This week’s column is dedicated to spring! It’s such a joy to see Mother Earth toss off her winter blanket and let the buds and blooms begin anew.

Many people enjoy a ham this time of year.

Glazed Ham

1 fully cooked bone-in ham (8 to 10 pounds)

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Place the ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Score the surface of the ham, making diamond shapes 1/2 inch deep. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 3/4 hours. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Spoon over ham. Bake 15 to 30 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 140 degrees. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Holiday Peas

2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen peas

2 teaspoons salt

1 cup finely crushed wheat crackers

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Place peas in a large saucepan; add the salt. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for five to six minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, toss the cracker crumbs, cheese and butter. Drain peas and place in a serving bowl; top with the crumb mixture.

I feel that anything lemony speaks of spring.

Fluffy Lemon Squares

1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 45 wafers)

1/3 cup chopped pecans

6 tablespoons melted butter

In a small bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, pecans and butter. Set aside 1/4 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 11-by-7-by-2-inch dish. Cover, refrigerate for 30 minutes. In a small mixing bowl, beat 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve two packages (3 ounces each) lemon gelatin in 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Add one package (3.4 ounce) instant lemon pudding mix; beat on low speed for two minutes. Add one pint softened lemon sherbet. Beat on low for one minute or until soft-set. Gently fold in whipped cream. Spread over prepared crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Refrigerate for one hour or until set.

Our thought for the week: The greatest accomplishments in science and the arts have been made by individuals acting alone. No park has a statue dedicated to a committee.