There were a couple things that I did a little differently this year for our dinner. The ham that I bought was the same brand, but I only bought a half, so we don't have ham coming out of our ears for a week. It was a Kretchmar brand and I bought it at the IGA store in Staunton. I know I could buy it somewhere else, but I just try and get all my meat there because the quality is top notch and the service is above and beyond. Kretchmar isn't a cheap brand, but well worth the price. If I could afford it, I would buy a Mickelberry brand, but they are even more expensive and getting harder and harder to find. So Krechmar it was.
Johanna asked if I would make a Coca Cola ham, so I looked online and really, the only difference between the recipe and what I normally do was that you used Coke instead of 7 Up. But, wow, what a difference in taste! That ham rocked it! We all ate quite a bit of ham, but Ben won that contest. Every time I looked at him, he was reaching for another piece of ham! I absolutely love it! It makes me feel so good when they kids and their s.o.'s like what I cook.
Another dish I made that I hadn't made before, was glazed carrots. They were time consuming, but not difficult. I used a 1 lb. bag of baby carrots. Heated some butter in a saucepan and dumped the carrots in there with a little salt and pepper and let them cook on low until they were tender. Then added some orange juice and a squirt of honey and let it reduce. Took probably 45 minutes for them to be completely done, but they sure were worth it. Yum! Next time, I might cut the carrots in smaller pieces so they cook quicker, but it really wasn't a big deal.
I sent a lot of leftovers home with Johanna and also with Nick. It was a wonderful day and I was so thankful that all the kids were home for dinner!
Johnathon was with us, too, which was very nice. We had a little egg hunt in the front yard before dinner, which he got a kick out of.