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Recipe of the Month: Boiled Country Ham

Psalms 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

I love fried country ham,  but a boiled country ham is just about the best!

The only drawback with boiling a country ham is it’s not instant gratification.  It takes over 24 hours before you can eat it, and that’s after you have boiled it for an hour or so.

But, I will have to say it is well worth the wait.

Since we aren’t big turkey fans we often boil a ham for Thanksgiving!


1 country ham


Wash your ham and place it in a lard stand.

Fill stand with water until water is at least 1 inch over the top of the ham and cover.

Bring to a boil over high heat and let it boil for about an hour to an hour and a half.

Remove from heat and set it on an old blanket or several newspapers.

Wrap the outside of the lard stand with newspapers and then wrap in several blankets.  You will need to secure the blankets with some type of rope.

Leave it this way for at least 24 hours.  The blankets hold in the heat and the ham keeps cooking.

After the 24 hours, unwrap your stand.  Remove the lid, the contents will still be very hot, so be careful.

Dip out as much water as you can and let the ham sit for about 30 minutes to cool it a bit.

After 30 minutes or so, sit your pan that  ham is going in right beside the stand.

Carefully and quickly, transfer the ham from the stand to your pan.  Be very careful, the ham will still be hot.

Let rest for another 15 minutes or so and then cut up into pieces.

Yum, Yum!

*Sorry I don’t have pics yet.  I should be able to post pics soon.

Recipe of the Month: Meatloaf

Acts 16:28-34:  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.  And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.


Ah, meatloaf!  What can you say about meatloaf?  My youngest son, whom is 7, says, “It is very good!”  Here is my version of a classic.


2 pounds ground chuck

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs or instant oats

3/4 cup ketchup

1/2 cup milk

1 package onion soup mix

4 slices uncooked bacon


1/2 cup ketchup

6 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Layer bacon in the bottom of a 2.5 quart or 3 quart baking dish.

Like this!

In a large bowl mix, or in other terms, squish together ground chuck, eggs, bread crumbs (or oats), ketchup, milk and onion soup mix.

Once you get it all squished together, place on top of bacon in baking dish

I use my Deep Covered Baker from The Pampered Chef.

Spread evenly over top of bacon.

Cover and bake for about an 1 hour.

Remove from oven and try to drain off most of the grease.  Be very careful, meatloaf my shift in the pan and cause grease to splatter.

Mix up your sauce to over the top of your meatloaf.

Just put all your ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk it together

Pour evenly over your meatloaf and return to the oven, uncovered.  Bake for about 30 more minutes.

Do Not Over Bake.  If it looks like its starting to burn remove it from the oven.

And here it is …. the finished product!

Make this meatloaf for supper tonight and then wait for the compliments.  And tell’em it’s just something you threw together!!

Where are you Thanksgiving?

Posted by Dana

There is a song titled Where are you Christmas? and the first few lines of the song ask these questions.  Where are you Christmas?  Why can’t I find you?  Why have you gone away?  Sadly, these same questions apply to Thanksgiving as well.

Where are you Thanksgiving?  Thanksgiving is a day to be set aside for giving thanks to God and to celebrate the ending of the harvest season.  Or at least that what’s it’s supposed to be about.  However, lately it’s really not all about spending precious family time and giving thanks.  It’s more about the anticipation of the big shopping day, BLACK FRIDAY!  Retail stores are even monopolizing your time you get to spend with your family be opening their doors “early” on Thanksgiving day.  Not only are they trying to take us away from our family time, but their employees are missing family time as well.  These days everyone is so busy with their lives that when we do have the opportunity to spend time with family it surely shouldn’t be interrupted by retail scams to get people off the couch and out the door to cash in on a good deal.  Because if you really think about it, that “good deal” isn’t so good if it means sacrificing time with family.

Why can’t I find you?  We can’t find Thanksgiving because of this thing called “Black Friday!”  According to Wikipedia, Black Friday is defined as any Friday the 13th or any Friday darkened by catastrophe.  Darkened by catastrophe, what a scary thought.  Are we as a society “darkened by catastrophe?”  What is that we are searching for that is so important that we can so easily be sucked in by all the hype surrounding Black Friday?  Maybe we are searching for the wrong things!

Why have you gone away?  Thanksgiving hasn’t gone away, it is still here.  I think we have just lost the meaning of Thanksgiving.  I can remember my entire family, on my father’s side, gathering at my Grandmother’s and Granddaddy’s house for Thanksgiving day.  It seemed like we would spend the entire day there.  I was just a kid, so us kids would play while the grown ups visited and talked.  No one was in a hurry to leave or had anywhere else go.  We were content just spending precious family time together.  My Grandparents have passed away and our family doesn’t get together like we used to, but those memories are so precious to me.

When are we going to tell the retail giants that enough is enough!  We are tired of chasing the almighty dollar and making you richer on a day that should be set aside for family.  The only “good deal” is the one that can’t be bought at a bargain price.  And you don’t even have to be “sucked in” by a retail giant.  Just look around at your family and give thanks to God for that family and all that you have and all that God has blessed you with.  Now there’s a GREAT DEAL!  I’ll take two, and it’s free!!  I hope you and your family has had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

In closing, I would like to share with you what I am most thankful for:  I am thankful for God, my husband, my kids, my home, the food I have to eat, great friends and answered prayers.  What are you thankful for?

Apple Pie

Posted by Dana

My husband challenged me the other day.  He came across a picture of apple pie and asked me why I had never made one.  Well, I am not a big pie maker, never have been, but he asked me if I would make one.  The last time I made an apple pie, that I can really remember, was probably 20 years ago or longer.  But I rose to the challenge and attempted to make an apple pie, with homemade crust and all!  It took me a while, because I wanted to get it just right, but I finally got the pie made, baked and cooled.  My husbands comments after the first bite, “That is the best apple pie I ever eat in my life.  This needs to go on your site!”  I think he is a little partial, but nonetheless, I posted it.  I didn’t take but one picture, because I wasn’t sure how it was gonna turn out, but hubby did make me take a picture of the end result.

And here it is ..... I even put the pretty leaves on it!

Turnip Greens & Kale

Posted by Dana

I picked turnip greens and kale today!  I think my husband got a little happy with the planting.  They are so thick I basically sat in one place and picked three, firmly packed, bags full.

That cute little girl is my great niece. I am so glad she got to spend the day with me!

I am so excited because this means I will be adding how to freeze turnip greens and kale to the canning and freezing section.  Also, check out my Baked Chicken and Dumplins.  I posted this recipe on a site called Just a Pinch and it was awarded a  blue ribbon from the kitchen crew.

This is how thick the turnip greens are!

This is how thick the turnip greens are! You can't even walk through them!

We are having our 125th anniversary at church tomorrow and I plan on taking a big ole bunch of these with a pone of cornbread.  And yes, I also plan on posting the recipes, with photos.  I can’t wait to eat them, they are going to be melt in your mouth good.  My mouth is watering  just thinking about it!  Oh, I can’t wait!

I had to show you all one more picture of my beautiful great niece. She was picking the turnip greens very carefully because she said they "shocked" her!

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