Monday, November 6, 2023

Translation: Watermelon Poetry Monday


Pear Pie Cookies | recipe developed by Karen of | #recipe #baking

Poetry Monday's once a week.
I bet you know which day.
I don't participate every time,
But today I've come out to play.

My friends assign each week a theme,
Watermelon's what they chose.
Now it's up to all of us,
to put our thoughts into prose.


Translation, a watermelon themed poem | graphic designed by, featured on, and propeerty of Karen of | #MyGraphics #blogging

Of many options for raising kids,
we each choose our own way.
I was lucky to stay at home,
My friend Sue worked during the day.

Nate, Sue's son was in daycare,
from the time he could only coo.
His friends were there, enjoyed his day,
and the owners, they loved him too. 

One warm weekend afternoon,
invited Nate (and Sue) to play.
Something I came to realized was,
I understood what my son tried to say.

It came, I'm sure, from being there,
as he tried to develop each word.
Like "addle," I knew, was water,
though to others, it sounded absurd.

It happened a few times that day,
as we pushed our boys on the swings,
I understood completely when,
he'd mispronounced many things.

After a while I asked him,
what he'd like to share for a snack,
It didn't take him long at all,
to quickly answer me back.

Pear Pie Cookies | recipe developed by Karen of | #recipe #baking
Pear Pie Cookies

"Addlemoonya," said my smiling son,
naming his choice of sweets.
Not the cookies I thought he'd want,
but great warm weather treats.
Sue looked at me, shoulders shrugged,
the kids continued to play.
Smiling, I walked into the house, 
watermelon was on the way.

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Pear Pie Cookies         

Printable Recipe

1/4 cup caramel baking bits
1 pear, cored, skinned, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 stick butter, softened plus 1 TBSP, divided
1/2 stick margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar plus 2 tsp divided
1 tsp vanilla 
1 egg, room temperature
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt, divided
3/4 tsp baking soda

*In a food processor or clean coffee grinder, grind the caramel baking bits to a powder. Set aside.
*Melt 1 TBSP butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped pear, 2 tsp of the brown sugar, 1/4 tsp of the salt, 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Mix. Lower the heat to medium low and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Set aside.
*Cream the remaining butter, margarine, remaining brown sugar, and vanilla. Beat in the egg.
*Starting on the lowest speed just until incorporated, beat in the remaining cinnamon, crushed caramel baking bits, flour, the remaining salt, and the baking soda. Mix in the pears.
*Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, up to overnight (the longer, the better).
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
*Roll the cold dough into about 25 balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Place onto two baking sheets, these cookies spread. 
*Bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges brown. Cool on baking sheets for 3 minutes before removing to cool completely.


  1. love this. we all have memories or word creation as our children were growing up.

  2. When I talk to the younger grandchildren on Face Time I try hard to understand what they're saying, but usually fall short. It takes a few days into an in-person visit to start to get it.

    1. Yes, it's definitely easier the more time you can spend together.

  3. So many word treasures. A couple of favorites: grown nuts (grownups) and condifficult (kind of difficult)

  4. Adorable! And only MOM can understand!
    What great words! Addlemoonya. I'm going to have to remember that!
    One of our foster daughters had a severe speech impediment. 'Swimsuit' came out as 'heehoo'. We use it to this day!

    1. So much fun, years later, to still use those words, they bring back such funny memories.

  5. Oh, this is a good thing to do with pears that are ripening faster than I can eat them as fresh fruit. Cookies! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. I liked this poem the cookies also sound nice

  7. Yes, those cute mashups and expressions. Fond memories.

  8. What fun their words were to translate. The other good part is once you get good with your own child's words, you find you can also sometimes translate what other children are saying. A friend used to say, "The children speak in tongues, the moms interpret!"

  9. I'm the only one in my entire family that I know of that likes pears. How weird is that because they are delicious.


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