Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Must See

 Here you go country girls. This is what you have been looking for to have another stream of income so you can work from home, be more self sustainable and to also equip yourselves with the right tools against the predators of the world.

My PhotoDamsel in Defense is about equipping women with the tools to not only keep them safe but also to give them the confidence to know that they have a way out if they ever feel threatened. We are very excited about our affordable and adorable line of products. Whether you are at home or traveling, running or celebrating downtown with the girls, Damsel in Defense has the products and fact-based education that can and does save lives.! My name is Candy Ford, and I am a sales representative for Damsel in Defense. A little back story, I found Damsel in Defense  through what I like to call "fate". I asked God to send me a sign for the next step in my life since my three wonderful daughters have left me to follow their own dreams. It may have been through a car decal, but he sure sent me a sign. I hold a passion for helping others close to my heart, and know that Damsel in Defense has been the best opportunity for me to pursue that passion

Monday, May 4, 2015

Another Wall Hanger

Candy and I met up with our oldest daughter Jessie at a little town right outside of Austin for a chili cookoff. Marble Falls is a beautiful little town with a slow rolling, lazy river splitting it into. I could see myself going back one weekend during the hot summer months with a inner tube and a bottle of sunscreen. 

180 chili cooks and about as many BBQ cooks were packed into a small, oak tree filled park. Every blade of grass and every open spot was occupied with either cooks, motor homes, tents or food. This was the 44th annual Howdy Roo Chili and BBQ Cook Off.
If you are a Texas cook, this is the one that is on the bucket list to attend.
I felt privileged to be a part of Chili History and to cook with some of the Chili Legends. 

As long as someone in our group walked, that was all I was wanting. I thought my chili was great and I thought Jessie's chili was even better, but in the end, the Queen beat us both, again. Candy beat out 160 other cooks to get 20th.  I am so proud of the run she is having.
I am now known as Mrs Candy or just her road manager.

We all had a grate time and now we can check another great one off the list.
We are off for the next two weeks and then to the South West open on Durant Oklahoma.

See ya,

Monday, April 27, 2015

Best Of Both Worlds

 Most of the time when we are cooking chili during the weekend we get absolutely nothing done on the house, this weekend was a little different.

We had some friends come up to cook with us this weekend at a local cookoff. Due to the massive amounts of rains we have had, the cookoff, not but five miles away, was canceled. They were flooded out. So with our friends on the way, truck already packed and spices mixed we decided to make the drive two hours away to Wichita Falls and cook there. It was well worth the trip, but Saturday was done, no production on the house. But then.......
Sunday I had some help. Two of my nephews came up to visit and sit on the porch with their old uncle. No porch sitting here, I put their butts to work. And with my dad keeping them in line, we got a lot of work done.
Super great guys and I couldn't have done it without them.

 Knowing more heavy rains were on the way I needed to get the upstairs door, windows and ceiling done so we could be a little more weather tight.
All we have left to do upstairs now is the carpet, trim, railing and water heater then Candy's craft room and trophy room will be complete.

While we were all working on the house, the girls cleaned the yard and started a fire to burn off the scraps. My piles were getting too big and started to become an eye sore so with no wind and wet conditions, Candy decided it was time.
I think the only thing we were missing was the BBQ.

Next weekend we will be in Marble Falls, a little town near Austin, to cook at the oldest chili cookoff in the world. This one will be a big one so don't threaten me with a good time, I'm there. 
Then we have two weeks off to get more work done on the house then to Durant for the Oklahoma State cook off. I should be able to finish the upstairs and get started on the kitchen but don't cross your fingers yet, I may decide to do some porch sittin.

Hey, thank yall for hanging around,


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Just A Little Proud

Yup, that's my wife right there, the new Texas Ladies State Champion.

What a great weekend we had cooking chili down near San Antonio. This right here made it all worth it.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sleeping Arrangements

This last weekend was a huge push to get the bedroom completed.

I think we are just tired of the cramped space in our camper bedroom where as soon as you get out of bed, you are touching a wall and the ducking and dodging of getting through to the bathroom.

Jessie took the weekend off from college life to come up and help out, she is such a great hand.
Other family members also showed up to lend a hand and help out with the floor, insulation and ceiling. 

Around midnight Saturday we were done with everything except the trim. Candy decided she would help out by sitting there, supervising and pointing.

New mattress, new bedding and new pillows, we spent our first night in the new house last night.


It's almost hard to believe this was my mower shed.

That empty corner there is now filled with Candy's vanity and makeup stuff because the bathroom was built for me. She has a whole corner of a room to get ready and I have a sink and a little mirror. 

The two lofts will be for storage in case you were wondering and right there on the face of the loft will be where my TV is mounted.

Yesterday I finished the upstairs electric and this week we plan to finish the insulation up there plus get the walls on. Next week the tin on the ceiling and then the carpet. 

See ya then,

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Month Ago

I actually could not believe it has almost been a month since I last posted. I think this is the longest I have ever taken off.

