Ham, Potatoes and Cabbage

We had a very large ham this Christmas and there was plenty leftover. I froze the ham bone and extra ham to make a favorite dish of ours. My family has made this for a long as I can remember...

Ham, Potatoes, and Cabbage
Put the ham bone into a large soup pot. Fill the pot about half full with water. Heat the water to a rolling boil so that any ham left on the bone will cook-off. Add half of a medium onion...  chopped.
Boil for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the bone and pull off any remaining ham with a fork. Discard the bone and put the remaining ham back into the pot.
Add about 6 large quartered potatoes. I used red ones because that's what I had on hand. Cook until potatoes are tender... then add half a head of cabbage... chopped in large pieces... and a bag of frozen green beans.
Hubby likes a thicker broth so I sprinkle in some instant mashed potatoes. (great as a thickener for soups and stews).

Pickin' and Grinnin'

A few years ago, Hubby and I went down to Charleston, W.V. for a music festival! He's from the "Almost heaven" state and can never get enough bluegrass. Well, there was plenty to be had there on the capitol grounds that weekend with fiddles and banjos as far as the eye can see.

young and old fiddlers...

little ones climbing trees...

everything imaginable to satisfy the hungry...

even catchin' a nap while she waited for her turn to fiddle!

And did I mention that the temperature was hotter than blue blazes??