These gluten-free Dark Chocolate Pear Scones are so delicious they deserve to be served tree-side with a cup of coffee Christmas morning! They’re packed with fresh Stemilt Red d’Anjou pears, studded with dark chocolate morsels, topped with a drizzle of fresh pear icing and a hefty sprinkle of sugar crystals. In other words, they’re a bit of holiday magic for your tastebuds!
For the first time since I was pregnant with Kash, 8 years ago, we are spending Christmas Eve in our own beds and waking up Christmas morning at home!
It’s an exciting change to plan to spend the holidays here and while in year’s past I would have set out to make a big ‘to-do’ of it and been completely exhausted before Christmas even got here, this year I’m taking more of a K.I.S.S. method approach. An old employer of mine used to tell me when I was overwhelmed on a big work project to always remember the K.I.S.S. method. K.I.S.S. stands for ‘keep it simple stupid’ and while it’s a funny little saying it really does help me keep things in perspective.
As far as I’m concerned the holidays are the BIGGEST project that rolls through this house all year long. From Halloween to Christmas is literally a blur for me every year, because I spend so much of that time trying to keep our already packed schedules going while simultaneously trying to create ALL the traditions and holiday experiences for our kids. I easily get carried away and stretch myself so thin that I fail to actually truly enjoy the holiday’s myself.
Look if I’m being real with you, 2018 was HARD!
It was a growing year for our family. We moved cross country, dealt with chronic health issues, our 2 year old nephew was diagnosed and has been battling cancer, and we worked harder than ever. It was a year full of really high high’s and equally low low’s. We’ve grown together through all that we’ve been through and we’ve proven that even when the world around us is at its worst, we are always at our best when we are together. This year taught me that you don’t have to go over the top to create a meaningful moment for your loved ones. It’s more important to show up and to be truly present in the moment instead of being physically there, but so emotionally and mentally taxed that you might as well be thousands of miles away.
So, instead of chaining myself to the kitchen making giant pans of homemade gluten free cinnamon rolls, cookies, and holiday feasts while simultaneously missing the quality time I crave with my little family. I’ve decided to pick a handful of easy to make treats that we love just as much as those extravagant ones and that taste every bit as decadent and celebratory like these Dark Chocolate Pear Scones.
No matter what you have planned, big or small, this holiday season be sure you plan to be a little easier on yourself too. Make a few exceptions to your rules, ditch a few laborious holiday tasks in lieu of time spent with loved ones, and truly enjoy the season for what it is meant to be.
Love the combination of chocolate and pear? Us too! Check out some other ways you can pair the two together.