Did you hear what the 12 days of Christmas is going to cost this year? A. L.O.T.

As in $107,300. *jaw drops on floor, and preceeding floor below*

And since I, and probably you, weren’t one of the two that won the Powerball Jackpot a few days ago – odds are also, that neither of us could afford that pretty little price tag. But I’m betting we could both afford at least one thing on that list. A pear tree, perhaps? Neglect that fact that I live in an apartment and don’t have a place to plant a pear tree, but I could afford it. Or better yet the pears that grow on said tree. And a partridge. But birds hate me, so never mind.

The point is – it’s Christmas time and that means sharing the things we love with others. And this year, I want to make every’s holiday a little brighter, merrier and stress free in the kitchen. there will be treats to share so you don’t spend your days baking up a storm, tools that will speed along the cooking process so you can ya know – actually do what they call “enjoy” the holiday, and visit with the people that you love.

Unless you don’t like the people in your family and you want to spend your days tucked away in the kitchen avoiding the awkard conversations about why Johnny’s girlfriend has a snake tattoo wound up around her neck, or why there is a weird scratching sound coming from Grandma’s attic… then by all means, don’t enter these giveaways and I will save you from you family by keeping you in the kitchen.

But if you do happen to think your family is pretty neato burrito and want to actually see and converse with them this holiday season, enter these giveaway and win things that will move your holidays along and get you back to the party, and let’s have some fun!

Today’s first giveaway comes from USA Pears – how fitting since the first day of christmas is a dang bird in a tree! A pear tree! I sure love it when a plane comes together. December is national pear month and we’re kicking it off right by giving away a whole box of  great and glorious pears. Since December is also all about baked goods, it might be nice to have a few pears on hand to ensure you can still fit into your skinny jeans by the end of the month. Its a win win, don’t you think?

Pears are filled with loads of fiber to keep you full, 25% of your daily value, and at only about 100 calories for a medium pear, you won’t have to commit to a New Years resolution since you’re starting the end of your year off on a healthier note.

And with a simply little squeeze near the stem of your pear you can test your pear for ripeness and be devouring it in no time flat.

For a quick and simple dessert, my favorite way to eat pears is in a quick pear crisp – it takes 20 minutes to bake and with just a few pears on hand you can feed a crowd in a rustic way with no muss and no fuss. C’mon skinny jeans – there is hope for us all yet! But if you’re into something more “carby” then maybe a Spiced Pear and Chocolate Bread Pudding is more your speed. Either way – its a win all around.


The WINNER IS  Jen L!!

Congrats Jen, an e-mail has been sent to you. Thanks everyone for participating and don’t forget to check out the other Great giveaways going on during the remaining 12 Days of Christmas!

Le Creuset Espresso Cream and Sugar Set, Edgeware Knife Sharpener Set, Bodum French Press, 13 cup Kitchen Aid Food Processor, and King Arthur Flour Baking Bundle Giveaway

To enter to win a box of USA Pears:

Mandatory Entry:

Visit USA Pears and leave a comment telling me what variety of pear you most want to try.

Additional Entries:

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A half pear filled with crumble topping on a plate

Individual Pear Crisps

  • Author: Country Cleaver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


A healthy, rustic dessert that can feed a crowd, and is ready in just 30 minutes!  Great for holiday gatherings.


  • 4 whole Bartlett Pears
  • ⅔ cups Flour
  • ½ cups Oats
  • ⅓ cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter, Cubed And Chilled


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. On a cutting board, slice pears in half. To ensure that the pears lay flat while baking, slice off a small piece on the outside of each pear. The middle of the pear should be facing up.
  3. With a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the seeds of the pears. Place pears onto a baking sheet, or in the bottom of pie dishes.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. With a pastry cutter, cut in butter until crumbles develop.
  5. Top pear halves with crumbles.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until crumbles turn golden brown on top. Serve while warm. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if you’re feeling daring.


Megan Pence-Keno – Country Cleaver