Stacy

Stacy is the mother of 3, step-mom of 3 and grandparent of 3. She retired as a project manager for a environmental laboratory. In her spare time she volunteers with her daughter's high school band. She has been developing websites for over 15 years, both for herself and others. Cooking, sewing, reading and history are just a few of her passions. Reading about history is a double passion!

Sloppy BBQ Sandwiches

Sloppy BBQ Sandwiches - A quick & delicious meal that is kid-friendly and husband approved.

Sloppy BBQ Sandwiches are one of my go to meals.

They make for a quick & delicious meal that is kid-friendly and husband approved. I’ve made these for my daughter’s band (200+ kids) and they were a big hit. I usually serve them with my Homemade Crispy Fries. They go well with coleslaw and/or potato salad.

If you would like to kick them up a notch, add a bit of bell pepper & teaspoon or two of your favorite hot sauce.

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Review: Handmade by Hon Scarves

Beautiful Scarves - Handmade by Hon

When I won a second giveaway in one week, this one offered by Amanda at Quiet Workings, I was pretty certain I had a lucky clover hiding somewhere in the house. When I saw the beautiful selection of scarves that Victoria of Handmade by Hon offered, I did a little happy dance in my chair. Getting to choose my own prize was indeed awesome!

Because I’m a good mom (patting self on back), I let my daughter pick. I don’t know if she chose this scarf because it was called “Handmade Cotton Candy Ruffle Scarf” or if she chose it because of the beautiful pink colors but I’m glad she chose this one. The colors just pop and when it’s piled up, it definitely reminds me of cotton candy. (Megan loves cotton candy and cotton candy flavored treats.)

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Review: From Mama’s Table to Mine Cookbook

From Mama's Table to Mine by Bobby Deen

Recently the Huddles won the cookbook From Mama’s Table to Mineby Bobby Deen, courtesy of Diane at Recipes for Our Daily Bread. This was rather neat for a couple of reasons…

  1. We NEVER win anything and it was the SECOND giveaway we won in a week! WHOA!
  2. We had JUST decided to change the way we eat!!

I couldn’t wait to dig into the cookbook. I love to read them from front to back, marking recipes that catch my eye. The very first recipe in the book, “Bobby’s Pimiento Cheese” jumped off the page at me. Cheese is one of my very favorite snacks and this recipe is a double whammy with cream cheese and cheddar cheese.

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Mental Illness: How My Family Helps

Supporting the Mentally Ill Part 4

I’m wrapping up the Mental Illness series for loved ones with my story. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the strong support of my mom and my husband.

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again… My mom is my rock and my husband is my anchor. I can easily hold onto my mom when things get rough. She is steady, understanding and pretty tough. My husband reels me back in when I’m starting to get out there. He’s dependable, generous, and capable.

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Mental Illness: What to say and not to say to a loved one

Supporting the Mentally Ill Part 3

Figuring out what to say to someone with ANY disease is difficult. Some diseases are even harder. Say the wrong thing and you can hurt someone you care a great deal about it. The fact that you are taking the time to research how to deal with a loved one’s mental illness says a great deal about you.

There are a number of statements that are ignorant, careless and just plain cruel. I’ve narrowed the list to ten of the most common. After the negative list is a positive list.

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Mental Illness: The Role of the Caretaker

Supporting the Mentally Ill Part 2

Last week I started a four part series on mental illness. Rather than focus on the person with a mental illness, I’ve chosen to focus on the families and friends or rather, the support team. As a person with a mental illness, I’ve been extremely lucky to have a few amazing people in my life.

I’m going to give my mom and husband a shout out. My mom is my rock – never moving, always there to cling to when times get rough. My husband is my anchor, keeping me from getting too “out there.” I am very aware that I can be a challenge for them. I have a crazy sleep schedule. I go from be very friendly to paranoid. I can rotate from crying to aggression to laughing to crying again in the space of 30 minutes. While those things are hard on me, they are just as hard on my loved ones.

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