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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Chocolate Peppermint Candy

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I’m pretty excited about this chocolate peppermint candies! This is my first time making these and it’s outrageously easy and good. It was truly by chance that I came upon these two silicone molds at a store and bought them for really cheap. Upon paying, my mind was already racing with thoughts on what to make using these molds. I initially thought of gum candies or chewy ginger candies, or marshmallow. And then I thought, why not make chocolate peppermint bark in a molded candy form?

I never made chocolate peppermint bark before. We’re usually loaded with all different kinds of chocolate and sweets every Christmas, so I don’t see the point of adding more chocolates to consume (not that it’s a bad thing!). I’ve always wanted to make one, though. Although I had never made one before, I do know for certain that a good quality chocolate is very much needed for this type of candy, if you want yours to stand out.

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Turkey Ramblings

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We normally didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving in our household. If we ever did, we had never usually dealt with cooking the turkey as nobody had wanted the hustle and bustle that came along with it. We just usually had bought rotisserie chicken as a substitute for turkey (Lol). Much cheaper and we didn’t have to deal with a bunch of leftovers. (Trust me, it had made sense to us before!). Last year, however, one of my siblings had received a free turkey from the company she’s working at.  Well, we had no choice but to face the ordeal of cooking it. It was about 15-18 pounds, if I’m not mistaken. I was appointed to cook it as I was the one off that day. I had found myself excited, instead of exasperated, to finally try my hands on cooking turkey. I was anxious, of course, but at the same time, thrilled to finally overcome this turkey dilemma in our house.

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