Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Mexican Lasagna

It was a Saturday and I was moping around the house. I had plenty to do but not in the mood to do any of it. I use to say I have never been lonely but lately I have learned what loneliness feels like. I asked myself, "Self, are you having a pity party?"

When my sister, Vivian, was alive she would tell me she only allowed herself 5 minutes of self-pity. I try to always remember her wisdom.

Then the telephone rang! It was my four year old great grandson, Chayce. He asked if he could come over to see me. His Daddy (my grandson, Ray) and his grandfather ("PowPow" my son-in-law, Herb) were at a Christian Retreat in Texas.

Needless to say I was delighted. Anyone with grandchildren, understand sperfectly. Then the conversation went sort of like this:
MeMe (That's me) – "Yes, I would love for you to come over. I have something for you." (A Lego Kit...he's into Legos these days. Anytime I am out shopping, grocery or otherwise and I see something my grandchildren might enjoy and I can afford it; like most grandmothers, I purchase it).

Chayce – "What is it?"
MeMe – "I can't tell you because it is a surprise."
Chayce – "What's a surprise?"
(How does one explain to a child what a surprise is? So of course, as any hard questions to answer from a four year old, one passes the buck.)
MeMe – "Ask your MeMaw." (my daughter, Carol). "You just com'n over, and you'll find out what the & a surprise is."

When they arrived, Carol also had a surprise for me. She brought along their leftovers from the evening before - Mexican Lasagna which she said was actually Herb's original recipe. It's a KEEPER yawl.
I enjoyed my surprise, aAnd Chayce liked his surprise too. Such an amazing afternoon that turned out to be. It is fascinating to see life through a child's eyes and share their world for a little while

Mexican Lasagna

1 (16 oz.) No-Cook Lasagna Noodles
1 cup salsa
1 cup water
1 lb. ground beef
1 (16 oz.) can Mexican Refried Beans
1 (1.5 oz.) packet Taco Seasoning
1 (8 oz.) pkg. grated Mexican cheeses

In a 13 X 9 inch greased casserole dish, place a layer of the noodles. Combine the salsa and water and spread one-third of this over the noodles.

Mix beef, beans, and Taco Seasoning packet; spread one-third over the salsa mix. Top that with the Mexican cheese.

Repeat layers two more times. (You probably will not use all the noodles).

Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Thanking God for Grandchildren!






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