About Me

Interests: Long distance running, basketball, cooking and reading

Education: Althoff Catholic High School, Southeast Missouri State University

College Activities: Student Government, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority

Professional Organizations: National Council for the Social Studies, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Check out my bio on Southeast Missouri State University's website: 


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This is my husband, Jes.  He is a third year medical student at Indiana University.  We met in the 7th grade at Wolf Branch Elementary in Belleville, IL.  We were married July 5, 2008.

This is me with my sister (Lyndsay), her college roommate (Jill) and SEMO's mascot, Rowdy the Redhawk.  Lyndsay is right next to Rowdy and is currently teaching preschool in Belleville, IL.

Favorite Recipes

Stephanie's White Chicken Chili- my cousin gave me this recipe and it's really easy!

1 pound of frozen diced chicken, 1 can of northern white beans, 1 diced red pepper, 1 cup of corn (frozen or canned), 1 cup of water, McCormick's White Chicken Chili Mix

Mix ingredients and cook in Crock-Pot or on the stovetop until chicken is cooked through

Mom's Hot Texas Corn Casserole

3 cans white shoepeg corn (drained), 12 oz. (1 and 1/2 blocks) cream cheese, 1/2 cup of butter, 1/4 cup of milk, jalapeno peppers (diced to taste), 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Melt butter, cream cheese and milk in a pan on low.  Add corn and peppers.  Top with cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees uncovered until bubbly.

Grandma Marie's Apple Pie

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Peel and slice 6-8 apples in a bowl.  Add 1/2 cup of sugar and sprinkle cinnamon.  Toss until mixed.  Place mixture in Pillsbury pie crust.  Use a fork or pastry blender to blend the following ingredients:  3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar and a stick of butter or margarine.  Sprinkle this topping on top of the apples and bake for 15 minutes.  Turn oven down to 375 degrees and bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.

Tips:  Use 3-4 green apples and 3-4 red apples for a really good variety in taste.  Also, a pie crust shield is a great way to prevent the crust from getting too brown. 


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