Monday, October 20, 2008

Winners!!!!

This past Friday was our ward Halloween party which was a chili cookoff and a pumpkin carving contest. For some reason I just had this desire to participate, so I made the chili, and Albert carved the pumpkin. Albert and I thought it would be interesting to try making chili with pineapple in it, so I looked online and found one that I thought would be simple and yummy (which I improvised on). So Friday at lunchtime, I threw everything into the crockpot (recipe to come later) and, then just left it alone. I was sort of nervous to taste it but when I did it was so yummy!!!! It did need a little more pineapple in my opinion, so I had Albert go get some while I was at practice. The activity was at 6:30 and you had to bring your pumpkins ready to carve, so Albert had done that earlier in the day, and we took our pumpkins, our chili, and we went and picked up a disabled boy in our ward who wanted to come and we were off! So when you got there you put your chili on the table in order from mild to spicy (mine was next to last on spice), and then had to name it, we named ours Pineapple Pleasure, and then the judges got their chili first. I waited to go get chili until the line was shorter and by the time I got to my chili it was almost gone, so I barely got a bowl! After people were done eating it was time to carve the pumpkins, which we didn't know was timed haha luckily Albert is quick! Our inspiration for our pumpkin came from....... 





Here is Albert when he finished.......





So then they announced the winners for the chili, and I got second place!!!! I was so excited, I have never made chili before, and it was the first one gone!!! Then they announced the pumpkin winners and Albert won first place!!! So then we got home and we lit a candle in it and put it on our front porch and I had to call mom because I couldn't remember the words to the Jack o' Lantern song, can you believe it, we sing it every year! But anyway, I didn't do that before I took pictures of the pumpkin with the prize that we won. And here is the chili picture as well.....




and last but not least the infamous recipe for.....

Pineapple Pleasure

1 14 ounce can crushed pineapple (I used more, but it is a matter of preference)
1 lb Ground Pork
1 15 oz can kidney beans
1 16 oz jar salsa (your choice, this can add or take away from the spice)
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 Tbl chili powder

Brown pork in sauce pan on stove.
While browning meat, combine drained kidney beans, pineapple, salsa, tomato sauce, and chili powder, in crock pot.
Add meat to crock pot once browned.
Stir together and turn on low for 7-8 Hours.

Enjoy!!!!

Love to all The Shavers!

5 comments:

Candy said...

I am so proud of you guys! What an adorable couple you are. And I am going to steal your recipe for our chili cookoff!

Kaylee said...

Thats so awesome! COngrats on your 1st win! You said you couldn't cook... I knew you were holding out on me when we lived together! LOL

Crazy Momma said...

Congrats on your wins! It is so funny - I just drove my daughter to preschool and noticed this super cute pumkin on a porch. I came home and was checking out blogs and wandered onto yours from Jessie's and there was the pumpkin!! Anyway Congrats again - and I'll have to try out the recipe!

jackielegg said...

I'm taking your chili to our cookoff tonight. I'll let you know how it goes! P.S. How did it become a tradition for wards to do a chili cook off at Halloween? Just curious...

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering the same thing since we are having a chili-cook-off this week too...hmmm?? Anyway...how about that award-winning couple...THE SHAVERS!!! What a delightful memory! Ask dad about his guitar cake sometime...Love, gma