Florida Women's Law Group - November 2021



Advocate November 2021

Heather’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe A FAMILY TRADITION

Pie Filling •

No matter the time of year, I love to make pies. It’s kind of funny because I’m not such a big fan of eating them, but I love the technical aspects involved in getting the dough and crust just right. My great-grandparents were Pennsylvania Dutch, and my great-grandmother used to make their quintessential dessert, shoof ly pie. She had this old recipe book, now in my possession, that listed ingredients only — no measurements. My grandmother helped me decipher the recipe the first few times I made it, but there was a lot of guessing until I got it just right. My grandfather and father both loved that shoof ly pie so much. One year, I came across a different recipe and decided to try it for a change of pace. The reception was underwhelming, to say the least. I believe my grandfather’s exact words were, “Well, that’s different.” So, my great-grandmother’s recipe became the only shoof ly pie I made. The recipe has been out of rotation since my grandfather died, but maybe I’ll give it a shot again this year. Thanksgiving is arguably the biggest “pie season” we have in the U.S., and when it comes around, I’ve got a different recipe up my sleeve. To me, there’s no better pie to have on Thanksgiving than pumpkin pie, and I’ve been making the same recipe for about 22 years. My mother-in-law always loved to make the most elaborate baked goods. When my husband and I were still dating, I was at her house and she showed me one of her Bon Appétit Factory magazines. It proved to be an especially delicious edition. I tried the pumpkin pie recipe, and it was such a hit that I’ve made it once a year ever since. It’s a special treat for Thanksgiving only and tastes spectacular with homemade whipped cream. Since my family has enjoyed the recipe for so many years, I wanted to share it with all of you. Maybe it will give your family as much joy as it has given mine. ​Pumpkin Pie Recipe Ingredients Pie Crust • • 1/2 cup shortening

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

2 cups mashed, cooked pumpkin 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 2. Prepare the pie crust by mixing together the f lour and salt. Cut the shortening into the f lour and add cold water 1 tbsp at a time while mixing (3–4 total tbsp are recommended). Repeat until the dough is moist enough to hold together. 3. With lightly f loured hands, shape the dough into a ball. On a lightly f loured board, roll the dough out to about 1/8-inch thickness. With a sharp knife, cut dough 1 1/2 inch larger than the upside-down 8- to 9-inch pie pan. Gently roll the dough around the rolling pin and transfer it right-side up onto the pie pan. Unroll, easing dough into the bottom of the pie pan. 4. Cook 1 1/2 lbs of skin-on, raw pumpkin. Halve the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds and stringy portions. Cut the pumpkin into chunks and add to 1 inch of boiling water in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the pumpkin boils, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender. Drain, cool, and remove the peel. Return the pumpkin to the saucepan and mash with a potato masher.

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5. In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin with

FloridaWomensLawGroup.com Whatever pie you and your family share this year, I hope you have a pleasant and peaceful holiday. Happy Thanksgiving! –Heather Qu ick evaporated milk, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt with an electric mixer or immersion blender. Mix well. Pour into the prepared crust. 6. Bake 40 minutes or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean.

11/3 cups all- purpose f lour

31/2 tbsp cold water

1/2 tsp salt


making sure everyone packed the essentials. Also, waking the kids up super early for travel can be difficult, and nobody wants grumpy children. TIME IS YOUR FRIEND When putting together a vacation itinerary, allow for lots of extra time in between events. The one thing about kids is that you never know when someone will need to use the bathroom, be sick, throw a tantrum, or need your assistance. Everything takes longer with kiddos! You can even set a false deadline for when you want to leave the house to ensure you get out on time. CHARGE UP Make sure all of your electronic devices are charged up well before you leave. You should also have some games and movies downloaded to entertain your children in the car or airplane. Even though most airlines have TVs, it’s better to always be prepared — and don’t forget the headphones! HAVE A QUALITY STROLLER You won’t understand how helpful it is to have a good, quality stroller along with you on vacation until you have one. If you are visiting a theme park or other outdoor area or sightseeing on foot, you’ll thank yourself later for bringing along a lightweight, foldable, and reliable stroller. BRING THE SNACKS Nothing is worse than hungry, cranky kids! Before your trip, it’s a good idea to take the kids along with you to the store to pick out an abundance of their favorite snacks — this adds a level of excitement for them too! Going out of town with kids is never an easy feat, but these tips can help create a trip to remember this holiday season! Bon voyage!

Traveling With Kids Made Easy BON VOYAGE!