We have been cooking chili almost every weekend here and there. It's kinda been a hit and miss on making it in the top ten or the first in the trash. Last year our chili did great and this year it is only mediocre. The only thing to do is to keep cooking it and maybe it will turn around. This picture here was a couple of weeks ago in Dallas. Me, Candy and Jessie cooked with some great friends of ours and we all walked.
A three weeks ago my youngest girl Kylee started cooking with us and last weekend she won first place. She cooked against 48 other seasoned cooks with some being in the "Big Dog" category. I am so proud of her to do this on her second cook off. It makes it all worth it to see the younger generation doing things like this.

The House,
Well the house is coming along, slowly. Our goal was to be in it by May and that is not going to happen. I guess if I made it my number one priority then we would have made it. Here's the deal, even though it's a camper I have a roof over my head and I have a bed to sleep in. The house will get done when it gets done.
So let me show you some of the updates,

With the bathroom finished, I moved on to the hallway and the closet. I went ahead and tiled the hallway floor, but carpeted the closet. Then Candy wanted sliding barn doors to go with the horse stall look so I built the doors and installed them per her design. The hallway and closet is now completed.


We have already filled the closet with clothes and dressers just to get them out of boxes and out of the camper. It is so nice to be able to move around the camper again.

We have now moved into the bedroom and started work in there. We have the insulation in and the interior walls finished. This week I plan to insulate the ceiling and get the tin up. Once the bedroom is complete then we will shift gears and start on the kitchen. That is what will take the longest.  

Until next time,


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Old Man Winter

He came in late this year. So with nothing to do here in Texas, we went off for the weekend.

 Last weekend was my birthday, I turned 43. My company sent me to Las Vegas to celebrate in style.
This was our first time to visit Vegas and believe it or not, our first time to fly. So much to see, so much to do.
We spent four days doing things I have never thought we would do. I would not have chosen to go there myself because I don't like gambling, people or crowds, but I had to step outside of my box and just enjoy being around and doing things I have only seen on TV. How could I say no, it was a free trip, kinda. The flight and hotel was free.

They should be ashamed of themselves for price gouging the way they do. The hotel where we stayed, The Palazzo, a drink cost $12 bucks, but two miles down the street I found the same drink for $1.99 and there is no way you can eat cheap unless you get off the strip, then you have to pay for a cab ride.

The weather was great, upper 60's, and as I write this we are snowed in here in North Texas so I do miss that.

All and all I enjoyed the trip. We went to a lot of places and did a lot of things in such a short amount of time. Now I know what to expect the next time we go. I can't tell you everything we did because you know what they say, "What happens there, stays there." but I seen things I shouldn't have. LOL

No updates on the house, the weather has been too bad and cold to work on it and we don't cook chili again until the 14th. Maybe, just maybe we can get something done this weekend.

Until then, Viva Las Vegas

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Here is a sneak preview of what the bathroom is looking like.

We set the toilet last night and finished the inside plumbing. It sits off to the right of the tub.
This weekend I will build the shower curtain rod and get that installed but tonight we will be doing the outside plumbing and hooking the house up to the septic tanks and water supply.
The washer dryer combo will sit in the back right corner and will be installed at a later date.

Then it's out into the hallway and closet to get those areas done. It should take about two weeks to complete those I hope then on to the bedroom.

We are taking a month off of chili cooking so I am hoping to get something done on this huge project I put on myself, the pressure is building.

Gotta run,

Monday, February 9, 2015

Play and Work

I guess that's how my weekends go, one day for play and another for work.

Saturday we cooked chili down in Irving.
61 cooks showed up and 7 of those were the raining word champion and the other six were ex champs. Among the other folks there, Mexico and the Intercontinental champions, Texas Lady's State Champion, Texas Men's State Champion and eight out of the top ten current world ranked chili cooks were there. 
So to say the deck was stacked is an understatement.

Long story short, Candy won 2nd place out of all those heavy hitters. I am so proud of her.
Sunday was nothing but working on the house. We decided to do the bathroom first and move out from there.
This weekend I tiled the floor and got started on the walls and ceiling. I really like this look and I will show some more as we get more done.
This week we will be finishing the walls and getting the tub, sink and toilet in place. 

That's it for now,


Monday, February 2, 2015

A Little Bit Of Both

We finally got a little work done on the House, but first.....

Two weekends ago we went to College Station and cooked some Texas Red Chili with Jessie.
Our best friends and their daughter came with us and we had a great time. Neither me, Candy or Jessie placed in CASI chili, but I did win 2nd in Harley Davidson Show and Candy won 2nd in Peoples Choice Chili. It's a great cook off and we plan to go every year.

One day I will own one, maybe

Being I have been neglecting my first priority, the house, I worked on it every night after work and really made some progress this weekend.
I finished the plumbing throughout the whole house and pressurized all the lines to check for leaks. Then I installed the Hardi Backer for the floor in the Bathroom and got everything ready for the tile. After that I insulated the Bathroom Back Wall by putting two layers of R30 sheeting behind the pipes and R13 bats in front.

