Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!

Tortillas for Two


This is my first “empty nest” Mother’s Day – the first Mother’s Day of my life that I did not lay eyes on a single one of my kids.  You don’t have to read far into this blog, or know me very well to know that I love being a mommy…mom…mother.  I’ve loved it from the moment I looked down into the face of my firstborn son, Matthew. “You are the most beautiful baby in the world,” I breathed in amazement and delight.

And I’ve loved it through all the seasons. I hardly ever wished to go back in time or move forward to a different age. Every stage had its joy.  I don’t long for a colored macaroni necklace or a handful of roses and dandelions or a sweet crayoned Mother’s Day card on notepaper.  Been there – done that – loved it!

John and I always had a parenting style of raising our kids so they wouldn’t need us when they became adults. (Any more than we all need each other as adults.)  Our goal was to raise them to adulthood and release them to life. Today as I got phone calls, cards and e-mails from all three of my grown up kids, I feel a sense of a job well done.  They all love the Lord and have strong morals.  They are good, productive young adults. And they are my friends.

So I stand in the kitchen with my best friend, my husband.  He has suggested that I show him how to make tortillas so he can make burritos for dinner while I write this post. I start to tell him my usual measurements of flour and water and shortening. Then I stop, and laugh. I have to recalibrate my measurements. I’m still in the habit of cooking for an army of kids and friends! It’s just John and me tonight. Tortillas for two!

Tortilla Recipe

Tortillas for Two: ¼ cup shortening. ½ cup water, a little salt (about half a teaspoon) and enough flour to make a dough about the consistency of playdough.  Shape it into 4 balls.   Roll out the ball on a floured surface until it’s very thin like a pie crust. Bake each tortilla on a dry hot griddle (any hot surface –  a pancake griddle or even a big black cast iron frying pan) until it starts to puff up and bubble in places.  Then flip it and bake untill the other side begins to puff up.  Remove to a plate and do the next one. Each time you put a new tortilla on the stack, flip the stack over. This keeps them moist and pliable.

If you are still in the cooking for an army phase of motherhood you can adapt the recipe and make as big of a batch as you need. My basic recipe is 1 part shortening, 2 parts water and salt to taste, mixing in enough flour to get to the playdough stage. Make the balls about the size of golf balls and follow the baking directions above.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

9 thoughts on “Tortillas for Two

  1. I two have gone through the empty nest phase but now I am going through the not needing Nana so much phase. This phase I dislike the most as I have so cherished my grandchildren. I was a working mother so I didn’t always have time with the girls. After i retired, I had so much time to give and we made so many memories but I am off to another phase. Life is good.

  2. Mommy. I just want you to know I am trying not to cry as I read this. I feel so privileged every mothers’ day to realize that I truly have a mother more worth celebrating and honoring that any I know. You are amazing! Thank you for embracing each stage. I am loving you being a part of this one with me! 🙂

  3. Snit. Wiping a tear… Beautifully stated.

  4. Snif… giggles… I need new glasses!

  5. OMG – I had to quickly grab Juice and give him a kiss. I hate that they grow up so fast.
    I love you Mama Paladini!

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  7. I just used this to make Tortillas!

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