Introducing New Inkspy, Stacy Monson!

Here at Inkspirational Messages we’re thrilled to introduce you to our new member, Stacy Monson!

I met Stacy over two years ago when she volunteered to bring together an ACFW group for Minnesota. Under her leadership the group has grown exponentially. She’s been a phenomenal leader, encourager, and, best of all, a friend. She will bring a fun and unique voice to Inkspirational Messages–I’m so glad she’s joining us!

I’ll let Stacy tell you a bit more about herself …

Mike and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary. We now have three kids – two of our own and one in-law. Camry (25) and Nate were married a year ago and just put an offer on their first house. It’s hard to believe that round-cheeked baby girl is soon to be a homeowner! Our son Aaron (23) will finally conclude his college experience with student teaching in the fall of 2012. At 6’7″ he is definitely someone those elementary students look up to! My husband Mike has taught elementary physical education for 33 years. He takes his juggling program (“The Teaching Juggler”) to schools, daycare centers, church programs, etc., all summer long. He’s thrilled to have his own website now:

Some of our best family memories stem from long car rides – to both coasts, Canada, Florida, etc. As a family, our favorite vacation spot is Lake Tahoe.

For the first time in 29 years, we’re without a pet in our home. After 3 beloved golden retrievers and various cats, we’ve opted to go pet-less for the next few years as we spend more time on the road.

I’m passionate about writing stories that show an extraordinary God at work in the ordinariness of life. I work in community relations in aging services and enjoy speaking and writing about healthy living, life over 50, and the issues of dementia and Alzheimer’s. I’m currently president of MN-NICE (the first ACFW chapter in Minnesota) and am the Minnesota Area Director. I’m also an active member of My Book Therapy Voices, the Minnesota Christian Writer’s Guild, and several RWA chapters.

I’d love for you to stop by my website at

Thanks, Stacy! I even learned something new about you today!

To go along with the summer recipe theme, Stacy included a favorite. Sounds delicious!

Berry Clouds

Serves 6

1 package puff pastry shells (6 shells)

½ lb. fresh strawberries (washed, hulled and sliced)

¼ lb. fresh raspberries

¼ lb. fresh blackberries

2 teaspoons sugar + ¼ cup

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream

  • Bake shells as instructed on the box. When baked, remove the tops, reserve, and set aside tops and bottoms,
  • Combine the berries and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar. Set aside.
  • Beat together the cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Fill each pastry shell with cream cheese filling.
  • Spoon berries evenly over cream cheese filling. Top with pastry top and a dollop of cream cheese mixture for garnish.

This is a yummy dessert that is also full of good nutrition including Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.

from Recipes from the Heart (Taste of Sunrise, Sunrise Senior Living)

Published by

Brenda S. Anderson

Brenda S. Anderson is the author of the gritty Coming Home Series. She writes authentic and life-affirming fiction. Learn more about Brenda at

14 thoughts on “Introducing New Inkspy, Stacy Monson!”

  1. Stacy, I can’t tell you how excited I am to have you joining us! Brenda has told me so much about you (ALL good). 🙂

    You sound like a woman who manages to do a quite a bit of juggling of your own–just not in the literal sense.

    I enjoyed hearing about your family. My husband is 6’6″ and also works with youth, so I know what you mean about your son being someone the kids can look up to. I hope he loves his student teaching experience.

    WELCOME, Stacy! Thanks for becoming part of our Inksper family.

  2. Welcome to the Inksper family, Stacy! It’s nice to get to know you and I’m anxious to read your upcoming posts. BTW-your recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for joining us.

  3. Sounds luscious, Stacy. Your’e bringing that to our next Minnesota NICE meeting, aren’t you? I always wanted a cat, but we travel too much to have pets–or even house plants! Good choice although I’m sure you will miss the furry company at times.

  4. Hey Stacy (waving wildly from up north in Canada though it doesn’t feel very ‘north’ given the heat and humidity today!). Nice to meet you and looking forward to getting to know you better.

  5. Stacy,
    Welcome, welcome, welcome!! I’m so excited for the change to get to know you. I love berries, this is definitely a keeper!

    Congratulations on the 30 years! It’s great to see our kids grow up and become adults, isn’t it? Sounds like we’d all be looking up at your son.

  6. Welcome, Stacy! You are a welcome addition to our Inksper group – especially when you bring along great recipes! LOL

  7. Welcome Stacy! I love the recipe and will have to try it soon. Looking forward to your posts.


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