Monthly Archives: February 2013


You know how I rant and rave about the amazing women who influence my life.  And you may know that Anne Marie from Nada Farms is one of them.  The way she shares her faith, enjoys her family while raising most of their food, and her inspirational photos and recipes…..she is definitely someone I admire.  She worked with the amazing Traci Thorson and Jo Packham on the fabulous book PieOGraphy.

Pie has long been special to me.  Growing up my dad always preferred pies to cakes or cookies.  When I was married and on my own I spent a day with my Nannie having her teach me how to make the delicious {black.berry.pie} that my daddy loved so much.

When Anne Marie gave the opportunity to share what pie we would be there was no question in my mind:  {black.berry.pie} all the way.

The very mention of the pie bring back memories of family get togethers with cousins and aunts and uncles sitting around and laughing.  It’s one of those powerful parts of my childhood that was a constant at family dinners and I remain quick to volunteer to bring one now that I have been passed on the lovely tradition.

When baking my own pie I remember the lovely day I spent with Nannie as she reminisced with me about my dad as a child and my grandfather.  I remember the humid days of August, right before school started, when my mom would take us girls way behind the house to the blackberry patch.  Here we would fill our baskets with berries as we sang Oldies songs or chatted and tried to keep from getting pricked by thorns.

As I roll out the dough and sneak a piece of dough in my mouth I think of the granddaughter I may get to pass this recipe on to.  I think of the sweet boys I have and how they will enjoy the pie smothered in ice cream.  I make a mental note to have my dad stop in for a piece after a day on the farm.  To me {black.berry.pie} holds what is most dear to me….Family.

I actually won this apron from Ice Milk Aprons by commenting on their Facebook Page about this very pie recipe!

I actually won this apron from Ice Milk Aprons by commenting on their Facebook Page about this very pie recipe!


Ingredients prepped and ready to go

pinch of salt

A pinch of salt from my favorite container

flour power

Flour. Power.


Oh how I love Tar Jay

blackberries in a bowl



crust:  2 cups flour

1 Tblsp salt

Buttered Crisco Shortening almost 1 cup

add shortening to flour and salt

stir with fork – make fine

1/4 cup water and 1 egg in small bowl – whisk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Add 1 Tblsp sugar to egg mixture

Add 1/2 Tblsp apple cider vinegar – whip with fork

Make well in flour mixture and add liquids

On clean tea towel roll 1/2 of dough then put in pie plate

Rinse fruit (enough to fill pie usually 1 pkg frozen if fresh not available)

Mix 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup sugar in bowl

Add fruit on top of pie crust then top with flour/sugar mixture

Roll out rest of pie crust and top the pie

Add holes for venting and push pie crust ends together

Brush milk on top with pastry brush and sprinkle with sugar

Bake on bottom shelf in oven for 1 hour

Comments are welcome!

Bring In Spring By Shopping!

Most of you know that my lovely sister in law and I share a space in the West Bottoms at a sweet shoppe called Brocante Bliss.  We really love to bring our ‘JUNK’ together and make a beautiful space.  If you have not been down to Kansas City to check out these amazing shoppes, which are only open once a month (first Friday, Saturday and Sunday) then you really are missing out.

Also later in the month you can find us at the amazing Fleeting Flea show in Overland Park.  We will be set up there on March 21-23.  This is another one of a kind event featuring local artists..

Later in the year we will be selling in Atchison and Illinois!  We are thrilled to have been included in the wildly famous Nada Farm Sale! If you read any of the Where Women (create/cook/business) Magazines then you are very familiar with the amazing Anne Marie.  I am truly honored to be apart of the show.

And plans have begun for the next Gathering!  So mark your calendars for our local show on Saturday September 28.  We are very excited for what the future holds for this event of ours.

Comments are welcome!

Happy Hens

I have chickens on my mind.  They were our first farm dream to come to realization and I have not looked back.  We love gathering eggs every day, so far it has not lost its wonder.  It is so fun to watch them strut their stuff around the farm. We are putting together our wish list of chicks to order and I can’t wait to have more frizzles and sultans with their funky feathers.

Thanks to Pinterest I came across this awesome blog with some really fun ideas to try in our coop.  I can’t wait for spring to arrive!



I just love their feathered hats!


I want to make one of these!!!





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Oh Honey Honey

I saw some cute bee skeeps like this one at Hobby Lobby this week.

I just love honeybees. And I love honey.  Apparently a lot of you do too as I have had some inquiries on how to get started on beekeeping.  While I do love the bees and the honey they produce, my husband primarily takes care of the hive.  I enjoy watching him do so but am more concerned about keeping the boys away.  Not even 1 month after we got our first hive my oldest son had a severe reaction to a sting (from what insect we do not know).  The reaction actually happened 4 hours after the sting and he went through horrible, gruesome testing to find out that he is not allergic to the 5 stinging insects that we know of (including the honeybee).  We still don’t know what stung/bite him but we keep the boys away from the bees and the EPI pen close by just in case.  It is always a good idea to make sure your neighbors and family members are not allergic and to keep an EPI pen.

This is a picture I took of one of our bees among the cucumber plants. Ignore the weeds.

If you want to get into beekeeping I strongly suggest reading lots of good blogs and watching YouTube videos.  Also google for a nearby BeeKeeping group you can belong to. Here are a few links I found helpful:

I even learned some new stuff!  And even Williams Sonoma is getting into the Farm Revolution! I am wanting to start some indoor seeds this month and hope to get some flowers out there going for my sweet bees.  We positioned ours near our garden and local clover fields.  I am still trying to figure out how you can have “clover honey” or “lavender honey” since bees travel amazing distances and is there really a way to know where all they have gathered there pollen from?  Yet another reason why I am so concerned with pesticides…..I don’t want my bees picking up any on their trips!


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Working Girl

It’s a new week!!!  And I am hoping the weatherman is right and it will be a warmer week!  Last week’s hormonal valleys and peaks on the forcast matched my own mood let me tell you.  I was so thankful for a warm day but to be followed up by an icy blizzard was no fun.  I’ve been working my baby steps and moving two steps forward and one step backwards but the difference my friend is HOPE.  And PROMISE.

I am really enjoying working part time outside of the home as a substitue teacher.  It is giving me fresh ideas on parenting that is for sure!  And I come back to my creative business with a little more appreciation and passion.  The people I am meeting in both walks of life are such a blessing.  Investing in people and relationships is truly the most rewarding way to spend time.  I really enjoyed my visit with my good friend Sheila Rumney of Blessed & Distressed this weekend.  She is such an inspiration.  Check out her latest blog post for a sweet tutorial.

I am trekking along in my photography class but am too embarrassed to post any photos yet.  It is much more complicated than I had thought it would be!  I am learning to read my manual and even was inspired to break out my car manual and figure out some of the gadgets on that techy thing.

Brocante Bliss was hopping this weekend and I had a blast chatting with customers!  I am really enjoying this new venue.  I am already dreaming up fun ways to usher in spring in the space next month!  What items are you looking for?  I am also creating some fun and fresh new spring scents in my candle line and booking some great venues as well.

I love the HOPE & PROMISE that comes with Spring.  As I walk around the farm doing chores I am already searching for signs that she is on her way.

What is bringing you HOPE & PROMISE this week?

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