Pears from Heaven:
Our Homemade Baby Food Story
I was pregnant, almost 10 years ago, with Eldest when I was heading to my mom’s house. I drove past a local city park and noticed a large pear tree dropping fruit EVERYWHERE! No was picking the fruit up or even seemed to notice it being there. Bees and flies were the only ones that seemed to notice. I COULD NOT let all those pears go to waste!
The frugalista in me decided to turn around and go back home for containers to pack up the pears. I grabbed a backpack on wheels, plastic grocery sacks, and any other heavy-duty sack that would hold all the pears that I could fit into them.
I trotted down the hill with sacks in tow. I loaded all the bags till they were full and then I lugged them back up the hill to my van. Off I set to my mom’s house to cook and can all the FREE baby food pears from heaven I had just acquired!
We had lots and lots of pints of pureed pears for our new baby! We also canned 30 pounds of squash we had gotten with farmer’s market food vouchers. Needless to say Eldest and Princess ate very well. We had extra for pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie.
I would also stock up on produce when on sale and steam it, puree it, and freeze in ice-cube trays for when it was needed. Yes, I did buy baby food, but most of it was almost free with coupons! (This was awhile ago before everyone started to make a fuss about all the additives in baby food,etc.)
I have never seen that tree produce even one pear since that year and seems that the pears from heaven tree happened just at the right time for us!
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