Pear Sauce Recipe
I made a huge vat of pear sauce. The measurements are estimated since I don't normallly measure my ingredients.
- 20lb pears+
- 5 cups water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
Pear Sauce Recipe
Once again, this is super simple. The most difficult part is peeling the pears. Once they're washed and peeled I cut the flesh away from the seeds. I do not have a apple peeler/corer so I have to do it by hand. This takes a lot of time. Infiltrate help if someone who can help you.
These pears are gorgeous. Perfect in each and every way. The smallest pear is the size of a baseball, but the average is softball size. They feel a bit hard, but are delectible once bitten into. They were given to me by my friend Mr. Ken, and I found a wonderful use for them: Homemade pear sauce.
I made a huge vat of pear sauce. The measurements are estimated since I don't normallly measure my ingredients.
Once the sauce was cool I spooned it into quart size freezer bags. I froze size bags, and put a huge container in the refrigerator for the family.
Enjoy it over granola
I made a quick breakfast granola with oats, raisins, honey and cinnamon. While it was still hot I added half and half to it, and ladled homemade warm pear sauce over the top. It was delicious.
When it comes to animals, there's a fine line between sanity, love and sheer obsession. There are those who don't care at all, while other's care so much it seems their heart bursts with each soul they come in contact with.
Then there's someone like me who seems aloof, and acts like they don't care either way. However, that's not me by any means. My aloofness doesn't come with disliking animals, but rather that I am a responsible pet owner. I always have been, and unless I feel I can fully care for an animal for the legnth of it's life; I won't have one. It's just not fair.
For years our kid's, especially my Jaden, has asked for a dog. For years I have said no. We've moved regularly, and lived in apartments. As much as I love apartment living (I really love it) it's not what I consider the best living standards for an animal.
However, five months ago we purchased our home, with more than enough room for a four legged pal. However, I held off. Even with a privacy fence I held off due to the extra responsibility, and knowing when the kids get bored some day, it would be me to keep its stead.
A visitor stops by: The big black dog
When did things change? Two weeks ago, a beautiful Doberman mix showed up in our back yard while Jaden and I were planting. He was gorgeous, and didn't have a tag on his collar, which is stupidly common in this area. That meant he was fair game for Jaden. She wanted him, and I wanted her to have him. In the meantime Josh comes out, looks at the big fella, and knows he's someones. We did not keep him, and Jaden was crushed.
Later, I stood at the bottom of the stairs eaves dropping on a conversation Josh was having with Jaden. It was about responsibility, and perhaps, if she started doing the things she's asked maybe mommy would let her have one. I listened to this little chat and thought it over, and over, and I watched my sweet girl pick up her clothes, and make her bed each morning there after.
I decided it was time. Josh went out of town for his last week of training with Verizon, but was back for good after the weekend. I sent him numerous messages and spoke with him about the possiblitly of "looking" at dogs. During this time, Jaden and Marcus found a dog on Petfinder, and he was in a local rescue. Josh was more than willing to visit the rescue with me when he came back.
This too was another standard that we talked about in the past. Buying a dog from a pet store was out of the question. It had to come from a shelter or rescue.
As I write this it seems I am a tyrant, but again, it's about responsibility. The shelters and rescues are over run with poor souls that human beings don't care for. Our family would/will not add to this careless behavior.
Anyhow, with one email to STARS of GA my husband and I were able to set an appointment to see Oliver, a small terrier mix.
Saturday 9/5/2015 at Save The Animals Rescue Society of Georgia
Saturday came. The sky was gray, but perfect for a pet adoption. We drove into the "country", and found the rescue, which overlooks a pond and is surrounded by trees. This is where we met Sissy. She runs the rescue, and is the final say for anyone who gets a beloved animal. We didn't know what to expect besides getting a chance to see the little fella.
Meanwhile, I did know she's a wonderful caregiver for the animals. My friend recommended her and the STARS of GA rescue when we began the process of looking for a dog. She explained the process her little Dina went through as a rescue dog, and that Sissy treated her wonderfully during her stay. As fate would have it, the dog Jaden and Marcus wanted was at this particular rescue.
