Today was a very stormy day
and I was "dog tired"
I felt like having a Macie day
laying in front of the warm wood stove.
|Macie, our sweet granddoggie!|
However, I forced myself off the couch,
took a deep breath
and decided it was a grand day instead
to take down the Christmas decorations!
A few trips to the basement
to gather up the storage bins
and the undecorating began.
While unwinding the garlands
and carefully placing the trims
back in their boxes,
the house filled with the aroma
of the Bone-In Ham Roast
that I had popped into the oven
an hour before.
The storm raged on, the
school buses were cancelled,
and highways were slippery and
I was thankful to be "stormed
in" at home and happy to have
found the energy to make it
a productive day!
Bone-In Smoked Ham Roast
This ham roast has been a family favourite for many years. My mother made it often.
I used my sister Marie's dry mix recipe to rub on the roast. It was delicious!
1 Tbsp. Flour
2 tsp. salt, pepper to taste
½ tsp. dry mustard
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
½ tsp. thyme, Paprika, and Garlic Powder
Carefully trim the rind from the roast leaving a layer of fat on the meat - discard the rind (this is optional). Score the remaining fat left on the roast into diamond shapes.
Rub the seasoning mix all over the trimmed roast and stud with whole cloves.
Put prepared meat into the roast pan, fat side up, add a sliced onion, 2 Cups apple juice or ginger-ale. Cover and roast at 400F for about 15 minutes and then reduce the heat to 325F for 3-4 hours.
Of course, a Ham Dinner
isn't complete without
I made a small casserole of Scalloped potatoes the way my Mom always made them (without a recipe)!
Grease bottom and sides of roast pan. Divide the ingredients to make 3 layers starting with the sliced potatoes in bottom of pan. Sprinkle each layer of potatoes with some flour, salt, chopped onion, pepper, and dollops of butter.
Pour scalded milk over all (enough to fill pan approx. 1/3 full). Bake for 1 1/2 - 2 hours at 350F.
The storm raged on
and by the time the farmer came home
the decorations were mostly taken
down and our evening meal was
Just made a quick batch of
a broccoli slaw salad,
and we were ready to eat!
Whew - now I'm definitely
ready to hit the couch.
How was your first day back to
the real world since Christmas???
Till next time ...... bracing for some more stormy and record breaking cold days ahead.
Stay safe out there!