I made this enchilada casserole in less than 30 minutes for one of my longest and dearest friends, Elizabeth, and her family Labor Day weekend. They flew into El Paso from Phoenix to spend the weekend with us. The casserole got thumbs up from around the table, and it was a quick and yummy way to feed seven people (including picky eater Whitney.)
From my family to yours, here is our treasured enchilada casserole printable recipe:
I love how calming it is to have close friends and family around the dinner table with me. I think there’s something intimate about inviting people into your home and sitting down to dinner as one to enjoy food, stories, laughter and memories. I talk a bit about friendship in these pages and it’s important for me to mention it again.
Earlier this year I wrote about creating meaningful relationships and to “go be a sista to someone. Go over to her house unannounced to make sure she’s ok.” While my dear friend didn’t come to my house unannounced (this pregnant woman flew out of state for me… showing up unannounced would be a gamble…), she did come to my house to make sure I am ok.
And the weekend was full of meaningful moments. We spent lazy mornings around the kitchen table sipping coffee, warm afternoons having life talks as our children played, and late evenings snuggled under quilts and blankets watching rated-R movies after the kids were in bed. For years I have dreamt of this life. I got a glimpse.
I hear stories of play-dates and watching cousins grow up together, but I don’t get those experiences as a military spouse – not yet anyway. Being new to my community, I haven’t established play-dates, and all of the girls’ cousins live out of state. We simply don’t experience the warmth of family and friendship as if we lived near those who are close to us. As the girls grow, I’m becoming aware of how crucial it is to “go there – literally.” Sista-friend came to visit me. I treasured every moment.
Some of my favorite Labor Day weekend moments: