|The pear tree at my sister's house was overflowing. I got the call and ran out with K- to pick. With four extra little bodies, we picked a Rubbermaidish tote half way full. That should be enough!|
|Pack the Crock Pot full, put it on low (or in the case of this one where Keep Warm is more like low) and go to bed. I actually had another big Crock Pot going just like this.|
|This is when the staff photographer, K-, stepped in. She wanted to watch, so I let her take pictures. Yes, I did crop some, but she did a great job. Here I have my jar filling funnel and the almighty jar grabbing tongs.|
|Here comes the lid while suspended from the handy-dandy little magnetic lid grabber. (Remember that the kitchen is still being painted and spiffed, so excuse the giant basket of snackies and crackers.)|
|All filled and ready to go back into the canner to be processed.|
|Here we are. 4 quarts and 5 pints. Christmas gifts for my family. I didn't get to do pearsauce last year and when I got the call about pears from my sister on Friday, I knew that I had to go. When you get the call, it is like the call that your best friend is in labor. If you don't go right then, you are going to miss it! Pears don't hold long. At least not the unsprayed and old tree variety. |
Whenever you can pearsauce (or applesauce), you can never stick to a hardcore recipe as the ripeness varies. Just stick to the same ingredients and tweak it until it tastes right. Generally, I like to put some craisins in (nice color), but I didn't have any this year. My sister told me not to run out for them. She said that she was sure that it would be just grand without.
That was my big accomplishment this weekend!
Smiles in my weekend:
- My people decided to celebrate the changing o' the digits with me a day early. They woke me on Sunday morning with a Dairy Queen cake in hand. K- bought me some lovely jewelry. Hubs bought me a Butterflies of Ohio book (which came in real handy since K- and I were able to see and capture a picture of the rare-to-us Variegated Fritillary on Saturday), the Blu-Ray disc of Ferris Bueller's Day off and a gift certificate to the A. I. Root Candle Company. They took me to The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and to spend my gift certificate at Root. (They have an outlet and I totally scored on huge jar candles! Tangerine Lemongrass, English Lavender, Oceana and Amaryllis & Orange in the 22 oz Queen Bee Jars. 600 hours worth of candle burning! :)!!!!! ) To end the trip, Hubs stopped by my favorite Chinese restaurant and we got some take-out. It was a wonderful day!
Have a great day!