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Holiday Ham Dinner and a $100 Giveaway

Please note, the giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected.

I love the holiday season. The gift giving, seeing family, and of course the food. Our December has been packed with holiday meals with friends and soon we’ll be having our family dinners too.

First, we’ll be having a Christmas meal with DH’s parents. I’ve been wracking my brain for easy menu ideas because we won’t have much time for preparation with work and our schedules.

Normally when I work with various product brands on this blog, I choose ones that I know and use on a daily basis. I confess, I didn’t know of Dietz & Watson when I was presented with the opportunity, but when I saw that they specialize in ham, I knew that this could potentially be the solution to my pre-Christmas dinner dilemma.

My family never did the traditional ham dinner, but DH’s family always does. I never much cared for ham until after I started spending time with DH’s family and now I quite look forward to it during the holidays.

I researched Dietz & Watson’s ham nutrition facts before agreeing to this review. I was most interested in the All Natural Uncured Classic Ham and I liked what I read: gluten free, no MSG, nitrate free and low sodium.Β DH’s parents have become much more health conscious recently, so this ham looked promising. For my purposes, I’ve always found ham to be too salty so I was happy to see this one was low sodium.

We purchased a ham this weekend to test it out. Since we couldn’t possibly finish an entire ham by ourselves, we decided to have an impromptu small gathering with some friends I wanted to see before the end of December. It also gave me an excuse to show off all the Christmas decorating I’ve been doing.

With the ham being the centerpiece, it was easy to put together a meal. We bought the ham and I had DH help me make it. Since it’s already precooked, it’s pretty easy to get ready. You just make a glaze and bake it in the oven. I made some desserts, my friends brought some sides so I didn’t have to the stress of having to do all the cooking, and dinner was set.

The ham was a great success. It was a noticeably less salty compared to other hams I’ve eaten. I especially liked the look of the cross sections on top.

So if ham is part of your holiday tradition, you may want to consider a Dietz & Watson brand ham.

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What is your favorite part of the holiday season?

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88 comments on “Holiday Ham Dinner and a $100 Giveaway”

  1. I love the excuse to make lots of mint-chocolate desserts, and sharing them with my friends and extended family!

  2. Watching old christmas movies w/ families and friends of course~ πŸ™‚

  3. Awesome! My favorite part…definitely getting to help my mom in the kitchen πŸ™‚

  4. I’m supposed to say ‘Family’, right? How about ‘*some* family, and FOOD’? :p

  5. Being able to spend time with family…and eating delicious treats. πŸ™‚

  6. My favorite part is spending time with my family and taking pictures together

  7. My favorite part is being able to relax with family without having to rush off anywhere.

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  9. My favorite thing is celebrating the birth of Jesus and being surrounded by God’s love.

  10. My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with friends and family. I don’t really celebrate in the traditional sense with gifts and big meals. It’s nice that I have a few friends that are the same and we can get together and just hang out.

  11. Being with my family and having laughter and fun in the house again! Such a fun day with everybody talking and enjoying each other. It is a wonderful feeling!!!!!

  12. My favorite part of the holidays is getting together with all my kids, and NO WORK.
    I love the ham, but the rest of my family are not crazy about it. So we hardly had a traditional Christmas Dinner with ham;besides it’s my dearest son’s birthday, we always ho out to eat.
    Never heard or tried this brand before, hope I’m lucky enough to win. Hah Hah!

  13. My favorite part is watching how excited my son gets over the lights and decorations and presents!

  14. My favorite part of the holidays is the food that you can’t get any other time of year – eggnog, gingerbread, and don’t get me started on those White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s. Come January, it’s all gone until year’s end πŸ™

  15. My favorite part of the holidays is the general feeling I get all month long. I just feel a warm glow and happiness. I know it sounds a little cheezy but it is true. I just feel a warmth towards everyone and want to help other people feel happy as well.

  16. Being done with a semester!

  17. Especially love annual White Elephant parties with friends and family. Lots of laughter and always a good time!

  18. Spending time with friends and family, reflecting on the past year and giving thanks together is my favorite part of the holidays. Yes, the food and drink is definitely a plus, but I think the time with loved ones is really what makes the end of the year special. πŸ™‚

  19. My favorite part is always eating good food in good company! πŸ™‚

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