Monday, April 25, 2011

The UnDomestic Goddess of War and Potatoes aren't just for funerals anymore

I was blessed to be born into a wonderful family with many of the same Easter traditions that I’m sure most of you out there share.  I recall dying eggs with my grandmother, hunting for eggs and treats on the lawn in my new pretty dress and fighting to preserve my candy stash from the grips of my parents who thought they had children just to be able to take their candy.

I was also blessed to marry into a loving and incredibly large Mexican family.  This brought on new family Easter traditions for me….. Namely Cascarones.   If you have yet to experience this little treasure… you are missing out.  My family was always very polite with our eggs so imagine my shock the first time I came over for a Rodriguez Easter and a cousin whacked me in the back of the head with a cleaned out egg shell filled with confetti.  

Traditionally you are supposed to save your egg shells and create your own.  Except every year I forget until the day before… I have the desire to do all things domestic and creative... But rarely the organization or forethought nessesary.  Thank goodness for walmart selling premade ones.  Walmart has everything.

Now..  These are a hot commodity among the kids but adults get in on the action as well.  I traded one of my eggs for allowing me to smash one and take a picture.  See Cousin Jayden below.

Here are photos of the aftermath of the massacre.  Just a reminder Mexican kids have been raised to crush eggs and beat cartoon piñatas to death…  Watch yourself accordingly.  Hubby and I went home with lots of goodies in our hair.

In deciding what dish to bring to our gathering I knew that I wanted to bring potatoes…  I can’t get enough…  Ever….     Every Mormon funeral luncheon attendee has partaken of Funeral Potatoes….   I Love Funeral Potatoes….   I go to weddings for cake and funerals for potatoes..  What can I say.. I’m a fat kid at heart.   But I say..  why wait for a funeral for deliciousness?     Below is a copy of the recipe for your dining pleasure.



  • Grease 9x13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350
  • In large bowl combine soups, sour cream, cheese, onions, and the 1/2 cup of melted butter.
  • Gently fold potatoes into mixture.
  • Pour mixture into pan.
  • Combine crushed corn flakes and the 2 Tbs. of melted butter and sprinkle on top of potato mixture.
  • Bake for 55 minutes.  Check potatoes to make sure they are cooked through.
Modified recipe from



  1. MMMMMmmmmmmmmmm!

    Potatoey goodness. . .

  2. Your doing the cascarones next Easter! Love it.

  3. who doesn't love a good casserole and a chance to beat your family : )