What to do with your Bounty…

When trying to lose some extra pounds put on over the last year for different reasons what is the best approach to using produce from your own fruit trees? We have an apple tree, a pear tree, and blueberry bushes on our property. Property sounds big but truth be told we only have 1/3rd of an acre. I froze much of our blueberry harvest and made applesause that is frozen from our apples but now I’m working on the pears. Everything that sounds good for pears is sweet and yummy and loaded with calories. I saw this great recipe at LazyonLoblolly and it helped me to use up some of my pears. To make your frosting look more like the Southern Living magazine photo you will need to add more powdered sugar than the recipe asks for. The frosting is delicious so I would not exhange it for caramel sauce.

So back to losing weight. If you are going to continue to use the bounty available to you from your property/garden the best remedy to gaining lots of weight is to give some away to your neighbors. I have a neighbor who is a younger widow and she would never bake a whole cake, pie, etc. for herself anymore. She gladly accepts a  piece of cake, or a piece of pie or a couple muffins from me. It’s a win win situation. I took 3 pieces of this cake to another neighbor who works full time and probably doesn’t have the same time I have to bake. Her husband and daughter would enjoy something homemade.  My sister and BIL were the other recipients of a couple pieces of this cake. My sister travels back and forth from California and even though she stills enjoys baking she also appreciates a treat from her big sister.  If you have creative ideas that need to be brought to fruition don’t abandon them. Think of ways you can share your bounty with those in your neighborhood.

Maybe this started out as an all about me and losing weight post but I hope it was warped into a better love your nieghbor as yourself post instead…

Thank you for your get well wishes! I’m feeling a lot better and happy to say I didn’t get the full on ick my husband endured…


About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

15 thoughts on “What to do with your Bounty…

  1. That is a great idea! I don’t have a garden or trees so that is not a problem. But I am also working on losing weight and counting calories to do that. Been successful so far at losing almost 12 pounds. I am not seeing a lot in inches lost yet, but I am noticing that my clothes are starting to fit better. Good luck with your weight loss and stay healthy!


  2. I just love this idea! When there are only 2 people in the household, a whole cake or pie can be a big diet buster…but giving away all but a couple of pieces would really help me with portion control. Thanks!

  3. I love to bake but not have a lot around our home so I’ve always sent the majority of what I bake to my hubby’s office. Many of them there don’t know how to bake or don’t have the time so they’re always excited to see a treat come in the door….and that way they all get just a little treat as well versus having a whole lot of sweet stuff around their home. Win, win for all. I must have missed some posts….crazy around here. Hope your week is going well.

  4. I’m glad you’re feeling better and that you didn’t get your husband’s full-on ick. I’m thinking just a little is quite enough.

    The cake looks delicious, and sharing is a Very Good Thing. Bet you have happy neighbors!

  5. I love baked goods, but now that we are empty nesters and don’t have 5 kids at home, we don’t need a whole cake either. Sharing is good. Won’t you be my neighbor?


  6. I know whereof you speak! I debated yesterday…should I freeze all the plums…or bake a cake? I baked the cake…and now I will have to share. But sharing is good!

  7. You’ve got some wonderful bounty to share…all that luscious fruit! The cake is no doubt very delicious too. Give away as much of that as you can – LOL! I know your neighbors must love to see you on their doorstep.

  8. Ellen, are there any properties next to you for sale? Would love to move near you, and I will be happy to receive any scraps off your bounty!!! 😉 You can drop by anytime – as long as you come bearing food gifts! 😉

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