Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Mama’s Mexican Casserole

Mission Tortilla Triangles

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Now we know what Heaven smells like!

I posted this recipe to one of my pages, but when I had trouble finding it, I decided to put it here. Next time I want it, I can just click on the recipes tab at the top of the page and find it. (I hope.)

BTW: My sister, Lisa, commented on the page entry and said when she gets too homesick for Mama, she makes this for dinner. 

I’m posting this for Marley Hamberg, one of those people who always makes me laugh, which makes her a favorite of mine. Her mama and my mama were good friends. They shared many a pot of coffee and prayer request with each other.

Marley asked for the recipe, so I thought I’d share it with all y’all.

Everyone in C-Town thinks of this as just Mexican Casserole, but Mama got the recipe from her sister, Aunt Carol, who lives in the small town in Baja, Oklahoma where Mama graduated from high school. 

We went down to visit her and her family one summer, and Aunt C fixed this for us to eat. We made it disappear without anyone having to say one-two-three go! Six kids in a family tend to do that. 😉

Anyway, we liked it so much Mama got the recipe, then shared it with anyone who asked. It got where several people took it to every church pot luck. One of my brother’s friends even thought HIS mother gave it to our mom rather than the other way around.

I always call it Mary Sue’s Mexican Casserole so there’s no question.

Brown a pound-and-a-half or two of hamburger meat and drain off the fat. While still in the skillet add:

1 can mild enchilada sauce
1 small can chopped green chilis (not jalapenos)
2 small cans taco sauce (I can’t find it in cans anymore, so I buy a bottle and pour in about 1/2 cup.)
2 cans Golden Mushroom Soup
Mix well and pour into a casserole dish with crushed plain tortilla chips in the bottom and whole ones around the side.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Top with shredded cheese and bake another five minutes or until melted.

Serve with more tortilla chips on the side and a little salsa. 

If you want a really good, hearty dip, heat the ingredients in the pan, don’t add chips or put in the oven, and serve with tortilla chips on the side for dipping.  

Either way . . . enjoy!


Trackin’ Jesus

Back when I read mostly Louis L’amour, I learned all about tracking from him. He talked about how every creature has a track or footprint that’s as individual as a fingerprint or snowflake.

I studied a few tracks and got where I could identify my dad’s, G-Man’s and #2 son’s footprints very easily.

I don’t know if everyone understands it or not, but in Okie-World, all cousins (2nd, 3rd, 4th, once or twice removed) are referred to as simply cousins.

One of my favorite cousins, Sharon, got this in an email today and shared it on Facebook. I enjoyed it so much when I read it, I told her I was going to rip it off to share here. She was happy for me to.

I don’t know if you remember the old story about footprints in the sand, but I always thought of that as “Trackin’ Jesus”–following His footsteps. (And that’s where I got the name for this blog.)

This is almost just as Sharon posted it–  

GOD IS GOOD! This new version of the “footprints” story really caught me off guard at the end… What a blessing & I wanted to share with you.
Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord’s footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns. For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord’s, soon paralleling, His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends!

This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus’ are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one.This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice another change The footprints inside the large footprints seem to grow larger.Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one. This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints.You are amazed and shocked.

Your dream ends. Now you pray:”Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You.””That is correct.”. “And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very closely.”. “Very good. You have understood everything so far. “When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way.”. “Precisely.”. “So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than at first.

“There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice.”You didn’t know? It was then that we danced! (Don’t you love that?)

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4.

Spread the Word and give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

It’s not WHAT you have in your life, but Who you have in your life that counts…. Think about that.

I asked for a flower, He gave me a garden. I asked for a tree, He gave me a forest. I asked for a river, He gave me an ocean. I asked for a friend, He gave me “YOU.”

And keep on trackin’ Jesus.