Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The 25 Days of Christmas Day 2: Classic Holiday Foyer Complimented by Christmas Ham Recipe

Merry Christmas Friends,

It's our pleasure to continue the 25 Days of Christmas feature for you, our good friends. December 1st through December 25th you can visit our blog for helpful, money-saving ideas to decorate your space for the holidays. It's just a little something to show our appreciation for your continued support of Interior Design eBlog.

Simple elegance is defined in this classic holiday foyer with a garland, pinecones, articificial berries and bows. Go all out this year and bring the season into the halls and through every room of the house. Set a festive mood in the entry of your home. Since the foyer is the first thing your guests see when they are welcomed into your home, it's important to set the holiday atmosphere. To recreate designer Monica Pedersen's natural entryway, wrap a holiday garland full of pinecones and berries around the stair railing. Create a whimsical holiday decoration by wrapping cardboard with brown butcher paper and tying cheerful Christmas ribbons around them. Lean these against the wall in an important spot that people will be sure to notice. For the final touch, design a flower arrangement with the natural elements use in the garland and place it on a small table covered in a colorful tablecloth.

Enjoy and share this Christmas Ham recipe courtesy of Paula Deen.

1 butt end smoked ham, about 7 pounds
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cans crescent rolls
Egg wash

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the ham in a roasting pan and lightly score it with a sharp knife all around. Stir the mustard, marmalade and black pepper together in a small mixing bowl with a spoon. Slather the mustard mixture all over the outside of the ham, rubbing it into the scored meat. Bake the ham for 20 minutes then remove it from the oven.

Using 2 cans of crescent rolls, unroll the crescent dough but don’t separate them into pieces. Press the perforated pieces together to keep the dough in its rectangular shape. Drape them over the ham pressing the dough edges together to cover the ham completely with the dough. Tuck any loose edges underneath the bottom of the ham in the roasting pan. Brush with egg wash.

Lay the last piece can of dough out on a cutting board and cut our some holiday shapes with cookie cutters. Holly leaves are nice. Arrange the dough leaves in a pretty bunch on the dough draped ham. Brush these shapes with egg wash.

Return the ham to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes until the ham is heated through and the crescent dough is cooked and browned.

Servings: 8 servings
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

Check back for more ideas and enjoy your holiday foyer.

Wishing you all the timeless treasures of the season; the warmth of home, the love of family and the company of good friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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