Wednesday, June 11, 2008
It was a comfort in those succeeding days to sit up and contemplate the majestic panorama of mountains and valleys spread out below us and eat ham and hard boiled eggs while our spiritual natures reveled alternately in rainbows, thunderstorms, and peerless sunsets.

Nothing helps scenery like ham and eggs. - Mark Twain

Ham is a budget's best friend. Don't save it for special occasions, have it in the spring, summer and fall too!

I bought a 10 lb. shank ham for 99 cents a pound. For $10, that's 30 servings of meat! I'm fortunate to be able to bake in our new house without roasting the kitchen... ah, the conveniences of modern amenities!

First, cook your ham and eat it. It is ridiculously easy to roast a ham. Put it in a pan, maybe add some water, put it in the oven, check on it some hours later. A meat thermometer helps.

No wonder it was a Sunday dinner favorite! Even Mama needs an easy day once in a while.

Don't feel like you have to go all out with holiday trimmings. Last night we had ham, black-eyed pea salad, and green beans. I would have made cornbread, but I was out of flour and cornmeal (well, not out, I just haven't bought any for the new pantry yet.)

(Side note: mustard does not enhance the flavor of black eyed pea salad, but if you starve them make sure the kids are hungry, they'll eat it anyway. Especially if they can't have more meat until they eat their beans.)

Today husband dear will be eating ham sandwiches - his choice. I try not to serve ham at every meal all week, but my family just can't resist an oinker in the fridge.

Tomorrow we'll have scalloped potatoes with the ham. I'll also make brussels sprouts using my famous recipe, and substituting ham for bacon. Mmm... pig makes everything taste better!

We'll probably have some version of chopped ham and eggs at some point, because everyone loves it. It might be a lunch sometime this week.

I'll freeze the ham bone and wait until it rains for soup.

And I'll feed 9 people 4+ meals for $10. (Less than $20 counting all of the other ingredients, for sure.)

Kim at Weaving A Tapestry posted about this a year and a half ago, and I'm still saving money with her frugal tips!

Check out Rocks in My Dryer for more ideas!

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