Friday, December 15, 2017
Harry & David Pears...
Thank you Tom and Joanne for the lovely Harry and David Pears. Thankfully I opened the box and discovered the pears are ripe and need to be eaten right now! I believe the instructions inside the box should be on the outside. Who knew the pears would ripen faster in the gift box left on the kitchen counter for two days. Well there is no way two of us can eat nine pears right now. So...
I got busy washing and cutting and prepping to save the pears. Even Mr. C was shocked to see so many pans on the stove. I made 8 cups of simple sugar syrup. Then boiled both the syrup and pear slices together for two minutes.
Now my pear slices are cooling. These slices are no longer crisp but rather mushy. The will have to be eaten like sautéed fruit. I will be searching Google and Food sites for interesting ways to use these. I do love a crumble coffee cake or cobbler.
Here is my resulting mason jar and two quart baggies of "preserved" Harry and David Pears. Do you have any favorite ways of eating "mushy" pear slices? I would love to have you share your recipes. Thank you very much.
I have been handwriting my Christmas cards. Yes, I do prefer to handwrite the envelope address and a personal message inside each card. Sometimes this is the only time of year we connect with past friends or family and I want everyone to know I am thinking of them with each pen stroke.
Staying busy this time of year is a must, yet we also must take time for ourselves to eat right and get enough sleep and not stress over everything. Do only what you can do and others will understand.
Merry Christmas Blessings...xo