Sissy asked about the kids, but they couldn't make it. I made a mistake with the kid's weekend schedule, and promised my mom and dad they could go to Atlanta. I felt horrible, but I promised Jaden and Marcus I would visit little Oliver; no matter what.
Then it happened. She introduced us to little Oliver. He is a Terrier mix, with a black and tan mask and white chest. He came out of the gate, a bit shy, but cute as pie. He trotted, jumped a little and even let out a little bark. He was darling.
Sissy asked if we had experience with small dogs and I had in the past. However, Oliver is not the typical small dog. He is active and playful, but not hyper, and not yappy. We spent an hour playing and talking, and I fell in love. Absolutely 100% in love. Josh, a big dog lover, was head over heels over the little fella.
As Sissy would have it; she allowed us to adopt the little fella that day. It was glorious. Since the kids were not with us Josh and I could not wait to surprise them with Oliver.
Sept 21, 2015: Several weeks later
Oliver is doing famously in our house. He's the most popular one here, and receives unconditional love every moment possible. We all adore him. I catch Josh speaking to him in baby talk, which is a sight since Josh looks like a silverback gorilla. Oliver's pure joy, and a big responsibility that my kids have adapted to easily.
I walk him in the early mornings when I get up, but they "run" him each morning in the back yard before school. They also make sure he's fed and watered, and pick up poop like champions. They are more apt to clean their rooms and keep things off the floor since Oliver is a bit of a chewer. Each night they help put away "Boogs'" toys, as well as take him out to the back yard each night before bed to "run" him. This entails a major game of chase with a ball stuffed in a dirty sock. Yes, that's gross, but it's what Oliver Twist loves. Oliver has been a great help with teaching the kids basic responsibilities, but also in teaching them that animals are living, breathing creatures that must be cared for.
I am in love
As for me; I'm in love. Little Oliver Twist has me seeing hearts. Yes, I said it. Each morning I look forward to letting him out of the crate, and walking him. It's just the two of us enjoying the fresh air. I spend the next thirty minutes playing, snuggling and teaching Oliver new tricks before anyone else wakes up. With some treats, and a lot of praise and love, he knows how to sit, shake and lay down. He has nearly mastered "roll-over." This fella is pawesome and unbelievably smart.
Besides receiving lots of love; he's spoiled rotten. We cannot help ourselves. He has a bed upstairs and down stairs. Oliver has his own chair, and a snuggle blanket, as well a down blanket for the cold evenings. His basket of toys is piled high, and the beef bones are just part of his evening ritual for chewing.
Oh, and clothes. We're waiting for those to arrive.
For more information on STARS of GA
Please contact STARS of GA for information on adoptions, fostering or donations. It is a nonprofit organization that runs on fumes to keep animals in good health. Many of these animals have special needs due to the conditions found in. Many need updated vaccines, spaying/neutering, surgeries, and micro chipping. Although these are the big bills, it's the basic maintenance that adds up. Food, cleaning supplies, and man power do not come cheap, and every penny counts.
STARS of GA Wish List
This beauty has been at my parents house for months. Man, have I missed you!
Chicken in gravy, and served over rice. I'll have some veggies with it, too. Not necessarily the healthiest, but delicious.
Seriously, it doesn't get any better than this!
My kitchen drawers are slightly narrow, and my utensil holder has a lip around it. The holder sits on the drawer ledge, but there's still space to close the drawer. It also leaves enough room below to store wooden spoons, spatulas, or other tools. The utensil holder easily slides back and forth to make the spoons accessible, also. I do have to lift the holder from the front end sometimes, but that's little concern to me.
It cost about $7 for the utensil holder, and worth millions for organizational purposes.
It's been a long time since I've done a restaurant review, but I've found a real gem to write about. It's Son’s Döner Kebab. It's a German fast food restaurant located at 17 College Plaza, Statesboro GA.
The restaurant is small with five or six tables, and easily disregarded if you're not looking for it, but don't make that mistake. Son, the owner, serves döners (gyros) and they are worth every succulent bite.
I'll be honest, I visited Germany for three days many years ago, but I don't know much about the culture. What I do know is Son serves the freshest food in Statesboro. Kaila, the best nurse around, and I, normally eat at Son’s Döner Kebab once or twice a week for lunch.