The holidays are here, and that calls for some cheer! However, traveling with your kids can be a hassle, especially while trying to remain healthy and safe! Getting out of town should be fun and exciting, so here are some tips to make traveling a little easier and less anxiety-inducing. Unruly kids don’t stand a chance with these tricks! DEPARTURE MATTERS Aim for late morning or early afternoon when booking f lights or deciding what time to hit the road. The last thing you want is the added stress of being late or hitting rush-hour traffic when you’re already worrying about

Substance Abuse Its Effects on Marriage — And Divorce

Parental addiction also takes a toll on children. In addition to the effects of abuse, parents can frighten their children through unpredictable behavior, substance-abusing friends, or drug paraphernalia. People in the throes of addiction also often exhibit poor judgment and may place children in danger by either leaving them unsupervised or driving them while under the inf luence. When a spouse is battling addiction, most women’s first instinct is to help them overcome their substance abuse. Unfortunately, treatment may prove unsuccessful or be outright refused. Even in the event that the addicted spouse gets sober, the rifts caused by addiction may be too much for a marriage to bear. Especially if abuse was involved, it’s natural to want out of the relationship. If your spouse is a substance abuser and you’ve decided to divorce, it’s essential to have a good lawyer on your side. Substance abuse in a marriage has the ability to affect not only custody of your children but also the division of assets and allocation of alimony. Florida Women’s Law Group can help you have the cleanest break possible. Call us today for help restoring normalcy to your lives.

Substance abuse is a growing concern, with 13% of Americans reporting that they’ve either started or increased alcohol or drug use during the pandemic. When someone forms an addiction, it’s bad not only for their health and well-being but also for their marriage and family.

Financial problems are one of the top causes of strife within a marriage, as well as a common cause of divorce. If one partner is a substance abuser, those concerns only grow. People with addictions may lie, steal, or misuse family resources to pay for their substance of choice. They may also have difficulty holding down a job due to unreliability or erratic behavior.

Worse still, some people with addictions will turn violent — over 75% of domestic abuse instances are

related to the use of drugs and alcohol. In some cases, even a person who was mild-mannered and non-violent prior to their addiction can lose control of their inhibitions and begin abusing their spouse, kids, or pets.

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“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.”

–Amelia Earhart

THE PERFECT FIT Meet Legal Administrator Elizabeth Krajewski!

profession.” In fact, the role almost feels tailor-made. “This is the perfect opportunity. I get to put on the lawyer hat when the attorneys have a question,” she says, “and I also get to use my coaching and mentorship skills to manage the staff.” She also enjoys the impact she sees FWLG having on each client. “Interacting with the clients, seeing them achieve a result, and watching their transformation is so rewarding,” Elizabeth says. “I love knowing that we’ve empowered someone — especially another woman — to move forward.” When she’s not doing law work, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, and her rescue dog, Figgie Smalls. She’s a diehard Jacksonville Jaguars fan, she jokes, “sometimes against my better judgment.” She loves hiking and going to football games. Steve and Elizabeth also like to go on what they call “reading picnics.” They visit the local bookstore, each pick out a book, and then read their respective tomes over a picnic in the park. When asked what she likes best about her job, Elizabeth doesn’t even have to think about it: “Working with a team of incredible, strong women,” she says. “Every single day, I learn something new from one of my staff members,” she adds. “All of the backgrounds of our staff come together, and each member has an impact on the team and the client’s outcome.”

With both a master’s in public policy and a law degree, Elizabeth Krajewski has no shortage of education. She got her professional start in public policy administration but eventually decided she wanted to put her law degree to good use. Elizabeth finally entered the legal field this year when she joined the Florida Women’s Law Group in April as the Legal Administrator and Director of Operations.

She manages the day-to-day operations of the firm, including the legal and sales teams, client concerns, financials, and vendor relationships.

“Heather is very data driven, and she wanted someone who could really write a policy and procedures manual,” Elizabeth explains. “That was my sweet spot — to bring my analysis and research skills to the legal



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Inside Heather Shares Her Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Traveling With Kids Made Easy

How Substance Abuse Affects a Marriage

Meet Legal Administrator Elizabeth Krajewski!

Lowering Holiday Stress


3 Tips for a Merrier Time

The holidays are right around the corner, and while many people can’t wait to eat turkey and swap presents, others only see stress on the horizon. Especially for those hosting parties, between decorations, big dinners, excited kids, and visiting family, it can all feel overwhelming. If celebrations are happening at your house this year, here are three tips to lessen the strain and keep up the holiday cheer. RECHARGE FIRST Ensure you’re rested and recharged before the holidays by taking time to relax, getting enough sleep, and engaging in activities that make you feel good. When you’re rushing to get everything done, it can be tempting to skip self-care routines, but that will cost you in the long run. Your daily exercise and other health activities keep you balanced and ready to face challenges head-on. GET STARTED EARLY Holidays always arrive faster than we expect, so begin preparing early. If shopping for presents is a pain point, don’t wait until the last minute. Decorate earlier than you need to — or better yet, get the kids to do it for you. There’s only so much cooking you can do ahead of time, but ensuring you have all of the equipment and nonperishable ingredients you need a few weeks in advance will reduce both your workload and anxiety.

DON’T EXPECT PERFECTION The sooner you let go of the idea of a “perfect” holiday, the sooner you’ll be able to have a happy one. Face it: Something will go wrong. Whether it’s an overcooked dish, a child throwing a temper tantrum, or your uncle talking politics at the dinner table, nothing will ever go just how you planned. So, embrace the imperfections. Whether you’re celebrating this year with a group of two or 20, holidays can be a stressful time — but they don’t have to be. With these tips, your festivities may not be picture-perfect, but they will be a lot of fun.

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