Oh hi there sweet yumminess of caramelized everything ???
I am speaking to the food…fyi..
Hi to ya’ll too ?
And that up there is DELISH and leftovers are calling my name in the fridge. Because they taste good on…oh, everything.
Before we talk about their all-naturally sweetened selves with like 10% effort on your part and the other 90% by that good old crock pot…A story!
Gather ‘round friends. *pushes glasses up on nose*
A couple of weekends ago we hopped in the ole sedan and headed to the hills of Tennessee to partake in some big family celebrations. Not only was Steven’s grandma turning 80 years old, but she and her hubs’ were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Cute right?!
Steven and I had to take a second to think about the fact that two people could actually BE together that long…it is quite inspiring! We are still marriage babies (1 year almost here we come!) and seeing long time love stories like this are the best encouragement ever!
While the celebrating preparation commenced, we hitched a ride with my in-laws to the most charming little farmhouse they own, complete with a front porch, tin roof and rich green path to the most legit barn I have ever seen. I mean it was made of ALL wood guys…I didn’t know those still existed! Go ahead and make fun. I am no city girl, but my experience with all wood buildings and no outlets that smell of nature and feature a horseshoe or ten is very limited.
Basically, imagine the barn in your head when you used to read stories of girls in pig tails with lunch pails and THAT’S IT. I loved it…which is why you will be bombarded with pictures in this post. But somehow I think you guys won’t mind because vacation photo stalking is FUN. Please just agree.
And if this farmhouse couldn’t get any cuter, it has a PEAR tree.
Yes. Complete with cute little pears that —>go me<—I actually ate off the tree more than once! After chatting excitedly about the cute little fruit, my Mother in law and I cleaned that tree out of every ripe pear we could reach! Or maybe just my mother in law did while I held the bag like a 5 year old HA. Oops.?
Either way, we were both brainstorming ways to use these organic cuties…isn’t it nice to call something organic when the phrase horribly-over-priced wasn’t in the same sentence?
Me thinks yes.
Organic for LIFE…Budget-style.
We piled all these lovely little naturals in the trunk and headed to the festivities…only to leave them in that same trunk a day later when we headed home .
We definitely remembered that we left them…about 2 hours down the road.
And all my dreams of sharing pear things with you were crushed and it was a sad drive home.??
But, you guys, I happen to have the most adorable and thoughtful Mother in law ever…and would you believe she actually priority shipped an entire BOX of them to me a day later?!
And thus my story book has ended and we can talk about actual FOOD on this FOOD BLOG.
…What?…sometimes I get carried away and forget?
So those pears up there ☝became that right there ?. And they are now my favorite thing.
I have a lot of favorites, but still.
I have this habit of putting brown sugar all over everything that needs some sweetness and then a little more because it makes it all pretty and golden brown.
Naturally, that is the first place my mind went with those little guys, but I had the thought that maybe I could go an all-natural-sweeteners way with this thing.
I don’t know either. It was scary and I had to buy an ingredient that scared me…but I worked through it. Have you guys used dates before? If you have, please don’t judge me for ignoring them every time I passed them in the store. Am I the only one that think’s they look like a roach?!
Aaaaaand now you will never buy them and I just killed my own recipe’s chances of being made by more people than me ?.
If you can get past their-unfortunate- appearance, they are reallllly sweet and pair perfectly with the pears [yes that was on purpose].
With the help of some honey, maple syrup and dried cranberries…this dessert topping was born…of the crock pot and it needs to happen in your kitchen. PRONTO.
I can’t wait to try this with apples as well, because they are sooo FALL. ???
I topped my plain yogurt with this pear sweetness with a little granola on top and called it dessert, but if you are a yogurt-hater (I know you are out there) then get your ice cream out folks, because it is FRIDAY. If ya can’t let loose a little on Friday, well then you are livin’ friend!
We categorized Friday as a freeby long ago and I am GREAT with that. All things in moderation ?
And if you are feeling guilty…hey just check out that title…PEARS.
Pears = Fruit
Healthy Dessert. BOOM.
Just don’t do the math on that one and take my word for it.
- 5 cups chopped pears
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ⅓ cup orange juice
- ⅔ cup water
- 8 pitted dates (minced)
- Chop pears into bite sized pieces, and chop pitted dates very finely and add to slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cook for 10 hours on low. If a more syrup texture is desired (as shown) allow to cook for 4 more hours on high.
*Nutrition information is for 1 serving (1/4 cup)*