Kathy Crow

FaithBox : Get to know what’s inside #FaithBox #monthlysubscription #AllinGoodFaith

WahmReviewer :Kathy L. Crow
I received this product for free in exchange for this honest review.

Faithbox is an organization that will send a box out monthly with unique daily devotionals to strengthen faith along with fine curated products from companies with Christian ideals. The box I received held several small items along with a 30 day devotional book that had space for notes or journaling.

FaithBox Goodies

There was a stocking cap from Krochet Kids Peru that was handmade and signed by the person who made it.

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There was a small chocolate bar from “ilmorso” that was flavored “coffee and Cream” (Yummmm!) Conscious ink manifestations tattoos and FaithBox sent a tattoo that reads “I AM GRACE”. Each word selected is selected to support the faith journey.

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There was also a pamphlet about the companies involved and how they each contribute to giving and showing LOVE. The point is to make an IMPACT in the world. The real benefit is that each box sold provides three meals to hungry kids.

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This project is quite impressive. The whole process is very ingenious in that marketing is being done for a variety of different companies at a minimum expense for the companies. When you purchase one of the boxes you are provided with samples of those products.

Whats inside FaithBox.

Our souls are being fed and feeling joyful at providing something for hungry kids, with each box that is shipped it will provide three meals to hungry kids at Christian orphanages through their partnership with RiceBowls.org .The companies represented in each Faithbox have also done an incredible amount of good since many have give back programs or support their own philanthropies.  It is a WIN/WIN situation and all done with the same ideals in mind. It truly speaks of the Christian spirit. Well done!

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Be sure to check out Faithbox on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and get your very own FaithBox when you visit their Website.

Make sure to check out the video of FaithBox too!

All in A Day’s Work

“All in a Day’s Work”

All in a Days Work
My! What a versatile statement that is. Why, it could involve so many things. A lot of the time for me it become a dismissive statement when someone verbalizes awe at something that happened in the course of my day. You see, I am the clinical director of a delinquent boys group home. Believe me, there can be a number of incredulous things that happen in the course of a day. We may have had attempted assaults or AWOLs along with sick and vomiting boys or simply complaining boys. Rarely is there a quiet, boring day where I work.
I have done this same kind of work for over 37 years. I have worked in only three different agencies and with different populations. Yet many of the same things happen each day. One must be prepared for the day being anywhere from pleasant and to total chaos. Often I feel as though I have sixteen sons and they are all on the same “cycle”. Grumpy and whiney to grumpier and whinier. They are rarely satisfied and even more rarely smiling. (I guess if I were 15 or 16 and locked in a group home with a bunch of delinquents I wouldn’t be smiling much either).
Then there is this very rare day where one boy says “Good Morning, I missed you while you were gone” or they call after being discharged to tell me how they are doing and give a good report of going to school or getting a legal job, then say “I love you” before they hang up. I do love my 16 boys. Even if they aren’t always very lovable. They know they are loved also. They are told that repeatedly over the 7 months they are with us. In fact we are known across our state as a group home that “coddles” the kids yet are successful with them. They aren’t my birth children but they were placed there for a purpose and not just randomly. I have always felt that God put certain boys in my path to help them and thus they would bless me. And, they have blessed me greatly. Yes, it is very hard work. Very emotional work as well. We have lost a few along the way and our hearts were broken. A healthy young man with a future ahead of him, falls back into old behaviors and goes to rob a young woman and ends up being shot and killed by her in her attempt to save herself from him. This one really took a toll on our hearts. I say “our” hearts as all who work there for any time at all will learn to love at least most of the boys. I cannot count the times when there have been tears in my eyes and my boss’s eyes as one or another of the boys leave to go home. They have been taught new ways to think and believe as well as learning to cope with life in more appropriate ways. Often they return to a home that has made few changes and they must try to fit back in to the family, with their new beliefs. A struggle that few would want. Then a month or so after they discharge the phone rings and that eager voice says’ Hey, Ms. Kathy, I got a job”. That’s it! That’s what makes me get up and go to work every day. We don’t fix them all, but they all will know that they have been cared about and loved for a time.
My job may be very different from many others. Yet there are some things that are the same. Crazy, frantic days, boring quiet days, tedious report writing days even exhausting days.
So, how do we all handle those days?
Why, we just sum it all up in one small statement “it’s all in a day’s work”.
Kathy Crow M.S., L.P.C.
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Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup – #MeatlessMonday

Hi, this is Kathy Crow and today I fixed a wonderful soup for Meatless Monday. Several years
ago I had a cup of Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup at one of my favorite eateries. It became a
“must have” every time we ate there. It was so very rich and creamy with little bits of vegetables
that just melted in your mouth. Then one day we went in to eat and my dear soup was gone. No
longer did they carry Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup.
Recently I was just very hungry for soup and for Cheddar cheese soup. Not Broccoli/Cheddar
just cheddar cheese. I began searching at first for Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese but I just couldn’t
quite get the feel of them recipes until I found this one that Emeril Lagasse used. So, I tried it
and with just a few adjustments I made it my own.
Here it is:
•4 tablespoons butter
•1 large onion, finely chopped
•1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
•1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
•4 cloves garlic, minced
•1/2 cup all-purpose flour
•2 cups chicken stock
•1 1/2 cups whole milk
•1 1/2 cups heavy cream
•12 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, grated (about 4 cups)
•1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
•Crumbled bacon, salsa, or creme fraiche, chopped parsley leaves, optional for garnish

Cheese Soup Ingredients

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In a large, heavy saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and peppers
and saute until vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add
flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
Cheese Soup ingredients in a Skillet
Slowly whisk in the stock, milk and heavy cream. Bring soup to a low boil and reduce heat so that
the soup barely simmers. Cook, stirring frequently, until the soup is very thick and flavorful, about
20 minutes. Add the grated cheese in 1/2 cup increments, stirring after each addition until completely melted and
smooth. Do not allow soup to boil. Season with salt and cayenne pepper, to taste.
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Serve in shallow bowls, topped with some crumbled crispy bacon bits, a dollop of salsa or creme
fraiche, and chopped parsley, as desired.
Plated Cheese Soup
Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, 2003
The changes I made were to use Half and Half for all of the milk products, added more cheese
(you can use a mild cheddar for a portion of the cheese if you prefer a milder taste) and to add
some pimento for garnish. The chicken stock can be increased if the soup is too thick for your tastes

Kodiak Cakes

WAHM Reviewer – Kathy Crow

Healthy delicious whole wheat mixes are the base of the company.

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The Baker mills company began in 1994 but the original company and recipes go back several years before that. The recipes belonged to Wallace Christofferson and were passed down to his daughter who made them for her family and eventually began Kodiak Cakes. They started with Hot Cakes and waffles and later added both cookies and brownies. They have a well produced Web Site http://www.kodiakcakes.com and a Facebook page. This company has been featured on Martha Stewart shows and has been endorsed by Weight Watchers, Healthy Cooking and Diabetic Living magazines. The website includes recipes as well easily followed cooking tips.

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When the Kodiak Cakes was approached for a review, they gladly sent two boxes of Pancake Mix with coupons for more. The pancakes are easy to make adding only water. So, if an ice storm should come quickly and there are no eggs in the house then you can still have healthy pancakes without a worry.

The website also includes businesses that carry Kodiak Cakes products. The most likely in our area is Target.
We have enjoyed the pancakes and plan to share the boxes and coupons with friends. They are lite and absorb the butter nicely. Very delicious indeed.

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For more information, be sure to like Kodiak Cakes on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KodiakCakes and visit their website: http://www.kodiakcakes.com.