Memory Monday – Happy Joe’s

I’ve written before about how certain smells bring back memories for me.  Well, it happened tonight while I was making supper.  It was “Family Omelet Night” and I had everyone else’s made and was putting mine together.

In my “fixins” pan I was heating up some ham, onions, mushrooms, and fresh jalapenos and tomatoes from our garden.

Peppers, onions, mushrooms, ham, & tomato in a frying pan

The smell of those particular ingredients cooking together reminded me of what the inside of Happy Joes Pizza smelled like when I was a kid.

I don’t ever remember eating at Happy Joes Pizza with my family. Our usual family pizza joint was Pizza Hut.  That’s where we went when we weren’t eating at Bonanza for the salad bar.

Happy Joes is linked in my memory to birthday parties with friends! I know I went to several.  They had a special window with stairs so kids could watch the pizzas being made.  I thought that was so cool.

The other thing that I remember about Happy Joes is they had a small section of candy with suckers the size of softballs.  I never got one of those rainbow colored suckers… but I do remember getting a Jolly Rancher candy stick a few times. Fire is/was my favorite.

Our omelets tonight were awesome but I’ll admit that after smelling the ham, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and tomatoes cooking I kind of wanted Happy Joes Pizza!

Do you have a Happy Joes Pizza memory?

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