Hammin’ It Up for Easter

30 Mar

Easter Memories - Egg Hunts, Easter Ham, and Fancy Bonnets

What’s Easter without an egg hunt, some fancy dresses and bonnets, and a big juicy baked Easter Ham.  My sister Kelley and I would look longingly at the new fancy dresses as soon as they hit the hangers in our local clothing store.  On Easter Sunday we would get up early to see what surprises the Easter Bunny had left and then dress to the nines to catch the church bus for Sunday School. 

Charlton Heston as Moses - The Ten Commandments

I have so many Easter memories.  I’d watch in amazement every year as Charlton Heston as Moses would part the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments.  Kelley and I would color dozens of hard-boiled eggs with Paas egg coloring kits.  And each year we’d gather around the dinner table and enjoy an Easter dinner that would take hours to digest!

When I became a parent, the Easter Bunny continued leaving treats for my little ones, we’d color Easter eggs at Grandma Coleman’s house, and the great Easter Egg Hunt would commence before dinner in the back yard.   Matt remembers one year him and his brother Mark started tossing an Easter Egg back and forth and then another one was picked up and added.  They kept getting further and further away from one another throwing the eggs harder and before you know it they had a serious egg toss going on!  A year later when they moved from the house they found a surprise left behind the dryer!  I guess that explains the peculiar order in the laundry room!

The unifying factor in all these memories is the Easter Ham.  Here’s Mom Coleman’s recipe for this Easter tradition.  Enjoy!

Easter Ham

What you’ll need:

5 to 6 lbs. Ham, fully cooked

1 cup pineapple juice

2 tsp dry mustard

½ tsp ground ginger

¾ cup brown sugar

1 – 10oz. can mandarin oranges

Whole cloves

How Mom makes it:

Heat oven to 350º

Remove Ham from packaging and place on a rack in a roasting pan.  With a knife, score the fat in a scallop pattern.  Combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, mustard, and ginger in a small sauce pan and bring mixture to a boil stirring until slightly thickened.

Baste ham with some of basting mixture and place in a preheated oven.  Bake until ham is heated through about 2 hours, basting every 15 minutes.  Once ham is fully heated through (meat thermometer is 140º) increase oven temperature to 425º and bake ham for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and center orange slices in the middle of each scallop securing it with a whole clove.  Brush ham with juice mixture and bake for 20 more minutes longer, basting frequently.

Bake for 2 hours then 10 minutes and then finally 20 more minutes.

Makes approximately 12 servings


4 Responses to “Hammin’ It Up for Easter”

  1. tyger March 31, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    That explains why all Coleman children love throwing food at each other

  2. Beth (OMG! Yummy) March 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Saying hi from SITS! I use the same wordpress layout – how did you figure out how to add the twitter button and the “share this” stuff at the end? You obviously have this more figured out than I do!

    We celebrate Passover but enjoy all the fun of Easter with neighbors and friends. I’ve actually never made a ham but this recipe looks enticing – especially the mandarin oranges and cloves to finish it off. Thanks for sharing your memories and a great recipe.

    • Kathleen Coleman March 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      Hi Beth! Here is what I did to get the share buttons.

      While looking at your wordpress dashboard directly below the underlined name of your blog on the upper left side of the page, click on the down-arrow for the first blue section called dashboard. On the dashboard pull-down menu select “My Blogs”. You’ll then see a list of your blogs and on the blog you want the share buttons to appear you’ll need to click on the publicize check boxes. Check all that apply (i.e. twitter, facebook, yahoo, and messenger).

      Now that you have activated the sharing on your blog you’ll need to go down the left-side of the dashboard page again to the last section marked “Settings”. You should now have a “Sharing” label in the section to select.

      When you open up the sharing section you’ll see a section marked “Available Services”. Simply click and drag the buttons you want in your blog from the “Available services” to the “Enabled Services” .

      Next make sure you change the last item “Show Sharing Buttons on” to Posts, pages, and index pages. Click the Save button and you’re done!

      Hope this helps!

      • Beth (OMG! Yummy) April 8, 2011 at 12:31 am #

        Thanks Kathleen! That helped a lot. Still don’t know how to get a button to click on for Twitter but I did get all the sharing options on my pages! Thanks so much!

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