Happy Friday afternoon, everyone!

It’s been a crazy week here in Dallas. Lady Baby has started sleeping through the night. Which is awesome! Except she’s now wide awake and hollering for a large portion of the daytime hours, which makes getting work done a little challenging. So she and I have been spending a large portion of these past few days singing and dancing around the house and neighborhood because this baby loves music and movement. And it’s no surprise since I walked religiously throughout pregnancy and sang daily as I worked. (What? You don’t sing as you work?)

So if you were wondering why this blog has been quiet this week? That’s why.

However, Lady Baby is currently napping, and I’ve got a fabulous giveaway for y’all that runs through next week!

I’m teaming up with my fellow contributors at My Cooking Spot and giving the chance for one lucky reader to win a $100 gift card to Target in celebration of the springtime.

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway // The Speckled Palate with My Cooking Spot contributors

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli | Looking for a simple and delicious side that comes together in less than 30 minutes? Try out this wonderful Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli, which is light, tasty and super easy to make! // @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

Could we take a second to be real, y’all?

Having a baby is hard.

(You can go ahead and roll your eyes at me now, but it’s the truth. They don’t call it labor for nothin’.)

And recovering from having said baby? A bit more of a challenge than I originally envisioned.

To be fair, I was more focused on the whole giving birth aspect and making it through that, so I didn’t think much about how I would feel afterward, other than I would have my sweet baby girl in my arms and everything would be all right.

Well, I made it through, I have my sweet baby girl in my arms, and all is well.

But it wasn’t easy. And this first month of motherhood has been an adjustment. A good one with lots of laughter and love and a few tears, but an adjustment nonetheless.

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli | Looking for a simple and delicious side that comes together in less than 30 minutes? Try out this wonderful Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli, which is light, tasty and super easy to make! // @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

And because of this, I haven’t cooked much since before Lady Baby arrived.

The things I’ve made during this first month of motherhood have been of the incredibly easy variety because, well, I don’t have as much time on my hands, and the time I do have, I don’t want to spend slaving away in the kitchen.

That’s not to say this Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli isn’t delicious. It totally is. And there’s the added bonus that it’s easy to make, as well as pretty darn healthy. Which is a great thing. Because, honestly, I’m drawn to devouring that box of Oreo’s and a loaf of bread in between feedings. And am now trying desperately to eat more fruits and vegetables because they make me feel significantly better than that box of Oreo’s and a loaf of bread.

You can find my recipe over at My Cooking Spot today! Go check it out and be sure to let me know what kinds of dishes you crave during the springtime.

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and VeggiesApril 13, 2015 - 11:26 am

    Look at you making side dishes! It’s like you have all the time in the world ;-) I don’t have the excuse of having just created a living thing, but I have to say that it’s hard to resist the draw of Oreos and bread, especially when you’re crazy busy. Good on you for getting a veggie in!ReplyCancel

  • AlyssaApril 17, 2015 - 12:22 pm

    FOR REALS THOUGH!!! Where did the time go?ReplyCancel

Leftover ham from Easter? Put it to good use in these Ham Goo sandwiches! Stack ham, Swiss cheese and a decadent onion-poppyseed dressing in prepared buns then bake for an out-of-this-world party appetizer or lunch!

Ham Goo | Leftover ham from Easter? Put it to good use in these Ham Goo sandwiches! Stack ham, Swiss cheese and a decadent onion-poppyseed dressing in prepared buns then bake for an out-of-this-world party appetizer or lunch! // @speckledpalate

The name of this dish sounds kind of unappetizing, right?

Well, I’m here to tell you that you should forget about the name.

Or simply do what my sister did.

Once upon a time, I scribbled this recipe down for her before she moved across the country, wanting her to have some good dishes to make in her new town. My handwriting isn’t really that great, though I have been told it’s rather stylish, and because of this, she got confused when reading the recipe.

I received a call from her a few months later, and the first thing out of her mouth was, “What the heck is Ham God?”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“The recipe card you wrote out says Ham God, and I cannot figure out what this is.”

It took a second, then it hit me.

“Ooooooooooh.”

Ham Goo Sandwiches | Leftover ham from Easter? Put it to good use in these Ham Goo sandwiches! Stack ham, Swiss cheese and a decadent onion-poppyseed dressing in prepared buns then bake for an out-of-this-world party appetizer or lunch! // @speckledpalate

So ever since, we’ve been calling these delightful Ham Goo sandwiches Ham God instead.

And if the name is off-putting to you, I suggest you doing the same.

