A recipe from my mom’s kitchen!

When I was growing up it was my mom that did the majority of the cooking. We didn’t have much money but I never would have known by the meals she could whip up. It’s one of my favorite memories from my “childhood.” Once I got old enough to help out I started learning all of her secrets in the kitchen and to this day she is the first person I call when I need help in the kitchen.

One of my favorite recipes from my childhood is what she lovingly named “6-shot-pie.” This beautiful dish is actually NOT a pie per say but rather a casserole in a Cast Iron Skillet! It was given that name because once you add in the eggs, it looks like a revolver. 

So without further ado, I will share the recipe. I recently e-mailed her asking for this recipe so I could attempt to cook it myself. These are her words (not mine!) below. 


Six shot pie… do you have a Cast Iron Skillet?

Dice Potatoes and onions (if you plan on using onions)

Dice Spam and brown it a little BEFORE you add potatoes

Add potatoes to skillet and cook until they are crispy yummy on the outside. 

You’ll need to turn them but not too often or they will just get mushy (Yucky)

When they are almost done to your liking, make 6 or seven “wells” in the potatoes 

drop eggs into the wells and cover the pan.

Lower the heat to allow for the eggs to cook to your preference without burning the potatoes.

VOILA! Six shot pie…

Heart attack in a skillet.”

If you make this and try it I’d love to see pictures!!! Please tweet them to me at @Thehappygidget on Twitter!!! 




15 things to be happy about RIGHT now!

Lets face it, life can really suck sometimes right? Well what if I told you that it doesn’t HAVE to suck? Lucky for you, I have brainstormed 15 things to be happy about when you are having “one of those days.”

  1. The sun is {most likely} shining!
  2. A Favorite pair of sweatpants
  3. Trying a new recipe
  4. Watching a new movie
  5. Music!
  6. Hanging out with your friends
  7. Visiting with Family
  8. Taking new pictures
  9. Your kids witty comebacks
  10. The smell of fresh coffee
  11. Halloween {holiday} decorations
  12. Freshly washed sheets
  13. Taking a long, overdue nap
  14. reading your favorite bloggers, new post { you know that’s me 😉 }
  15. Knowing you have a purpose on this planet!

This is just a SMALL list of things that make me happy when I’m having a rough day. What kind of things keep you happy when you’re feeling down? Leave them in the comments!



If I could talk to you again…

It’s been 11 years since my Papa (grandpa) left this side of the Earth and 4 years since my Gran (Grandma) left. There are often times that I find my mind wandering to them. If there is one thing I’ve learned in this life it is that life is too short. There are moments when I wish I had hung out with my Gran more, there are times when I think if only I had answered her phone calls more or I should have sent her more pictures or just surprised her more often.

If I could talk to them again these are the things I’d tell them in no particular order.

1.) I love you! I’ve always looked up to you and you taught me more about God, family and love than I can even explain. You were one of the first people who taught me that family is more important than anything else in this world,  because in the end it is family that will be there for you!

2) I hope I’m making you proud. There have been a lot of bumps in the road and a lot of decisions that I’ve made to better myself and the life of my son. I know that through all of the things that I’ve gone through you were looking down and by my side at all times. I just hope that through all of the things that I’ve gone through or will go through that I will continue to make you guys proud.

3) You are missed more than you know! Your laughter and your hugs used to make every family get together that much more fun! Since you have left the family get together’s are less frequent and they’re just not the same. You had a way of bringing our family together. I miss you so much!

4)Thank you! Thank you for taking the time to tell me when my clothes were too short or my words too harsh. You helped me to become the woman I am today. Your gentle reminders were exactly what I needed to hear. It helped me learn that when I’m talking to others to be gentle because you never know what that person is going through. Thank you for teaching me how to stand up for what I believe in and how to love all beings!

There is so much more that I could write because it seems that is pretty frequently that I find myself wanting to talk to them again but those are the top 4 things I would tell them if I could talk to them again.

