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Pizza Quesadillas – AKA Pizzadillas

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Pizza Quesadillas – AKA Pizzadillas

Happy Sunday!! We are having a lazy day here, or trying to at least.  The last week has been insanely busy and Buddy and I needed a day to just veg out.   Sadly, Hubby and Sissy couldn’t join us today.  Sissy is away visiting her far-away family for the summer and Hubby is stuck at work.  Bummer 😦

Funny enough, being lazy is actually hard work.  I keep wanting to go clean something or at least pretend to be productive.  Relaxing is not my strong-suit.  I get bored and anxious.  Buddy, on the other hand,  has been perfectly happy just hanging out this morning and rediscovering some forgotten toys since he hasn’t had a lot of independent play time recently.  I think independent play is so important for children to have.  It boosts their creativity and imagination, helps develop  problem solving skills, inspires confidence, and gives both of you a break from each other.   Some of my most treasured moments with my children have come from independent play.  How can you not smile when you peek in on your 3-year-old and see him dressed up as a cat-superhero-rockstar, talking on a spatula telephone, while baking imaginary eggs for his family of stuffed animals or using the bottom of a drum as an astronaut helmet?

Independent play isn’t something that comes easily to some parents and children, so start slow if you need to.  Set aside 15 minutes dedicated to independent playtime.  Start off by setting them up with a favorite toy, some dress-up items, crayons and paper, blocks, and/or interesting, safe things like kitchen utensils (whisks, spatulas, plastic bowls,etc).   Go through the items with your child and see what sparks their interest.  Let them lead the way.  When they start to engage with a particular item, let them know you’ll be right back and walk away for a few minutes.  If they instantly come running after you, that’s ok.   Just lead them to their play area and remind them you need a few minutes to use the bathroom (start dinner, put a load of laundry in) then you’ll be right back.  Gradually increase the amount of playtime as your kiddo gets comfortable.

While they are learning how to play independently you can whip up this fast and tasty lunch.  The pizzadilla is also perfect for hot summer days where you don’t want to heat up your kitchen and lazy afternoons.  Use your favorite pizza toppings and customize it anyway you want it!  Serve with fresh fruit, cut veggies, or a salad and you have a complete, light meal.
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Pizza quesadillas – AKA Pizzadillas
Makes 1 pizzadilla. Double/triple/quad recipe for however many people you are serving.

  • 2 white corn tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon pizza sauce (plus extra for dipping, if desired)
  • 1/8 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (use up to 1/4 cup if you like it extra cheesy)
  • 2 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
  • pinch of italian seasoning
  • 4-5 pepperoni slices – or topping of your choice (diced green pepper, onion, mushrooms, crumbled cooked sausage)

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Preheat skillet to medium-high heat.  Put 1 of the tortillas in the pan.  Top with pizza sauce and spread to the edges.  Sprinkle half the cheese onto the tortilla.  Add toppings.  Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and seasonings then top with second tortilla.  When bottom tortilla is lightly browned, flip carefully.  The Pizzadilla is done when both sides are browned and toasty. Cut into quarters and serve with extra pizza sauce for dipping.
*Note: Corn tortillas shrink slightly when cooked. The bottom tortilla will be smaller before you flip. Once both sides are cooked, the size will even out
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The Parent of the Year award goes to….

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The Parent of the Year award goes to….

Pssst. You.

Hey you.  Parent over there.  Just a little reminder.  You’re only human.  You will have days like both of these mentioned.  Most days will fall somewhere in the middle. You are rad.  Your kids think you’re pretty OK too, most of the time- until you start doing the wobble in the middle of their school dance.  It could go either way at that point. 

Some days you’ll have 3 full, healthy home cooked meals on the table.  Nothing will be prepackaged.  The laundry will be washed, dried, folded, AND put away.  There won’t be spots on your windows or fingerprints on the walls.  The beds will be made, there won’t be dried up toothpaste in the bottom of the sink.  Crumbs won’t stick to your feet as you walk across your floor and that sticky spot that’s been there for a week will finally be wiped up. The sink is empty, counters are cleaned, and the stack of random mail and papers that lives on the table is sorted and put away.  You AND the kids will be showered and dressed.  They will play together quietly, cleaning up after themselves as they go.  And you?  You haven’t had to raise your voice all day. Your energy tank is full and your mood meter is set to Mary Poppins. You.have.arrived.   It’s the day you’ve always imagined, dreamed of, wished for.  It’s the day you’ll compare all other days to and desperately try and recreate.  It doesn’t get better than this.  You’ll feel like a super parent.  You surely deserve a reward.  A trophy.  A feature in the news.  Maybe even a book deal or  TV show.  Don’t forget to take notes! You’ve figured out the equation, now all days will be exactly as this one was. Right?

WRONG.

Then there are the other days….

You are beyond exhausted, frustrated, and overwhelmed and the quiet children from days past have sensed your weakness.  They have taken over,  becoming mini terrorists trying to destroy everything in their paths, including themselves.  That sticky spot is back and you still don’t know what caused it.  The freshly cleaned windows have face and fingerprints on them, and you’re hoping the brown smear on the wall is chocolate and not poop.  There’s a smell coming from your children’s room that suggests something crawled up and died under their bed and the closest thing you’ve come to a shower is walking into the bathroom that has the removable shower head 30 seconds after you realize what your kids meant by “playing car wash”.  Your son insists on being naked and streaking down the street any chance he gets.  Your daughter makes up games where the main objective  is simply to either get someone else in trouble or beat them up.  The only fruit or vegetable your children have seen is a grape they picked up off the floor from snack time yesterday and a smear of jelly from the sandwich they made themselves at lunch.  There are shrill screams, yells, and someone is always crying.  There’s a good chance it may even be you.  You are on empty and your patience flew out the window.  You’re done, you give up.  You’ve failed as a parent and your children obviously hate you otherwise they wouldn’t act as they do.  CPS is going to be knocking at your door any minute because of the dishes left in the sink.  When you see comments on Facebook about bad parenting they are obviously being passive aggressive and talking about you.   Right?

WRONG.

Guess what?  We ALL have those “other” days.  Every one of us.  If someone says they don’t, they are lying.  Liars suck, and you have my permission to punch them in the face. (Disclaimer: Don’t actually punch anyone in the face. Violence is wrong and I’m not OK with it. Mmmmk?).

So on the chance that you’re having a day more like the latter, as I am today, I want you to do something with me.  Declare this day crazy train day and let it go. Don’t try and strong arm it into being something it’s not. It’s a craptastic day, and that’s OK!  You’re allowed to have those!!  Try as you might, you are not June Cleaver and life does not come with a complimentary pearl necklace.  Leave the dishes in the sink, let the kids jump on the bed for 10 minutes.  For one day only, inside voices are optional and no, you don’t have to eat your broccoli.  Go ahead, take a shower yourself and let the littles watch some extra TV.  Babystep your way through the day.  Have a glass of wine, no one is judging you.  Now go polish this turd of a day,  give yourself yet another reason to be declared Parent-Of-The-Year and have ice cream for dinner.  When the kids are grown, I’m 99% sure they will remember the one time you let them have ice cream for dinner more than every day your windows had a streak-free shine.

Ice cream for dinner :)

Ice cream for dinner 🙂

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