Saturday, April 11, 2009

Good Eve of Easter

I hardly know where to point the camera. Color is everywhere.

In one mixed border, the smoldering sunset reds of the new 'Cinco de Mayo' roses beam brightly in happy contrast to cooler mauve and purple tones of nearby geraniums and red Valerian which volunteered to keep them company. Not everything is "Bloom where you are planted". We should learn from the flowers to "Bloom where you find yourself."

I wish you could smell the perfumes wafting through my garden. It is like a flower shop- everywhere you turn- there are blossoms calling you to be of good cheer. Each has their own scent in leaf or flower. Roses. Lemon. Pine. Bay laurel. None clash.

What I can send you is one of the best tasting and easiest recipes you will ever prepare. It is perfect for the Easter Ham.

While I would love to take credit for the recipe, it is a family recipe of Lisa Butler's. She graciously allowed me to pass it on to all of you because "Yummy things should be shared!" It bears the name of the woman who passed it on to her.
Lois’ Ham Glaze

1 C. Brown Sugar
1 T. Cornstarch
¼ t. salt
1 (14 ½ oz.) can of crushed pineapple
2 T. Lemon Juice
1 T. prepared mustard

Mix together brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Add pineapple, lemon juice, and mustard. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until the mixture boils and thickens. This should only take a few minutes. Serve over baked ham.

Thank you, Lisa! And to everyone, all the blessings of the season to you.


Frequent Traveler said...

Good Monday morning to you, Lydia !

Your garden is always so beautiful ! I feel like I'm visiting a monet painting with all of your lovely flowers and greenery !

The scents really must be just as wonderful as the colors, too.

Hope you and the family are having a wonderful Easter holiday weekend, and thanks for the ham glaze recipe !

Lydia said...

Thank you Annie for your good wishes.
When you make the ham glaze, hold over some to serve as a sweet relish- then anyone not "doing ham" can enjoy how the brown sugar and dry mustard enrich the pineapple.
We opted for Easter at home this year. Just the two of us. I made half the recipe with fresh pineapple leftover from fruit salad - it is just as good served on a thick slice of ham as if I had baked the usual half ham for the whole family.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh I bet your garden is gorgeous these dsys, Lydia....And you can tell how much you love everrything in it and how much care it recieves just from the way you talk about it....But it is a joy to see even a little bit of it!

Miss Jean said...

I just found your blog. I love gardening, also, and yours is spectacular! I wish we lived closer (me in No. Calif.) so I could have a tour. I have a Julia Child rose as well and it always gets such compliments.

Lydia said...

Miss Jean- I love the spirit of gentle kindness on your site. Thank you for finding my garden. Julia Childs is a WONDERFUL rose. We may not be neighbors. We may never meet. But that should not stop us from being friends.