Sunday, January 2, 2011

The New Year

After having an "eventful" 2010 the Wardle Family is excited to start 2011!  We celebrated the New Year with Trent's sister Subrey and her family.  Steak and crab were on the menu and made a fabulous "last meal" for 2010.  Guitar Hero and Rock band were the nights entertainment and the 6, 5, 4, and 3 year olds kicked their parents cans!  For the Wardle family 2011 will be a year of change, we honestly can say we do not know where we will be a year from now, but we are excited for the adventure!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Chili recipe

For those who asked. I would love to give credit to the person that gave me this recipe but I have no idea who they are.......

2 pounds hamburger fried, seasoned to taste with salt and pepper, and grease drained off remove from pan set aside 1 medium onion chopped 1 green pepper chopped 2 cloves garlic crushed saute onion, garlic and pepper until onion is clear put meat back in pan add 2 cans chopped green chili's (with juice) 1 can tomato sauce1 can ranch style beans (with juice)1 can chili beans (with juice)1 can black beans (with juice) 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder 2 Tablespoons Cumin pinch of oregano (Mexican if you can find it!) 2 beef bouillon cubes boil and then simmer 15-20 minutes. If it is to dry add water1/2 cup at a time until desired consistency. Taste chili and adjust seasoning to taste, add a pinch of sugar if it's to acid. Caution with spices here as it will gain heat as it simmers! Add 2 or 3 good glugs of Tequila. Simmer 15- 20 min. Enjoy!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

The end of the harvest

What a weekend! I think I spent more time in the kitchen over this weekend than I have in the past month. Trent and I pulled up all of the tomato plants at 11:00 pm the other night right before the freeze, so I spent the weekend doing one of my favorite things......COOKING and CANNING! I canned tomatoes, and for the first time ever made green tomato jam. The jam actually turned out pretty good, much to my surprise. We were also blessed by Trent's parents garden with beans, zucchini and apples. We made over 30 loaves of zucchini bread and apple bread, a tradition started last year that gave us wonderful desserts throughout the winter. The kids loved that we were able to enjoy a loaf of zucchini bread on Christmas Day last, so we decided that it would be a fun tradition to make and freeze bread in the fall. The tomato jam was an experiment than turned out to be really fun. Trent's dad told me that a niece of his makes it so I thought I would give it a try. I found a recipe on line and then the kids and I decided to have a little fun. First we made raspberry flavored jam, which everyone liked so we tried cherry, strawberry, strawberry banana, and berry blue. For those who would like I will post the recipe's soon. What a great way to use up the green tomato's we had. It was also chili weekend at our house which is our kick off to cold weather, every first weekend in October I make a huge pot of chili and we eat it all weekend. As if all that cooking is not enough Trent wanted to start making homemade bread again so we got another bread maker and made honey white and honey wheat bread- both no sugar recipes that are wonderful. I also found a recipe for pumpernickel bread that tastes just like the bread at outback, the kids loved it so much it never made it into a bag!