Mini Breakfast Quiche

I’m so not a morning person. In fact, if no one wakes me up, I don’t get up until 11:20am-12:00pm. Sad, I know. We all can’t be early birds. Plus I am one of those people who can not function normally without a certain amount of hours of sleep.

Don’t judge me.

I also feel like anyone who is up before 7am and able to have breakfast and make it to work on time seriously has their life together.

Man, I wish I had it together like that. I would be unstoppable!

But usually, on the weekends, I try to make breakfast other than the boring oatmeal or granola bars. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with something new and I usually like to try something different so everyone doesn’t get tired of the same thing.

And sometimes my dear hubby will step in and make something original which helps me out a lot!

So, what is this dish? I like to call them mini crustless breakfast quiche. Sidenote: Ha! I just learned what makes a quiche a quiche. Thanks, Google! Using items we already had, it added just that kick we needed to our Saturday morning!

What you will need:

  • 4-6 eggs (depending on the size of eggs)
  • 1 cup of spinach (fresh or can)
  • 1 1/2 cup of cheese (I used Mexican shredded cheese)
  • 1 cup of Leftover roasted potatoes (or French fries- frozen.)
  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup of Fresh chopped white or baby Bella mushrooms (or you can use a small can of sliced mushrooms.)
  • Optional pepper, salt for taste.

And of course, a muffin pan. Preheat oven to 350° degrees.

I would first chop the peppers and mushrooms and set to the side. If you’re using fresh spinach, chop the leaves into finely shredded slivers.20180128_120126571178484

In a medium mixing bowl, mix your eggs and minced garlic with spices. Set to side. In a frying pan or cast iron skillet, put a cap full of oil (I used peanut oil) in the pan over medium heat. Bring chopped peppers, mushrooms & spinach to pan to saute. Then remove from heat.20180128_1217281695852984

In the muffin pan, place a few potatoes or French fries in first as your”bottom” or crust. Then pour the egg filling it to the top. Next, put a spoon full of pepper/mushroom/spinach mix.

Bake for 17 minutes. Then pull out of the oven to add shredded cheese (or no if you’re lactose intolerant. *wink)

Place back in the oven for another 5 mins.

I let mine sit for about 3 mins before eating but they are ready to dive in. Though, spraying the pan with nonstick spray didn’t help from sticking. Had to get them out with a butter knife. I’ll try to figure out a better way.20180128_1300142111571515.jpg

But if you try this and know of a way, please comment!

So, there you have it! I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family and I did. Gotta love leftovers that can turn into a delicious breakfast/brunch meal.

Until next time, stay hungry!

My advice to my children



One of the many things I am proud of in my life thus far is my kids. (including my step kids and god kids). Children are amazing beings. Yes, they can be annoying and disobedient but it’s all a learning experience, right?

One thing kids have taught me is patience and how to exciting the world really is. For someone seeing it for the first time, it’s so amazing. We take those simplicities for granted.

One thing I really want to do is make the world a better place for the kids. And one thing I notice, with technology booming the way it is and is showing no sign of stopping, it’s getting a little difficult for the young generation to know how to do things the “old” way.

Let’s be honest. With all man-made things, they are destined to mess up or break or need repair one time or another, right?



Now, let’s say your dish washer clunks out. Do you know how to properly hand wash your dishes? As funny as it sounds, there are kids out there who don’t know how to do it.

Now, this is not a post about how to properly load a dishwasher or how to change a flat tire, though I have seen so many youngins (including myself) not know how to do something that could save you headache and money.

If I had to give any of my children or anyone’s kids in general advice before they step off into the real world it would be this:

Be kind to others. It’s hard enough making friends. It doesn’t get any easier once you’re an adult and have to with some of these people.sunset-hands-love-woman

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Network. Just knowing what your peers do for a living and keeping contact with them can be better than going to college itself! (Nah, you probably should still get your degree anyway since a lot of employers look for that!)pexels-photo-374592



Learn how to budget. There’s going to be a time where your parents aren’t going to always be there for you to pick up the slack. So, the adult thing to do is to stand on your own two feet. Which means, learn how to use your money accordingly. So, the whole “wants and needs” thing comes in handy. (Do you really need to go to a concert on a Tuesday night when you have a phone bill due on Friday?)

