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.
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)
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