Saturday, October 15, 2016 / 46 Comments

Cranberry Glazed Ham and Thankfulness


Now this may seem a little early for some of you but the Canadians had their Thanksgiving a few days ago so it's time to break out the cranberries and sauce my friends and go to town on some yummy comfort meals.

Ham is a favorite of my hubby and my dad. They love the stuff. Me I'm more of a ham and cheese kind of gal but I love cranberry sauce. My step-mom eats the stuff all year. For real. It will be the middle of Summer and she's chowing down on it.

A few years ago I lost my mom, my grandma and my brother all within a year and a half of each other. Along with that our house burned down and we had a failed adoption. 

To say it was miserable would have put it mildly. There were times I didn't want to get off the couch I could just lay there and the days and the nights run together. 

I got it together for the first funeral but it was a miserable Christmas Day. I made all the trimmings and it snowed and not one of us wanted to eat.

Shortly after a sweet little boy and a teenager came to stay with us and that along with our move to the country pulled me out of my funk.

Is my heart still broken? Yes. The holidays are very hard for me. We said good-bye to 2 of our dogs in the past few weeks.

Now though I have a different outlook. I stop, I cry and I'm thankful. I'm thankful for the time God has given me with them and I'm thankful they are with him and I will see them again.
They are no longer in pain or confined.

So, now I'm going to celebrate for every holiday I'm going to live life to the fullest. It won't ever be the same without them but there are still many good times to have. So, I'm going to make my crew their favorite cranberry sauce and ham and enjoy the holiday season.

Now onto the Cranberry Glazed Ham

Ingredients

1 package of fresh cranberries
1 ham cooked or uncooked. I prefer cooked because half the battle is won
1 c. sugar


Step #1 Open your cranberry package and rinse them in a strainer.



   Step #2 Take a big pot of water and add the cranberries and set it on the stove on high to boil.


Step #3 Listen for the cranberries to pop. Once they all pop it means they are done.


Step #4 Drain the water off the cranberries in a strainer.


Step #5 Add 1 cup of sugar to the cranberries and mix it all up. The sugar should dissolve and the cranberries will mash with the stirring.


Now here is where you can make a decision. Sometimes it's fun to add orange zest or a bit of Orange Essential Oil Food Grade.

My crew will like it one time and the next plain. I would recommend about 1 tsp. of Orange Zest and then a few drops of the oil.


Your sauce should look like this when you are done stirring.


Now I like to pre slice my ham so it's ready for serving when it comes out of the oven. You can leave yours whole do what you really like. 

Step #6 Pour the Cranberry Glaze over it and cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


Enjoy


One last note I often times add about 3/4's teaspoon of Ground Cloves. I like spice and Cloves are spicy to some people but it is optional and the smell is out of this world.


So I do pray you sit down with your friends and family whether it's 1 or 10 and have a great conversation and a good meal and be grateful for the people you have.

Some of my good friends also want to share with you what they are thankful for please go by and and say hello.






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Happy Eating,

Valerie

                                           
                                              
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46 comments:

  1. Praying you have an awesome Thanksgiving this year. I love cranberries and I love ham - so this should be a no brainer. It looks delicious, Valerie.

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  2. Sending prayers your way and hoping you enjoy the holiday season with your crew.

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  3. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Sending lots of prayers your way. Your cranberry and ham dish look delicious I hope you enjoy it this thanksgiving and have a wonderful holiday season.

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  5. I'm very sorry for your losses, it sounds very painful. Regarding the ham and cranberry - yum! I was just telling my husband we need an alternative to turkey this Thanksgiving.

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  6. This looks delicious. The salty sweet combination is one of my favorites and add the tart cranberry makes it even better. I'd have this and day and be thankful. I'd love it if you shared this at What'd You Do This Weekend tomorrow.

    Linda
    www.tumbleweedcontessa.com

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  7. This looks so amazing. I'll have to try this.

    I am sorry for all your losses.

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  8. I am so sorry for what you have been through. I can't imagine what you must be feeling.. But it seems like you enjoy cooking and it almost therapeutic for you! This looks divine and I love the step by step photography-very helpful!

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  9. I'm sorry to hear of your losses, it's always hard when you lose loved ones and furbabies.

    Your cranberry sauce looks amazing! We love having ham at Xmas, this combo looks like a great winner to me!

    Lennae xxx
    www.lennaesworld.com

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  10. I am so sorry for the losses you've endured. I lost a furbaby this past July and it broke our hearts. I hope cooking and sharing great recipes like this eases your burden. xo

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  11. Looks delicious!! Also like the idea of baking it already sliced. So smart!

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  12. The tears are falling from my eyes as I write this, I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray for you to have strength and motivation every single day to move forward. I really hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. I lost my mom when I was 18, it has been 15 years and it still hurts. I know the pain doesn't go away but it eases and makes it easier to deal with. Robert Louis Stevenson said 'Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.'

