My 15 Minutes

by Stefani on 10-June-2009

Several months back, I was asked to write an article for our local foodie mag, Edible Austin

To say that I was excited would be putting it very, VERY mildly. 

I have loved this magazine for a long time… it's so earthy and tasty and full of every yummy thing that is Austin. What's more, I have, since I was a very little girl, always dreamed that one fine day I'd see my name in print – that I'd have something to say that was worthy of print, that is. 

Now in all my silly school girl imaginings, I  thought it would be on a children's book, or better still a novel… but I'm a (very blessed) mom and that means that frankly by the end of the day I'm lucky if I can string together two coherent sentences, let alone a novel. 

So I figured it would be a while, if ever, that I'd see my name in publication. 

Even after Edible Austin asked for my article, I had my doubts as to whether they'd actually print it. I felt pretty sure that they'd weigh my handful of words against the amazing writers, chefs, restaurant owners and visionary farmers that grace their pages and find me lacking.

So imagine my surprise to find, while standing in line at Whole Foods with three cranky kids and an armful of grocery bags that there's a beautiful, smart magazine with my byline in it. 

My 15 Minutes

And  you know while it's not the great American novel that my eager college-girl self envisioned one day publishing, I have to say, if my claim to printed fame ends up being a small story about family and tradition and the foods that bind us together… well it just doesn't get more delicious than that!


We're giving stuff away today over at the Ranch!
Jody June 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

Woo-hoo! Congrats to you on seeing your dream realized!

Diahn June 10, 2009 at 8:56 am

Congrats, Stefani!! Wow! What a great article – I know you are over the moon!

Kathie June 10, 2009 at 8:59 am

Congrats! What a great story, too! Brought a tear or two to my eyes.

Christina June 10, 2009 at 9:07 am

Congrats on the article!

Kate June 10, 2009 at 9:32 am

That was lovely Stefani. Great article, truly. Congratulations!

Jen June 10, 2009 at 9:41 am

Wow. Congrats on the publishing. Remember it always starts small!

granolagirl June 10, 2009 at 9:42 am

What a beautiful story Stefani! So real and so true. Definitely an inspiration to read. Your story reinforces why we do these things that take a little more work than just buying from the grocery store. It is so much more rewarding! Congrats!!

Stefanie June 10, 2009 at 10:08 am

Congratulations! That is so exciting. I’ll have to go grab a copy of the magazine.

Wylie June 10, 2009 at 10:09 am

Beautiful sentiments and beautifully written, Stefani! You are amazing! Congratulations.

Diane June 10, 2009 at 10:31 am

YAY YOU!!!!! Now I am going to go read the article (thought I know without a shadow of a doubt that it will be fantastic!) but I need to know right away what the X in your name stands for! Please. Thank you.

Jumbleberry Jam June 10, 2009 at 10:43 am

What a wonderful article! And a wonderful tradition you are passing on to your boys! 🙂

Kelly June 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

congratulations! that is so cool! off to read it.

Tammy June 10, 2009 at 10:55 am

That’s awesome!

Jen June 10, 2009 at 11:02 am

Congratulations! I’m sending my dad out for a copy to mail me!

Kelly June 10, 2009 at 11:05 am

Congratulations Stefani! It’s a fantastic article that perfectly tells the story of why so many of us still can today. Thank you for sharing that! You are an incredibly gifted author & I will be at the front of the line when your novel is published!

minnesota:madre June 10, 2009 at 11:53 am


Tracy June 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm

congratulations! That’s way cool!

Liz June 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Congratulations! The article was great – I love passing on memories – and life skills. I’ve yet to tried canning (it makes me a little nervous), but it’s on the list.

Elissa June 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm

a very serious congratulations and a great article. you deserve it, girl!

Jade June 10, 2009 at 1:58 pm

congratulations mama! there is more of that to come. 🙂 i’ll go pick up a copy tonight. xoxo

beki June 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Congrats, Stefani! That’s awesome 🙂

Lucia June 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Congratulations, Stephani. That must have been a very exciting moment to see your name in print! I have a feeling you will have more of those exciting moments in the future. I always enjoy your posts…now headed to read your article.

Jennifer June 10, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Wow, COngratulations! I just saw my first magazine article published, too, and what a feeling that is. It’s so good that you can share your thoughts and perspectives and experiences with others in the world. Way to go!

