English Muffin Hawaiian Sandwiches (Leftover Easter Ham)

Code Boyfriend and I spend Easter on our roommate A’s family farm. Her parents don’t eat leftovers, so the three of us got send home with 5 pounds of ham.

This ham promptly got thrown into the freezer so it didn’t go bad. And out of sight, out of mind…

After a couple weeks, I remembered we had it in there, and decided to try a Hawaiian sandwich. This may have been the best ham sandwich I’ve ever had.

There aren’t many pictures because I didn’t think I would want to do a post on something so… simple? But after tasting it, I snapped a few pictures to share it here.

I hope this reminds someone to pull the Easter ham out of their freezer.

English Muffin Hawaiian Sandwich


English Muffin Hawaiian Sandwich

  • Leftover Ham
  • Sliced Pineapple
  • Whole Grain English Muffins
  • 1 Brown Sugar Bourbon Glaze

Brown Sugar Bourbon Glaze

  • 1 Part Bourbon
  • 3 Parts Brown Sugar
  • 3 Parts Pineapple Juice

This recipe can be altered for as many sandwiches as you need. I made about 1 cup of the glaze, which would be enough for the ham and pineapple for about 6 sandwiches.

Combine the bourbon, brown sugar, and pineapple juice in a small sauce pan. Heat to dissolve the sugar.

Then, heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. As much as I love cast iron, I would have hated to clean the caramel off of it.

Once the frying pan and glaze are hot, slice the ham, and dip into the glaze. Ensure the ham is coated.

Move the glazed ham on to the hot frying pan. Heat until both sides have developed a beautiful caramel color. Repeat with the remaining slices of ham, and a slice of pineapple for each sandwich.

Bourbon Glazed Pineapple

Ensure the pineapple have the caramel color too. You’ll be glad you did. If  you make entra glaze and have extra pineapple, pour the glaze into the frying pan, and let reduce with the remaining pineapple slices. These were like eating the best part of pineapple upside down cake.

Sorry for the sparseness of the pictures. I hope the ones I did get do this amazing sandwich justice.



Birthday Party in a Bottle

Birthday Bottle

Full disclosure: The woman at the university’s mail center, not an official U.S.P.S. worker, would not let me mail this. She made me put it in a box. The Giver’s Log was successful at mailing hers, she was also the inspiration for my bottle to my sister. So, if you try this, make sure you talk to your postal worker first… or just realize that it’s a cool present even if it is in a box.

My sister turns 24 today! Happy birthday, L! Since I’m away at school, I wanted to send her something cool, like I did for my dad’s birthday. But since I had already sent a cake, I wanted to send a party in a bottle.

Here’s what I used:

Birthday Bottle

  • 1 sturdy, clear bottle
  • 1 Birthday Girl Sash
  • Balloons
  • 1 Inflatable Light saber
  • Avengers Stickers
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Packing Tape
  • Birthday Note

My sister is a huge Avengers and Star Wars fan. This party in a bottle can easily change theme by using other stickers, candy, princess hat, or feather boa… pretty much anything light that will role, or fit into the bottle.


First, drain and dry your dry your bottle. Make sure to take off any labels it may have. Then, cut a hatch into the side so you can fill it like a piñata.


The Sleep Schedule Prevails…

After 30 days of early to bed, early to rise, I learned something.

You have a lot more “day” in your day if you get up at 6:45. By 7pm, you’ve been up for 12 hours, moving around, getting things done, maybe just sitting on Pinterest. But I felt like I got more done.

I also got a lot more sleep. And I do mean a lot more. We’re talking about 8 hours a night, every night. How many college kids can say that if they have an 8AM class? I’m betting not many.

But I also figured out that to get enough sleep, you don’t necessarily need to get up at exactly the same time every day. On the weekends, I started getting up at 7:45. After weeks of waking up at 6:45, 7:45 felt like sleeping in.

I had thoughts like, “Wow. 8AM. That late already?” I never thought I’d think anything like that.

I was also exhausted by 10. There were a lot of nights I turned in early. As it, before 10pm early. I will admit, I had to turn down invitations to several events that started after 9, but I think taking control of my sleep was worth it.

Am I saying I’m now going to hop out of bed with the sun and do a 2 hour yoga class? Of course not.

But I am saying that if I can take control of my sleep schedule, so can you. Plan out your day. Make the time to get to bed on time. Put away electronics well before bed. Get up at the (mostly) same time every day.  

Then enjoy your full night of sleep.

I know I will be keeping up with the sleep schedule, even if it’s not so drastically.


As for April, Code Boyfriend and I will be running, following the Couch to 5k Program, as well as doing strength training on the rest days. 

I’ll keep you updated on our successes, and I will be reviewing the new running shoes I picked up as soon as I’ve worn them more than twice.