Holidays with my son rotate from year-to-year, and now that we have been combining time with my guy and his daughter, our schedules are even more cumbersome than they were! I wanted to have a special Easter Dinner ahead of time with the four of us, when we were ALL able to be together at once. I also knew that as much as I love to cook, I didn’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen because our time together is already limited. I knew right where to go to make this happen: Honey Baked Ham!
The best Easter meals start with Honey Baked Ham; my family has been buying Honey Baked Hams for years! I went to their website store locator and found one just a few miles from my home! My son and I drove to the store and picked out four ready-to-serve sides, a ham, and dessert. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to not have to cook all of this from scratch by myself! I picked out a 6 lb. Bone-in Half Ham (all size hams available) which is ready to serve, spiral-sliced and hand-glazed. Then we decided on green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potato soufle, orange rolls, and a cheesecake to end our meal on a sweet note.
Everything (less the ham) was frozen, so I just put it in the refrigerator and popped it in the oven a few hours later, following the package directions.
We are big veggie eaters in my home, so I did want to include a few of my own items as well. I roasted pencil-thin asparagus, as well as quartered fresh Brussels sprouts, with olive oil, salt and pepper, on a cookie sheet while the other sides were cooking.
When the sprouts came out of the oven, I squeezed the juice of ½ fresh lemon on top, and a healthy sprinkle of Locatelli cheese. The ham rested on the counter and came to room temperature.
While the side items were cooking, it was time to get my table in order. I really prefer buffets for holidays, rather than trying to squeeze everything on to the table. It’s just one less thing I have to worry about fussing over! I prepped the buffet in the morning so that when the food was ready, I could place it right on there without having to search for platters, utensils, etc. The difference is less prep time, more family time.
I love mixing old and new, so I decided to break out sterling flatware that had been passed down to me from family. I combined it with my grandmother’s napkins, and my everyday plates. For the buffet, I did the same thing: old and new, a few Easter decorations snagged from the dollar store, keeping it cheerful for the kids. I purchased a few small plants because I love a pop of green wherever I can find it!
All of the food was done cooking in a little over an hour, the ham was already beautifully cut so I didn’t have to worry about that, and my table was set and waiting for me (which never happens!). The four of us sat down and I was able to share a delicious and nearly effortless meal with some of my favorite people, all in the comfort of my own home. This #HoneyBakedEaster brought such a smile to my face!
Schedules can be tough, blending families can be tough, but with a little effort and planning, you’re always able to make time for the things you truly want to make time for. For me, that is spending time with the ones I love. And food. Always food! :-)