I am hosting Easter this year and am happy to do so. I already have some food ideas for the fourteen or so people. When I was getting groceries the other day I thought I’d pick up a nice ham. I think it would be cheaper to buy an actual pig!
Yes, that does say $71.67!
I had gone into my “Independent “ store which is a Loblaws store for something that I can’t get at my usual Food Basics. I have pretty much stopped shopping there since the prices have gone through the roof. Needless to say I did not buy the ham.
Before you ask, yes my family will be bringing some items like appetizers or drinks or dessert per my request.
Little by little, Spring is trying to emerge. The snowdrops are up, the robins are back, the sun was out for a couple of hours today.
We are having my mother- in- law over for lunch tomorrow. I’m getting my hair cut on Wednesday ( still not completely sure what I want done), I’m teaching all day Thursday, have a teeth cleaning appointment Friday morning and I’m teaching Friday afternoon. I LOVE a busy week!
I must admit, I've never seen a ham that expensive. When I buy ham, I buy butt end and it is usually no more than $20. Hosting Easter dinner will be great fun and having everybody together will be festive. Your large family dinners are always fabulous. I recall beautiful platters of food and deserts to die for.ReplyDelete
If that ham feeds 14 people, it works out to $5 per person. That makes it seem a bit more realistic, I think. Hamburger would be cheaper, I suppose, but is it Easter-worthy?ReplyDelete
I can fit 6 adults and 2 children around my table, and even these 8 people can eat a LOT of food :) So your 14 or so adults are going to eat even more!!ReplyDelete
You are very wise asking guests to bring entrees, salads, sweets and wines, leaving you the main responsibility of mains and vegetables. Most guests are delighted to share the load.
Certainly a busy week! More fun than sitting around.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your get-together!
We are hosting Easter this year we usually have about 20 people. I do a ham and a couple rack of ribs they will bring apps and desserts and any wine or beer they want.ReplyDelete
Wow! It's a very good thing you love a busy week because you certainly have one planned out! Having as many people in our little house for a meal would mean at least half of them would have to sit outside. And with our warmest days still hovering around the mid-30s, that wouldn't work! ;o)ReplyDelete
Oh wow to 71.67 for the ham ... maybe a smaller ham & make it into a casserole of sorts. Unfortunately even a roast chicken, lamb or turkey isn't much cheaper & forget a roast of beef. Let's hope that "rebate" from the government will help us all with the cost of food. I am sure having the family all together will be filling enough in many ways. You & Jade have been on one heck of a health journey this last year. ... Mary-Lou =^..^=ReplyDelete
My local Jewel/Osco store has a nice spiral-cut ham on sale for .99 per pound so that's what I'll be getting. I'm having an Easter brunch this year for a change. I'll make an egg casserole to go with the ham and my sister will bring a nice fruit salad. I think we will be about 14 people also. I hope we have good weather so the grandkids can play outside!ReplyDelete
I am glad you are feeling well enough to get back to your busy schedule!
Wow! Yes, I would pass on that ham too. Maybe chicken instead? I love your week's plans, busy indeed. All good things!ReplyDelete
Geezum crow! That is damn pricey. Pot luck sounds like a more frugal idea for sure.ReplyDelete
Yikes, that's a ridiculous price. Enjoy your week!ReplyDelete
Ham, at least good ham is very expensive. Luckily it was on sale here this week so I grabbed one. Now Harvey wants to have a turkey since we had ham at Christmas.ReplyDelete
Yes, prices go through the roof in Germany too - especially milk products, meat and vegetables (they tried to sell a cucumber - normally about 1 Euro - for 3,20 Euros - there people protested). All sellers quote rising energy costs - but sometimes you see packages with the dust of time on them, that have a second, higher price label sticked on top :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the comments everyone! I am also making a turkey ($50 - unstuffed) so the ham didn’t have to be the main player. Today I got to Giant Tiger ( small Canadian owned “ department store “) and hams were on sale for $15.00! Not as big as the $71 ham but still an excellent price! Numbers are up to 17 for the Easter gathering… I have 9 days? I think to finalize shopping, give the house a good once over, and I’m going to pre- cook the meat, pre- bake and freeze a cake, pre- make stuffing and utilize crock pots the day of.ReplyDelete
That ham! OMG.ReplyDelete
You are busy, busy. I hope this means you are feeling well my friend!!
How is your Sister doing?
Wishing you the best Easter!!
I'll have to check ham prices to compare. I told Rick that the ham was his responsibility this year. I'd do everything else. I'm not sure who will get the better end of the deal but if Michigan is anything like Canada, I think I did!ReplyDelete
Yikes! I have promised lamb for the Easter meal but now I'm scared to go looking for it. Family will bring most of the other parts of the meal so I will just have to bite the bullet and whip out my credit card. At least I will get a bunch of points!ReplyDelete
Oh my Lord, I haven't looked at the spiral ham prices yet, but that's on my menu too. It's much loved here, ugh the price though! Spring is emerging here as well, we've got crocus and the robins have returned.ReplyDelete
Wow, that is expensive! We have an Independent store here, too, and I find their prices very high. We only pick up a handful of products from there.ReplyDelete
It's crazy how expensive ham/meat is now. Happy hosting. I know you will do a great job and enjoy the day. You need to show us the new haircut! xo DianaReplyDelete
It certainly makes sense to shop around these days as prices vary so widely. We are at the age where we keep saying, "good grief, our first house cost less than that!" (And we're not exaggerating,) I'm sure that whatever you eat you will have a lovely time.ReplyDelete
The ham prices skyrocketed here before Christmas. After Christmas they tumbled. I didn't think to look last time I got groceries. I hope you have a fabulous Easter.ReplyDelete
How does one cook and serve Mother in law I wants to know.ReplyDelete
Yikes I live in Ontario and I did notice that prices have really jumped. . Have a lovely day with your guests. You have a very busy life. BReplyDelete
A complete ham that expensive?!! What is the meat industry thinking ?ReplyDelete
My gosh! I would never get to cook another ham at that price! I get lucky ever now and then. My husband works in the meat dept. of a grocery store. He can get marked down meats that are about to go out of date.ReplyDelete
Happy Easter, Jennifer!ReplyDelete