I usually don’t try out recipes before an event, yes I know I live on the edge, but when it is a delicious cocktail, well reserch is important. I was trying to think of a festive drink for Thanksgiving, I’ve done cranberries and pumpkin in the past so I was thinking of something new and different. Apples? hmm too boring how about pears? So I came up with a spiced pear sangria. It’s very yummy and I am glad I practiced first.
Spiced Pear Sangria
2 pears sliced
1/2 apple sliced
3/4 c pear nectar (found by the fruit juices in the supermarket)
1/4 c ginger liquor
1/8 t nutmeg
1/4 t cinnamon
2 c ice
3 c champagne, prosecco or sparkling wine.
Add all ingredients to a pitcher and stir.
Garnish with cinnamon sticks and or sliced pears.
I love crafts but often don’t have the patience to finish them. This one is so easy that even I can do it. It’s cheap too and makes a perfect Halloween centerpiece. This method is easy and I already have ideas for Christmas to use pears and persimmons.
1 bag epsom salts (so much cheaper than glitter, and has a nicer subtler effect)
2 T white glue
2 T water
small pumpkins or gourds
Mix glue and water together, I used a disposable cup for easy clean up. Paint pumpkin with glue mixture.
Sprinkle with epsom salts. I did it over a paper plate for faster clean up.
Let dry and arrange in group on table, I scattered some fall leaves around first, I would use real ones but I’m in Florida so I went with the silk ones. This would be fun with kids too as a party craft.
We have “make your own pizza night” every couple of weeks at our house. It’s an easy weeknight meal that gets the whole family involved, uses up some leftovers and gives us a chance to be creative. We use all different kinds of things for crust from pre made doughs, pitas, tortillas, Naan, and pre made bread crusts. Whatever happens to be on sale or leftover from the week’s dinners can become a canvas. This weeks winner was a flat bread topped with thinly sliced pears, blue cheese, caramelized onions and fresh arugula.
Pear, Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onion Flatbread
4 flatbreads (we used round ones found in the deli section of our supermarket)
1 sweet yellow onion sliced
2 T butter
2 c mozzarella or Monterey jack cheese
3 T blue cheese crumbled (use the good stuff here)
1 large ripe pear sliced thin
2 cups arugula
1 t lemon juice
salt and pepper
Add 2 T butter to a med sized pan, melt over med high heat, add sliced onions and cook over med low for about 30 minutes or until onions are caramelized. This is a slow and tedious process but you will be rewarded with flavor. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. spread about 1 tsp of olive oil on each flat bread, I used a pastry brush, but a paper towel will also work. Cover the inner circle with about 1/3 c mozzarella or monterey jack cheese. Top the flatbreads with caramelized onion, pears and blue cheese. Bake in oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling. Toss arugula with 1/2 T olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Cut and serve.
My kids love honey mustard on anything, get your kids to eat their fruit and veggies in this simple and refreshing salad.
Honey Mustard and Pear Slaw
1 bag shredded cabbage/cole slaw mix
3 T dijon mustard
2 T honey
1/2 c mayo
1 pear (choose a firm variety) julienned (matchstick slices)
salt and pepper
Mix mustard, mayo and honey in a small bowl. Place cabbage mix in a large bowl with pears, add dressing and salt and pepper to taste.