Heart Medicine (recipe: Ham Biscuits with Honey Mustard Butter)
Caring about people is right and good. It’s part of our human nature. Academicians, theologians, psychologists, anthropologists, nurses and other professions have thoroughly studied the mechanics and effects of caring. After years of study, they concluded that people are naturally caring. I learned the lessons of caring from my parents and grandparents who never spent a day in college or ever read a scholarly publication. They learned those lessons from their parents and grandparents who had even less formal education. People inherently know that it’s important to care and be kind.
A young family in our community has gone through a particularly difficult month. Each of the three children (ages 8, 20 months and two weeks) and the mother were admitted to the hospital during the course of one month. The baby was readmitted at two weeks of age due to an infection. Every time they turned around, someone else was headed to the hospital. Throw all that stress on the top of bringing home a new baby and a Mom who’s postpartum and you have to wonder just how much one family take. My heart went out to them and I opened my kitchen and cooked for them to show them I care. When you feed a body, you nourish a soul. And you give your heart a boost of some good medicine, too.
Showing someone you care doesn’t require an elaborate production or a lot of time. My food is naturally simple, uncomplicated and family friendly. I thought they would enjoy Jella Burgers and Girl Scout apples with Vanilla Ice Cream for dinner. Both those dishes are homey, comforting and familiar. Some Ham Biscuits with Honey Mustard Butter would make a nice quick breakfast for the next morning, I thought.
My daughter and I delivered the food just in time for dinner. We offered to stay and take care of the baby so Mom could sit down with the two older children and eat a quiet dinner. Despite all the trauma and stress she had been through, Mom was remarkably composed. I’m not so sure someone would have described me the same way if I had walked a mile in her shoes.
She appreciated the food and the visit. I know her spirits were lifted just knowing that someone was thinking of her and reached out to show they cared. I thanked her for letting me have the opportunity to help out.
My heart feels real good.
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Ham Biscuits with Honey Mustard Butter
There are few things any better or any more Southern than Ham Biscuits. Add some Honey Mustard Butter and they are even better than you can imagine. With only a few main ingredients, it ‘s important to make sure that all the ingredients are good quality and tasty. Reminder: the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends honey should only be given to children over the age of 12 months.
Easy Buttermilk Biscuits (or use frozen or canned)
Glazed Ham, sliced (or your favorite good quality deli ham)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon mustard (I used French’s Honey Dijon)
Salt to taste
Stir together butter, honey and mustard. Add salt if needed. Slice open biscuits and spread butter on the cut side of each half. Stack as much ham as you would like on one side of the biscuits. Cover with the other half of the biscuit. Eat until your heart’s content.