Let Them Eat Pear Cake

When pears come into season, the rush is on. I love fresh pears and sometimes end up with way more than I know what to do with. Their darkening skins, like bananas, call to me as I cannot stand to throw out any food.

While searching for something new to do with these ripe pears I discovered Pear Cake. I had no idea that this cake was so popular. So it was time to try it for myself.

I bake for just 2 people, me and my hubby Jim. Sometimes I will bake a normal or large batch of something that freezes well but I know fresh fruit doesn't really like the freezer, so I needed a size we could finish up in a few days. So I created this recipe.

I used a small loaf pan but you can use any size pan you wish as long as you watch the bake time. Mine finished in 55 minutes at 325 and was perfect. I waited a couple hours to glaze with a lemon/powdered sugar glaze and wow, yummy and yet not too heavy.

Fresh Pears and Raisins come together in this light, sweet cake and the lemon icing adds just the right amount of tartness!
Fresh Pears and Raisin Cake Recipe by Pam Wylie


2 cups chopped fresh pears (I leave the peels on)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
pinch of ground ginger
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup oil or butter (softened)
1/2 cup raisins or pecans


Combine the pears and the sugar, toss till well coated and let set 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and center the rack.

Mix the flour, salt, baking soda and spices until well blended.

In a separate bowl, combine the eggs with the oil, raisins and pear mixture.

Combine the wet mixture with the dry mixture, stir still well blended.

Pour mixture into greased loaf pan and bake for 50 - 70 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 full minutes before turning out. Then cool completely before glazing with Lemon Icing.

Country Crafts Fair at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego CA October 10, 2015

Southern California has always been a leader in the Crafts Fair world. It is great to see some of the old shows are being rekindled! This County Fair is starting a new this year. They are looking for craft vendors right now. 
Contact them for the details and vendor applications, it sounds like a great place to buy and sell handmade crafts!
"The Country Fair is an old Chollas Lake tradition being rekindled by popular demand.
Come enjoy creations from some of the most talented San Diego artists and crafters! Music, food, games, nature hikes, arts & crafts, face painting, and more will make it an unforgettable day!
Raffle prize drawings will take place throughout the day.
When: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Gloria's Mesa Parking lot at Chollas Lake Park, 6350 College Grove Drive, San Diego, CA 92115
Have questions? Please call or email: 619-527-7683, lcbaker@sandiego.gov"
Chollas Lake Park Info:

A 16-acre lake for free youth fishing (age 15 and under ONLY); an 8/10's-of-a-mile dirt path around the lake for walking, jogging, and bicycling; picnic tables with barbecue grills; children's play equipment; a small basketball court; hiking trails; and a multi-purpose ball field in North Chollas canyon

Sell Handmade Crafts: Pricing Tips for Sellers

How Much To Charge?

Pricing your handmade goods for sale isn't an easy task. Your prices need to be in line with your competitors, yet cover your costs and retain profit. Many formulas are available to help you find the correct selling price and you should use them. Taking time to come up with the right price will allow you and your customer to be happy after the sale.

Today, however, I am not talking about covering costs and profits. Today is about a little retail secret that will help you sell a lot more of your handmade goods.

Why do gas prices always end in .9 ?

Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass May 2015 Sevierville Tennessee

The 11th Annual Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival
May 22nd and 23rd , 2015 
Sevierville, TN.

This festival has it all! Admission is free and so are the concerts! They host multiple Barbecue competitions adult teams and for kids too! Plenty of live bluegrass music all weekend. 

And the best part is the Craft Show! 

If you love craft events with authentic crafts and unusual gifts this craft show is for you. Americana, primitives and lots of other crafts such as handmade jewelry, crocheted and knitted goods, wood crafts and more! 

So, if you live near or are traveling anywhere near Knoxville, Tennessee this would be great show to visit. Fine BBQ, Live Music and CRAFTS - sounds like a great weekend to me!

For more information visit their website at http://bloominbbq.com or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bloomin-Barbeque-Bluegrass/

Until next time,

Pam Wylie - HandmadeCatalog.com

Life-Long Crafter and  Professional Internet Marketer, Pam Wylie has helped 100s of professional crafters  and artisans sell their handcrafted work online through her successful website,HandmadeCatalog.com for over 10 years now. She also performs website design, SEO training and is a full-time, loving care-giver. Contact: pam@handmadecatalog.com 800-851-0183

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