Here is the recipe I promised you - GREAT to start in the morning and then enjoy at dinner time!
1 (16 oz.) pkg. dried green split peas, rinsed
1 meaty hambone, 2 ham hocks, or 2 cups diced ham**
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 ribs of celery plus leaves, chopped
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp. seasoned salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. white pepper pepper
1 1/2 qts. hot water
Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given; pour in water. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 to 5 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off bone. Remove bones and bay leaf. Mash peas to thicken more, if desired. Serve garnished with croutons. Freezes well.
**I like to leave the ham out and stir in diced smoked sausage or kielbasa in the last 30 or so minutes of it cooking