Ham Goo Sandwiches | Leftover ham from Easter? Put it to good use in these Ham Goo sandwiches! Stack ham, Swiss cheese and a decadent onion-poppyseed dressing in prepared buns then bake for an out-of-this-world party appetizer or lunch! // @speckledpalate

That being said, Ham Goo/God is delicious.

It’s also incredibly easy to pull together, making it a lovely lunch or dinner for a (small) crowd or a great appetizer, assuming you don’t mind getting your hands dirty.

Layer ham on prepared sandwich buns of your choosing, then add on a layer of Swiss cheese… and then you top it off with a dressing that makes the sandwiches ooey gooey as they bake in the oven.

And yes, you should be pleased to know that I’ve made this recipe healthier than it’s original version. Even though that it shouldn’t be considered health food, it’s better than it used to be. Take that for what it’s worth. Because I don’t know about y’all, but it takes a special occasion to call for an entire stick of butter for me… and unfortunately, the day I made these, I couldn’t stomach a full stick of butter.

Curious about making this on your own?

Here’s how you do it:

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Leftover ham from Easter? Put it to good use in these Ham Goo sandwiches! Stack ham, Swiss cheese and a decadent onion-poppyseed dressing in prepared buns then bake for an out-of-this-world party appetizer or lunch!
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Recipe type: Appetizer / Entree Sandwich
Serves: 12 small sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs. honey ham
  • 4 oz. Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons poppyseeds
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 12 (storebought) honey wheat rolls
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. On the stovetop, heat the olive oil, butter, onion, poppyseeds, Worcestershire and mustard together until combined. Remove and let cool.
  3. Cut the honey wheat rolls in half. Place the bottom half of the rolls on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Layer the honey ham on top of the rolls, then top with the Swiss cheese.
  5. Pour half of the sauce directly on top of the Swiss cheese, then top with the roll tops. Spread the rest of the sauce on top of the rolls.
  6. Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes, or until browned.
  7. Enjoy warm!

Ham Goo Sandwiches | Leftover ham from Easter? Put it to good use in these Ham Goo sandwiches! Stack ham, Swiss cheese and a decadent onion-poppyseed dressing in prepared buns then bake for an out-of-this-world party appetizer or lunch! // @speckledpalate

Have you ever misread a recipe name and then renamed the recipe because of it?

  • MaryApril 14, 2015 - 1:41 pm

    Hey, those are my hands modeling that delicious sandwich! :DReplyCancel

    • ErinApril 15, 2015 - 6:57 pm

      Best hand model ever?
      Best hand model ever!ReplyCancel

A well-loved family tradition, Honey Ham makes a delightful Easter lunch centerpiece. As the ham bakes, the exterior crisps up and the glaze thickens, sweetening the meat from the outside in. When the ham comes out of the oven, it’s all out divine and the perfect protein for Easter Sunday.

A blast from the past, Honey Ham makes a delightful Easter lunch centerpiece. As the ham bakes, the exterior crisps up and the glaze thickens, sweetening the meat from the outside in. When the ham comes out of the oven, it

I cannot believe spring has sprung and that Easter is this weekend.

Time has absolutely flown since Lady Baby was born.

That being said, the first week March, in which I anxiously waited to go into labor and never did, thus forcing an induction the night of the 8th, was maybe the slowest and most excruciating week of my life. (All you mamas who had to wait, wait, wait, then be induced because you never went into labor? You know how it goes. And for those of y’all who haven’t experienced this? I hope you never do.)

And now, we’re settling into the new normal of parenthood and taking care of our baby, who is by far the cutest thing I have ever seen. Not that I’m biased or anything.

A blast from the past, Honey Ham makes a delightful Easter lunch centerpiece. As the ham bakes, the exterior crisps up and the glaze thickens, sweetening the meat from the outside in. When the ham comes out of the oven, it

This Easter is obviously going to be a very different one for us since we have a new little family member. We aren’t traveling since she’s still so small, but my mom is coming to spend the weekend with us.

But just because this year is different, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate with some Honey Ham, right?

Right.

A blast from the past, Honey Ham makes a delightful Easter lunch centerpiece. As the ham bakes, the exterior crisps up and the glaze thickens, sweetening the meat from the outside in. When the ham comes out of the oven, it

Ham is a holiday food in my family. We’ll have it once or twice a year tops, usually for Easter and Christmas. (And then we’ll use the leftovers to make fried ham and all sorts of other delectable dishes once the holiday has passed. More on this Monday.)

So today? I’m bringing y’all a family favorite meal with a homemade touch.

