It is January 3rd…which means that the holidays are officially over and reality is setting back in. For most this means that they have to go back to work. For me, this means that I have 24 days left in Tampa. That’s right…I’m moving. On January 27th, all of my belongings will be packed up and shipped north to Jacksonville, Florida. And to be honest, I am not thrilled. I have considered staging a protest and chaining myself to a palm tree, but then I remembered that Jorge pays the bills and he totally will leave my whiny ass behind and I have become very accustomed to indoor plumbing. So seeing as I have no other choice, I have put on my big girl panties and have decided to be positive about it deal with it.
But, thanks to my decision to deal with it, our house is starting to look like a hoarders house. Since we are moving in 24 days, there is no reason for me to open all of my Christmas presents (except for the beautiful new pot my Granny gave me, I am human after all). So all of our new gadgets and house items have remained in their packages…stacked in the dining room. And recently there have been some amazing ‘Day After Christmas’ and ‘New Years’ sales that I couldn’t resist…and so the stacks of what we can not touch have grown. And now every night at dinner they are there looming over us reminding us of the ever impending move. And after a rather self pitying day of looking at all the cool gifts I can’t open, I decided that the only way to get over it was to make a big casserole, because in case you didn’t know, casserole = comfort.
This recipe was surprisingly delicious. I am normally not a ham lover, but thanks to Christmas leftovers I had to get creative. And I stumbled upon this recipe in one of my Cooking Light cookbooks and thought it sounded great. And it was a huge bonus that I already had everything I needed to make it! Yes, I even had the Chive & Onion cream cheese…it is my favorite cream cheese, ever. And if you are curious, no I don’t even mind that I have onion breath before 8am most days.