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Rudy’s Recipe: Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Ham

So I haven’t made this yet, but I’ll be making it for our Christmas carry in at the office this Friday. I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out. That is, if I can make it back into my office after eating all the food. 🙂

Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Ham

You Need:

  • 7-8 pound spiral cut ham (with or without bone)
  • 1 c. dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups pineapple juice

Make It:

Using a 6-7 quart slow cooker, unwrap ham and place flat side down into cooker. Rub brown sugar on all sides. Pour on maple syrup and pineapple juice. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

About an hour before serving, baste ham with juices that have collected on bottom of slow cooker. Let rest on carving board about 10 minutes before carving.

– Recipe courtesy of

Santa Claus Land of Lights Open Nightly This Friday!

The Santa Claus Land of Lights opens nightly this Friday night! Now you and your family have even more chances to visit the Family Christmas Light Adventure.

The light show will be open every night from December 14 through New Year’s Eve. But we are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Rudolph and Santa have to get some rest before the big day! 🙂

This year we’ve added thousands of extra lights and lighted Christmas trees. And guests to the light show receive a free photo with Rudolph at the Santa Claus Christmas Store, which is just across the street.

2012 Operating Schedule
December 14 – New Year’s Eve: Nightly
5-9pm CT

And remember … discount coupons ($4 off per vehicle) are offered at McDonald’s locations in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley (RMHC). A complete list of coupon locations may be found here.

Create new family Christmas traditions and experience the Shining Story of Rudolph!

Rudy’s Recipe: Pioneer Woman’s Pecan Pie

I know this isn’t a camping recipe, but it’s one that I love. I’ve shared the pie here at the office and no one has complained yet. 🙂 I found this recipe on The Pioneer Woman’s website a few months ago.

Pioneer Woman’s Pecan Pie

You Need:

  • 1 whole Unbaked Pie Crust (I use this recipe; it’s my favorite)
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Melted Butter (salted)
  • 3 whole Eggs, Beaten
  • 1 cup (heaping) Chopped Pecans

Make It:

First make your pie crust. I use my favorite pie crust recipe.

Next, mix sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl.

Pour chopped pecans in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.

Pour syrup mixture over the top. Cover top and crust lightly/gently with foil. Bake pie at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove foil, then continue baking for 20 minutes, being careful not to burn the crust or pecans.

NOTE: PIE SHOULD NOT BE OVERLY JIGGLY WHEN YOU REMOVE IT FROM THE OVEN. If it shakes a lot, cover with foil and bake for an additional 20 minute or until set. Required baking time seems to vary widely with this recipe. Sometimes it takes 50 minutes; sometimes it takes 75!

Allow to cool for several hours or overnight.

Recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.