If you could talk to any one person again, who would it be? What would you tell them? Feel free to leave that in the comments!




Madyn ends up in the hospital and we learned a valuable lesson in patience.

It is officially October! That means the holidays are upon us once again, officially. First Halloween, then Thanksgiving & Christmas ending with the celebration of another new year! Oh how fun these things are! Seeing my loved ones happy faces as each holiday is celebrated has got to be my most favorite part of the last quarter of the year.

When I became a mom I had no idea just how exciting holidays were going to become. Of course before I came a mom I enjoyed the holidays too,  but on a whole other level. When you’re witnessing your own little person knock on doors and receive candy for the first time it’s almost as if you’re reliving your own childhood but being able to witness it from another perspective!

I remember the first year my little guy was old enough to go trick or treating. I was so excited! We went and picked out the perfect costume, planned the whole evening out and then the night of he got sick. It was horrible! He couldn’t even keep down water. As a young mom it scared me so off to the ER we went!


By the time we got there, he still wasn’t feeling any better so they did their typical exam and with it being Halloween they were pretty hasty in all of their efforts to make sure that my little man got to enjoy his first real Halloween! In no time at all (seemingly) we were out knocking on doors and bringing smiles to others faces with his little ninja costume.

We’ve been Trick or treating now for 11 years and this year we’re planning on doing a family costume with all of us this year! It will be the first time we’ve gone with a family theme so it should be a blast! What costumes are you and your loved ones wearing this year? Feel free to share it in the comments section!







Be careful (little mouth) what you say…

The other night as we were getting our 5 year old ready for bed and I was switching the laundry, I overheard her sweet little mouth utter a word that breeds so much negativity. She stated she “hated” the mickey towel that we had hanging in the bathroom and that she “hates” Mickey Mouse. I was shocked to hear her say that because she is the sweetest little one I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and I didn’t realize she had picked up that word yet. I was quick to correct her from the hallway but it literally made me stop in my tracks. My 5 year old knows the word hate.

If my 5 year old knows the word hate, what am I teaching her? Am I teaching her that it’s okay to “hate” things? Am I teaching her the right ways to handle that feeling? Does she hear me say things that indicate that feeling? These are the questions that came to my mind that night. Once I started pondering those questions, I thought about it on a bigger scale. Everything has a beginning and even this word is a beginning of something. I could simply have chosen to ignore her comment, but for not only her sake but the rest of the world’s sake I corrected her.

I can’t help but think of all the lives that have been lost in the world in the past couple of years. Hate has bred hate and thousands of lives have been lost because of that nasty little word. What good is it doing? What can any human being possibly gain from killing? Especially if they’re going to simply commit suicide at the end of their tragedy? Our children are growing up in this environment and they’re learning from everything that is around them. Many children don’t learn the effect of their feelings until something ‘bad’ happens. Why don’t we as parents correct this behavior at the beginning? Why wait until something bad happens to correct that?

In my opinion, if more people started correcting their little ones when they simply say “I hate this” or “I hate that” maybe we could start moving this world in the ‘right’ direction instead of moving backwards. I’m not saying that only correcting this word alone will be the magic trick, but maybe if we start with this action we can tackle other things more easily than we were previously.

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This situation also made me reflect back on my own childhood. I can remember days and moments when my own dad would make racist jokes, or talk negatively about other people. It was as if he thought it was totally okay to be that way.  I look back and think, what could have happened if I didn’t have my mom who was always reminding us to be kind and to use kind words.

When I asked my mom for input regarding this topic she stated “Intolerance of individuality and differences is what creates hate. We refuse to understand something that we can’t relate to OURSELVES and our paradigms. It really does eat away at the fabric of society, and that is the basis of hate. I distinctly remember teaching you guys to say “I dislike” or “I don’t agree with” rather than saying “hate”. One could even say “I can’t relate to…” rather than saying “I hate that”… It is a word that is thrown around way too easily, I always say, I hate rainy days or I hate the red queen… It’s a strong and divisive word.” I can’t agree with her more! There are so many other phrases that could easily be used instead of using “I hate…” Yet I’m guilty of using that nasty little word too! It’s something that has been around for far too long if you ask me.