Priories! Goes hand and hand with budgeting. You’re going to find yourself hanging out with friends and thinking to yourself, “I can buy $20 worth of $4 shots because that’s a good deal” but not think about tomorrow when you need a sandwich at lunch between classes. No meal plan? Ooooh…maybe $4 shots wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Learn how to shop. Shopping isn’t just for girls! You’re going to need food and clothes and supplies. And don’t be a “brand snob”. Fruity sugar O’s is just as good as Fruit Loops and will save you a couple more cents that can go towards more food! Doesn’t sound like a lot but it adds up!pexels-photo-264636

Grow up. There’s nothing wrong with handling your own and having your own at 20. You’re legal. You can buy things and work for what you want. Why not take advantage of it? Because God forbid that if something happened to your family, who will really have your back? The world is cold and you’re only going to learn the hard way. Learn to stand on your own two feet while you don’t necessarily have to before you have no choice but to stand on your own two feet.pexels-photo-266023

Own up to your mistakes. We are human. And that means we make mistakes. A LOT of them. That doesn’t make you a bad person unless you are intentionally doing these things. If so, shame on you! So, if you make a mistake or hurt someone, just tell the truth. Be honest. Own up to it. It’s better than trying to come up with a lie that you’re going to have to remember later.woman-dropped-fail-failure

Go to college fresh! Meaning, I would cut ties with that high school boyfriend or girlfriend. As harsh as it sounds, trust me, you’ll thank me later. I learned the hard way. When you go to a new place like college for the first time, you’re in a new world full of people who have the same interest or things in common with you versus coming from high school with a lot of people who didn’t and were trying to figure out who they are themselves. You might find someone who is way more “perfect” than say current S.O.S. And long distant relationship sucks! Not saying it can’t be done. Just saying it’s very hard. Don’t do this to yourself. College is supposed to be the best years of your life. Make it count!

Take every opportunity you can and don’t let no one hold you back! (not even your parents!) I say this and I mean it. If you have an opportunity to travel the world for a year, DO IT. If you have the opportunity to meet some important people that will open doors for you, DO IT. Don’t worry about mom and dad. They will be there waiting. It’s their job to worry. And don’t let your lover hold you back either. Some of the opportunities you will get will only come once in a lifetime and not doing so because of someone else’s selfish reasons is not fair to you and just plain silly. Because to be quite honest, if the shoe was on the other foot, they will do the same and not think twice! So, do it!

Take help that is offered. People are more willing to help a struggling college student than a regular adult. Sad but true. I guess in their eyes, it’s a young adult who is trying to make their way through life and help themselves and not asking for handouts. If you’re an adult not in school, they will figure you should have already had it all figured out and you’re just being lazy. So, if you’re trying to get an intern somewhere, let it be known you’re a student and you’re trying. And work hard at what you do because someone is always watching!pexels-photo

Remember your family. Of course, no one has the perfect ideal family. But family is everything. They are who make you and will be there when all things fall down. Sometimes, you’re lucky to find a friend who is just like family and will be there for you no matter what. Hold them close and hold them tight. So, if your friends want to check out the new bar in town but your nana is having a birthday dinner at your parent’s house, I would suggest you show Nana a little love and catch up with your friends later. Because Nana lived her life and seen a lot and you never know when the last dinner with her will be. So any opportunity is a good opportunity. Plus, there’s always going to be a new hip bar opening up or some cool hang out spot or concert that will be happening. Choose wisely.

Last but not least, make time. You never truly realize how much time you have until you don’t really have much time left at all. What I mean is, being a parent, changed my life. I used to think I didn’t have enough time in a day to do anything while I was still young, in college, and kid-free. But when I had my kids, I realized I had more time than I thought and I took that for granted. All those days of sleeping in or surfing the web or going out with the girls. I could have used that to do better. But at that time, I felt I didn’t have much time. There was never enough time in a day. And now, there’s really never enough time (or money).pexels-photo-100733

That’s just my little advice that I have to offer from what I’ve learned and seen through out the years. In hopes of helping someone be a better person. I really hope my sons will take this advice and use it. Some regrets are a part of life but I would still much rather have as least as possible.

Until next time! Enjoy life!

How I got out of an abusive relationship

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It’s sad to admit but abusive relationships are more common than you think. And I’m not just talking about physical. I mean emotional and mental as well.

For so long, I didn’t realize I was in an emotional turned physically abusive relationship. It took me 5 years to snap out of it and realize I could have saved myself the heartache if I just would have paid attention to the red flags that were flying rapidly.

But sometimes when you’re in love, you ignore things like that.

