Oh, There’s Nothing Like Ham For The Holidays

Earlier today I was trying to figure out what I might blog about tonight, and then out of nowhere I thought, “THE HAM! I NEED TO TELL THEM ABOUT THE HAM!”

Because remember how I’ve given away fifteen pounds of Petit Jean bacon a couple of times? Well, not too long ago Misty from Petit Jean Meats emailed me and said something along the lines of, “Hey – would you be interested in giving away a ham on your blog?”

And I said, “Oh, you know me – I don’t really care for meat.”


What I really said was that I would love to give away a ham, and today, WHAT DO YOU KNOW, that is exactly what I’m doing.

It’s not just any ham, mind you. It’s fancy ham.

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It’s half a smoked spiral ham – about 7-9 pounds (worth 65 American dollars) – and here’s the description from the Petit Jean website.

Every Ozark Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced ham is individually hand -trimmed and seasoned with a blend of cloves, cinnamon, and other special ingredients before going into our old-fashioned smokehouse. Inside our smokehouse, each ham soaks up the smoke from smoldering hickory chips for at least 16 hours. The result is a ham that is fully cooked, moist and tender through and through, with a incredible smoky flavor that goes all the way to the bone.

Doesn’t that sound delicious? Petit Jean is a great company – and since I know for a fact that they do wondrous things with bacon, I have mighty high expectations for the ham.

I’m gonna leave this giveaway open until Friday morning about 10 central – and then I’ll close it and draw for a winner. Once I get the winner’s address, I’ll coordinate with Misty to see when and how long it will take to ship (that way you’ll know if it’s possible to have it at your house for Thanksgiving – or if it makes more sense to have it shipped closer to Christmas).

I’ll announce the winner here and on my blog Facebook page by noon on Friday.

So. To enter the giveaway, just answer one simple question: What dish do you look forward to the most on Thanksgiving day? Sweet potato casserole? Fried turkey (I see you, Louisiana)? Pecan pie?

Happy Ham, y’all!

This giveaway is now closed.

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  1. Sweet potato casserole with praline pecan topping. It’s like dessert became part of the main course. Sign me up.

  2. My mom’s pork chop dressing

  3. Dressing….yep, the dressing. But don’t you dare put oysters in my dressing!

  4. Debbie Rutledge says:

    I love sweet potato souffle!

  5. My Nannie’s dressing.

  6. Wendy Barber says:

    I love the Pumpkin Pie!

  7. Mashed potatoes!

  8. Sweet potato casserole. My own of course! :)

  9. I can’t wait for the dressing !

  10. Stuffing

  11. Candied yams! Or the “gravy” from those yams slathered over some turkey. Or the dollop of Cool Whip on my pumpkin pie. Or mom’s scalloped oysters. Yeah, I can’t pick.

  12. Kim Higgins says:

    Oh, BooMama, it is all about that cornbread dressing!

  13. J. Johnson says:

    Since we go to my sister’s for Thanksgiving, I always look forward to her breakfast burritos. They are delicious!

  14. Oh yes! Sweet potatoes AND pecan pie!

  15. Corn pudding and my mom’s homemade cranberry relish!!

  16. Oh my. Dressing, of course. Cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie. Pecan pie. Do I have to stop now?

  17. Shirleyd68 says:

    Hen & cornbread dressing!

  18. The turkey actually…I LOVE ham but the only time we have turkey is on Thanksgiving so I really look forward to it!

  19. Sue Mom of Two says:

    While I do LOVE ham, the pumpkin pie is my favorite

  20. Lori Cundiff says:

    I die for the stuffing. I’d give up the rest of the meal and just eat stuffing happily!

  21. Pie any kind of PIE!!

  22. Pie, of course! My family insists upon chocolate cream pie, but my favorites are pecan and pumpkin.

  23. Pumpkin pie!

  24. Green bean casserole. The unhealthy kind with the processed soup and the fried onions from a can. Yum!!

  25. My father in laws fried turkey! And eating thanksgiving lunch at their log cabin on top of a mountain in our sweat pants. Most relaxing day of my year.

  26. Gotta be the dressing!

  27. My grandmother’s dressing!

  28. It’s a tie between the pumpkin pie and the dressing. But then the corn casserole is mighty good also. ;)

  29. Pie. It doesn’t matter which one, just pie!

  30. Turkey and all the pies!

  31. Jana Domyslawski says:

    Meema’s dressing and dumplings…..the best!

  32. Dressing for sure ; )

    Thanks for hosting!

  33. My mom’s dressing we have made every year! Miss her so much!

  34. Jill Knight says:

    Dressing–it has to be the dressing. Crunchy and warm. I can’t wait!!! :)

  35. Stephanie says:

    My personal favorite is the mashed potatoes. Always tastes better with the turkey. This is the first year I am trying to replicate my mother-in-laws dressing. Say a prayer I can get it right!

  36. Stuffing!

  37. Green rice casserole!

  38. To me, the holiday food menu revolves around the hot buttered rolls!!! And of course pumpkin pie! :)

  39. Mashed potatoes with turkey gravy on top!

  40. My cranberry sauce, or my oyster stuffing. More please. :)

  41. Any form of potato!

  42. Sweet potato casserole with pecans on top!

  43. Dressing! Only my mothers :)

  44. Oh for sure Pierogi….little pillows of pasta stuffed with mashed potatoes and cheese,or cabbage,fried in butter…drooling on keyboard…:)

  45. My Aunt Judy’s chocolate pie!!!!

  46. There is no doubt about it!
    The dressing, just like my Mom used to make.
    Why don’t we have it more than this time of year?