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  13. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God will give you peace and strength. Your post was very heart warming. Your glazed ham looks delicious. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  14. So sorry that you have endured such heartache :( bless you for staying strong. On another note, the cranberry glaze looks amazing.

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  15. I don't eat ham.., but I'm a fan of cranberries. I make cranberry chutney during this time of

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  16. I completely forgot Canadian thanksgiving was at a different time. This looks to yummy witll have to share with my family!

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  17. Mm..sounds delicious. I remember that my mom would only make glazed ham on Christmas and Easter so I salivated over it in between. Now that I live so far away, I wonder if I can convince her to make this for me the next time I come home!

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  18. My Mom also likes ham and she always have it during Christmas season, I believe she will love this recipe. Thanks!

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  19. Hi Valerie, I am so sorry for all the pain that you have endured but I am so happy that you have such a nice outlook and positive plan for the future. Your joy will make your family so happy. The ham looks delicious. I never thought about cranberries but that sounds like I am going to try it. I love cranberries all the time especially cranberry bread. Happy to read your post today and Im thinking it may help people to have a better outlook on life. Enjoy your family and your holidays! Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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  20. I think cranberries are my favorite part of Thanksgiving. We generally don't have ham until Christmas dinner, but I may be trying to add it this year!

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  21. This recipe looks amazing and something I can make. I am going to volunteer to take this to my office Thanksgiving potluck. This is something you can use with any meat, not just ham... yummy

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  22. What a positive outlook! Sometimes it's hard to remember to live life to the fullest. I hope you have an amazing holiday season and that ham looks so yummy!

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  23. I am so sorry for your losses. I have had my share of lost and know how hard it is. I hope you have a wonderful holiday

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  24. Such a great attitude. I think focusing on what we're grateful for and the good things is so important.

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  25. Oh yummy. I bought a ham and a turkey today and am on a hunt for delicious new recipe. I love all things cranberry so I'm going to try this recipe for my ham.

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  26. I don't think my last comment went through, but I can't believe you've been through all you've been through. You are amazing because despite all that you seem to be ticking on and have a great outlook on life. Very inspirational! This meal looks delicious too, never thought to combine ham and cranberries before.

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  27. I love cranberries and this looks like an amazing glaze for a ham. I am saving this for when we do a ham at Christmas.

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  28. I love that philosophy, and thank you for the reminder to celebrate each day to the fullest...you never know when life could change drastically. This ham sounds incredible.

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  29. Always great to remember what we are thankful for, even through difficult times. I love this post and love the idea of making a cranberry glazed ham, I have only seem it glazed with brown sugar and pineapple before!

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  30. This sounds so delicious! I may need to try out this recipe for the holidays! I haven't used cranberries a lot in my cooking in the past, but I know it's a very traditional dish.

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  31. I'm sorry for your losses. Your recipe looks amazing. I will have to try it this year for Thanksgiving.

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  32. So sorry for your loss! This cranberry recipe looks so tasty! Perfect for Thanksgiving

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  33. Wow. I really want to try this right now. It looks very delicious.

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  34. Very sorry for your loss. Glad you are looking up to a great recipe! Thanks for sharing it. I hope you have S wonderful holiday season

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  35. Cranberries are a great addition to foods like this. I also like it with Brie Cheese.

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  36. My dinner guests on Thanksgiving would just LOVE this dish. I cannot wait to try this recipe out.

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  37. OMG! This looks so yummy! A great addition to the table.

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  38. I have never had cranberry glazed ham. It sounds yummy! I hope you have a good Thanksgiving!

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  39. I'm so sorry for your losses. It sounds like you have developed a very good outlook though. Loss and change is always difficult during the holidays. We lost my Dad just before Christmas last year. Beginning new traditions and surrounding myself with loved ones definitely helps. We moved our annual Gingerbread House Party to my Mom's house last year and it was just what she needed to help her through the first Christmas without him. Just celebrated it again and it was even better. She had so much fun watching all the kids and their amazing creations! May God fill you with his love and may you feel the presence of the one's you lost as they are always with you!

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  40. I'm so very sorry for your losses :( I can understand why the holidays must be difficult, but I'm glad you are feeling more positive and wanting to live life to the fullest!
    I just love cranberry glazed ham, it is the best!! This recipe looks wonderful!

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  41. I've never heard of cranberry glazed ham! It incorporates two Christmas time favorites - glazed ham and turkey with cranberries. Sounds delish!

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  42. This looks so yummy! I have never tried this before. I think I will!

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  43. Wow! This looks really delicious. I have never tried Cranberry Glazed Ham but I love cranberry so I would love to give it a try.

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know Christmas won't be the same without them so, please be strong. I love your positivity. May you have a Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  44. That cranberry sauce looks delicious! This would be a great dish for the holidays. Thanks for sharing your special recipe.

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  45. Yum! I love cranberries! This looks delicious!

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  46. I lost my mom a few years ago also, so I totally understand how tough the holidays can be, but then it just makes me want to savor every moment I have on this earth with my kids and husband. It's all a perspective, I guess you could say. Can't wait to try out your recipes by the way!

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