Easter Dinner “Pioneer Woman” Style

The Menu: 
    Baked Glazed Ham
    Creamy Mashed Potatoes
    Roasted  Green Beans
    Deviled Eggs
    Drop Biscuits
    Zesty Fruit Salad w/ Orange Vanilla Syrup
    Lemon/Lime Poundcake

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So let’s start at the beginning of my cooking journey which started early
this morning before church.  I read a blog post on the Pioneer Woman website about how to boil the perfect eggs for deviled eggs. The secret is introducing the eggs into the slow boiling water. I have always boiled the eggs  by putting the eggs in the pan and covering them with cold water. So after you carefully place the eggs in the slow boiling, not rapidly boiling water using a metal strainer, they boil for 13 minutes.  I have always boiled for 10 minutes.  They came out great!

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Now on to the main course, Ham.  Since it was just the 4 of us for Easter, I chose not to buy a large ham portion and  bought 2 ham steaks. I did not scrimp (is that a word?) on the glaze though.  It was devine!  Honey, spicy mustard, ginger ale and apple cider vinegar.  Yummy. Studded with whole cloves. 

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The fruit salad was beautiful and delicious. I was thrilled to actually be able to afford red and green grapes for it as prices per pound have been through the roof here.  Strawberries and  blueberries  too.  The best part is the orange vanilla syrup.  The fruit salad was awesome after marinating in the fridge.  Just sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla.

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The lemon lime Pound cake was a DISASTER! I have never made a cake that I could not get out of the pan until today. I have had some stick or not come out perfect but they have all come out eventually. Not this one! OK here’s the ugly picture….I’m  so embarrassed!

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Aaaaaa!!!  It tasted great though; especially with the fruit w/ orange vanilla syrup and fresh whipped cream.

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The roasted green beans tossed in olive oil, smothered in onions, and covered with bacon…enough said!  Yum! Gotta try them!

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Drop biscuits.  Hummmm!  Not sure what to say about these. Ok. Typical biscuit dough dropped in spoonfuls on a pan. Took forever to bake.  Not sure why. Baked them about twice as long as the recipe called for. I brushed the top with melted butter and garlic powder. That was the best part.

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So mashed potatoes.  Butter, cream cheese, half and half, salt and pepper. Good old comfort food. Rich, creamy,  warm, delicious!

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My Plate

Ham bones for the dogs for Easter dinner. They are happy, happy!

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All in all a great Easter-Church in the morning, a lovely afternoon of therapeutic  cooking and an enjoyable meal.  Time as a family and help in the kitchen with clean up. What a blessing of a day! 

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Christ is risen…He is risen indeed!  Happy Easter to you and yours.

About theneatandeatlife

Wife, Mother of 3, Nana to one beautiful grandson, Early Childhood Professional, Lover of dogs (especially dachshunds), Professional Organizer, Musician and now a small business owner of Pellows-handmade pillows. I firmly believe in my tag above, that everyone has something to offer the world and after being on this planet for over half a century, I’d like to share my offerings.
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