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Pear Curd

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With late summer/early autumn, comes harvest time for our family. Pears, pecans, and many other things. A few years ago, we were blessed with two and a half bushels of free pears, a bushel of free pecans, a peck of free elderberries, and a couple of bushels of apples.

Here is one of the recipes I made to make use of our bountiful fruit supply. It is delicious. Buttery and sweet. It is smooth with a slight grit. It is perfect to serve with scones or as a condiment to a roast. I’m going to tinker with it this year and try to ferment it. 🙂

Ingredients:
peels from 4 average-size pears
1 1/2 cups Sucanat
1/4 pound butter, or coconut oil
6 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup pear juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Directions:
Put peels and brown sugar in food processor, pulse until peel is finely minced into sugar. Cream butter and beat into sugar and pear mixture.
Add the tapioca starch one tablespoon at a time while food processor is going, then add water. Then add the pear juice, lemon juice and salt. Mix until combined.
Pour the mixture into a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. The pear curd will thicken at about 170 degrees F, or just below simmer. Remove from the heat and cool or refrigerate.

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Goings-on

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At the Baggins’ household lately, things are settling down from summer antics, play, and leisure, as we prepare to start Year 8 of Ambleside Online.

I’m finding that utilizing some concepts in Dressing Your Truth is helping me understand my family and how to work with each one of them.

Daryl has had a few weeks of layoff through his company, but they were deliberately staggered one week at a time each month. Most of the employees treated this as a vacation/free time and we really weren’t different. We spent time doing some fun things and took the opportunity to fix some bigger things around the house. He is definitely a Type 3, which I am very grateful for. He works hard and is very loyal and loving, even when his vision is strictly on the to-do list.

Melody is growing up and discovering changes are not as scary as she thought they would be and are rather pleasant when she accepts them. She often makes me think of Katy in Stepping Heavenward and that is an encouraging, lovely thought for me, especially on the days where I feel like I’m “in the trenches.” She is a Type 1. So, with her being Type 1 and me being Type 4, can feel very overwhelming sometimes… we have completely polar opposite energies and ways of thinking. I tell her regularly that she’s the best first child I could have imagined – she helps me grow!

Leela really wants to join in with us as we have more formal learning moments, so I decided to institute Morning Time this year. We’ll see how she does with it. She is a constant comfort to others and loves helping. I am certain she is a Type 2, so I am mindful to let her know how much I see her and value her, and how strong her presence is for all of us.

Stryder is playing games to tease us, walking well, communicating with about 10-15 words/sounds, and *loves* snuggling with us. I have no idea what Type he is yet. I just know we love him and he’s also a blessing to the family.

As for me, I’m almost through the 3rd semester of year one (in a two-year program) in Restorative Exercise, to become a certified personal trainer. It’s intense, but I am loving it!
I had a severe UTI (not found with testing at urgent care) that led to a massive kidney infection, but I’ve been amazed to see natural supplements and botanicals work wonders, at yet another point in my life. Between probiotics and d-mannose, the UTI has gone and I am no longer hurting from kidney pain. I am taking a bottle of enzymes too, to deal with candida, and I’m impressed. I hope the one bottle is all I ever need to take! I’m about to add pau d’arco tea for candida as well.
I’m choosing to let my 4th semester of Mother’s Feast rest for now, after being convicted by some CM-inspired articles I’d read. For my Type 4 self, letting that 4th planned semester rest is going to be a feat of will! I am going to write more about letting the 4th semester go later, but for now, thus suffices.

Coming up soon on the blog, I have a really AMAZING blog-related development. I can barely wait to make the announcement!!