Good Morning Halloween! Sunrise this am: a Pumpkin Moon and Skellington Sun meet in the sky in a perfectly spirited seasonal salutation.
Up at dawn, get the kids going – who has time to celebrate? We all do! Here are easy peasy ways to spookify your world~
1. But first, coffee!
Please see our his and hers mugs - I love shopping around for my team at the office, or home, parents with mugs… we all gotta stay hydrated (read: caffeinated)! Home Goods mugs are some of my faves - these were gifted to me by a family friend. I use them every Halloween and they delight me every time!!!!
2. Welcome Mats!
I got this adorable doormat off Target. It's very inexpensive for Halloween happiness for everyone that shows up – including trick or treaters!
Ok, it's not five minutes but I kind of love getting seasonal mani/pedi’s. Here are Rocket's toes and my hands… yup! Those are tiny pumpkins there.. by the way, that’s quality mother and son time too!
4. Pumpkin + Space = Spirit!
Pick up a few pumpkins and use as a simple centerpiece – we use both ceramics, on a stick (from Trader Joe's) and grocery store pumpkins of all sizes. All stores have a couple HUGE trophy pumpkins for their display… I usually ask if I can buy them a week before Halloween… just missed them this year so maybe best to ask about it ten days before? I love putting those giants out in the front of my house – they keep through thanksgiving. Love!
5. Quick and Easy Recipes:
Jack O' Lantern Quesadillas: I whipped these up in a few minutes. I stacked about 4 tortillas and cut out all four faces at once! (When the parents, in laws, and neighbor kids all come over all at once, you start getting super efficient.) Gluten free, vegetarian... I made ham and cheese for the kids, added cilantro, avocado, and grilled chicken for the adults… included salsa, sour crème as garnish..
to stovetop over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in the chili powder. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes, 1/2 cup chicken stock, cooked rice and 3/4 cup of cheese. Stir until the mixture is evenly combined.
Divide rice and beef mixture between the hollowed out peppers. Top with cheese.
Pour remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock into pan. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the peppers are tender and the cheese is melted.
Jack 'O Lantern Quesadillas
Cooking spray, for pan
2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 medium flour tortillas
3/4 c. shredded Cheddar
3/4 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Hot sauce, for serving
Preheat oven to 425° and grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, add chicken and toss with lime juice, chili powder, and garlic powder.
Assemble quesadillas: Using a paring knife, cut a Jack-o-Lantern pattern into 4 flour tortillas.
Sprinkle chicken and cheese onto remaining 4 tortillas, and top with Jack-o-Lanterns. Place quesadillas onto baking sheet, brush with oil, and bake until cheese is melty and tortillas are golden, 15 minutes.
Serve with hot sauce.