Maybe it’s because you feel you know this person intimately and everyone doesn’t know them like you do. Maybe you feel like you’ll never find anyone better so you deal with it in fear of being alone.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s never alright for someone to treat you like you are anything less than amazing.

So, what did I do to get out?

First, I had to decide enough is enough. That was a very hard decision because I have a hard time letting go. But I finally got fed up and told him I wasn’t going to take it anymore.pexels-photo-mad

Then I took action. You can tell someone what you’re going to do all day until you’re blue in the face but it won’t mean anything until you act! So I got a job. I started saving money so I can be on my own. (It’s so much harder to get out when you’re invested but it’s possible).

I made less and less contact with him. It always seems like whenever we would talk, it turned into an argument. We slept in separate rooms. He was barely home and I would stay away as much as I could.


I kept myself busy. I wouldn’t give him a reason to say anything to me. Even on good days where he would feel bad for being mean and try to be nice.pexels-photo-140945

I asked family and friends to help me move out. I did give him notice I was leaving though he didn’t believe me. When the day came, he was upset yet sad and tried to talk me out of it. Stand your ground!clasped-hands-comfort-hands-people-45842

I moved in with a coworker from one of my jobs until I could get my own place. It was a rough 4 months but finally, I was able to get my own apartment and start over fresh.pexels-photo-171053

I was still cordial with him because he wasn’t 100% evil and there were good times sprinkled in there. But he had to understand as much as I, that the relationship was over and there wasn’t any patching up taking place. It was best for both of us. Unfortunately,  our fur babies suffered a bit during the transition.



When a relationship ends, someone will always get hurt more than the other. It’s never mutual.

And the first few weeks are the hardest. You’re so used to being with someone and now all of a sudden, you’re single. And maybe you don’t know how to be single anymore. But don’t let that get you into another relationship. Rebounds aren’t usually a good idea.

Like any relationship coming to an end, someone always gets hurt more than the other. And it’s the same for rebounds. You jump in with this person just because you aren’t used to being alone anymore, then, later on, figure out that you didn’t really like that person anyway. Maybe it was just for a good time and nothing more.

In some cases, you might not make it out Scott free. You could be left with a stalker or a baby or worst, something you can’t get rid of.

There’s nothing wrong with a little fun but be cautious.

After 10 months of working, studying in school, hanging with new friends and just being me, I found myself not crying about him anymore. I didn’t feel that pinching pain in my chest whenever I think of him or heard his name. Certain songs didn’t remind me of him. 10 months is awfully quick to get over someone you’ve been with for years but our relationship was ending way before I decided it was really over. I just had to learn how to stop fighting for something that wasn’t there.


After a few months of being alone, I was lucky enough to meet the real man of my dreams.

Of course, we took it slow. And going into another relationship after almost a year isn’t half bad. I would make sure I’m completely over Mr. EX and make sure new Mr. RIGHT is over whomever as well. Start fresh! It’s exciting, new and you deserve it!

Until next time, relax. It will indeed, be alright.

Why dating an older man made me better.

[Quick disclaimer: I’m not promoting young girls (teens) to date older men (20s-and beyond) This is from my experience. Example- I, myself being 25 and dating someone 31 or something.]

Now, before you get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with dating someone your own age. There are perks to any age, really. (Though, I personally didn’t have the best experience dating a younger guy.)



I’ve always been into older guys, within reason. For me, the most important thing was the understanding and the mindset. When I was in high school, the guys there were just worried about all the wrong things. Why did it matter if I dressed in the latest trends or if I was in the “cool crowd”. I didn’t care about all that because, at the end of the day, I had my mind set on something. And that was getting the heck out of my small hometown! Boys could wait. But when I did get a boyfriend, he was out of high school (don’t worry, it was only a 3 year age difference.)

And in that almost-year-long relationship, I’ve learned so much that not even my mom could have taught me. I would have to say, it was a good experience at the end of the day. And I got out of it alive and yes, still a virgin. He wasn’t the type of older guy that would have taken advantage of me like a lot of guys I met along the way. (i.e. college town football player) but there were moments where we crossed that time where he would want something I wasn’t quite ready for. And you know what? That was ok! Because it was my choice.

