Stacy thrives on creativity
By Betty Street
Stacy Fritz Street recently moved into her newly decorated office at Northeastern Mental Health Center in Aberdeen and said she’s received a number of compliments on how welcoming and upbeat the décor is. Stacy wanted to create a positive and calming atmosphere for clients in her office through color and artwork, and she succeeded beautifully.
As an experienced drug and alcohol counselor, Stacy loves her job and finds it rewarding. The best part, she said, is “helping people have their ‘aha’ moment where people define their beliefs and values, figure out their spirituality, and what their issues are, and what resources are available to them.”
The “aha moment consists of the realization of hope for growth, and it differs in each individual.” In other words, how many counseling sessions it takes until that breakthrough occurs varies from client to client, but it does eventually come. This breakthrough, this aha moment, is the most rewarding part of Stacy’s job.
Stacy said her clients are equal numbers of men, women and children and they come from another agency or make their own appointments.
Stacy graduated from Mobridge High School in 1996 and then graduated from the University of South Dakota with a double major in psychology, and alcohol and drug abuse studies. She then obtained a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at USD.
Being South Dakota-bred and born, Stacy is very proud of her German ancestry, which is why most of her recipes reflect that heritage. One of Stacy’s hobbies is genealogy and she has traced her lineage on her mother’s paternal side back to the 1600s. She found that Catherine the Great, the Russian empress, invited a group of German people to come to Russia and farm the land. Stacy’s family is descended from that group. Eventually, however, Stacy’s forebears emigrated from Russia to Canada and then came to the U.S.
One story Stacy discovered is that one of her great-greats had a very sick newborn who died on the ocean voyage from Europe. This mother could not bear the thought of a burial at sea, so she concealed her child’s death until after they safely docked and a land interment was possible.
Every year on Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) Stacy and her mother, Twyla Fritz, visit four cemeteries to decorate graves of family members. They go to both the Mobridge City Cemetery and Greenwood Cemetery, and then Norway Lutheran Church Cemetery and Mound City Cemetery. Stacy is learning the route so she can eventually do this on her own after Twyla is no longer able to take part.
More of Stacy’s hobbies include do-it-yourself in different fields, gardening, home décor and art in many mediums including pencil, pen, pastels, acrylic, oils, and nail polish. The last one, said husband Nathaniel, led to some “interesting times,” but he didn’t explain what he meant.
Stacy often goes online to Pinterest for ideas to do anything new. That’s where she obtained the suggestion to fill balloons with water, add a bit food coloring, take the balloons outdoors to let them freeze, and then remove the balloons. Then she has colored globes for the front steps, porch or yard. (This obviously is a project best done in the winter.)
Being a modern young woman, Stacy naturally owns a smartphone, on which she checks email, manages her schedule, takes photographs, navigates via GPS and also makes calls. Her favorite smartphone game is Candy Crush, but she said she never spends more than 30 minutes a day playing it.
The main part of her weekdays are spent working with clients and their paperwork, married life, and being creative with her arts and in the kitchen.
STACY FRITZ STREET’S RECIPES
Dakota German Dish
4 cups diced ham
4 cups diced bacon
4 cups diced potatoes
1 cup diced onion
2 loaves frozen bread dough
2 cups water
Thaw dough and form into small finger-sized loaves; set aside and let rise. Brown ham, bacon and onions in electric frying pan; then add potatoes with water and simmer for about ½ hour or until potatoes are done. Add enough water to cover ham mixture and place bread fingers on top. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes. Do not open the pan to peek!
2 cups flour
½ tsp. salt
Water to make a stiff dough
Mix ingredients until a stiff dough is formed. Turn out onto a floured surface. Roll to ¼ inch thick or slightly less. Cut into 4-6 inch squares.
2 cups cottage cheese
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
Mix filling ingredients together. Place 1 tsp. cheese mixture onto each dough square, fold in half and press edges to seal. Place buttons in 2 quarts of boiling water with 1 Tbs. of salt added. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from water and drain. Fry until brown and crispy.
Stacy’s Famous Spaghetti
1 box of angel hair spaghetti
1 jar of Prego Roasted Garlic & Herb spaghetti sauce
1 pkg. spaghetti seasoning
1 lb. 96% lean hamburger
3 glugs of sweet red wine (German wine)
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. onion salt
Pinch of sea salt
Parmesan cheese to taste
Red wine of choice
Brown hamburger. Add rest of ingredients and simmer for one hour. Near the end of cooking time, cook pasta in boiling water with pinch of sea salt. Mix spaghetti and sauce together, flavoring with Parmesan cheese to taste. Serve with garlic bread, salad with Caesar salad dressing, and red wine of choice.