Monday, January 5, 2015

Granola Bars, Simplified

There have been a few requests from people to post a more simplified version of my granola bars. It has been a very long time since blogging, but with these requests, I wanted to get this out there for them to enjoy. I think I had so much fun experimenting with my last granola bars granola bars, that I got a little carried away.

These granola bars are amazing for kids lunches and freeze really well. You can substitute healthier sweeteners if you would like. You can always add a handful of raisins, dried nuts, or wheat germ.

Granola Bars

1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 T. honey
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2  cup oats
1 1/4 cup rice krispies
1/4 cup peanut butter - optional
1. cup chocolate chips

Cream together sugar, butter, and honey. Add egg and peanut butter and mix well. In another bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Add to sugar mixture.

Add oats, rice krispies, and chocolate chips. Press into a 9x13 pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 30 minutes, or until slightly brown on top.

These granola bars will "set" as they cool, so you don't want to overcook them unless you want really hard granola bars. Take them out of the oven while it is still soft in the middle, but browning on the edges, like with cookies. Then let it "set" for several hours. You can experiment with how done you want your granola bars to be. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Learning From History

Library of Congress, Great Depression

Here are five random things I learned while working on my book:
1. Six months after the crash, the President of the United States was already saying the Depression was over and there was nothing to worry about. Yet, the road ahead would be much harder than he made it seem. May 1, 1930. At a dinner of the Chamber of Commerce, President Hoover said, 

“While the crash only took place six months ago, 
I am convinced we have now passed the worst 
and with continued unity of effort we shall rapidly recover. 
There is one certainty of the future of a people of the resources, intelligence and character of the people of the United States—that is, prosperity.”

2. I was surprised at the the variety of people's experiences. It makes sense, because America is so vast, but some people lost everything and other people seemed to even benefit from the Depression. A lot of people said that it made their family grow closer together. But sometimes families suffered too much. One family had to send their two oldest children away because they could not support all five of their children.

3. If there was little money to buy food, I know I would be praying that my garden was a success that year. But many people in the great plains suffered a drought. The Dust Bowl was a tragedy that occurred while people where already suffering from financial distress. I cannot imagine suffering from hunger and also being worried about the dust outside. The dust was so distressing that people would get a dust pneumonia. The drought and erosion of the dust bowl affected 100,000,000 acres of land.

4. It has been difficult to see people suffer in recent years from the recession, but this hardly compares with the suffering during the 1930's.  The economic decline during this time was -26.5%, where during the recession it was -3.3%. 

5. I recently visited Pocahontas State Park and found a CCC Museum there. In efforts to improve the economy, the national state parks were built. The program was for mostly young men, who would keep a small portion of what they earned ($5.00), and the rest ($25.00) was sent home to their families. It helped young men feel needed, and gave their family the help they needed.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Glimpses: Great Depression Experiences

My latest project is done, and I am so happy about it!

Glimpses: Great Depression Experiences developed from a desire to organize the material that my dad, David A. Squires, had collected over the years as a professor. Each year, he assigned his students to interview family and friends that had lived through the Great Depression. 

Glimpses captures first-hand stories of daily life and organizes them by the themes that emerged from this unique collection, revealing a personal perspective on what life was really like for those who lived through such difficult circumstances. 

Excerpts from the book:

What about the run on banks and the banks closing. Did that happen where you lived?
No it didn't. We lived in a small town of about 250 people. The bank was privately owned. The bank owner was good friends with the farmers and people in the area. Everybody cooperated and tried not to panic about money. Some went for a long time without having to pay their loans because the banker trusted them and knew they would pay him back as soon as they could.

Where did you keep your money?  
We didn't trust banks with our money so we put our money in jars and put them in the pipes underground.

What is one story you remember?
My grandmother has been the brunt of silly jokes for years. She save string, elastics, pins, needles, plastic containers, plastic bags, and newspaper. She saves three or four beans in a used yogurt cup, “good for a snack.” She giggles with us about her habit…The years she spent not knowing how she and her family were going to survive, has etched itself deep within her mind.

The book is available at cost: $5.00 plus shipping.

For a limited time I will also be selling Seven Years of Plenty at cost: $8.00 plus shipping.

I have a limited quantity and do not plan on ordering more of either book!

Leave a comment or email me to order. Thank you!

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