Homemade Honey Ham isn’t challenging to make. Sure, it takes a little time, but it’s absolutely delicious!

Some good things about making your own at home? It’s significantly cheaper than the honey roasted hams you can get a specialty stores these days. And you don’t have to place your order for a Homemade Honey Ham weeks in advance OR stand in a crazy long line to pick it up!

And it goes without saying that you know what’s going into your entree, which is pretty great, too, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Here’s how you can make your own this Easter:

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Honey Ham makes a delightful Easter lunch centerpiece. As the ham bakes, the exterior crisps up and the glaze thickens, sweetening the meat from the outside in. When the ham comes out of the oven, it's all out divine and the perfect protein for Easter Sunday.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • One 4 lb. smoked ham
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. On a large sheet pan lined in three layers of aluminum foil, which you will wrap the ham in, place the ham face down. Cover completely with the foil, and bake for 45 minutes.
  3. In a saucepan, make the glaze: Combine the mustard, sugar and butter. Heat over medium-low heat until combined, then stir in the honey. Turn off the heat, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. When the ham has finished its first bake, take it out of the oven and unwrap it.
  5. Turn up the heat of the oven to 425°F.
  6. Brush the glaze over the uncovered ham, and place in the oven to bake for an additional hour and 15 minutes. Every 15 minutes, open the oven and liberally coat the ham in glaze as it bakes.
  7. After an hour and 15 minutes, remove the ham from the oven.
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes, then carve and serve warm!

A blast from the past, Honey Ham makes a delightful Easter lunch centerpiece. As the ham bakes, the exterior crisps up and the glaze thickens, sweetening the meat from the outside in. When the ham comes out of the oven, it

What traditional recipes does your family make for Easter?

In October, I started a new feature to share some of favorite things. I’m continuing this new tradition today with another list of products (and more abstract things) I’m currently adoring.

To recap, I’m sharing my version of a potluck, as defined by Merriam-Webster.

the regular meal available to a guest for whom no special preparations have been made… a communal meal to which people bring food to share —usually used attributively <a potluck supper>; whatever is offered or available in given circumstances or at a given time.

Every month, I’m sharing some of my favorite things. Kind of like Oprah, except I (sadly) cannot send one of each thing to y’all, even though I’d love to. While this list might not appear to be a traditional “meal,” I want to provide some different and interesting stuff (products/entertainment/links/etc.) I’ve recently loved in the hopes that y’all will enjoy them, too.

Needless to say, this month has been a crazy one.

Lady Baby arrived on March 9th, and the rest of March has been a whirlwind as we’ve settled into this crazy thing called parenthood. I didn’t know my heart could be so full, and I didn’t know I could be so tired, yet still be able to function and take care of someone other than myself. (Survival skills for the win!)

That being said, here are some of my favorite things from the month of March:

The Potluck: March 2015 // The Speckled Palate

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1. The kindness of our families and friends: We’re so lucky to have such amazing friends and family members. Our families have come to visit us and Lady Baby, and in the process, they’ve cooked for us, helped keep our house organized/clean and played with the baby so this new mama can catch a few ZZZ’s. Our friends have stopped by to feed us, as well as gift us with timely presents, like additional diapers and swaddles and burp cloths. And we’ve received so many goodies in the mail for Lady Baby ever since she arrived. (She’s already received more flowers than I have in years and owns more monogrammed items than I ever have. The girl is adored!) We feel so loved and supported.

2. Binge watching television shows: Normally, this wouldn’t be on my list. Except I’ve been all about binge watching recently. As someone who has always been go-go-go and a bit of a busybody when she is not working, I’ve enjoyed taking a step back and relaxing this month as I have settled into motherhood. And apparently, relaxation means watching copious amounts of television when I’m not entertaining or feeding my child. Some of my recent favorites?

