one thousand gifts


–> deep conversations with strangers

–> thunder storms

–> apples & cheese

–> frank sinatra

–> big, old books

–> babies 🙂

–> answered prayer

–> valley of vision

–> music from west side story (esp Maria ❤ )

–> graduation!

What have been your gifts lately?

homemade pear sauce


It was last summer that two different friends of ours blessed us with an abundance of pears. At first it was a little overwhelming, but I did some research (aka Pinterest) and decided to give this a try — “pear sauce”. I didn’t want something complex or one of those recipes for the “elite homemaker” (if you know what I mean), and this recipe is fantastic 🙂 Gluten free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Sugar Free, Soy-Free, You-Name-It Free, this only has 4 ingredients!

  • 8-10 pears
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2  cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Combine all of ingredients in large pot. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce to med-low heat, and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Smash/Mix pears occasionally.
  2. Take off the stove and let cool for awhile. Put in blender and mix well, leaving no pear chunks.