Monday, 20 February 2017

The Power of a Smile

When was the last time you noticed someone smiling at you or a time when you greeted someone with a genuine smile that lit up your eyes?

We live in an age where smiley faced emojis have replaced the human smile.

Where a great deal of our human interaction happens via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap-chat … none of which offers the spiritual joy of giving or receiving a smile.  Of being seen and of seeing another person in a moment of genuine human connection.

An infants sense of self begins with their parents smile and in that smile is communicated kindness, confidence, and unconditional love. 

This is the power of the human smile. 

A smile is contagious spreading hope, kindness and love as it moves from one human being to the next throughout the course of a day. 

Be mindful of how often you smile at the people who interact with each day. 

See them in that moment, smile and let them know they have been seen.

The Dalai Lama said “relinquish your envy, let go your desire to triumph over others.  Instead try to benefit them.  With kindness with courage, and confident that in doing so you are sure to meet with success, welcome others with a smile”

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Choose Life

We live in a time where children living in the developed world live in abundance, and yet they contemplate death in numbers greater than ever before – why?

We live in a time where living well is defined by things and our ability to accumulate more things to us.  We are a society where we have let television, advertisers, dictators, war lords, magazines, and the 1% of the world population define who we are.

We live in a time where we are eager to have others define who we are for their personal gain.  They sell us a definition that is empty of spiritual value, a goal that can never be achieved.  And we co-operate in the building of a world where the gap between the rich and poor increases daily and children contemplate death.

This is not the what God desires of us.  God desires we live lives full of love, community, peace, balance within creation, and in the knowledge that we are beloved children.

To choose a life that contains not things but moments full of love, purpose and knowing ourselves and our place within God’s creation.

Choose Life

Grandma Snyder

Lectionary readings Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Friday, 10 February 2017

Ancient Grain Tuna Salad

Today’ recipe had it’s beginning in a bag of fair trade Aromatic Heirloom Rice  that we purchased at our local Ten Thousand Village  Sale in November and mother’s homemade mayonnaise.

  • 1 cup of cooked Heirloom Rice
  • 2 cups finely chopped vegetables.  We used carrots, radish, celery, yellow or red bell pepper, onion, frozen peas
  • ½ cup mother’s mayonnaise
  • 1 cup canned tuna
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Cook and cool the grain/rice being used
  2. Chopped all vegetables
  3. Mix grain/rice, vegetables, mayonnaise and tuna
  4. Salt and pepper
  5. Serve.

This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

From our table to yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Friday, 3 February 2017

Home Made Mayonnaise

Great Aunt Marjorie’s homemade mayonnaise always made sandwiches and potato salad a treat and growing up our mother always made this mayonnaise when ham was on the menu for Sunday dinner.

We have changed Aunt Marjorie’s recipe.  We have found that we could reduce the amount of sugar by ¼ of a cup with out changes the flavour.  In the picture of mother’s recipe book there are three recipes.  The first uses a tin of condensed milk, third is a larger recipe of the one we used today.  

We did not try either of these at this time and have included them so that you can try if you want.

  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • ½ tsp dried mustard

  1. Wisk together all of the ingredients
  2. Over medium high heat stirring constantly until the mayonnaise thickens
  3. Remove from heat and keep refrigerated.
  4. Use the mayonnaise within one week.

From our table to yours

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Sunday, 29 January 2017

What Does The Lord Require?

Going back up for my second cup of coffee I turned and was shocked to be looking at a face so damaged is shocked me.  The entire left side of the face was a mass of scars, a sunken socket where the eye should have been a nose and mouth grossly misshapen by scare tissue.  So shocking was the face that without conscious thought monster is what I saw.

This took less than 2 seconds and hurriedly I turned and returned to our table that sat around the corner from the service line.

“Grandpa, Grandpa are we still going to feed the horses” and the joy in this child’s voice was followed by a beautiful base voice full of love “Yes as soon as we get our breakfast we will feed the horses” and the child responds “Let’s go, let’s go!”

So joyous was the child’s expectation I looked up to a glimpse of this wonderful child and his grandfather and into my view walked the “monster” cuddling his grandchild into the broken side of his face and the child beamed with happiness, love and joy.

What does the Lord require of us?

That we walk humbly through our lives, looking beyond our prejudices, preconceived ideas, and our first impressions. 

That we see our world and the people around us through God’s love, hope, promise and joy.

That we don’t see monsters in the people around us that we see love and the potential in each other.
Grandma Snyder
©2013-2017 twosnydergirls

Lectionary readings: Micah 6:1-8, Psalms 15, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Matthew 5:1-12.