Iron Chef on Wifely Steps: Ganns’ Eat-Some Sweet Hum

Toni of Wifely Steps challenges her readers, in an Iron Chef -type manner, to come up with recipes for fruit cocktail. Most of the folks who’ve posted thus far have suggested dessert recipes, so I decided to submit a recipe that picks up on an original recipe from my mother.

By the way, did you notice, in my trying to be classy and picture-perfect, one of Nathan’s toy blocks in the flower vase?! LOL I only saw that now!



5 slices of CDO Cooked Ham
2 small cans of Del Monte Fruit Cocktail (Lychee Flavor, mmm)
1 teaspoon of sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring the syrup of the two cans of Del Monte to a boil in a medium saucepan.
2. Put the ham in, and cook until almost all syrup is gone.
3. Empty the fruits into the saucepan. Place one teaspoon of sugar in one of the empty cans of fruit cocktail and half-fill it with water.
4. Empty the can into the saucepan and cook for five minutes or until syrup thickens slightly.
5. Plate the ham. Spoon the fruits onto the ham or on the side.
6. Drizzle the syrup onto the ham and fruits and serve immediately.

A special wedding

A hearty congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Rowena Palacios, whose wedding last night was definitely one of the more heartfelt ones I’d ever been to. With most of the production truly a family affair – down to the homemade wedding cakes, invitations, and games – without comparison, I was blessed and honored to have been invited to this gathering.

In the course of the evening, I found some pleasant surprises!
The instant blog EB

I ran into some bloggers! I knew I would meet Toni of Wifely Steps (left, in pink zigzag dress), but I was surprised and thrilled to run into Maan of MySilverchair! I’ve been a fan and have followed Maan’s blog ever since it came online (she even won a Superblessed Christian Blog Award from me for Favorite Christian Blog – Female, if I’m not mistaken), and we were like a couple of giddy children jumping up and down. Thanks, Row and Mike, for the instant meeting of minds.

What I truly appreciate about weddings is how we can catch up with other friends who we haven’t seen in ages! Some other friends I ran into were (left to right) Tiffany (who’s a DJ!), David (who’s leaving for the US), Katz (who is leading her own company), Ali (who chairs this new program at Ateneo),  camera-shy Itchyworms lead singer Jugs (who hosted wonderfully with his other half, CD), and Nix and Maita Nolledo, who are so blessed with their second child on the way. I also took a picture of the fantastic artwork, and, of course, the happy couple, Mike and Row.

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gannsb4aftr.jpgHow to lose ten pounds in two seconds. Finally, I showed some very interested people a neat trick I usually employ for photos. As you know, it’s harder for chubby people to look good on camera, so here’s a trick I do. You put your shoulders down, lean forward, press your tongue up against the roof of your mouth, turn your face to the right (or left, if that’s your good angle), and smile. It drops 10 pounds off, just like that. Here’s a pic to illustrate my point. Cheers!