Kez June 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Congratulations! Loved the article!

rhonda jean June 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm

It is a beautifully crafted article, full of love, and an important message. Well done! I have only just found your blog and I’m enjoying it very much.

Our Green Nest June 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm

CONGRATS!! How exciting!!!

BOATBABY June 10, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Fabulous article! You need to keep writing and you will surely see your name in print plenty more. Congratulations!

Casey June 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Gorgeous essay. And the photo made me all verklempt with your grandmother’s hands next to your little one’s.

sue June 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Such a great article! Well done, and Mozel Tov!

Valarie Budayr June 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm

What an exciting moment!!!! Congratulations. Keep on writing. I loved reading the article.

Jenn June 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm

First, congrats on the article, how cool is that?!

And second, congrats on being on Pioneer Woman’s site today (Homeschooling section). I was jumping for you when I saw that Oh My Stinking Heck wrote about your Book of Days for the site. Bet that sweet project starts to get a well deserved raise in readers:)

Cassandra June 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm

It’s a beautifully written, article my dear. Three cheers for seeing in in print!

Midodi June 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Beautifully written… and I love your reasons for canning. I could never put words to it myself, but you have. Thanks!

molly June 10, 2009 at 6:01 pm

how wonderful – congratulations girl! i was just thinking about your bean-shelling picture a few weeks back while looking at some shelled beans. way to go!

Emily Cole June 10, 2009 at 6:11 pm

That’s awesome, Stefani!!! Great job!

molly June 10, 2009 at 6:21 pm

stefani. that article was so well done! It was beautiful to read. I’m so impressed and proud and excited for you!!

maryanne June 10, 2009 at 7:08 pm

I loved the article! You have an amazing gift for writing.

Relyn June 10, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Congratulations! What a wonderful article. It was just lovely. I have a feeling that this was only the beginning of your name in print.

LivingSimply June 10, 2009 at 7:51 pm

AWESOME ARTICLE…thank you for sharing! There is something truly special about traditions and the memories that lie there within!

Kerry June 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Congratulations Stefani! Your writing is so real and so beautiful! It is what keeps me coming back. You should be so proud. I look forward to reading your novels one day… I can tell you have it in you. And hey, maybe by the time you get them written, I’ll have time to actually read them the way they were meant to be read… with a glass of wine or a cup of tea and a whole afternoon to myself! 😉 Again, congrats!

Deanna June 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm

The article is really wonderful.


Stefani June 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Oh do! It’s so great… and not just because I’m in it 🙂
Now if you happen to be at the store and notice some strange woman stuffing copies into her bag, just look the other way!
So far I’ve only had the guts to walk out with three copies, one for me, my mom and my grandmother. But now I’m thinking each of my boys needs one in his memory box, and my mother in law, and my sweet sisters in law, and… and … and..

Stefani June 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Bwahahahaha! Maybe I should make it a contest… guess the X!

I’ll give you a hint. It isn’t Xavier or Xanadu.

It’s a shortened version of a name made famous by the Police 🙂

Stefani June 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Okay why does that give me the all over smiles, thinking of someone’s Daddy going out to find the magazine and mail it off? Too sweet 🙂

Stefani June 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm

aw shucks 🙂 Thanks for that!

natalie lissimore June 10, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Thank you so much for this. It’s so lovely to read this article and your blog. You’ve given me such a deep sense of connection. The same feeling I had when we dug our first garden this spring… deep, fulfilling, overwhelmingly beautiful. I hope to deepen the connection with my kids and all of their grandparents, now I have new inspiration and hope. Cheers.

Stefani June 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Oh it still makes me nervous too. I’m hearing “botulism!” every time I try it… and all that timing and boiling and jelling and …

Well, I’ll tell you, near about ever time I do it I wonder what on earth I’m thinking, and then I see those shelves lined with our summer memories and I swear I wouldn’t have it any other way. Give it a try and you’ll never look back!

Stefani June 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Well congratulations are in order for you too!
Where can I see it????

Stefani June 10, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I get all weepy ever time I see that photo… my bubby’s chubby new hands, and my granny’s well worn, deeply loved hands at work together over a common bowl… does me in every time.

Stefani June 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Thanks Jenn!
Obviously we are plumb over the moon to be featured over at Pioneer Woman. She’s so crazy talented and cool, and Ms. OMSH… you could search all your live long days and not find a dearer soul.
We are considering ourselves so fully and firmly blessed today to be in such great company!

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