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Halloween, Smoked Gouda and Mushroom Quesadillas & Roasted Pepper and Chicken Quesadillas

There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: 

religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.

Linus from "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” 

Halloween lasts for sooooo long now a days!

This is coming from the lady that whines that a month of Christmas music just isn't long enough! LOL

I have ALWAYS loved the anticipation of a holiday. As a kid, I started drawing, planning, and taking out books at LEAST a month or 2 before the actual holiday. At Halloween, I remember hiding in the library looking through stacks of books of costumes. Most of the books were historical dresses from French or English Court ;)

Now, no matter how prepared I am... Halloween smacks me right on my ass!

There are parties all week long!

Brownie Parties in Summerland 30 minutes after Acro Jazz. It is a good thing I have a minivan and 3 booster seats!

Craft day at school,

Halloween Music Class,

And of course a classroom treat for all!

Then there was getting ready for the school Party,

And getting ready at Grandma and Grandpa’s (while Mommy did Hot Lunch) for the school family parade,

Hello McFly!
And pumpkin carving,

 and THEN... Actual Halloween!!!

It is just so... MUCH. I mean, there was still a DPAC meeting, a BC Winter Games meeting, house chores, swimming lessons, dance class, Broadway, Gifted and the beginning of prep work for the girl’s upcoming birthdays!!!

I hate to admit it but I have come to a conclusion,

Holidays and Me… we kinda have a Love/Hate relationship.

And... Who picks the time change date? I have a beef with him LOL and I say him because no way would a woman make the time change on Halloween at midnight! Lol

When I heard the girls this morning "playing" in their bedroom I looked at the clock and saw 5:03 AM!!

So it was really 4:03 AM.

Wtf? They got home at 8:30 PM and didn't go to bed till almost 9:30 PM!!!!

I went in there like the Bride of Frankenstein LOL "Go back to bed! It is still the middle of the night!"

They read quietly until about 6:20 AM. 

The scariest part of Halloween this year was definitely the behavior of my 2 waaaaay overtired children today! LOL

For Halloween dinner I have always loved Caesar Bread and French Onion Soup! 

But I seem to be the only 1 L

So, this year I decided to something a bit lighter and easier. Everyone is so excited that nobody ever wants to eat anyways LOL So I settled on Quesadillas! 3 different kinds and I have to say… YUM! We may have a new tradition!

Smoked Gouda and Mushroom Quesadillas
Adapted from Pinch of Yum

1 onion
1 bell pepper
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons margarine
2 cups mushrooms
1¼ cup Smoked Gouda, shredded
10 flour tortillas

Slice the onion and pepper into thin strips. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat; add the onions and saute for 3-5 minutes or until soft. Add the peppers and saute for 5 minutes until soft. Transfer to a bowl.

Wipe the skillet with a paper towel and return to the stove. Add 1 tablespoon margarine and melt over medium low heat. Add the mushrooms and saute for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown. Toss in the bowl with the peppers and onions.

For each quesadilla, layer these ingredients: 1 tortilla, 2 tablespoons cheese, cup pepper mushroom mixture, 2 tablespoons cheese, 1 tortilla.

Wipe the skillet with a paper towel (again) and return to the stove.

Melt ½ tablespoon butter in the skillet and carefully place quesadilla in hot pan.

When nicely browned, press the quesadilla together with the back of a spatula to help it stick and carefully flip it over in the skillet. I usually hold my hand on the top tortilla as I flip it to keep the filling from falling out. Let the quesadilla brown for another 2-3 minutes on the other side, just enough to turn golden brown and melt the cheese. Remove and cut into wedges (and repeat for the other quesadillas).

Roasted Pepper and Chicken Quesadillas
Adapted from, Yummy Addiction

2 roasted red peppers, seeded and sliced
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ tablespoon honey
2 red onions, cut into strips
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1½ cups chicken, cooked and shredded
cup BBQ sauce
6 small flour tortillas
1½ teaspoons margarine, divided
1½ cups marble cheese, shredded
1 cup fresh spinach

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey and 2 tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper.

In a small pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat and add the garlic and red onion. Cook until tender and slightly translucent.

Add the sauce to the onions, mix well and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, combine the caramelized onions, shredded chicken and BBQ sauce.

Heat ½ teaspoon of the margarine in a large pan over medium heat.

Layer,  tortilla and sprinkle with ¼ cup of cheese.

Then layer with ½ cup of chicken mixture,

sprinkle with one-third of bell pepper,

cup of spinach, 

¼ cup of cheese and top with 2nd tortilla.

Place the layered tortillas in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes a side, or until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and ingredients.

Cut quesadilla into wedges.

I also made the girl's ham and cheese Halloween quesadillas.

These were all so good, I didn’t have a chance to get a picture before they were scarfed down!

There were leftover ingredients, so today we had scrambled eggs and tossed in the leftover mushrooms, peppers and onions. The vinegar sautéed onions/chicken mixture we threw in with some potatoes for delicious sautéed pan fries.


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