Hope you are all enjoying this rather dreary Thursday in October. If I had posted yesterday, I could have said "this beautiful Wednesday in October." I so love this time of year. Even dreary days still have color. This time of year also makes me hungry for some comfort food. Well the other day I made a wonderful ham loaf and parmesan scalloped potatoes. Oh my, how good it was. The ham loaf recipe is out of a Southern Living cookbook, and it is amazing. I will post the recipe at the end of today's blog. Oh, they look so good.
It has been a busy October. Lots of that end-of-summer work to get down, and I have two grandsons who play midget football, one on JV and the other varsity. That has kept me busy every Saturday since September. But I love football, and I love to watch them play. Both won their playoff games. So next Saturday they will each play in a championship game.
It's been busy here at We Three, which is a good thing but doesn't leave much time for designing or hooking. My sister is coming today and we are going to work on a new design. I'll keep you posted.
We'll talk soon,
Supreme Ham Loaf
1 pound ground cooked ham
1 pound ground fresh pork
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp seasoned pepper (I use McCormick's Pepper Medley)
1 cup cracker crumbs
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce (I use Smuckers Cherry Jam/Jelly)
Combine first 7 ingredients; mix well.Shape mixture into a 9 x 5 loaf and place in a lightly greased 12 x 8 x 2" baking dish.
Combine sugar, mustard and vinegar; mix well and spoon half over ham loaf. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 20 minutes basting twice with remaining sugar mixture. Top loaf with cranberry sauce and bake an additional 10 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.
I learned rug hooking in 1999 and taught my two daughters Lisa and Missy. We Three Rug Hooking was born. I really enjoyed working with my girls. That came to an end on the evening of March 4,2005 when Missy went into premature labor and after an emergency C-section gave birth to little Brady. At 2 lbs 13 oz Brady had a rough time. He spent 4-1/2 months in various hospitals. He underwent 4 surgeries on his little head, struggled with bad lungs, had meningitis and pneumonia. It was a very hard time. Brady's doctors believed he would have developmental problems and lung problems, but our God had different plans for Brady. At age 4 he is a perfect "little" dynamo, as active as any 4-year-old. About that same time Missy found out that her husband, Lane, had a recurrence of his malignant brain tumor. In September of 2008 Lane lost his brave battle and went home to be with the Lord. As for Lisa, she stayed with the business until about 2006 when she divorced and with two daughters had to also get a "real job." She is now happily remarried and working part time. She helps me with my rug binding chores. I also do medical transcription at home part time.