Country hams are outstanding because you can keep them in non-refrigerated spaces and they stay good. You can eat country ham sliced and fried, or you can use it to cook with other things to give them additional flavor. Even the bone makes wonderful lima bean soup and then the dogs can gnaw the bone. Nothing has to be wasted. I put these pictures on the blog because I have had a few questions about country ham.
Stadler's is one of the best. It costs a little more, but it has been hickory smoked and cured, and they are delicious. All the little country stores up here sell this kind of ham, but it's best to go to the grocery store in town because the prices are lower.
It's a Tuesday but it really seems like Sunday it's so quiet. In a bit I am loading up in the truck and running into town to pick up a few supplies. I won't be worrying about replacing anything expended over the weekend till later in the week, because that will require a trip up across the state line to a grocery outlet store.
I went out this morning to have my coffee on the porch. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful day. The temperature is in the mid fifties, and the humidity is only about 40%. Perfect weather.
You can't really tell it from this picture, but Sam the Dog is sleeping on the straw doghouse. It's a solid square of hay bales, with another bale spread inside for a floor then topped off with hay bales over boards for a roof. The entrance is screened from the wind, so they can all get in there and snuggle together and be warm despite very cold weather. Time to build this years hay dog house. I'll try to get it done this week.
Things continue to go well.