  47. Elizabeth says:

    Sweet potato soufflé. Oh yum!

  48. I love dressing and cranberry sauce! I am not a ig fan of turkey but love ham!

  49. A jello salad that my aunt makes.

  50. Cathy Santerre says:

    I always bring ham on Thanksgiving. Also on Easter. I much prefer it to Turkey. It’s only 6:46 AM here in the Houston area and I’m craving ham just thinking of it.

  51. My mom’s sweet potato casserole – it is divine!

  52. TURKEY AND NOODLES!!! Mashed potatoes on the SIDE, please :)

  53. Tammy Kelley says:

    My Mom’s dressing and giblet gravy all the way! Of course, sweet potato souffle (with brown sugar and pecans, not marshmellows) comes in a very close second…and let’s not forget the desserts! Caramel pie, coconut cake, pecan pie-it’s too much to choose from, so I’ll have to eat some of all of it!!

  54. I love the pecan pie!!!

  55. Turkey!

  56. Laura Perryman says:

    Corn casserole as well as my Granny’s Chocolate Chess Pie…yum yum!

  57. Keeping with the meat from the pig theme:

    Brussel Sprouts with bacon mmmm….can smell them cooking now!

  58. I live for the sweet potatoes! Years ago, I got a recipe from Southern Living for sweet potatoes with gingersnap streusel. I told my Mom I’d bring the sweet potatoes to Thanksgiving (followed by a long silence and a slight “um. ok.”). When we ate them, it was like the heavens opened up and the angels sang. They are DIVINE-like dessert in a side dish. I could eat them til I was sick. My husband on the other hand talks ALL YEAR LONG about my mom’s pecan pie. ALL YEAR. Turkey Day can’t get here fast enough for him.

  59. Mashed potatoes with gravy…don’t forget the gravy. I adore them…I can say that, right? They are a weakness of mine so I try to stay away from them most of the year. But Thanksgiving and Christmas??? Bring them on!!!!

  60. Kathleen George says:

    Mmmmmm stuffing!

  61. a big plate of dressing….skip the potatoes and turkey…dressing only! yum

  62. Cranberry orange relish with PRTIT JEAN HAM! I am from AR so I know what a treasure this is!

  63. The turkey – yum yum!

  64. I have no one favorite part of the meal; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. So, ALL OF IT. That is what I am looking forward to. ALL OF IT.

  65. Stuffing, which I cook in a muffin pan to make stuffing-muffins!

  66. It tickles me to no end that you’re giving away a “fancy” ham ;) Because, wouldn’t you know it…THAT is the food I most look forward to at the holidays! It also happens to make the best leftovers.

  67. Rhonda Rhoades says:

    Pecan pie and stuffing, Amen!

  68. Stuffing! Yum!

  69. Fried turkey… with my mother-in-law’s dressing!

  70. Melissa H says:


  71. I look forward to the sides! Pineapple casserole, sweet potatoes, Mac and cheese, broccoli salad…. Yum! Plus the desserts of course!!

  72. Gotta be the sausage dressing!

  73. Cranberry salad made with fresh cranberries, apples, oranges and pecans!

  74. Amy Barno says:

    Easy. Stuffing, I never make it unless it’s a holiday and so I look forward to it all year!

  75. Who can pick just one? I love it all! And my jeans become the enemy! Happy Thanksgiving!

  76. sweet potato casserole with pecans on top… not ye ol marshmallows :)

  77. I’m still a sucker for the Green Bean Casserole!

  78. Christina Burrell says:

    Pumpkin pie!

  79. Don’t get me wrong I love to cook for my family but after all that thinking, planning and making it who can eat? Pie and a Big cup of good coffee! Happy Thanksgiving!

  80. Michele T says:

    Sweet potato souffle. With pecans and brown sugar. NO MARSHMALLOWS PLEASE. :)

  81. Maybe the dressing. No I think the sweet potato casserole!

  82. Sweet potatoes!

  83. Stuffing and gravy! Oh the yum!!

  84. I gotta go with Pumpkin Pie!!!

  85. Jennifer in Ohio says:

    Gravy! I don’t even need anything to put it on; just gravy and a spoon. :-)

  86. Memama’s dressing.

  87. Stuffing!

  88. Hashbrown Casserole!

  89. Love love the dressing that my grandma and now my mom makes!
    Also love ham and this one looks delicious!

  90. Pumpkin pie!

  91. Ham, of course!

  92. Baked Sweet Potatos (out of the can), topped with cinnamon, brown sugar and marshmallows. Classic.

  93. The pies! We have a family tradition of each person picking their favorite pie for me to make. We have 6 children and 3 daughter-in-loves so that’s a LOT of pie choices. I use small ‘pot pie’ tins and make 2-3 of each type depending on the popularity of the pies flavor. Go PIE!

  94. The stuffing! Tons of it!! Tons!

  95. Dressing and my mother-in-law’s homemade cranberry sauce.

  96. Broccoli, rice and cheese casserole. Minus the Cheez Whiz… real cheddar. And then my favorite dessert of two over the counter sleeping pills. It’s a fun filled day that can sometimes be stressful :)

  97. Jennifer S says:

    Cornbread dressing, without a doubt!

  98. I’m a strange one – I don’t really care for turkey. This year, I’m looking forward to SWISS STEAK for our Thanksgiving dinner!

    Now, ham? Ham and I are great friends!

  99. I love the cornbread/biscuit dressing!

  100. Hmmmmmm, I guess I love the sweet potatoes the most. Or maybe the dressing. Or maybe Grandma’s Cranberry Salad. Oh, I just can’t decide!!!