Pear Honey

Pear Honey -- A Pinch of Joy The goodness of fall in a spoon!
Pear Honey -- A Pinch of Joy  The goodness of fall in a spoon!

Pear Honey – just what the name says. So sweet and flavorful. Be prepared though. One taste and it will disappear in a flash. See that little bit on the little plate in the picture? That is what is left of the whole batch. Yeh, the same day I made it!

A superb spread, Pear Honey is really easy to make. Pear Honey makes me think of turning leaves, earthy smells, and gorgeous rich reds and yellows.   It just says Fall!   No honey involved and the name may refer to the sweet, deep pear flavor itself. This is a favorite on holiday tables – but you can use it any time! It is a perfectly marvelous topper for ice cream or a crusty bread, hot biscuits or any food you can top with fruit.

I use Bartlett pears to make this. They are somewhat thin skinned so peeling is optional. Quarter them lengthwise and remove the core, then cut into small pieces about half inch square.   I cut the original recipe in half and just make it when needed and pears are in season in the grocery. If you have access to a pear tree or are able to buy pears in bulk – heaven!! Since the pears are chopped and then cooked, this recipe is a good way to use the seconds.

The pear is one of the few fruits that does not ripen on the tree.  Harvested when mature, but not yet ripe, then left at room temperature, a pear slowly ripens from the inside out. How do you know when the pear has ripened? The Pear Bureau Northwest says to “ Check the Neck™ daily.” Apply gentle pressure to the neck of the pear with your thumb. If it yields to pressure, it’s ripe.”   After it is ripe, put it in the refrigerator to keep up to five days.    

Pear Honey

Yield: 3 cups

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

Pear Honey

Pear Honey -- all the goodness of fall in a spoon.

Ingredients

  • 4 ½ cups chopped pears
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 Lemon: juice and zest OR substitute 3 tablespoons refrigerated lemon juice.
  • 2 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Peel pears, if desired.
  2. Core and chop pears into smaller than bite size pieces. Measure into large pot.
  3. Add sugar, pineapple, juice and grated rind of one lemon (or substitute)
  4. Bring to boil and boil for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally until last five minutes.
  5. Stir constantly for the last five minutes as mixture thickens. This will prevent burning and break pears into even smaller pieces. Mixture will turn a light golden brown.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Prepare jar lids by placing them in hot water for at least one minute. Fill jars with hot mixture and wipe top lip of jar clean. Put prepared jar lids in place and add loosely tightened rings. Lids seal with a pop as the pears cool.
  8. Keep refrigerated and use within 3 months.
  9. To keep longer without refrigeration, process for 10 minutes in boiling hot water bath, let set in hot water for another five minutes before removing jars to cool. Do not store any jars on which the lids did not seal. Refrigerate those and use within three months. Processed jars that have sealed will keep up to a year as long as the seal is not broken.
  10. Recipe may be doubled.

Notes

Recipe may be doubled.

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Checking out the Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes - A Pinch of Joy
Parade of Homes

Wheels and I toured the local Parade of Homes recently, along with hundreds of others like the couple above. The general theme was horse country so there were lots of visual references to rural life, like the barn looking garage.   Of course, the homes were beautiful, showed off the builders best and were in the not quite a million dollar price range. Three car garages were the standard and there were a couple of four car garages. Six bedrooms, each with a bathroom. Some had main floor master suites as well as a second floor master, a couple also had a mother in law suite on the lower level.   A couple of bathrooms on the main level and more on the lower level gave each house between 5 and 8 bathrooms. Half had full movie theaters with room sized screens and theater seating. In each of those houses, the adjacent bar space also had a very large screen. And another very large screen in the family space next to that. (Think open concept. Think Frozen in the family area, action film in the theater and chick flick in the bar all at once!) All had multiple decks/patios, including one roof top deck and several that opened into the master suite. Several had doggie showers, and one had a small doggie suite,  near the main floor laundry. Quite a lifestyle statement overall!

We went for ideas and found them everywhere. The ones that appealed to us and made the time worthwhile were the affordable ones. Like color. I was delighted to see the turquoise and gray colors in our house well represented in the show homes. Trend setters, we are! The accent colors most often used with that combination were yellow and coral. Loved both of them! 

  wall Molding

Beautiful molding in one house gave an idea for a little problem corner in our new kitchen and helped refine the concept for our master bedroom (see the photo above. I won’t be using the emerald green color scheme, though.) In another house, curtains fastened to a piece of one x four inch pine and mounted like shelves above the eight foot windows drew a lot of attention from DIYers, who peeked behind to see why there were no rods. We clustered around and named off the parts needed from the hardware store and speculated as to how curtains were fastened on top to maintain the pleats. Sorry the picture didn’t work! Next time I will take the camera and plan to take pictures,  not just decide to use a cell phone halfway through the tour!

Another house had the solution for a tiny bathroom window treatment I’ve been puzzling over. The corrugated tin roofing used as wainscoting looked cool in the teen guy’s bedroom – but I won’t be using that idea.  Or the hundreds of individual one inch crystals nailed individually to the bathroom wall. Or some other concepts that were equally intriguing, arty and just weird. But there are lots of other little ideas that will find their way into use!  

One not quite teen girl was walking with her mother ahead of us as we were leaving. “I can’t wait to get home”, she said, “and repaint my room and start doing things around the house!”   I’m with her! Can’t wait!

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Garage Storage

Garage Storage -- A Pinch of Joy
Garage Storage -- A Pinch of Joy

Since we are in the garage looking at the turquoise door and the mini mudroom,   I’ll show you the cubby storage that gets a lot of attention whenever we have a garage sale. Everyone comments on it!   It was born from the different styles Wheels and I take toward storage — and a little desperation! 

Wheels — and Bytes — and Bytes big brother — are visual people.  They have to see something for it to exist.  It’s literally out of sight out of mind!  I am the polar opposite.  Out of sight and in its place means it doesn’t get lost.  They have piles here and piles there and they can reach in without hesitation and tease the hammer out from the bottom of a stack of tools.  I tear my hair and will NEVER find that hammer.  Because who puts a hammer in a pile of wrenches????  Really!  

Then one day, Target had clearance on some shoe cubbies.  A light bulb went off.  They could see everything.  But in little piles where I could find things.  So the shoe cubbies came home with me and went on top of the 52 inch tall cupboards on the garage wall. There is a larger unit with 25 cubbies.  It’s on the left.  Two smaller units with 18 cubbies each are stacked on the right.  Those cubbies are also smaller in size than the larger unit.   A pre – made sorter for visual folks.   

A short time later, Kraft started selling mayo in these cool oval plastic jars that fit perfectly in each cubby.  They hold things like steel wool, hooks, batteries divided by size, locks and other small items.  They are all labeled so if they end up on a different shelf, you can still see the label and know what you are getting. It was a real bummer when they switched back to round jars!  

However, it didn’t take long for a problematic pattern to surface.  The guys are WAY taller than I.  You can guess where THEY put the tools they used most often! 

So in the dark of night one night when I couldn’t reach a tape measure, I made some labels, climbed my trusty step stool and rearranged things.  You can see the labels — the most crucial items that MOI uses.  They can put the rest of the items — boxes of nails and screws, large size latex gloves, stud finders, and the like –in cubby storage wherever they want and feel free.  I can reach the screwdrivers, tape measures, levels, sharps (knives, scrapers, etc), pliers and garden cutters  I need and feel organized.  I still find the hammer in the pile of wrenches but the little stuff is where it belongs! 

Is that win-win or what?????

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