By: Kiarra Sanchez
Lemon squares are an easy, delicious treat you can make with your family! Especially if you like lemon sweets.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 lemons, juiced
- powdered sugar (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and ½ cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 15-20 min in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden.
- In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 ½ cups sugar and ¼ cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool.
- After the pan has cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and arrange in a checkerboard fashion.
- Sift some powdered sugar over the cooled squares. (optional)
By: Kiarra Sanchez
Mask wearing ornament.
Christmas is time for families to get together. Sadly, there are many who aren’t able to spend time with their loved ones thanks to Covid-19, or fear of Covid-19. Though there are ways around this thanks to modern technology.
Thankfully, in this day and age we have access to great technology, and this can help us connect with our loved ones during a scary time. Apps that allow video calls are a great thing to use. Certain phones are already equipped with FaceTime as well. You may not be there by their side, but you are still able to see their face. For some, the comfort of knowing their loved ones are safe is good enough.
If video calls isn’t a solution for you, then wearing a mask at family gatherings is the one of the safest ways to be with your loved ones. Social distancing will help ensure that everyone around you is safe, and making sure things are nice and clean will make a big difference.
Things may be different than what you’re used to, but we have to remember it’s best for everyone. No one wants to get sick, or get the ones close to them sick. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time with your family. Have a jolly Christmas and make new memories!
By: Kiarra Sanchez
Native Americans and Pilgrims first Thanksgiving.
Many people know the origins of Thanksgiving. However, it has been slightly forgotten due to the media industry putting their own twist on it. Here is the true history of this well known holiday:
The American concept of Thanksgiving was developed in the colonies of New England. Its roots can be traced back to the other side of the Atlantic as well. Both the pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower and the Puritans who arrived soon after brought with them a tradition of providential holidays—days of fasting during difficult or pivotal moments and days of feasting and celebration to thank God in times of plenty.
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—a group of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could practice their faith and others drawn in by the promise of prosperity and land in the New World. After an awful and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims began their work of establishing a village at Plymouth. Through the first brutal winter, most pilgrims stayed on the ship, where they suffered from exposure from the elements and contagious diseases.
In March, the remaining settlers moved to land, where they met an Abenaki Native American who greeted them in English. He came with another native american, Squanto, who was sold into slavery. He taught the pilgrims how to catch fish, cultivate corn, extract tree sap, and eventually helped forge an alliance with the local tribe Wampanoag.
In November of 1621, the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful. Governor William Bradford called for a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as America’s “first Thanksgiving”.