  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Did y’all watch this? If you did, could we just all agree that this documentary and all the real life drama that accompanied it was (and still is) BONKERS?
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The theme song is continually stuck in my head, and I love Kimmy’s optimism. Add in various other offbeat characters and a copious amount of jokes, and you’ve got a brilliant set up.
  • The Night Shift. Technically, I’m not binge watching this since it’s currently on air, and there are only so many episodes… BUT! I started watching this last summer because of Brendan Fehr, who I grew up watching on Roswell, and ever since the new season began last month, it’s morphed into more. I’m (obviously) really digging this show. My sister, who works on the night shift at a hospital, commented that it seemed a bit gory for me, especially since I cringe at most of her stories pertaining to blood and guts, but the show is really good, and I’m loving the character development, as well as the work they do, in this new season. Anyone else watching this?
  • Gilmore Girls. A friend recommended this to me the weekend of Lady Baby’s birth, and I mentioned I’d check it out during maternity leave. And holy cow, y’all. As someone who never watched this when it was on, I’m addicted, and I need to know more about everyone/everything in Stars Hollow.
  • House of Cards. We actually watched the third season of this the weekend I was due and finished it during the week up to my induction. Who’s watched this? What are your feelings on the end of the season? Because I just don’t know, y’all! And I hate that we have to wait A YEAR to find out what happens next.
  • Friday Night Lights. Technically, Winston and I already binge watched this show before we made the move to Texas. But when a friend was in town last week, I convinced her to watch the pilot and was sucked back in. Basically, I want Coach Taylor or Tami to give inspirational speeches all the time, and I’m unexpectedly weepy over various plot points and characters as I’m reintroduced to this amazing world.

3. Water: Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but since I’m nursing Lady Baby, I am thirsty all. the. darn. time. And to combat this thirst, I’ve got a few huge cups that I like to keep filled to the brim so I won’t have cotton mouth as I feed my daughter. (Parenthood problems? I think so.)

4. Baby gowns: Like woah. As a new parent who’s never spent much time around newborns until she had one of her own, baby gowns (like this or this) are a lifesaver. Because you don’t want to undress your child and further irritate them during a diaper changing in the middle of the night unless it’s absolutely necessary. And because your child is inevitably going to have a diaper explosion.

5. All the sporting events: When I haven’t been bingeing on television shows, we’re been tuning in to all kinds of sports. Dallas Mavericks? We watched them from the hospital the night I was induced. The Dallas Stars? We’ve watched hockey multiple nights, too, including the night Lady Baby was born. The Champions League? We like soccer in this house, too! And March Madness? Our television has been tuned in to ALL the games… and it’s all kinds of wonderful. That being said, I’m wondering if our daughter is going to the biggest sports fan and a sporty girl or if all these sports are going to sway her into hating all physical activity. Time shall tell… (And yes, that’s a snapshot of the bracket I filled out for this year’s tournament. So much for choosing an unexpected team to win, huh?)

What did you love in the month of March?

Curious about other things I’ve loved? Check out my previous potlucks: October 2014 | November 2014 | December 2014 | January 2015 | February 2015 | March 2015

  • Gretchen AliceApril 1, 2015 - 9:25 am

    If you need even more Gilmore Girls in your life, you should definitely listen to the Gilmore Guys podcast. It’s super funny.ReplyCancel

  • OreaApril 1, 2015 - 1:57 pm

    Congrats on entering the amazing world of parenthood! I agree completely about the value of the drawstring nightgown. Whoever invented them deserves a prize of some sort. My babies are long since grown and gone, but I have never forgotten my love of these under-appreciated baby garments.

    Now, regarding the water thing, I highly recommend the Bubba Mug. Terrible name, great product that keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. And it comes in a wide variety of sizes, up to and including Huge and Huge-er! My husband takes one to work daily and swears by it, but I also use one around the house to keep myself well hydrated. Check them out on Amazon or some such place. You’ll be glad you did.ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished LifeApril 1, 2015 - 7:42 pm

    Sounds like you are tackling parenthood like a pro! I am scared for when my partner and I are in the same position (we’ve got a few more years before babies are in the picture) because I’ve never spent much time around babies either! Good to know that survival instincts kick in.
    I have just gotten into House of Cards and oh my lord I just want to watch it all the time. We just finished the first episode of season two and I was in shock, but so hungry for more!
    My favourite thing about March was my birthday :) (March babies are the best, Lady Baby)ReplyCancel

  • AlyssaApril 1, 2015 - 11:50 pm

    So much of this post is all to familiar for me right now – especially constant thirst and binge watching tv shows. Omg. I almost miss the binge watching because it meant I was snuggling with my tiny person on the couch. He’s so big now and we’re settling into normal life, so there is less time to just lay around and snuggle.
    I hope you are getting out of the house at least a little. It’s amazing what a little fresh air will do for the spirit.
    Sending you all the good sleep vibes! Are you getting much? I hope you are! :)ReplyCancel

  • AnneApril 2, 2015 - 7:05 am

    Congrats on your sweet new arrival! We swore by those gowns in the early days too. And also binge watching on Netflix – got me through those frequent nursing sessions :)ReplyCancel

  • nonsequiturchicaApril 2, 2015 - 9:29 pm

    Congrats on lady Baby! Will we get to see a picture of her?ReplyCancel