Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weekly Update Of Our House and Pear Sauce

We have been a busy crew! I didn't get as much done on the farm as I would have like, but I am content with what got done. I just need to take more pictures!

Thursday night, I was at an interview. I was asked to sit on the parents committee for interviewing the superintendent candidate for our schools. I found it to be very intereresting and somewhat hard!

Friday night, Shali's and her classmates had a steak sandwich supper to raise money for their class. Excellent meal! Friday night was also parents night for football and since Shali is a stat girl for football, we were in the line-up to be recognized.

Saturday morning we watched this:

Jordan line judging during the volleyball game 

 Shali in motion (in white jersey)

Shali waiting for the ball 

In between games, we had Rob's birthday! He turned 40 on Wednesday and was trucking on his birthday. He came down Friday and Saturday to watch volleyball. Saturday morning I made him apple crisp. He would rather have that than birthday cake! In between the games, he opened presents. After the games he needed to leave again so he could get a roof on his shed!

After we came home and everyone scattered again, I started canning. I thought I would attempt to make pear butter (from the Elliot Homestead), pear sauce, and pear jelly. I made the pear sauce on Saturday along with two loaves of homemade bread. I am bound and determined to start making all our bread because I cannot handle paying store prices anymore for "healthy" bread!!! Grrr....making our own bread will be better for us anyway!

I also installed the new smoke detector in the kitchen. I guess the old one wasn't working. I put a new battery in it and nothing. Glad I had a new one on hand to install!

Sunday was church and the making of pear sauce and pear jelly. The pear sauce recipe was easy peasy! I don't remember where I got the recipe, but I have had it for two years in a want of making this! I apologize for not giving the proper credit due.

Pear Sauce
40-50 small to medium sized pears, peeled, cored, and chopped into pieces
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 cup water
sugar to taste
cinnamon to taste

I recruited help from Shali before she left for work to peel, core, and chop 50 small/medium pears. Place pears in a large pot and add water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes until pears are soft, stirring often.


I added lemon juice, about 1 cup of sugar and 2 tsps. of cinnamon. I didn't want to make the pear sauce too sweet and I wanted the natural sweetness of the pears to shine through. (Next year I want to experiment with sweetners, mainly using honey or rapadura)

I kept cooking the pears until they were really soft. Then I used my masher to mash the pears until it was more like a chunky applesauce. After the pear sauce was done, I sterilized my pint jars in boiling water as well as got my lids hot. I filled the jars, leaving 1/2 inch of space at the top of the jars. I removed any air bubbles, put the lids on, and tighten the rings. I processed the jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes. (If you use quart jars, you will want to process for 25 minutes.)

I took the jars out of the canner, put on a folded towel to cool, and listened for the ping (so cool!).

Aren't they just gorgeous?

Just so no one thinks I am super woman, I tried to make pear jelly and failed. That will be the next post. After that I cleaned up the kitchen, discovered from the kids that the apples are ready, make supper, and curled up to watch a movie while working on cross-stitch. 

Hope you had a good weekend, have a great day and thanks for reading!

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