Family is priority to Manila homemaker

Monday, June 28, 2004
Cary Crabb

The Crabb family, Bobby, Cary, Kelsie and Kaylee, moved to Manila a little over a year ago when Brother Crabb accepted the pastorate at Westside Baptist Church. The family moved to Manila from Perryville, near Conway.

Mrs. Crabb teaches fourth grade at Central Elementary in Blytheville. Kelsie, 10, is in the fifth grade and Kaylee, 7, is in the second grade at Manila Elementary.

Brother Crabb has been in the ministry for 17 years.

"He started pastoring his first church about the time we started dating," she said. "Working together in churches is all we have ever known."

She is a native of Potosi, Mo., south of St. Louis.

"I always wanted to be a teacher. My mother was school secretary and I was raised around the school. I also knew that I would marry a preacher. When I was 15 years old I asked our pastor if preacher's wives are called, also. Somehow, I just knew I would someday marry a preacher," Mrs. Crabb said.

When she graduated from high school, she chose Williams College at Walnut Ridge because she had a friend that had attended there. She said her parents liked it because it was small. That is where she met her future "preacher" husband.

Mrs. Crabb was among the first elementary education graduates at Williams College.

The couple left Arkansas and moved to Texas where Brother Crabb attended seminary.

They have pastored churches in Texas, Missouri and Arkansas. Mrs. Crabb has always been fortunate to get a teaching job at each new location. She has taught all elementary grades except the first.

Brother Crabb is not the first "Brother Bobby" to pastor Westside. His father, Bobby Crabb, pastored Westside in the early 1970s. He has memories of being at Westside as a young child.

Mrs. Crabb stays busy working in the church, church camp, helping with Girl Scouts, and attending the girls' activities. She likes to take time in the summer and visit her parents and grandparents.

She will serve as Vacation Bible School director this week and will go to church camp next month. She and her husband teach a couple's class on Sunday.

Brother Crabb likes to garden and raise vegetables. The family enjoys them and shares the produce with senior members of their church. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing.

Mrs. Crabb's hobbies include "dabbling" in the flowers, houseplants, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys "tinkering" on the computer

She enjoys cooking but said she had to curtail her sweets when her husband was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago. She said her cheese Danish recipe is a favorite with her co-workers and for church meals.

Cheese Danish

2 cans crescent rolls

2-8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 egg (separated)

3/4 cup sugar

powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice, sugar and egg yolk. Spread 1 can of crescent rolls into an ungreased 9x13 inch baking dish. Spread cream cheese mixture and top with remaining can of crescent rolls. Beat egg white and brush top layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with glaze made from powdered sugar and water or lemon juice.

Cavatini Pizza Dish

2 lbs. ground beef

2 cans pizza sauce

1-8 oz. can tomato sauce

l can sliced mushrooms

3/4 medium chopped green peppers

1 small chopped onion

dash of garlic salt

1 pkg. pepperoni

2 cups baby shell macaroni

2 cups spiral macaroni

cup grated Parmesan cheese

Brown meat. Add next seven ingredients. Simmer until peppers and onions are tender. Cook macaroni according to package. Rinse pasta with cold water. Add to sauce when ready to serve. Add cheese to sauce or sprinkle on top. Can be served in a deep dish or crock pot.

Makes 6 servings


2-8 oz. packages cream cheese -- softened

1 package Hidden Valley Original Ranch mix

2 green onions, chopped fine

1-4 oz. jar diced pimento

4 burrito size flour tortillas

Mix cream cheese and Hidden Valley mix. Stir in onions and pimentos. Spread mixture over the flour tortillas. Roll, refrigerate until well chilled, and cut. Discard ends.

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