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Hi, I’m Stacey Valley, your October Blogger of the Month. Fortuitously, this month’s blogging theme is RISK. My life has been blessed with risks taken and the rewarding adventure that follows. Here are some interesting facts about me:
Interned for my congressman in DC after graduating from high school (1986)
Spent a semester of college at the University of Amsterdam (1989)
Traveled across the US with an acting troupe as a singing/dancing bear (1991)
Worked as a nurse on an Indian reservation in Arizona (2005-2007)
Spent five weeks working as a nurse on the USNS Comfort on a humanitarian mission to South and Central America (2007)
Adopted my foster daughter as a single parent (2010)
Deployed to the Gulf Oil spill Emergency Operations Center in Mobile, AL (2010)
Traveled with my 3-year-old to Italy, France and Germany on military cargo planes (2012)
Married @akvalley (2013)
Graduated with a Master in Public Health from University of South Florida (2013)
Volunteered at a Kenyan orphanage, then went on safari (2014)
Adopted another foster daughter this past summer (2015)
I started blogging at An Awesome & Amazing Life soon after Anthony and I got married to document the new family that we were becoming. Being an interracial, blended family has its challenges, but I’ve been surprised with how easily our lives have fallen into place.
My blog is a hodgepodge of adoption, cooking, travel and parenting posts. I hope you will check it out. You can also find me online at…
There is such a thing called season fatigue. It happens when one season is ending and another begins. Let’s be honest, the fatigue sets in about a month before the new season actually begins. You know that itchy feeling you get when you are ready for fall?
You are done with mowing the grass, washing bug splatters off the windshield, and you find yourself wearing a sweater to work because the weatherman said that it will be in the low 80s today. Think about that. If it is springtime and the weatherman says low 80s, the shorts and tank are donned faster than you can say Off! mosquito spray.
As we tiptoe into the cooler waters of fall, there are a few areas of summer we may still want to hold on to and linger a while before we let them go. The slowing down of summertime we enjoy such as eating outside, grilling, nibbling on smaller plates and chilling over longer conversations.
For today’s foodie Friday, I got to thinking. What would be better than to share a dinner idea that has us transitioning from summer to fall? The ingredients really can be anything but should follow along this format:
GRILLING + SUMMER STAPLE + FALL INGREDENT = #summer2fall
It’s that simple really. I can’t wait to hear what combinations you come up with or dream up. By all means, comment before you actually make dinner. Just be sure to come back and share a photo or two. We’re in this together.
How does a grilled tostada with grilled sweet potatoes and grilled chicken sound, to get you started?
When I was a kid, my mom made runny, undercooked, boring scrambled eggs. I decided to take matters in my own hands and learned how to 1) make dry scrambled eggs and 2) kicked it up a notch and learned how to make cheese omelets. Never again did I have runny, undercooked, boring scrambled eggs. Thanks mom!
What is your favorite international cuisine?
slow food from France and Italy
I like the country rustic fare from just about anywhere: fresh fish plucked from the sea, lightly but perfectly seasoned, wine with brie and fruit and long conversations, and whole chicken simmered in broth with garlic. I can appreciate fancy food yet I fall in love with simplicity that is delicious.
What is always in your refrigerator at home?
good, grass-fed butter
whole whipping cream
large curd cottage cheese
whole milk plain yogurt
minced garlic in a jar (what, you didn’t think I always mince my own garlic, did you?)
What is your go-to ingredients that you use time and time again?
When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite pastimes?
kayaking, fishing or just hanging out in the lake, remodeling, landscaping, going for drives with my husband and hanging out with family.
What else would you like us to know about you? I need a clutter-free zone to function properly.
Arkansas Women Blogger member Lyndi Fultz writes about living and eating well from her life in beautiful Northwest Arkansas at nwafoodie. Much of her blogging inspiration comes from this gem of a place, which she refers to as the proverbial land of milk-and-honey. Read more related to cooking, entertaining, gadget suggestions, ingredient explorations, local finds, local restaurant treasures, kitchen tour spotlights, and always with a healthy and simplistic approach.
By Sarah Shotts of Love Letter to Adventure and Project STIR Sarah Shotts is a visual storyteller based in Northwest Arkansas. She is the creator of Project STIR (a Kickstarter funding a series of films about family recipes around the world) combining her passions for family, food & adventure. She also blogs about creating micro-ventures [...]
By Suzy Taylor Oakley, Miss September 2015 In case you’re not aware, there’s a new(?) phenomenon called “adult coloring books.” Creepy fact: Just now when I went to Google the term to be sure that’s what these books are actually called, I got as far as typing “adult …” when it auto-filled “coloring books” for [...]
It’s no secret that our family loves Asian food, especially the deliciousness at our favorite Thai restaurant. In fact, they serve the best spring rolls in town; I’m not even kidding. They’re made with vegetables and wrapped in a crunchy, flaky shell. So flavorful! I’ve always wondered how to make spring rolls, more so how [...]
By Renee Birchfield As a blogger, I have more than one calendar that I have to keep up with, as I am sure many of you do. There was a time in my life where I didn’t believe in writing things down or planning ahead. That was not the best idea I ended up missing [...]
By Erin of EverydayErin Erin Shields is a God loving, boy Mom, wife, & a DIY fanatic. She loves traveling, spending time with her family, & working on projects at home with her husband. You can follow her journey on Instagram, Facebook, and on EverydayErin.com.
by Suzy Taylor Oakley If you read either of my blogs long enough, you’ll see me talking about community a lot. The specifics vary, but the underlying sentiment remains the same: God created us for community. The power of community manifests in good ways and bad. Some recent examples from my life: The blogger, writer [...]
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Blogger of the Month
Stacey is a wife, mom and public health professional. She lives in North Little Rock with her husband Anthony & their children Kennedy (16), Madison (11), Maya (6) & Quinn (1). Baking is her love language. Her life's motto is "Live big. Love deep."
Miss January- Rhonda Bramell
Miss February -Michelle Shellabarger
Miss March -Kat Robinson
Miss April - Jamie Smith
Miss May - Sarah Shotts
Miss June - Rhonda Franz
Miss July -Jacqueline Presley
MissAugust - Jenny Marrs