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Pear Jam and Stuff August 21, 2013

Filed under: DIY,Food,Party,recipe — Yaya @ 2:02 PM
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Hello All,

It’s been a while. Thanks for dropping by. First let me just say – I made Pear Jam but I am not a fan of pears. So why did I make Jam, you ask? Because when we bought our house we happened to have a pear tree in the backyard. Most people would say, oh well you don’t have to eat them if you don’t want to. But seeing all the pears on the tree, just sitting there waiting is like watching strawberries rot: Plain messed up.

Even though I am not a fan, I have plenty of friends who are. So every year during August and September I harass them until they come over and pick some off the tree. LOL. Now that sounds like it would be enough but it isn’t. There are always a ton of pears left on the tree, that even the birds and squirrels and occasionally our dog can’t or won’t eat.

Last Year, I made a few different pear treats and had a mini pear party. Everyone had fun and liked the treats, except me. I had fun. I enjoyed getting together for the heck of it. I just found no pleasure in the overwhelming pearness of a pear party. Lol. The only thing I truly liked and enjoyed eating was Pear Jam with toast and cheese. I also liked it on waffles and pancakes the next day.

Another Pear season has rolled around and I said to hell with coming up with pear desserts, this year is all about the jams. *_*

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Yaya’s Homemade Jam

(with Pear Bits)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 8 Cups of peeled, cored and well chopped pears
  • 3 Cups of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Sugar (regular white sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp. of Cinnamon
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. of Nutmeg
  • 1/4 of a Cup of Spiced Rum (Optional)

**Yields 6 half pint jars.**

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Chop the pears and place in a large pot or bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar. Mix well, until it starts to become syrupy.
  3. Cover and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Place pears and syrup in a large pot (if not already in one) and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Bring pears to a simmer on medium heat. Lower slightly and let simmer for 90 to 120 minutes (1 1/2 – 2 hours). NOTE: On my stove medium heat is like cranking the heat to five out of nine. To lower slightly would be 3 or 4. I usually cook them on 4 for 90 minutes and switch to 3 if it needs a little more time.
  6. Place pears in warm jars and slap on a lids. Once that is done, tighten the lids and boil enough water to cover about 3/4 of the jar.
  7. Let it boil for 10 – 12 minutes and remove from water.
  8. Set aside and allow to cool before storing in a cool dark place.

NOTE: Make sure to double check the seals before long term storage.

Hope this recipe helps a few more people figure out what to do with their ton of pears this summer. Have a wonderful day!!

Thanks for reading!

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A’s Baby Shower May 1, 2013

Hello all,

After a lot of preparation and hard work, A’s baby shower was said and done. We (my mother and I) set it up about three and half hours earlier just so we would have enough time to cook and get the little things like ice. So first the photos. P.S. Don’t mind the dates. My camera reset and the dates ended up wrong. The day of was actually April 27th 2013.

The Main Table Cake Table Close up The Baby Cake Topper Oreo Truffle Pops Cake Pops and Oreo Truffles Candy Coated Oreos and Cupcakes Homemade Meringues Table with Baby in Crib figures The rest of the table 100_0827

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The Main Table:

Homemade Meringues Candy Coated Oreos and Cupcakes Cake Pops and Oreo Truffles Cake Table Close up The Baby Cake Topper Oreo Truffle Pops Table with Baby in Crib figures on the rest of the table.

The Main Table in detail: On this table I set up the homemade desserts and general party stuff. The first thing you see is that the table is symmetrical. This was done on purpose to draw the eye to the center then slowly out. The cake is Lemon Butter Cream with White Cake and Lemon Curd filling. Then beside it (on each side) is a Chocolate Cake Pop Bouquet. In front of the Cake pop bouquets there are mini Oreo Truffle and Cake Pop bouquets. The Stars are Oreo truffles. In front of the cake (between the bouquets) there are Chocolate spoons. At the end of table there are Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream. The top tier has Candy Covered Oreos in pink and yellow. It is a little hard to see but in the back there are Yellow Star shaped Oreo truffles with a vanilla candy coating (instead of the usual chocolate). The Homemade Meringues in the back ended up on the Candy Buffet Table. More on that later.

The Food:

For the party we decided to have a late lunch. We ate Arroz con Gandules (Rice and Pigeon Peas), Baked Chicken and Asian Salad. We set it up buffet style. It was definitely easier than sitting down to a formal lunch. I also liked it better because no one was shy about getting second and even third helpings. That was one of the best parts because everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and the company as we all sat in the living room eating and exchanging baby stories.

The Party:

The party was very laid back and we took our time going from eating to games to opening presents and eating cake. By the end of it, the Mom to be (A) was sitting back listening to baby stories and enjoying a shoulder rub. ^_^

The Candy Buffet:

We used Lemonheads, Jujubees, Marshmallows, Sixlets, Gumballs, Homemade Meringue Cookies, Twizzlers, Pixie Stix and Crayon shaped Gum. All of the jars were homemade or bought at the dollar store and dressed up. The 3 large goldfish bowl like jars were bought at yard sales and thrift stores. All in all the containers for the Candy Buffet cost about $25. The candy was a variety of color, except for the gumballs and sixlets, which were pink, yellow and purple. The diaper cakes were also on this table along with a bedtime rhymes book. And just for fun we spread a bunch of crayon shaped pieces of gum all over the table. We added serving utensils and some baggies for everyone to take some home.

The Favors:

The favors were a combination of things. First the figurines, then the candy buffet and some mini bottles of sixlets as an added bonus.

On a side note, the wish cards and advice cards were a hit. Everyone filled one out for mom and baby. When they were done, I placed them in the baby’s room with a few framed printouts or bunnies and sheep as an additional surprise.

All in all, I think it went really well. The mom to be had great time and her guests enjoyed their visit with her. Some came as far as Maryland to come to the party so I am glad we went the direction that we did. I am also glad that people felt happy and welcome. For me, having that familiar feeling of family and long time friends, even among people who had just met was wonderful. The party was great and I am glad I was able to do it. It really was something special for a close friend, who is like a sister to me.

Lastly, I want to thank my mom for her support and assistance. Without her, it would have been really crazy. I also want to thank my husband and my son for their patience. I was busy most of the week and it was hard on them but they supported me anyway. Thanks. I love you all.

Have a great day and Thank you for reading!

– Yaya

 

A Quick Photo Update December 17, 2012

Filed under: Cake,Food,Holiday,Uncategorized,Updates — Yaya @ 8:30 PM
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Cupcake on Day 2!

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Had some tea and decided to grab a red cupcake. ^_^

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No filling but look at how fluffy it is. I put them in the refrigerator and it taste so good. Better the next day.

Have a good night!