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Have you ever said, “I feel like I am messing up my kids?”

Me, too.

I tell you a little secret I learned while struggling to make a casserole with a messy house, crazy hungry kids and only a few ingredients. It will definitely change the way you view motherhood.

Motherhood can be messy, but if you make sure you add some KEY ingredients you will come out with a delicious kid. (Okay, don’t really eat your kids).

They are hungry…again. With six mouths to feed, nourishing my children can feel like a never-ending task.

I raided the fridge to figure out what I could shovel in their mouths for the umpteenth time that week. I had no dinner plans, but I did have cheese, corn tortillas, ground meat and some leftover beans. Victory! Or at least I hoped.

Depending on the day, my children may or may not decide to “like” one of those ingredients.

With that in mind, I opted against adding a can of salsa for fear that the meal would be shunned because of the tiny slivers of “yucky” vegetables.

Without a recipe, I layered the corn tortillas with the bean/meat/cheese mixture. It was when I was adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that that I realized that motherhood is a lot like my makeshift casserole.

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Most of us know the basic ingredients to making a casserole. (If you don’t, never fear! There is an easy recipe at the bottom of this post!) We know that what goes in this time might not be exactly what we do next time, but as long as we have most of the right stuff the end result will be tasty.

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In the same regard, we’ve all read books and blogs telling us how to be the “perfect” mom. We spend a majority of our time during many gatherings confessing our motherhood mishaps and receiving well-meaning advice for overcoming our parental obstacles.

When we return to the kitchen of our children’s hearts, we are equipped with the recipe for becoming a good mother. But like all the mothers before us, we remember some of the ingredients while accidentally forgetting others.

In essence, when we are in the middle of this mommy thing, we wing it — just like I did with my casserole.
Being a good mom is exactly like making a good (recipe-less) casserole.

As long as we mostly understand how to raise kids, our children will be successful humans — each slightly different than the next but wonderful nonetheless.

It’s when we leave out key ingredients like love and respect that our children will be seasoned with bitterness and hatred.

So today, don’t worry if you haven’t added all the right ingredients to being “the perfect mom.” You’re not required to follow an exact recipe, you just have to get it mostly right! Just remember that love is like butter…and you can never add too much butter!


  • 2 Cans Beans (do not drain)
  • 1 Lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1 Tablespoon Season All
  • 18 Corn Tortillas
  • 2 Cups Grated Cheese
    1. Brown meat and season with spices
    2. Mix in beans anad heat
    3. Layer casserole dish with corn tortillas alternating meat/bean mixture with layers of tortillas
    4. Top with cheese

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