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    Trader Joe’s Tuesdays! Carnitas Lasagna Casserole ?

    Tuesdays are becoming a favorite around here. Days when Mom gets adventurous and tries something new – from the Trader Joe’s sample section of course!

    But before we go in to a recipe, I want to tell you about life at home these days. You guys know Amelia started school already – and it’s left a somewhat quiet home. I have Sebastian with me almost all day long except for the one little nap he takes in the afternoon where I jam-pack EVERYTHING I have to get done in those 90-120 minutes. Truly, everything happens in this time. Blogging, editing, planning dinner, emailing.. I become a crazy person. It’s like I’m on crack with what I can get done in that amount of time.

    Our days look something like:

    • wake up at 7am.
    • get kids their milk and put on a show so I can..
    • get breakfast going (either waffles or cereal or eggs)
    • start coffee
    • leave by 7:30 to take Amelia to school (either Jeff or I go)
    • smoothie time around 8:30am – give some to Seb
    • get first activity out for Sebastian
    • check emails if he lets me.
    • play with Seb
    • attempt potty training
    • talk with Seb
    • clean up mess
    • lunch for Seb
    • clean up some more
    • attempt potty training
    • another bottle of milk.. nap time for Seb

    It’s different being at home with a little boy as opposed to Amelia. When she was his age, she was always trying to get my attention and wouldn’t leave me for more than 5 minutes. Seb? He can get lost in his own little wrld of playdoh and drawing for 20-30 minutes at a time. He comes up to me when things break. Today we had a little conversation that went something like:

    Momma. This broken Momma! (hands me broken truck toy)

    Oh no Seb! What happened? How did this break?

    I breaked it Momma.

    Aww Seb! Why did you break this?

    (chuckles and shrugs his shoulders) I dunno. (runs off happily to look for another toy)

    Life with a boy I tell ya. Amelia would have been crying and upset and needed to be consoled until it was fixed. Seb was off to destroy some more. Alright! Recipe time!

    The amazing Renee to the rescue once more! I bumped in to Renee again at my Trader Joe’s, she’s the one who gave us the yummy Pot Roast Shepherd’s Pie recipe – well, I saw her and thanked her for the previous recipe, then I asked her to recommend another favorite of course! So off we went around TJ’s grabbing ingredients for what was sure to be another delicious meal! I didn’t know quite what to call this. I think Renee called it either a carnitas lasagna or a carnitas casserole? Either way, it was amazing. Ohhh once again, the entire Pyrex was practically licked clean!

    Ingredients: (serves 6-8 people)

    • Traditional Carnitas (2 packets)
    • Hatch Valley Salsa (2 packets)
    • Corn and Wheat Tortillas (1 packet)
    • 1 pack sour cream
    • 1 can Trader Joe’s Organic Black Beans
    • 1 pack fancy shredded Mexican blend cheese (forgot to picture it below but remembered to add it- thank goodness!)


    Heat oven to 350. Pull out Corn and Wheat tortillas and layer them on to oven-safe dish. In a separate bowl, mix in both jars of salsa and take 2-3 heaping spoonfuls of sour cream and mix together. Drain can of beans and add to the mix as well. Place a layer of this mix over the tortillas. Shred the carnitas in a separate bowl. Layer carnitas on top then add a layer of the cheese blend. Add mixed sauce. Place layer of tortillas once more. Repeat all steps. End with cheese. Cheese everywhere. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!

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