Friday, January 29, 2016


A family is built and nurtured not just by blood (it isn't always about blood) but by moments in time, by celebrations, births, marriages, successes and all the moments in between,including death, and by the way we endure it all together. It endures by the way we learn to accept, forgive. and love.
God has blessed my wife and I in ways we could never have imagined when we were young. In spite of all our mistakes, faults and imperfections he blessed us with five children, each incredible in their own way, each with their own gifts and strengths, and eight amazing grandchildren, one of them an angel in heaven. I;m grateful too for my son-in-laws that have become a part of our lives.
It has not been perfect, in fact, it has been a bumpy and some times difficult journey but at the end of the day we have each others back. It's like we used to say back in the day, "If you mess with one bean, you mess with the whole burrito".
The family continues to grow and we will, more than likely, make many more mistakes but we will endure it all together.

Happy Birthday to our Grandson Nathan Joseph Guardian.....

Nay Nay

Today is our grandson's - Nathan Joseph Guardian – birthday. He would have been fifteen years old. He is the son of my daughter Meranda, younger brother to Mariah and older brother to Maddie. We all called him “Nay Nay”.
This morning my wife and I held each other and we remembered him. That wonderful beautiful little boy. I'm not ashamed to tell you we cried. He was just shy of four months when he passed from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). His time with us was short but we were blessed to be his family. We will love him and miss him for the rest of our lives. He is our family angel.
My prayers and thoughts today and every day are for my daughter and granddaughters.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sisterly Love!

Meranda and Jack 

 Kudos too to our daughter Meranda De La O who spent the entire day and night assisting and supporting her sister Savannah and Josh during childbirth.Good job Coach!!

Our New Grandson: Jack David Guerrero

Jack David Guerrero

Jeri and I are happy to announce the birth of our grandson Jack David Guerrero - the son of my daughter and son-in-law; Savannah and Josh Guerrero. This is their first child. Jack David made his debut yesterday morning at 8:27 and weighed in at 7.5 pounds and is 19.5 inches. He is a handsome rascal!! Words cannot describe our happiness! Thank you God!

JackDavid Guerrero

Congratulations to our daughter Savannah and son-in-law Josh! What an amazing and wonderful little boy. We are overjoyed beyond belief. This little boy is a true gift from God and a blessing to our family.

The Guerreros

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Happy Birthday to our Granddaughter Sidney


Happy Birthday to our granddaughter Sidney, who turns 16 today. She is  blessing to all of us! Enjoy your day with your friends today!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Simple Beef Stew

Beef Stew
Simmering on the Back Burner

Beef Stew
The Finished Product

With the cool and wet weather and all, Jeri and I were craving something warm and rib sticking. What could be better than a simple beef stew. It warms the inside. Nothing could be easier to make. It's a classic "one pot dish". 

We prefer to make a medium dark roux rather than a slurry. I think it adds a better taste and gives the dish character. We browned the meat - in this case I actually used both beef and pork -added onion and garlic, seasoned with salt and pepper, Thyme and Rosemary, added some tomato paste and beef broth to cover the meat, simmered it for two hours, added potatoes, carrots, parsnips and more onion. Let it simmer until the vegetables are all done. We added about a cup a frozen peas and let that cook for five minutes.  It was delicious!

Friday, January 08, 2016

Tacos and Beer

Tacos and Beer

Tacos and beer for lunch today. My wife Jeri was getting in touch with her San Antonio Tex-Mex roots today. Five is my limit. I can't eat six anymore and I won't eat four. They were absolutely delicious! (So was the beer! I think Pacifico has become my favorite beer!)

Regarding the ongoing debate on Hard Shell tacos vs Soft Shell: I could care less! each hs a time and place. It's okay to like both. At home hard shell is my preference. This is what I have eaten my entire life. 

Sunday, January 03, 2016

New Mexico Posole Verde

Posole Verde

Sometimes my wife and I just eat dinner, other times, like tonight, we dine. We made Posole Verde tonight. If you don't know what Posole is (also spelled Pozole), it is a pork and hominy soup. It is more commonly made with red chile but I think I prefer the green. We used New Mexico green Chile. This is perfect winter food.

In New Mexico, and in much of the American Southwest it is spelled Posole with an "S". The Mexican version, is spelled Pozole with a "Z'. It is essentially the same soup but New Mexicans are adamant about using New Mexico chile, red or green, and the Mexican version of Pozole may have Tomatillos in it. Still, it is the same soup.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Chuletas en Chile Colorado (Pork Chops en Red Chile)

Chuletas en Chile Colorado (Pork Chops in Red Chile)

Today's lunch/ early dinner at Casa De La O: Pork Chops with Red Chile, Steamed white rice and grilled peppers. We used medium hot New Mexico red chile with a light roux to give it a gravy like consistency. It was delicious!