Not too long ago, BF’s family threw a surprise party for his mom’s and grandma’s birthdays. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend. When I heard there would be lechon there, I asked BF to take some pictures of the party food.

I always enjoy his family parties. He has a lot of relatives in the area, and so his parties are festive, full of a lot of yummy food, and there always seems to be an endless amount of kids. Since all the kids in my extended family are all grown up, I like attending his family gatherings so that I can be around a lot of little kids and babies.

First and foremost, the lechon! Lechon is a roasted pig that is often eaten by Filipinos, especially during special occasions. A whole lechon can be quite pricey. I’ve had lechon a few times. The best part of lechon is the skin, which if made right, is very crispy. BF said the skin was the first to go, but he managed to save me some. It was still crispy when he brought it back. Yum.

Here’s some more food. BF doesn’t know the name of most of the dishes, so this post is mainly pictures.


Vegetable dishes


BBQ chicken with some sort of rice:

Grilled fish:

Not sure:


The fruit salad had bits of nata de coco (a chewy jelly substance), which I love, and some beans that I usually see in halo halo.


BF was able to take a lot of pics thanks in the beginning thanks to the fact that almost everyone arrived late! When I first started dating BF, I was introduced to the concept of “filipino time,” meaning that the stereotype is Filipinos are always late, often a few hours late, to events. We debated whether this would apply to his mom’s surprise party. I said yes, he thought no. But when his mom arrived..only he and his brother and one cousin was around! Everyone else showed up late.

BF was kind enough to bring me back a plate of food. Everything I ate was delicious. I wish I was there. I would have just sat around and eaten for hours.

Red Velvet Cake Donuts

I’ve had so much fun making mini donuts this year that I wanted to make them for Christmas. At first, I wanted to make some cinnamon ones and just decorate them with Christmas sprinkles. But then I thought of trying red velvet ones.

The red velvet donut cakes make these mini donuts even more festive. They aren’t really donuts, just cakes shaped like donuts. I have to confess, I haven’t had as much time to bake as I hoped so I used a red velvet mix to make these.

I used Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix. I baked them for about nine minutes. After they cooled, I topped them with chocolate ganache and them some sprinkles.  I think they came out quite cute.

So I know I haven’t been posting the winners daily. Rest assured, I have been contacting the winners individually so that they don’t have to wait for an announcement to see if they’ve won.

But for those of you who are curious, here are more winners:

Day 9: Gina

Day 10: Leanne of Three Dog Kitchen

There’s two giveaways left..Day 11, and Day 12..with a little time left to enter. Thanks to everyone who has entered and good luck!