Chicken, Caramelized Onion and Mango Quesadillas

Yesterday, for me, was one of those “and this too shall pass” kind of days. You know the ones where every last thing seems to go wrong – spills, leaks, costly repairs, overcharges, email snafus, you name it.

I’m turning the page on yesterday – today is a new day and we’re going to start fresh. To send some positivity out into the universe, I want to share a little anecdote from my high school days. It has absolutely nothing to do with these Chicken, Caramelized Onion and Mango Quesadillas that we had for dinner over the weekend…except to say that, like this story, the bright colors and flavors in these fantastic quesadillas remind me that there are lots of little “good things” we encounter every day. We just have to open our eyes to notice them.

When I was in high school I worked at a Hallmark store on Main Street in Westport, Connecticut. A very elderly woman from an apartment above the store would come in regularly, wearing chalky bright pink lipstick. She would buy a Charleston Chew at the candy counter, where I was usually stationed (I enjoyed this after school job). Her selection always baffled me as she was a denture wearer (those things never stayed in place). One day I arrived at the store and one of my co-workers alerted me to an envelope waiting for me up at the register. I found the envelope, with a check for $25 made out (in very shaky handwriting) in my name. I don’t remember exactly what the attached note said but it was essentially a thank-you note, for always being nice to her. I was just a 16-year old girl working behind the candy counter and chatting with the customers, but for her our interactions were a meaningful part of her day. She never came around again so I could thank her – I assume she left the check as a parting gift as she moved away.

It made me smile to remember this episode yesterday, and helped me to put my bad day in some perspective. I’ll make the repairs and clear up the email issues – they’re just roadblocks. Whether or not I always notice it, there’s plenty of good stuff happening every day too.┬áToday will be better – I’ve decided it!

Chicken, Caramelized Onion and Mango Quesadillas

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  1. There’s nothing better than a packed quesadilla… Looks great. Now I just need a margarita!

    Posted 5.3.12 Reply
  2. Jeanette wrote:

    It is the little things that make me smile – like these bright quesadillas!

    Posted 5.4.12 Reply
    • Linda wrote:

      I hear more and more women tell me that their significant other is doing yoga and/or palties with them. I have yet to get Nick on that boat .first I think I need to start doing more myself!The quesadillas looks very tasty. I do the same types of food for Nick; nachos, tacos, quesadillas. It’s a great way to load him up on healthy beans and some calcium/dairy!

      Posted 10.13.12 Reply
  3. Ah, the lessons learned in childhood! Those little moments of kindness truly are enough to get us through the most frustrating days, to add some balance and proportion to life. Quesadillas aren’t a bad way to restore equilibrium, either!

    Posted 5.4.12 Reply
  4. Emily wrote:

    This looks INCREDIBLE. I love this combination! I can’t wait to try it. Lovely photos, as always!

    Posted 5.7.12 Reply
  5. This looks delicious! What a perfect summer lunch, dipped in some mango salsa? Perfection!

    Posted 5.8.12 Reply
  6. Mary Ann Harvey wrote:

    Made this for dinner tonight. Luckily it was just for 2 people, one being a teenage boy, otherwise it would to have not been enough. I had one and he had the rest. Another delicious recipe to save!

    Posted 1.17.13 Reply