I loved the fact that he had his own car, had a job, didn’t have a curfew and had his own money. Those were huge pluses for a 17-year-old girl. And honestly, still is a grown woman. All those things were great, but after him and I split, I got into my next relationship with an even more older guy and that’s when the lessons really came in.pexels-photo-386009


When you date older men, sometimes that comes with baggage and if you’re not quite ready yet for such, it might be best to slow down and go back to the drawing board. And that’s totally not a bad thing. Be honest with yourself. Because I’m telling you, when you’re a young, wild and free shy of 20 years old, the world is so new and exciting. And things are fun and new. And you get with someone who’s a bit older who’s “been there, done that” and let’s say have kids? Yeah, that’s when things take a whole new turn for you. You’re now a step mom whether you like it or not. And if the mother of the kids aren’t as friendly as you thought, there’s another issue. And it doesn’t really get better from that point. You’ll hope it would be simple as saying, “Hey, you need me to go get the kids?” but it’s almost never as easy as you would like it to be. And before you know it, you’re the bad guy and you’ll still be wondering how did you become the bad guy. The mother, for some reason, will always have something against you, where she chooses to be mature about it or not. And even if you guys are cordial, there’s always that little hint of jealousy that will pop out from time to time, even if she claims to have moved on and doesn’t care about your guy. (she cares.)pexels-photo-247200

As long as things remain respectable, that’s the important thing but I won’t guarantee that it will be or always will be. And that’s the thing you just have prepare yourself for. But hopefully, your guy will be the bigger person and be more mature about it. Because it’s not easy being the middle man but that’s where he’s going to be if he chooses to get with someone new other than his children’s mother. And that’s another battle that you’re more than likely won’t win. Even if the mother is absolutely wrong, you will have to stand down because if you come between a man and his kids, it’s a losing battle for you. Especially if he loves his kids. (which we would hope he does).

But that’s just one aspect. There’s also the maturity level that you hope for. Being an “art kid” in my high school days, I lacked understanding from those my age. And even in college where I was surrounded by tons of like-minded peers, I still had those moments where I was misunderstood. I’ve had some guys who looked at me as naive and at times, I was. But I wasn’t looking for a father-figure and a boyfriend to also be my daddy. No. I just wanted someone who can take me out and show me a good time. Someone who didn’t think walking through the park feeding ducks was boring or someone who gave practical gifts I could use instead of 6-inch heels that I could only wear with one outfit on one occasion.pexels-photo-couplewithwine

On another side of it all, you have all the judgments and opinions from dear friends and family. It’s your life, so who cares? Everyone, apparently. That’s where you will have to learn to tune people out for whatever they are saying. And the best advice I could give on this subject is to leave people out of your relationship. Don’t tell your friends of all the bad times and some of the good times because no matter how great he is, they will always remember the bad times. And then you will look like the fool for staying with them because you can do so much better. But there are always two sides to every story and they are only hearing your side. So to be fair, if you’re going to discuss your relationship, at least let him explain his side as well. Think about it. When you tell someone what happened. It may have happened just the way you said it, but you might have left out one part. Maybe he didn’t say you were a brat, he said you were acting like one. But you heard something else.


People are biased. If they love you, they want the best for you. And even if they are jealous of you and don’t want you to be happy, still going to have an opinion on why you shouldn’t be with this person or why they suck.

I’ve learned that older guys tend to not like to “play any games”. All those days of trying to flirt with other guys in front of him to make him jealous or not answering the phone when he makes you mad are over. You can mean the world to him but more than likely, he’s not going to want to play any games and there goes the “I love you but I can’t do this”.

But this isn’t all older guys, of course.



On a flip side, you do have some older guys who think they can take advantage of you because you are young.

So, what have I learned? In my experience, dating an older guy made me better all around. (especially the guy I’m married to). He makes me feel valued as a person and coming from previous relationships helped. It helped in a way that gave us both the sense of what we did want and what we didn’t want and mistakes not to make again. And dating an older guy seems to have taught him patience but also taught me maturity and made me appreciate the simpler things in life. And also, being held accountable for my own actions and owning up to things.

Dating an older guy opened my eyes to new things and experiences. Some things I could do with someone my age or younger, sure. But I guess it just feels different. And being looked at as a person and not being judged based on material things.pexels-photo-298863

Once again, just my experience. It varies. There are some older men out there that haven’t quite grown up or stuck in the bachelor lifestyle and just shouldn’t be in a relationship.

But for me, I’m thankful for my decision and how things worked out. And I’m thankful for what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown as a woman.

Experience is the best teacher! And in my experience, I think older worked for me.

Until next time, love with all your heart but don’t take no mess!