Each time we enter we are greeted by the cashier, and by Son. Kaila and I are outgoing, perhaps on the obnoxious side, but Son and his staff treat us like family. They are friendly, and efficient, and we never have a long wait even when the restaurant is packed. It could not be a nicer setting for delicious food.
The döner kebabs are wonderful. The chicken, lamb and beef can be seen roasting on the vertical rotisseries, and fresh vegetables are piled high to choose from. Kaila and I always get the #2 with chicken, all the veggies, and garlic yogurt sauce. We never deviate from it because it's delicious!
The meat is tender, and never dry. It's flooded with vegetables, and served with a side of yogurt or garlic yogurt sauce. Both sauces are a fantastic addition to the döner so you can't go wrong with either. Fries are also available, as well as Baba Tea Slushies and canned sodas.
How Son's fits into my life style
One of the most difficult things for me when competing is eating out. I'm particular about it, and not just for caloric values, but due to customer service, cleanliness and freshness. I don't expect every restaurant to be stellar, but I do expect fresh food when it's advertised as that. Son's restaurant delivers on all accounts.
Son’s Döner Kebab
17 College Plaza
Statesboro, Ga 30458
I saw something similar to this on a Pinterest DIY page, and mentioned it to Josh. He constructed this for me today. All I need to do now it paint it, and to add a couple more bungees to the rack.
It's big enough for my fit balls, medicine balls and the kids soccer balls. Yahoo!
Let me explain something: I DON'T RUN. I hate running and jogging. I'm not against sprinting, but that's a completely different animal. I am one of the few trainers on the face of the planet who doesn't make clients run. I think there are far better ways to burn fat than jogging laps on a track.
Anyhow, I've been asked for years to do a 5K, and I've never done one. However, this weekend I participated in the Pink Power Run. It is the first 5K I've ever done and it was great fun. I had a blast.
No, I did not run. Ok, I'm fibbing a bit. My 5k partner, Baleigh, an awesome young lady, and I ran out of the gate, and we ran the last leg in, but we walked the rest of the course on Georgia Southern University's campus.
The walk brought back many memories since I attended GSU many years ago. It was really beautiful, and with the students off for the day, it was effortless to maneuver across the campus.
We finished in 50 minutes. No, we were not the fastest, and our time was demolished by a woman running with a stroller, and a baby on her hip- yes, on her hip- but we did finish!
It's expected to see radiant, dark tans on the bodybuilding stage, but that comes with the sacrifice of time and skin damage. There are ways to get stage color with spray tanners and creams, but tanning beds offer glowing base tans and tight skin. However, the tanning bed is deadly by increasing your risk of melanoma skin cancer, as well as non melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).
The negative aspects of NMSC and melanoma skin cancer far outweigh tight, dark skin. Studies show a direct link between tanning beds and an increase of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The association of use of sunbeds with cutaneous malignant melanoma and other skin cancers: A systematic review resulted in an increased melanoma development by 15% in all age groups. This increase jumped to 75% in those who used tanning beds before the age of 35.
During 2014 skin cancer in the U.S. nearly reached the half million mark. The study of International prevalence of indoor tanning: A systematic review and meta-analysis resulted in more than 450,000 cases of NMSC which includes basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and more than 10,000 melanoma cases.
Since 1973 there has been a 200% increase in melanomas. Time spent in tanning beds, as well as outdoors, with minimal or completely unprotected skin from ultra violet (UV) rays, attributes to these increases. This poses a terrible problem to bodybuilders trying to achieve the darkest tan possible. Minutes lead to hours in tanning beds; creating a perfect gateway for increased skin cancer chances.
In 2014 the Surgeon General also recommended all people stay out of tanning beds, and stop believing that tan skin is healthy skin. Time spent in tanning beds, combined with unprotected outdoor activities, has led to $8 billion dollars spent each year to treat melanoma, as well as NMSC.
Bodybuilders chase after that perfect base tan, which is layered with bottled color such as Pro Tan, Jan Tana, Dream Tan, and etc. However, this base tan is not safe or healthy. These risks for tan skin can be decreased by staying out of the tanning beds, especially as a young adult. Melanoma is a life threatening issue, and is reduced by using other forms of tanning.
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