Monday, January 6, 2014

Storm Day Ham Supper!

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
(recipe below)
that I had popped into the oven
an hour before.

The storm raged on, the
school buses were cancelled,
and highways were slippery and 
snow covered.

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.
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
Scalloped Potatoes!!!

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
for supper,
the decorations were mostly taken
down and our evening meal was 
almost ready!

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!


  1. How is it that the Farmer doesn't weigh 500lbs ? I am drooling on the keyboard as I type this.

  2. Cold weather and comfort foods seem to go together, don't they? Your ham dinner looks delicious! I got all my Christmas put away, except for the tree. I can't seem to bring myself to take it down. It looks so pretty on the cold evenings! (I don't have to worry about it since it is an artificial tree.)

  3. It all looks great over there...from the snow pic's to the yummy ham and scalloped potatoes. And your grand-doggie is very sweet!

  4. What a great meal for the farmer to come home to. I can almost smell that ham cooking here in NJ. Your snow photos are beautiful! Ours is all melted already!

  5. Thanks for sharing the scallop potato recipe! I rarely have them but love them when I do and so want a great recipe and you have it sounds like what my grandma used to make.

  6. Oh you described a lovely day. Glad that you had the energy to persevere. I'm sure that The Farmer appreciated it very much. I might have been tempted to make it a jammie day. Yes, I will be careful out there; you take care, too.

  7. I helped my daughter take down her Christmas tree today before we flew home from Calgary. Your ham dinner looks and sounds wonderful! You got a lots done.

  8. Hope you continue to stay warm! That dinner sounds and looks delicious!

  9. Oh my such a wonderful dinner Rosella..a real comfort meal! A busy day for you.

  10. Um,,,,this looks like the comfy cozy meal that my farmer enjoys also.
    It's nice to have it all cleaned up...It's a reward in itself.
    We all need days like that.

  11. I know that tired feeling - and how good you feel when you get the umph to get up and accomplish something! A lovely supper - you make scalloped potatoes exactly as I do. And my mom taught me too :)

  12. So many days I'd love to curl up into a ball and bask in the sun like our pup! Your mean looks phenomenal...and I'd love to try your dry rub!

  13. shirley bertheletteFebruary 21, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Hi Rosa,,just was wondering what kind of ham you used??


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