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An award-winning cookie

10-year-old Boone girl gardens, does crafts, loves baking best

September 16, 2016
By LYN VANDEBRAKE - Farm News staff writer (lynwrites4U@yahoo.com) , Farm News

BOONE - In her first year as a 4-H member, Claire Jonas had quite the successful experience at the Boone County Fair, taking home 15 ribbons this summer.

Jonas, 10, of Boone, a member of the Harrison Happy Hustlers, is the daughter of Steve and Nicole Jonas.

Her award-winning zucchini chocolate chip muffins won a blue ribbon.

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CLAIRE JONAS poses with all the making of her award-winning muffins, and the fair ribbons she’s won for her baking.

"I've been attending 4-H meetings for years now because my mom is one of the leaders, but this is the first year I was old enough to actually participate as an official member," said Jonas. "I've worked on our farm for years growing my own vegetables, doing craft projects and really like baking."

The Jonas family moved to Red Granite Farm, in Boone, when their daughter was a year old. It is home to a flock of 300 chickens, several green houses, three acres of vegetables, four different types of fruit trees, a black labrador named Francee and hosts a beekeeper.

"We don't buy a lot of our groceries. We grow them," said Jonas. "What we don't eat in season, we freeze or can. We have eggs year-round."

Red Granite Farm is the supplier of eggs for Burgie's Coffee and Tea, of Ames.

Jonas grew the zucchini she uses in her blue-ribbon award-winning muffins.

She also grows tomatoes, herbs, Nadia egg plant, sweet corn, jalapeno peppers and Red Norland potatoes, which she sells at two farmers markets - Story City and Ames - and saves her money for the future.

"I've gotten to the place now where my mom can hand me a recipe and I can bake it myself while she is doing other things," said Jonas. "I've even changed recipes after I've learned what works best."

An example of this is finding that chocolate chips tend to sink to the bottom of muffin cups during the baking process when mixed with wet ingredients as most recipes direct.

"I found if mixed with the dry ingredients instead, the chips are coated and stay throughout the mixture without sinking to the bottom," said Jonas.

At this year's Boone County Fair, Jones brought home 12 blue ribbons, one red and two purple for a variety of craft and sewing projects, photography, an educational talk on herbs, home improvement projects, vegetable growing and baking.

Barbara Clawson, co-leader of the Harrison Happy Hustlers, said Jonas has been an asset to the club.

"Claire has always added to the 4-H conversation," Clawson said. "She was the first in our club to attend the communications judging. She jumped right in this year with many vegetable exhibits and also entering a fairy garden."

She added that Jonas is an example of what 4-H participation, a good sound work environment and supportive parents can do for a young woman.

"It's very rewarding as a 4-H leader to see club members grow in leadership skills in the course of their 4-H years, gaining self confidence, experiencing many different options that help them with decisions for career pathways," Clawson said.

Though Jonas hasn't made a definite decision yet on what she'd like to do when she grows up, she is entertaining many options.

She excels in math and science and has interests in the creative arts, which include painting, beading, photography, sewing and other crafts. Jonas is also intricately connected to farming with her many ventures at Red Granite.

"I think farm kids have so many more opportunities than those who live in town," said Jonas. "Living on a farm gives you options for more experiences and wide open spaces to play, to work, to live."

Claire's blue-ribbon zucchini

chocolate chip muffins

Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen muffins.

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup white sugar

3 eggs, beaten

3 cup flour

3 teaspoon vanilla

3 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix dry ingredients and chocolate chips.

Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and add to dry ingredients.

Fill muffin cups to half full. Bake at 400 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes.

(Tip: Always add the chocolate chips in with the dry ingredients. Otherwise, if added at the end, or with wet ingredients, they tend to drift to the bottom of the muffin cups when baking. Adding them to the dry ingredients will keep them from doing this.)

Cowboy caviar

1/2 bottle Italian dressing

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 can navy beans, rinsed

2 cups, fresh sweet corn

3 Roma tomatoes, chopped

1/2 of a red onion

Mix and chill before serving.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Cucumbers and onions brine

Boil and cool:

2 cups vinegar

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons salt

2 teaspoons pepper

Store in a Mason jar in the refrigerator.

