Baked Pineapple Ham

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It is a tradition in our family to always (always!) have ham on our Christmas celebration. Ham is the heart of our Christmas table. Luckily, my brother’s company provides ham every year, so we won’t have to buy it. The one we usually received is Smithfield’s Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham. The ham tastes good as it is, especially with its own glaze. However, my dad finds the taste salty and lacking some sweetness and in-depth flavor. So, every time we have ham, he made some tweaks in it, and it always turns out definitely more delicious. I stalked him when he was making this, and took pictures along the way, so as to remember how he usually elevates the flavor. He’s extremely secretive when it comes to his food, but I didn’t let him get away this time!

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Ferrero Rocher Christmas Tree

Update 12/20/17:

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By request, I made another one to give as a gift for a family friend. We found this snowman topper in a local craft store, and it just looks so adorable as a topper. Then placed the chocolate tree on Christmas theme plate, then filled the plate with Lindt hazelnut chocolates which are darker in color. I would have filled the plate with more Ferrero Rocher chocolates, but we ran out of those while we still have an abundance of Lindt chocolates currently at home. You can wrap the whole thing up with a cello wrap, and a ribbon on top. If this doesn’t make any chocolate lovers’ dream come true this Christmas, then I don’t know what is!

 

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There was once an idea nagging in my mind to make a Ferrero Rocher Christmas Tree that could wow the people who see it. Yes, I know Ferrero Rocher chocolates alone already has that wow factor to it, but more so if you presented it as a Christmas tree. I didn’t know how to make it to fruition, however. I had this unwavering determination to do this without the help of internet. Haha! So much for my self-confidence! My first attempt was a failure. I was thinking of making a pyramid cardboard and glue these chocolate candies to that cardboard. It was a pretty good idea in my mind but the reality was not. First off, it didn’t look like a Christmas tree but more of, well, a pyramid. Second, it’s very fragile, and wavered. It didn’t have a very good base. Hence, I gave up on that idea. Mind you, I didn’t waste any Ferrero chocolates. That’s a crime right there to waste extremely good chocolates, I tell you! They were glued on the paper liner and cardboard, so nothing touched the candy at all. It’s still safe for consuming.

For my second try, I used a styrofoam pine cone as my tree base and it went so much easier. Instead of gluing the chocolates, I used toothpick to keep them stuck on the base. Less messier that way, too!

So here’s how to make a sweet Christmas Tree filled with Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

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Fruitcake Cookies

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It’s that time of the year! My favorite holiday, Christmas Day, is approaching very fast. As I’m already all set with gifts for my friends and family, the only thing I have to stress about is food (which isn’t that very stressful at all!). My mom is a great fan of fruitcakes. In fact, she buys them every single year, even though no one in the household shares her fondness for fruitcakes. Many times before, she would buy fruitcake mix and asked me to make a fruitcake. I tried my best, but unfortunately, failed at making her the moist, authentic and delicious fruitcake. I tried the true and tested recipes from the back of the label of the fruitcake mix and of course, searched online for that authentic fruitcake version she’s been raving about. But nope, I just can’t replicate the fruitcake cake that she often buys in the grocery store.

This year, however, I am trying a different approach to the fruitcake mix she has handed to me. I experimented on making a fruitcake cookie instead of the tedious fruitcake cake. It’s much easier, faster and yes, more delicious than the cake version. My siblings and I don’t like fruitcake, but we ended up liking this cookie version. It’s that good! Not to mention, very pretty and definitely has that holiday look!

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