Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pear Dumplings with Cream Sauce

Pear Dumplings with Cream Sauce

This is the most scrumptious recipe and ELEGANT!

Have you seen anything more beautiful than this? It is a half of a pear covered in pie crust and baked to perfection. As if that isn't enough, this cream sauce  takes this dessert to a whole new level  (I guarantee it is way better than Cool Whip and I'm a real Cool Whip fan).

I know you will like this. My family just loved it and it looks so amazing. 

How to make pear dumplings in a cream sauce

Pear Dumplings with Cream Sauce

  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 medium sized Bartlett pears, peeled and cored
  • 1 pkg. (2 pie crusts) refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 2 cups half and half cream (I use fat free half and half)
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 4 whole cloves (if you don't have this, use stems from pears, cut in half so that you have 4 little stems
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
Unwrap one pastry crust and roll on a slightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thick because the crust is too thick as it comes out of the package. Cut out 4 - 7 inch circles, approximately, and save trimmings to make leaf shapes later.
Place pear half, cut side UP, on each 7 inch circle. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon sugar in the center of the pear. Wrap pie crust up and around each pear. Seal as best you can and place the pear seam side down on baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the pears.
From the pie crust trimmings cut out leaf shapes, make impressions with a knife to show veins on leaves.
Brush dumplings with egg white and decorate each pear with 3 leaves as shown in the picture. Brush leaves with egg white also.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan carefully and cool slightly. Put "stem" into each dumpling as shown in picture.
While waiting for the dumplings to cook, prepare the cream sauce. In a 2 quart saucepan, combine egg yolk, half and half, cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Cook over medium to low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Cool slightly.

Serve warm. Spoon some custard into each plate and top with the pear dumpling. ENJOY!

Pear dumplings in cream

Best wishes,


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

What to do Weekends #94

What to do Weekends!!

Link your ideas and fun and also look for fun things to do on the weekend for yourself!

Some awesome fun from last week....

Mrs. Tucker talks about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Very important. We have 6 shelter dogs between myself and my daughters. Give a shelter dog a home!

Crafty Allie has a Knitted Pumpkin Hat.

With a Blast has a Butterscotch S'Mores Pudding. YAY.

A Peek Into my Paradise has a wonderful recipe for Lemon Blueberry Bread. MMM....

Isn't this awesome? I love the sticks.  3 Little Greenwoods made this Branch Basket Wreath.

Make Mine Lemon made some pumpkin ice cream.

Sum of Their Stories has the CUTEST idea!!  She uses dictionary pages to make cards!

Add your links to the party and then find fabulous

things to do this weekend -

plain inspiration to do SOMETHING!

Limit of 6 links please!

And try to visit your neighbor, also. If you can PIN your neighbor 

that would be awesome and wonderful!

I will be pinning.... 

Are you having a good (interesting, fun, happy, delightful, warm) Fall?

Best wishes,

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Paper Pumpkins


It's lots of fun working with paper and so I had the idea to make some paper pumpkins. Last winter I made these paper rosettes and that was a fascination for me. I show how to make the "fans" or "rosettes" HERE

After I made this "pumpkin" from paper, Gail, from Purple Hues and Me, made a lovely orange pumpkin in the same way but with orange burlap.. I like hers even better but I had already made my paper one so I decided to post it here anyway. It's exactly the same except I used a real stem from a gourd and she made her own stem. But both are very alike in that they are made with stacked layers of the rosettes. It's really easy with the paper, though. You just make the rosettes in varying sizes in order to make the "pumpkin" shape.

The sizes of my rosettes range in age from 11 inches to 6 inches.

Here are the rosettes all made..

I glued them together with hot glue in the center and glued a stem on the top. That's it. I like easy and this was easy. See the glue gun to the right? I just put lots of hot glue in the center and then held each one together for a few minutes until the glue set.

It looks more convincing from the top, I think, because of the real pumpkin stem.

Couldn't resist this....

                   message to my followers.....

Do you like the color orange? I do, but I like red better... and pink, of course.

Have you seen these Pumpkin Pie Mini Crescents?

Pumpkin Pudding - Gluten-free

Your friend,


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Falling in Love with Autumn GIVEAWAY

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Do you love autumn? For us, it's the time of year to start putting away the shorts and enjoying a variety of delicious pumpkin treats! Of course, what is better than enjoying a delicious pumpkin latte on a cold day with a book or tablet? Well, we are hoping to make fall a bit for all of our readers with this awesome tablet giveaway! 13 of us bloggers joined our funds together, and bought a Nexus 7 tablet to give away to one of our very lucky readers!

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