Happy 2013!

Ready or not, here comes another new year!  We are trying desperately to get READY….ready for some changes, ready to move to our new home, ready for some big time renovations, ready for vacation!!  Yep, in the middle of a big move, we are going on vacation!  And we say, why not?!  We’ll get the fun taken care of before the all the work starts.  We started the fun with a few family festivities on New Years Eve to ring in 2013.  We fixed a delicious ham which has become a New Year tradition around here and everyone looks forward to it!

IMG_2404Looks amazing, right?  Check the end of the post for the recipe!  You have to make this ham!!

We toasted to a fabulous new year with a little faux bubbly…
IMG_2408We played some board games and lit a few fireworks to get in the spirit…and make a little noise!
IMG_2420I neglected to get any good photos of the fireworks, but did manage to grab this shot of Joel dressed up for the occasion in his new pj’s and boots.

On New Year’s Day we stopped by the new house to drop off a load of boxes and take a look around.
IMG_2425This Fetch Clan blog will be filled with lots of home updates this year (we hope!).  Just under two weeks until moving day….better get back to packing!  We wish you a very happy and healthy 2013!

And here’s the recipe for the ham!  We follow a recipe from Food Network and just adjust the ingredients for what we have on hand.


1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup papaya juice

4 to 5 chipotles, minced (remove seeds for milder taste)

5 pound spiral cut smoked ham

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Line a large baking dish or pan with aluminum foil (the sugar gets a little messy and hard to clean up.)

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and honey. Set aside.  In another small bowl, mix together the orange juice, papaya juice and chipotles.

Arrange the ham, cut end down, in a large baking dish. Pour a few tablespoons of the juice mixture over the ham and in between the layers. Bake for 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes with the remaining juice mixture.

Remove the ham from the oven. Reserve about 1 1/2 cups of cooked juice from baking dish. Brush the honey mixture on the ham and return to the oven to bake for an additional hour until a crust forms and the ham begins to caramelize.  Remove from the oven to a serving platter and serve with the reserved baking juice.

We usually make this with some greens and our favorite potato salad.  Enjoy!

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