In conclusion, I ask you, Where did we as humans even get that it’s okay to use that word so frequently? What can we do as individuals that will help make this world a better place so that when our kids or grandkids are raising their kids they don’t have the worries that we face today?




25 Tidbits

Learn all about me in today’s post!

The face behind the words

Welcome back to my blog! Today I will be sharing 20 facts about myself that I hope you will find interesting!

  1. I was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! I moved to Arizona with my family when I was two. So while Arizona is where I’ve grown up, I still consider Oklahoma my “home.”
  2. I am the oldest of 3 children born to my parents!
  3. I do have two older half brothers that I have never met a day in my life! They are both my dads sons.
  4. I’m only 5’2″!
  5. I wore a woman’s size shoe in the 4th grade!
  6. I once killed our pet goldfish when I went to change it’s water and accidentally filled it with the wrong temperature of water!
  7. I have never flown on an airplane and quite frankly right now I’m a-okay with never having to fly.
  8. With the above fact being said, I LOVE road trips!!
  9. My fiance and I drove to Oklahoma within 3 months of knowing each other to pack up my mom’s things and bring her and her things back to Arizona with us!
  10. My absolute favorite color is Pink!!
  11. I LOVE sleeping! Absolutely cannot get enough of it, yet I always feel like there is not enough time in the day so I don’t take naps very often!
  12. I am an aspiring freelance photographer. If I could quit today and just spend my days photographing people and things I would be one happy camper!
  13. I love cooking and could easily spend a whole day in the kitchen!
  14. I enjoy all things arts and crafts.
  15. I love candles specifically sweet smells are my favorite.
  16. I am a bargain shopper and actually prefer shopping at Goodwill and Savers most of the time to make sure my money goes as far as possible.
  17. I prefer dogs over cats but yet own two cats.
  18. We technically have 4 pets total including a fish and a snake {Ball Python!}
  19. I love all music, but gravitate to country music most of the time.
  20. I played the flute from 4th grade to sophomore year in high school.
  21. I was then in Colorguard for my Junior & Senior year of high school.
  22. I have not continued my education yet, but hope to eventually go back to school.
  23. I LOVE learning!!
  24. I love tattoos, but yet I don’t have any!
  25. I have only broken two bones in my life (knock on wood!)

Well there you have it!! Thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you’d like to continue to get to know me, make sure to follow our blog!


The First

First words. First day of school. First Date. First Job. First Roller Coaster.  Everything in life has a “first.” This is my first post and with this first post I would like to welcome you to my blog! Here is where I hope to inform you of things that happen within our family, sharing recipes, pictures and much much more!

So we’ll start off with a brief introduction, which can also be found on my “About” page! I’m a mom, a fiance, a daughter, a sister, an Aunt, a friend and an Operations Coordinator. I enjoy cooking, trying new recipes, Photography, reading and all things outdoors! Actually when you boil it down, there’s not much I don’t like! I am 100% an optimist and if you give me any negative situation I am always quick to find the positive in it 99% of the time!

As I mentioned I’m a fiance! My Fiance is definitely my everything. He’s also a son, a brother (to 6 other siblings!), a dad, uncle & Audio Visual Technician, which means he plays with wire for a living! When he’s not busy with that he enjoys all things outdoors, cars, movies, music and trying new foods!

Together we keep busy by raising our two wonderful kids. We have an 11 year old & a 5 year old! There is so much to tell about both of them, but I would be here all day if I were to tell you about them. Instead I’ll simply share a picture of them!


With that I bid you adieu until tomorrow! I look forward to sharing this journey with you and yours. Feel free to share this with your friends and family.