Candy went and bought the toilet, the bathroom sink, tub and sink fixtures, the tile and the wine barrel for the sink to sit on. This pic shows the tile color and what the sink will kinda look like on top of the barrel. The sink faucet will be one of those open flow types that is polished bronze. I think it looks like an old timey hand water pump.  
The walls will be box planks we plan to pick up this week and start on.

As you can tell, we are working on the bathroom first, then the hallway and closet, then to the bedroom and finally the kitchen.

This week and weekend plans are to terminate the electrical through the whole house, tile the bathroom floor, pick up the bath tub, plumb in the drains for the tub, sink, toilet and washer. Then if I have any time left, I plan to start the box planks on the walls.

All that and we will also be cooking chili this weekend in Irving at a big cook off.  We missed this one last year because we went to Rankin to cook, but this time we are staying close to home.

It's not much, but it's at least something.

See ya,

Monday, January 19, 2015

I Said I Wouldn't

But I did

Peer pressure is something else. I was going to work on the house this weekend because the weather was going to be nice, but I didn't. I didn't want to cook chili because I had too much to do, but I did.
Our Chili Family are among some of the best folks I have ever met and when they asked us to cook with them near Waco I didn't want to let them down and miss all the fun and decided to go.
I am glad I did, but I feel guilty about it. I should have worked, but I did have a great time.  

 Jessie (the oldest daughter) came to cook with us so how could I say no.
Saturday we had 54 cooks and I only got simi finals while Candy (the wife) made final table.
With the caliber of cooks there I thought that was pretty good.

Saturday night some of the girls had a onsie party.
It was cold and we roughed it in tents, but hey were warm.

Sunday was a different story. We had 39 cooks and I took 2nd and Candy won 6th.
Would I do it again, probably not but it was fun.

Now I have to spend every evening working on the house to catch up on the work I missed because this weekend we will be cooking in College Station. Hope to see some of yall there.

I'm out,

Monday, January 12, 2015

Nothing To Say, Except......

Because you now I'm all about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans,
All about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans,
All about that chili, 'bout that chili 'bout that chili, no beans 
You know it's pretty clear, I ain't no world champion,
But I can cook it cook it, like I'm suppose to do.
Cause I got that mmmm, mmmm, that all the judges chase,
And all the right spices in all the right places.
Yea my momma she told me to not cook it too light,
She said judges like a little more heat to keep them up at night.
You know I won't be no half assed, mediocre chili cook,
So if that's what your into then go ahead and read the rule book.
Because you now I'm all about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans,
All about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans,
All about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans
I'm bringing chili back,
Go ahead and tell them BBQ cooks.... that.
No, I'm just playing I know you like the fat.
But I'm here to tell you every cup full of my chili is perfect from bottom to the top.

(I think that was the most stupid and waste of time thing I have ever done right there. For some reason I cannot get "All about that base" out of my head)

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I had such big plans to move forward on the little house but it just did not happen.
Rains, cold and the big case of "Not Want To" hindered every move I really wanted to make. I did try though. I went out and looked around a few times. I stood there, thought of what I wanted to do, picked up a hammer, put the hammer down and casually walked back to the camper. That's just the way it was. I can tell you though, I am motivated. Wintering in the camper is not fun, it's cold.

What we did do, is cook chili everywhere.

 We brought in the New Years in Wichita Falls with a bunch of friends and the oldest daughter Jessie (photo bombing us).
It's a hard place to cook and I think I talked about it in my last post, but you have to be somebody to walk there, well I walked with 9th place.  Not great, but at least it was a point,
We don't plan to cook there again not for any reason except that they only like one kind of chili and ours is not that kind. They want it so hot it burns a hole through your throat.
Great group of people though.

 Then we drove to Meridian down in the Hill Country and decided to stay for the two day cook off
Saturday I got 11th and we don't know what Candy did but it wasn't top 10. Sunday I got 17th and Candy got 18th. After tasting the winning chilies I knew they didn't like ours there either. They wanted it bland with no heat. I tried to make a crappy chili on Sunday, but it was too good for that place I guess.
We had a great time seeing some folks we have not seen in a long while. The band was good and the conversations were better. I would probably do this one again just to see my South Texas friends.

 Last Saturday we cooked in Plano. I don't guess they liked my chili there either. I got 11th again and Candy got 4th.
It was cold and we had to set up all the sides on our EZ Up and put the heater on high just to keep from shaking.
Nothing really exciting here and we will probably take this one off the calender for next year.

The wife looks great doesn't she? She is down 24 pounds now and still going. Way to go! 

With all this bad luck on the chili trail I had to get away from it because it will just drive you nuts trying to figure it out. I got some friends together and we went to a little cigar bar in Denton named Frogs. So, we sat out on the patio, by the fire, had a beer and toked on those big cigars like we were the Mac Daddy's.

Nothing too exciting. I am sure when it warms up a little I will be back full time on the house. The 24th we will be in College Station cooking at the Harley Davidson store off of HWY 6,. Come on out if you are down that way, because you know it's all about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans.  (LOL)

See ya,