

How did change become something sinister?

When we are young change does not happen fast enough and we wish we were older. 

Now that we are older change has become something we fear, something we rail against and we begin to reminisce about the good old days.

Yet change is a constant part of the human existence as necessary as air, water, food and love.

Too often as we become grandparents and great grandparents we fight change and in doing so we make our world smaller and smaller until all we have left is our anger at how our bodies, our families, the world has changed and in doing so let us down, abandoned us. 

The reality is we abandoned ourselves, the life we could have had if we had remained open to change, to what comes next.

Change is very frightening and exciting at the same time. 

The best way to stay open to what comes next is to ensure that you participate in the life of your community, church, neighbourhood, your family.

Ask questions, try new things, join groups, most importantly ask for help and take pride in the fact that you belong to people who are ready to help you.

Be mindful of what you are saying no too, how you are closing door of opportunity because you are afraid of change.

At Aunt Elaine’s funeral a young woman easily 40 years younger than Elaine talked about how Elaine would be missed by the young mother’s bible study group.  Elaine attended this group faithfully each week bringing with her cinnamon buns.  
Aunt Elaine embraced change she was open to what came next.

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 23 October 2016

I have kept the faith

The Pharisee believed he had kept the faith by following all of the religious rules and by doing this he had achieved a position above others in God’s sight ~ he was not keeping the faith.

The tax collector knew he was a sinful man and humbled himself before God, making himself vulnerable to God's judgement.  He knew he could never achieve forgiveness through his actions.  He was keeping the faith he lived a life in the full knowledge of God’s love for him.

How will you be remembered?

What stories will your family pass down about your faith?

Can you call to mind people you know who kept the faith?

What was different about them?

Keeping the faith is not about the words you say it is in your actions and intentions.

Reflect back on what you did yesterday, would your actions mark you as a person who kept the faith?

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Lectionary reading for this post: Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22, Psalms 84:1-7, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18: 9-14

Going to seed

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