Friday, April 10, 2009


I found myself thinking the other day, "What am I so afraid of?" The answer: Failure.

Rick painted Riley's room a couple of weeks ago (photos to come when the room is finished) and I have never painted before. I know it's not too hard, but when I had the roller in my hand, I was overcome with a fear of messing it all up, dripping the paint, simply not doing it correctly.

My mom gave me a great quiche recipe I wanted to try on Monday... it took me until Thursday to actually make it. Of course it turned out just fine, but I almost didn't make it all because I was sure it would not turn out.

The discussion came up yesterday about Easter dinner and what we would be doing this year. I mentioned I like ham for Easter dinner, but since we weren't going to our family's houses, we'd have to have something simple. Because of course, I've never made a ham on my own and I couldn't possibly look up how to do it and buy a ham and just stick in the oven. Rick pointed out that the worst that could happen was we ruin the ham, learn from it, and make a better ham next time... hmm... seems so simple.

I may be attempting my first Easter ham on Sunday... then again, I may not. Sadly, these three examples are only from the last few weeks. I could go on and on and on about the new things I am afraid to try, because I'm sure I will fail. I must work on that.

*I'm off to the Tri-Cities tonight with Cooper for a quick less-than-24 hour-visit to attend a friend's baby shower. Looking forward to the trip, but I will certainly miss Rick, Riley, and Tyson while we're away! Happy Easter weekend everyone! Hopefully we'll have adorable pictures of the kids all dressed up from Sunday's events to post.*


Jamie said...

I get that way about failing, too. If I can't do it right the first time, I'll never do it again!

By the way, try basting the ham with apple juice--so good!

Happy Easter!

MSB said...

Brooke... hams are usually (maybe always) pre-cooked... get one that is pre-basted and all you have to do is warm it up.
A good ham is $$, but way better than a cheap one!

I know you can do it!

Heidi 'n' Jeff said...

Hams are the easiest thing in the world! No need to fear at all. You just heat it up. It's already cooked. If you are worried about over cooking it or under cooking, get a meat thermometer and stick it in the fattest part of the ham. Make sure it's not touching the bone. Then, you just cook it to the temperature you would like. Done. :) I'm sure you already have figured out what I just told you. I tend to come of as a know-it-all in the kitchen, I'm really just excited if I can help at all.

Lisa Joy said...

I love Barefoot Contessa's recipes (on and I just saw one for a glazed ham that got awesome reviews (just cut down the recipe if you get a smaller ham). You could also change the marmalade flavor to apricot or peach or pineapple. Super easy, but makes you look like a star...

* 1 (14 to 16-pound) fully cooked, spiral-cut smoked ham on the bone
* 6 garlic cloves
* 8 1/2 ounces orange marmalade
* 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
* 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
* 1 orange, zested
* 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the ham in a heavy roasting pan.

Mince the garlic in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the marmalade, mustard, brown sugar, orange zest, and orange juice and process until smooth. Pour the glaze over the ham and bake for 1 hour, until the ham is fully heated and the glaze is well browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.

David said...

you should get phil keoghan's book "No Opportunity Wasted" it's awesome. It's about not being afraid to try things and just jumping in and doing them.

donald trump actually offered a thought on overcoming fear on the apprentice a couple weeks ago. his advice was to do, not think. when you think, you get nervous. Just go do it.

One of my favorite scriptures is "if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear"

ok, i'm off to catch up on last week's 24 episode...

oh, and i've never cooked a ham either. but i love to eat hams that other people cook!

Lisa said...

I don't like ham. The few times I've served it, it has come from the Honeybaked Ham store.

Sorry, I know that's not helpful.

I like Trump's advice, though. Thanks, David!


Erin said...

Brooke, I related to your blog, but I was a little surprised. You seem fearless to me. Who knew?