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Use That Ham Bone! Slow Cooker Ham and Beans

I think I’m on a ham kick, getting ready for Easter. I made a whole bone-in ham a few days ago and have been trying to use up the leftovers. I made a ham, white bean and kale soup using leftover ham and now on to another ham recipe which happens to be in the slow cooker too. I love it when meals are easy.

Don’t throw away that ham bone after you are done carving, this recipe uses the bone! Not only do I like finding new ways to use leftovers, but I also like when I can use all parts of an ingredient rather than throwing it away.

A huge ham bone doesn’t look too appetizing, so I used the creative placement of text to hopefully not turn you off to this recipe before trying it :)

Don't throw away that ham bone this Easter! Use it to make slow cooker ham + beans.

Before visiting Ghana I had never tried black eyed peas, but it was my go-to dish over there. It was either that or dried fish or goat meat and my pallet isn’t that adventurous yet.

Here in the midwest we are more meat and potato type of people, but I know black eyed peas are served often down south. I loved how in Ghana they put fried onions on top. The crunch is needed in the soft, slow cooked beans.

So this Easter, don’t throw away that ham bone!

Slow Cooker Ham and Beans

1 ham bone
1 lb. of dried black eyed peas
1 small onion, sliced
6 cups of water
2 Tbls or a few cubes of chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp pepper
fried onions to top

Throw everything in the slow cooker and cook low for 8 hours. Take out the ham bone and be sure to scrape off all of that good meat! Top the beans with fried onions and put a little parsley for color.

Happy Easter!

Slow Cooker Ham and Beans. Use a leftover ham bone after the holidays!

Leftover Ham, White Bean and Kale Soup

I purchased a ham a week ago with intentions to make an Easter ham recipe for my Litehouse gig. Unfortunately, a few days after we moved into our new home, I turned on the oven for only the second time and sparks flew out. That kind of ruined my recipe plans, so I scrapped that idea and just cooked the ham a few days later using The Pioneer Woman’s glazed Easter ham recipe, which is probably more delicious than anything I could come up with anyways.

With a ton of ham leftovers and one night where I didn’t have any dinner plans, I decided to make Leftover Ham, White Bean and Kale Soup.

I’ve been using kale in a lot of recipes lately after finding a big bag of frozen kale at Costco. The frozen version works better for me because I can never use fresh kale before it goes bad. It also seems to blend up better in smoothies when it’s frozen. I’ve also been adding beans in a lot more of my meals because they are inexpensive and pack a lot of health benefits.

This soup was kind of a throw-and-go recipe and I was just using whatever I had on hand. You could use any vegetables, spices or beans you have on hand. This is such a simple way to use those ham leftovers when your family gets sick of those ham sandwiches after holidays. You could also throw some ham in this overnight slow cooker breakfast casserole or another slow cooker soup recipe: Cheesy Ham and Potato soup.

Leftover Ham, White Bean and Kale Soup in the slow cooker. The perfect way to use that leftover ham this Easter!

Leftover Ham, White Bean and Kale Soup

(2) 15 oz. cans of cannelini beans
6 cups chicken broth
3 cups of shredded ham
2 cups chopped kale
1 cup sliced carrots
1 Tbls minced garlic
1 Tbls rosemary
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp pepper
1 small onion, diced

Throw everything in the crockpot and cook on high for 2-4 hours or low 4-6.

Leftover Ham, White Bean and Kale soup in the slow cooker. A great way to use that leftover ham after holidays!

A New House.

I’ve been absent for awhile because we were moving to a new house and we all know how stressful that can be. You never realize how much stuff you actually have until you have to pack it all in boxes and move it.

My time away has been eventful and we are past the point of unpacking boxes in our new house. Thank you!

We are settled into a house much bigger than our last one. If you remember, we had all three kids in one room in a triple bunk bed. Now everyone has their own room. The glorious space!

One thing TJ and I liked about this house was the space and the potential for so many DIY upgrades.


A lot of beige. Trying to determine paint colors now, oh, the choices! These iron railings will go, I just don’t know when and what will be in their place.



We plan to do a total kitchen remodel down the road, but it’s DIY fixes for now. I’ve been researching DIY concrete counter tops and painting cupboards, both of which might happen in the near future. I think I’ve complained about twenty times how I miss my stainless steel Maytag appliances. I now realize how much room that fridge was and how awesome the snacking drawer was for the kids.


This is interesting. It’s what I’m calling our “fireplace wall.” We have no clue where to even start, but there’s been talk between my husband and dad about sledgehammers, which is very scary.


In our previous home, TJ and I shared a closet smaller than one of those. My. Own. Closet.


This is one of the boy’s rooms. What would you do: paint the shelves or tear them out?


On to the kid’s bathroom. I see more cabinet and countertop paint in our future until a remodel can be done.


Now this. This space might be the gem of the house and a potential 5th bedroom or some other cool attic space. This isn’t your typical attic, there is a door right to it on the top floor with all of our other bedrooms. TJ has this remodel on the agenda for fall.


So this is our new place, hopefully where I will be showing a lot of DIY projects in the future! Now I will try to get back into the swing of things with regular updates.