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Still trying to use up those pears from the back yard before the “season” ends!

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We had all these lovely pears off the tree in the backyard, but they took forever to ripen. We did eat a few here and there, and they tasted fine, but I had to find something to make with them. I didn’t want to waste them!

Matt suggested, “How about pear butter? I love apple butter. It can’t be that different.” I’d never tried making anything like that before, because I usually don’t eat it.

I looked through recipes online and Chickens in the Road‘s author Suzanne McMinn entertained with a heartwarming story about how she made pear butter in a 100-year-old farmhouse with an elderly woman named Georgia. I love that name. Though I didn’t use her recipe, the pictures of her pears looked just like mine, so I knew I was on the right track. I made it a little hard on myself because I had to make the pear sauce BEFORE I even attempted to make the pear butter, but it was my first time, so I decided to give myself a break. Next time, I’ll stick with Chickens in the Road’s pear butter recipe. Hold on to your britches! This one takes a while, but the crock pot does everything for you but core and peel the pears.

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My aunt Pat asked if it was possible to make cake in the crock pot. I looked it up and honey, it’s been done! I would never have thought…..
I chose the cake I like most–carrot and found a “low-fat” recipe on food.com  by Purdy Good Cook. I looked around the kitchen and said, “Let’s do it!”

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