^^^ That’s me. I’m Stephanie the creative homemaker and resident geek behind Happily Homegrown.
Growing up, I quickly realized our family didn’t do things like everyone else. While living in the middle of suburbia – Gloucester Twp, New Jersey – my brothers and I were responsible for helping in the garden, harvesting veggies for dinner, and helping my parents with things around the house. My mom ran an in-home daycare and my step-father worked full-time in construction, but as soon as he got home, he was in the garden. I didn’t appreciate all that I was learning back then, but today I just wish I had Chuck here to show him how much I really did listen and show him the success of my own gardens and my own family.
Happily Homegrown is where I take my childhood experiences and put it into action with my own family. Its not perfect, and sometimes things go terribly wrong, but we are in it together and we push through, always coming out stronger on the other side.
Steve, my husband of nearly 16 years, is my rock. He’s always supportive of what I want to do and the sometimes crazy projects I come up with. Our three children are along for the ride, and since they are growing up in this environment, they think we are normal (relatively speaking) and that everyone else should be gardening & homesteading too.
I run on tea and sarcasm, and require both daily, not always in balanced proportions, in order to function. I love dark chocolate, Doctor Who, blogging, tattoos, singing in the car, red wine, tea (did I mention that?), cats, classic cars, gardening, pinball, the beach, baking, and my family – but not necessarily in that order.
As you poke around the site, you’ll see that I’m passionate about family, our involvement in Girl Scouts & Cub Scouts, food and the quality time I get to spend in my kitchen, and getting my hands dirty in the garden. I also enjoy a good DIY project, followed by a good beer. Moving forward, I hope to share more of our homesteading projects as we strive to be more self-reliant.
So grab a cup of tea or glass of wine, and come hang out for a bit. We can sit and chat in the garden or around the kitchen table, just ignore the mess that comes from having kids and not having a home that is “camera ready”.
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