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Yes, we all have to go sometime-and after 4 meals, our ham's "life" was coming to an end.  None to soon for our home.  We love ham.  Everyone drooled the first night, were happy to see it the second night.  But after that-I thought I caught a peek of our son holding up a cross at my head behind my back!

I sent it for lunch with hubby and said "cross-bearing" son, as well as daughter-in-law-to-be a couple of days.  But alas, 10 pounds of ham is still a lot of pig-no matter how you package it!

Believe me, I served it stir-fried with broccoli and red peppers over brown rice.  I bought a bag of sweet peas and some fresh asparagus and whipped up a white wine-type sauce and served it over pasta.  I added some to a frittata for dinner.  

But being frugal-I plodded on to getting the most out of my grocery find.  All that was left was the huge bone and all the meat on it that couldn't be sliced off, so it was now time to bring out the Crockpot!

You all know what's coming from me-I went out and bought a pound of split peas and a bottle of Guinness!  All foodies have the staples of carrots, onions, celery and potatoes on hand, so that was really all I needed!

I put the bone in, surrounded it with the peas, veggies (chopped fine, of course), Guinness, garlic and chicken stock and slapped the lid on.  8 hours and a batch of apple-cinnamon muffins later-dinner was served.

And yes, I had leftovers.  But that was also a good thing, made packing lunch for my husband easy.  My son, not so much (he's the one that isn't thrilled with soup).  However, my daughter-in-law to be was thrilled to have enough to cover her lunches for a couple of days as well.  Bon Appetite!


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