Slice onions and cucumbers and pour desired amount of brine over to coat.

Soak about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain off brine, and add desired amount of sour cream.

By LYN VANDEBRAKE

lynwrites4U@yahoo.com

BOONE - Bringing home 15 Boone County Fair ribbons this summer, 10-year old Claire Jonas, daughter of Steve and Nicole Jonas, of Boone, is a first-year 4-H member with the Harrison Happy Hustlers.

Her award-winning zucchini chocolate chip muffins won a blue ribbon.

"I've been attending 4-H meetings for years now because my mom is one of the leaders, but this is the first year I was old enough to actually participate as an official member," said Jonas. "I've worked on our farm for years growing my own vegetables, doing craft projects and really like baking."

The family moved to Red Granite Farm, in Boone, when Claire was 1. It is home to a flock of 300 chickens, several green houses, three acres of vegetables, four different types of fruit trees, a black lab named Francee, and hosts a beekeeper.

"We don't buy a lot of our groceries. We grow them," said Jonas. "What we don't eat in season, we freeze or can. We have eggs year-round."

Red Granite Farm is the supplier of eggs for the locally known Burgie's Coffee Shops.

Jonas grew the zucchini she uses in her blue-ribbon award-winning muffins.

She also grows tomatoes, herbs, Nadia egg plant, sweet corn, jalapeno peppers, and Red Norland potatoes, which she sells at two Farmer's Markets - Story City and Ames - saving her money for the future.

"I've gotten to the place now where my mom can hand me a recipe and I can bake it myself while she is doing other things," said Jonas. "I've even changed recipes after I've learned what works best."

An example of this is finding that chocolate chips tend to sink to the bottom of muffin cups during the baking process when mixed with wet ingredients as most recipes direct.

"I found if mixed with the dry ingredients instead, the chips are coated and stay throughout the mixture without sinking to the bottom," said Jonas.

Jonas participated in the 2016 Boone County Fair bringing home 12 blue ribbons, one red and two purple for a variety of craft and sewing projects, photography, vegetable growing, an educational talk on herbs, home improvement projects, vegetable growing and baking.

"Claire has always added to the 4-H conversation," said Barbara Clawson, 4-H co-leader of the Harrison Happy Hustlers.

"She was the first in our club to attend the communications judging. She jumped right in this year with many vegetable exhibits and also entering a fairy garden."

Claire is an example of what 4-H participation, a good sound work environment, and supportive parents can do for a young woman, said Clawson. "It's very rewarding as a 4-H leader to see club members grow in leadership skills in the course of their 4-H years, gaining self confidence, experiencing many different options that help them with decisions for career pathways."

Though Jonas hasn't made a definite decision yet on what she'd like to do when she grows up, she is entertaining many options.

Jonas excels in math and science, has interests in the creative arts; painting, beading, photography, sewing and other crafts, and is intricately connected to farming with her many ventures at Red Granite, the family farm.

"I think farm kids have so many more opportunities than those who live in town," said Jonas. "Living on a farm gives you options for more experiences, and wide open spaces to play, to work, to live."

Claire's blue-ribbon

zucchini/chocolate chip muffins

Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen muffins.

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup white sugar

3 eggs, beaten

3 cup flour

3 teaspoon vanilla

3 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix dry ingredients and chocolate chips.

Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and add to dry ingredients.

Fill muffin cups to half full. Bake at 400 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes.

(Tip: Always add the chocolate chips in with the dry ingredients. Otherwise, if added at the end, or with wet ingredients, they tend to drift to the bottom of the muffin cups when baking. Adding them to the dry ingredients will keep them from doing this.)

Cowboy caviar

1/2 bottle Italian dressing

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 can navy beans, rinsed

2 cups, fresh sweet corn

3 Roma tomatoes, chopped

1/2 of a red onion

Mix and chill before serving.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Cucumbers and onions brine

Boil and cool:

2 cups vinegar

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons salt

2 teaspoons pepper

Store in a Mason jar in the refrigerator.

Slice onions and cucumbers and pour desired amount of brine over to coat.

Soak about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain off brine, and add desired amount of sour cream.

 
 

 

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