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Canned Spiced Vanilla Pears Recipe

When we moved to the farm, one of the things we loved the most was the established orchard.  Building an orchard is expensive and can take years to produce fruit.  We have a full orchard with several types of peaches, pears, apples, cherries, and plums!  There are almost 300 trees in the orchard, so we have a lot of fruit!  I love experimenting in the kitchen, so I combined a few recipes and made these spiced vanilla pears for canning. I was hesitant to can so many pears because the kids and I don't like them much.  Or we thought we didn't.  We'd only had storebought canned pears, and those don't compare at all to these amazing home canned pears.  I canned them in pints the first year, but I won't do anything but quarts from now on. As soon as I open these, they are gone.  There are never any leftovers! If you can get some pears this year, make this recipe.  You won't regret it! Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a commiss

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book has received so much hype lately, that I had to read it before I saw the movie.  I was honestly a little scared to read it.  I was afraid that it would be too sad for me.  I hate hearing about kids suffering from cancer or a disability.  It's just too much for my heart to take.  The book was sad, but I am so glad that I read it.  I would put this book in the top books I've read in the last five years. Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales.  Thanks for supporting my blog. I always look up books on Good Reads before I read them.  I don't want spoilers, but I don't want to waste my time on a poorly written book.   The Fault in our Stars is one book is one that I wish that I hadn't looked up.  A lot of people mentioned in their reviews that the book wasn't realistic.   Teens don't really talk like that , they said.     Well, mine does.  He's only 12, but I can imagine him tal