Hey! I’m Stacy Lyn Harris.
I love life, and I like to make every minute of it count.
I’m an author, speaker, gardener, photographer, and lawyer…but I’m also a wife and mother of 7 children, which carries with it some pretty heavy-cooking duties. Yes, I had all 7 children, and I remember each of their births QUITE well.
With 9 mouths to feed three times a day, a lot of thought, time, and energy goes into the food we eat. That’s why my blog centers on recipes that feed my family!
I’m a believer that old recipes are tried and true, simple food is better, and great ingredients make great meals. The recipes you’ll find here are accessible, easy, fresh, and beautiful — because beautiful food tastes better.
You’ll also find posts here on gardening, home, family, chickens, bees, land, wildlife management and artful living. I believe all of life is art–the perfect canvas for beauty and creativity. I can’t help but share with you the extraordinary I find in living ordinary!
If you watch even one of my videos, you’ll be able to tell that I’m from “L.A.” That’s Lower Alabama. I’ve lived in Alabama my entire life, and I couldn’t be more proud. The South is where I learned to cook.
My Southern grandmother had a beautiful kitchen garden full of vegetables, herbs, and a few fruit trees in her back-yard. On my many visits, she always cooked from the produce collected from the garden along with a few other items she picked up at farmer’s markets from local farmers. At the time, I didn’t think much about it. I just knew that I loved sharing this part of life with her. It seemed so natural, so simple, so full, and wonderfully healthy. She taught me how to garden, how to cook what we brought in, and then how to “put up” what excess we had. But more important, she taught me how to share the bounty with those less fortunate, which was saying a lot because she didn’t — have much…well, materially. She actually had everything that really mattered.
I grew up an only child with an extremely smart mother. She was determined that I would be strong and independent. My mom had me participate in every activity that would ensure my ability to be self-sufficient. Always involved in Student Government, I was chosen to join one student from each school for Law Day. That’s when I fell in love with law and began pursuing a law career.
Scott and I met the summer before college at his dad’s college bible study. Scott was a fine specimen of a man, talked incessantly of hunting and fishing, and was an incredible wildlife artist, which made him that much more attractive in my eyes. Six years later, we were married.
Thirteen months after our wedding, we had a new member of the family. Between waking up at all hours of the night and studying for the bar exam, I’d take “breaks” learning how to cook tough cuts of meats from ancient recipes so that I could cook the meats harvested from the wild and “waiting” in the freezer.
I fell in love with cooking fresh, pure meals and that’s how my fascination with local, fresh cooking began. Before long, we had a full-blown garden, a yard full of chickens, a composting bin, and a few hives of bees–so I had “fresh” right at my fingertips! Don’t get me wrong: it didn’t happen overnight–lots of failures–but that story is for a future book.
The day after I took the bar exam, Scott and I and the baby moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where Scott went to dental school and I practiced law and modeled part time. It wasn’t long until we had another baby on the way. At that point, I made the decision to trade in time in the office and courtroom for more time with my family– creating gardens, keeping chickens and bees, and cooking delicious simple and healthy meals from our harvest. I credit my mom’s stick-to-it motto, persistence, and independence training and my Granny’s hands-on simple living influence for this beautiful life I get to lead.
Scott and I continued having babies…and more babies. We moved back to Montgomery, and Scott opened a dental practice. We continued to live off the land even though we lived in a neighborhood at the time.
We now manage two tracts of land for optimal wildlife vegetation and habitat and live on acreage large enough for our gardens and animals. I cannot tell you the memories our family has made in this journey. Each child has their special interest and contributes to this amazing lifestyle.
In 2011, Scott encouraged me to write the cookbook that had been burning in my soul for quite some time. I felt there was a need to bring beauty, great flavor, and culture to those who cook from their own harvests. I’ve seen an explosion in this world since then, and I love the growing efforts to bring back what once was the norm in food production and sustenance.
My first book, Tracking the Outdoors In (2011) led to opportunities I never could have imagined. Soon after its release, I was asked to write Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living (2013) and to create a lifestyle and cooking DVD, Gourmet Venison: Tasty Field to Table Recipes (2013).
I’ve enjoyed a permanent co-hosting position on “The Sporting Chef” television show on The Sportsman Channel and Rural Heritage Television Show on RFDTV, written for national magazines, and have been featured widely, including Southern Living, Glamour, Healthy Living, and Parade. What a privilege to get to share my passion through these outlets!
I just finished my latest best selling book, Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook!
Who would have known that sharing the love of a lifestyle would bring so many wonderful people and opportunities into my life. I could not be more blessed by God!! I hope you’ll stick around and join me in living a healthier, tastier, and more beautiful creative life!!
I’d love to hear from you. Email me at stacy lyn AT stacy lyn harris DOT com.
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Stacy Lyn regularly appears on cable and broadcast television series as a guest chef and sustainability expert. If you are interested in retaining Stacy Lyn as a special or regular guest on your television network or show, please send a brief e-mail to stacy lyn AT stacy lyn harris DOT com with your concept and request.
Stacy Lyn on Atlanta and Company
The Joni Lamb Show on Daystar TV
The Jackie Bushman Show on Outdoor Channel
The Rick & Bubba Show on Heartland
Meet the Harris Family
Our family has a passion for God, family, home, the outdoors, and preparing and feasting on awesome food!
Scott and I hope to pass on to our children our love of the natural resources at our fingertips. We encourage them to enjoy what our land has to offer, to manage it well, and to be good stewards of all that has been given us. We also encourage them to be creative in all they do. Each of the children are finding their niche in our lifestyle. You will often see blogs written by my oldest children, especially in the gardening and lifestyle sections.
My other children are busy cooking my recipes for a third, fourth, or fifth time to make sure that the recipes are accurate. They help keep things going when I have deadlines. The smaller children keep the herb garden, make flower arrangements for the table, check the chickens for eggs, and much much more!
Our goal is to encourage you to take advantage of God’s resources and to create fabulous food that nourishes the body for its full potential in living a happy, abundant life. We hope you will enjoy the information posted in this website and on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google +, as well as in our various magazine articles and books. May God bless you!