Just another Monday….

Hey there!  I am happy to say I only have 6 more days left until my hubby is back in the country!  Today he’ll be visiting a school during an assembly and may have to speak!  Evan is a little reluctant to speak in front of people so I’m praying for courage for him and the others who may have to talk to a whole school assembly.  I do not think I could do that!

1 Chronicles 28:20 “David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.”

So… 6 days till Evan gets back and I am supposed to pack up as much of our house as possible!  We will be moving around the end of the month.  We started remodeling a house a few months ago and it is “almost” finished.  Evan does most of the work himself so it does take a little longer than having someone else do it.  I’ve been packing and my nephew Parker is here to help entertain Jackson.


Here’s the new house.  It looks quite a bit different now, we took out the garage door in the basement and added a regular door and some windows.  We added a garage at an angle on the left side.  And we tore out the deck in front of the bay window in the middle.  I’ll get some new pictures taken and post them soon

Packing away my baking things first and this is the best my pantry has EVER looked!!  Does anyone else have this many plastic bags?  They will come in handy as I pack my dishes.

Do you think I can get most of the house packed by the time he gets back?  I also want to squeeze in some shopping trips since Evan’s gone, lol.  I may have my work cut out for me!!

Have a terrific Monday!!


Weekends @ Home

As I sit here, I am sipping on the best hot chocolate EVER!  My husband’s mom, Linda, got me hooked about a week ago.  She gave me a packet and I made it that night.  I must tell you that I absolutely LOVE hot chocolate.  It’s something my mom and dad started.  We had hot chocolate all the time.  Now when their grandchildren come over they always ask for it as well.  One day I’ll tell you all about how my mom is always starting traditions with our family.


So if you haven’t tried this, you simply must!

This has been the first weekend since I started my blog and I believe I was fooling myself if I thought I could post every single day.  Plus that might be a strain on our relationship!  Don’t forget to leave me some comments by the way.  No one likes to be in a one sided conversation!  So that I won’t disappoint myself, I am going to let you know now that my weekends are mostly spent with my family unless I have the occasional wedding or family to photograph.  I’m not saying I won’t post at all, but it will probably be mostly pictures.  I’m sure you won’t mind that, lol!

My mom works 4 days a week and is off on Fridays.  Since we had our baby, Jackson, and I decided to stay home, my mom and I get together on Fridays and usually sew or bake something.  My mom is an excellent seamstress and an amazing baker/cook.  She graduated from college as a librarian and home-ec teacher.  So she knows all the tricks of the trade.  She’s my very own Martha.  Over the past year she has had to really slow down and actually teach me though.  I am very appreciative and want to learn all that I can from her.  I want our time together to be documented so that I never forget what I learn from her.  I will call these segments “Fridays at Home.”  Home because no matter how old I get I think I’ll always consider my mom and dad’s house “home.”  But since Evan is gone, my Friday turned into the weekend. 

Jackson stayed the night with Mom and Dad on Thursday night and I came over Friday morning pretty early.  Mom had her cast iron skillet out and started peeling apples.  I knew exactly what she was doing and I immediately began making the pie crust.  We were making an apple pie in a skillet. I had this all pictured in my head.  You put the pie crust in the bottom of the skillet and then your pie filling and then turn the edges over onto the filling.  No need for a top crust.  I have been waiting to make a pie like this!!  Mmm…  the best!


TThere’s Mom’s pie filling recipe.  She used 8-Red Delicious apples.  The cinnamon came from Country Cupboard.  She poured the sugar, water, corn starch, and cinnamon into the peeled and sliced apples and cooked them for about 30 minutes till they were really soft.  Image

I made the pie crust using the recipe from our food processor, which we both got for Christmas last year.  It’s almost the same as Martha Stewart’s Pate Brisee.  It’s such an awesome pie crust but it does have to be chilled for a while.  When I’m in a hurry I make the Crisco crust.  Both are great but I like to mix it up sometimes!  I rolled the pie crust out and put it into the skillet.  I rolled it so that it was quite a bit larger than the skillet.  We added the apple pie filling and then turned the extra crust over onto the filling and baked it at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes. Just until the crust was a nice golden color.  This pie was heavenly!  

And here are just a few more pictures from our weekend.  My nephew Parker feeding the baby calf he named Parker!  Jack loves popcorn!  My sister Jenna came home from dental school.  We visited my Grandpa Roy in Winona and stopped at the scenic lookout and I loved the curves along the highway.  Below those are just some bath pictures of Jack that I just couldn’t pass up!  

Please remember to pray for my husband Evan who is in Africa on a mission trip.  On Saturday, they began working on the construction project and it makes me think of Philippians 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  And Sunday will be filled with visiting and possibly sharing what Christ has done in his life.  So I’m praying for him to be able to speak encouraging words to the people.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are.”  

