Amish Cook, Week of August 13, 2012: Homemade Granola Bars

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THE AMISH COOK

BY VERENA EICHER, Age 14

I decided to write for Mom this week. It has been awhile since I wrote the column.  I just came home from de-tasseling corn not too long ago.  The corn was extra wet this morning since we got all that rain.  I don’t really mind de-tasseling corn unless it is really tall.  August 11 will be our de-tasseling picnic because we will be done.

Tonight I will help sister Susan take our miniature pony that she is training for a ride.  She takes it down the road past tractors and big trucks so it gets used to traffic and all noises.  Tiny Tim is her newest pony that she is training. He is doing pretty good but he still likes taking us in the ditch once in awhile.  I think it is neat to see how different all the pony behaviors are.  Tiny Tim has to be trained  so it takes a lot of working with him.

She had let Lovina and Kevin go play with the pony so he could get used to little children.  Dad is going to grill some pork chops and hot wings for our supper tonight. I always like when he grills because it is always so delicious.  Mom is going to make noodle soup to go along with it.

For Father’s Day we gave Dad a new charcoal grill. He was glad for it because his old one was so wore out.  He couldn’t shut it down so all the meat would want to burn.  Mom was glad to see Dad get the new grill because h likes cooking on it more often.  We will probably sit outside and eat while Dad finishes the meat.  It always tastes best to eat it fresh off the grill.

In September school will start again.  It seems the summer went too fast.  I will be entering eighth grade.  This will be my last year in school which I am glad.  I won’t miss the school work but I will miss my friends.

I am looking forward to cousin Albert’s wedding. He is getting married to Louanna  I will get to see all my cousins on Mom’s side of the family. We don’t see all of our cousins as often since we move to Michigan.  I hope they will all be able to make it to the wedding.  It is always interesting to see how much everyone has grown.

It is so nice to be sleeping upstairs in our bedrooms again since the fire.  Susan and I share a bedroom.  She painted our walls and ceiling a light green.  I like aqua and Susan likes green so I let her choose the color.  We still have some organizing to do.  We have both been de-tasseling for over a month so we didn’t have much time rto do it yet.  Loretta and Lovina share a bedroom, they both like the color lavender so that is the color of their bedroom.  The boys wanted their room blue and Elizabeth’s is colored burgundy

Uncle Jacob’s  have been preparing for church services at their home, so we have been helping them whenever we can.

This is now another day and I want to bake monster cookies and M & M granola bars. Our friend Barb brought us some M & Ms, we will enjoy them.  It will be a treat to us because Mom doesn’t buy M&Ms often.  Sister Susan de-tassled for the last day this year. I am done for this year so I am home helping Mom.  We are going to bake bread for church services and can tomato juice today also.  Mom also canned salsa this week so we are glad to have salsa again.

M & M GRANOLA BARS

2 cups quick cooking oats

1 cup Rice Krispies

Half cup brown sugar

Half cup honey

Three-fourths cup peanut butter

Three-fourths cup M & Ms

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Press into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan and bake 18 minutes. Cool and then cut into squares or rectangles.

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The Discussion

  1. Becky Martin says:


    Verena did a great job with the column this week. I am curious about their hot wings and always wonder how they prepare them. I also wonder how many other Amish men like to use a grill?

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  2. Verena, you did a nice job on your mother’s column this week. I’m sure she enjoys having a break once in awhile. Glad you enjoyed detasseling corn this summer. Hope that you have a good year of 8th grade this next year.

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  3. linda fennell says:


    You did a really good job on the column. I am happy for all of you to be back in your bedrooms.

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  4. lorraine stoddard says:


    Verena worte a great column!

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  5. Kentuckylady717 says:


    Verena, you did a great job on this column….and the granola bars look yummy……sorry about the fire in your upstairs….I must have missed that email….Kevin , what happened ? Can you send me that email? I must have missed getting it…..

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  6. Christine says:


    Great job Verena. I like to hear how the day is going when when of you girls take over. I have made your Monster Cookies they are delicious.
    Are any of the boys interested in writing sometime?

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  7. Very interesting column, Verena, I like to see a young person’s point of view as well as your mother’s. The cookies look very good. I am like your mother, I don’t buy M&Ms myself because they are so expensive, but this way you can spread them out and get more for your money.

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  8. Barb Wright says:


    Since I have been away for so long,it looks as if Verena has much improved!! It is a great column. I am sorry to hear about a fire,I’ll have to look back and see if I can find out about that. The granola bars look good..bet my grandkids would love ‘em!!!

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    • FarmhouseBarb, so good to see you back…I’ve missed you, don’t be a stranger! I hope you are doing well!

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      • Barb Wright says:


        Ditto,Kevin!! I promise you’ll be hearing from me again. My pc died almost a year ago,and I just replaced it afew days ago with a laptop. I have really missed the site..seeyou soon..thanks for your kind words..Barb

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  9. it is always interesting to have the young people’s vision of what might be interesting to us. And they get it right as does Mom.
    i am going to ck the salsa recipe next. we use a lot of salsa here in so. calif. and it would be nice to try another version of it. of course, i do not have a garden to pick for the ingredients and i believe that results in a serious difference in flavor.
    Keep up the good work and helping Mom is a good thing.

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  10. Wonderful column. It’s always nice to read about the ponies and what everyone has been doing.

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  11. Verena does an excellent job writing. Why do they de-tassel corn? You may have posted about this earlier and I have forgotten why.

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