Thank you and sorry this is so long!  It’s 3 days worth!  



Gimme some energy!

Good morning!  Just a little update, Evan is in the air somewhere between Amsterdam and South Africa!  He sent me a facebook message last night at 11:30 saying they had landed in Amsterdam and would be getting on another flight soon.  This would be the longest flight of the three.  He will have been traveling for about 24 hours by the time they finally reach Cape Town and it will be 10:3o p.m.  I believe they are 8 hours ahead of us, so it’ll be about 2:30 p.m. here in Missouri when he gets there.  Just in time for me and Jack to snuggle up and take a little nap!

So today, I will be praying for Evan to have energy and endurance.  He’ll be on a plane for most of the day and I’m sure it can be very tiring.  I know I’d feel like doing nothing after traveling for 24 hours and switching many time zones.  I’d feel pretty sluggish!

Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

I just pray that Evan will have the endurance to do the will of God in Cape Town.  He has felt led to help the people in South Africa and I’m so excited for him to be there.

I’m still waiting on the group photo or I would insert it [HERE]!!

Last night, I needed to make cupcakes for my sister in law and my niece came to help.  After we were finished I asked if she wanted to stay the night or go home.  She so sweetly said, “Cass, I’ll stay the night with you so you won’t be lonely.”  So, here’s just a few pictures from our cupcake baking!  And they were delicious!!

Pearcy did all the hard work!  We used an ice cream scoop to get same sized cupcakes, but with a 6 year old in control they didn’t always turn out the same!

Of course  we had to try these cupcakes so we made our own special cupcake in a large muffin pan.  They were so scrumptious!  I used sanding sugar from Country Cupboard in Licking, Mo.  It’s a simple way to add a little pizazz without too much work.  It was only $1.88 and there’s a ton of sugar in there! LOVE Country Cupboard!  They have everything!

Ok have a great day!  I’m off to my moms.  She’s off on Fridays so I always go and we usually make something!  Can’t wait to share with you!

Waffles Anyone??

Today half of my heart will be in Africa.  Well technically tomorrow, but it starts today.  My husband, Evan, is on his way to Cape Town, South Africa as we speak.  I just talked to him and he was getting ready to board his plane which takes off very soon.  He is on a mission trip with our church and will be in South Africa tomorrow.

His 30 pound suitcase holds enough clothing for 10 days and some random snacks.  We weren’t sure about the food there so we packed some beef jerky and granola bars.  We also put in some tylenol PM for the long plane ride in case he wasn’t able to sleep, benadryl in case of an allergic reaction and some meds for anything upsetting his stomach.  You have to be prepared, you know!  I also snuck some pictures of our little guy in his books and his bible so he has a little surprise while he’s reading.

Last night it finally hit me that he would be gone for 10 days on the other side of the world.  I tried to do a quick search on how many miles away Cape Town is but I wasn’t able to find it but this map (thank you Google Maps) shows it clearly.

I have been praying for his trip and of course I’m praying for safety, courage, a good trip, lost people to be saved, etc.  I also wanted to pray for specific things each day depending on what they have scheduled each day.  Each day, I’ll list what I’m praying for each day and you can pray along if you’d like.

2/2 (Today)  Rest.  Evan will be switching flights multiple times as he goes and encountering many people.  I pray that he is able to find some quiet time and rest so that he will be ready to begin working when they finally make it to South Africa.

Mark 6:31 says, “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them,“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

So… why waffles?  Well, to keep me busy I decided I’d make waffles today.  Jack and I loved them!!

I did cheat and just used a mix but they were still tasty!!  Have a great day!


P.S…  was this post too long?  Too many pictures, not enough?  Let me know so I don’t bore you to death!

Welcome to the Blackberry Patch!

Hi there!  I’m Cassi.  I am a 26 year old wife, mother and photographer.  I have decided to start a blog about me and all the things a wife and mom does.

I have been married to my best friend and love of my life for 6 years and my mothering career just began a little over a year ago.  I’m not a very experienced cook, let alone a good one!  I don’t enjoy housework or cleaning but am forced to do it.  I absolutely love crafts and sewing but have a hard time finding the time to do it.

So basically I want to blog about learning to be a great wife and mom.  My goal is to share my experiences with you as I become the wife, mother, and person I can possibly be.  So please follow along as I teach myself to cook, sew, and attempt to keep a house clean.

My blog may or may not include topics such as:

  • family
  • traditions
  • organizing
  • cleaning
  • cooking
  • sewing
  • crafting
  • decorating
  • photography tips

Thank you for checking me out and feel free to leave me some comments below!  Have a great day!