Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hometown Memories: Mud Pies

I’ve known my best friend, Cathy, since we were four years old. We met through our moms who became acquaintances at the school our brothers attended. We used to wave to each other at the school as we waited by our mom’s side but didn’t see each other socially.

Well, one day after our older siblings had been dropped off for their afternoon kindergarten class, my mother invited her and her mother to stop by the house for awhile. They did. And while the moms were hanging around the kitchen sipping coffee and chit-chatting about oh-so-boring grownup stuff, Cathy and I hung out in my room enjoying fun kid stuff. Like making mud pies that we baked and cooled on the windowsill. That is my earliest memory of her. Little did I know at the time that it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that is still going strong 46 years later. And counting.

Incidentally, here is the mud pie recipe, in case anyone is interested:

Mix ½ a cup of mud with a ¼ cup of water until smooth and pour into a toy pie plate. Sprinkle with lots of giggles and oodles of childhood imagination, and place in a pretend oven (a windowsill will do) to bake. The pie will be done when laughter subsides and you’re ready to move onto the next imaginary game.

38 comments:

  1. What a heart warming story, friendship is everything. Greetings and best wishes!

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  2. What a cute recipe, how special to have a friend like that!

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  3. How wonderful to have a friend over almost the whole season of your life! That's rare these days I think!

    betty

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    1. It is wonderful. As far back as I can remember, she's always been in my life.

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  4. A great story. I still love to make mud pies.

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    1. And why not? You gotta keep the kid in you alive!

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  5. Brilliant post, Martha. Truly great.

    Is this also your first memory of baking? Or is there a worm spaghetti that you've done before this? Or is that more of a boy imagination dish? Also, I forgot how to spell spaghetti so I did the wadddsdsa trick. I love that trick.

    Hope you slept better today.

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    1. Sure is my first baking experience. And I never did make a worm spaghetti. Definitely not my thing! Even though I grew up with two brothers.

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  6. Fun memories with a good friend. Wonderful that you are still friends today!

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    1. That's the best part of it, Linda; that we're still friends so many years later!

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  7. Sweet memories, especially baking it in the window-sill. I remember doing that.
    It's amazing to have had a 46 yr (and still going) friendship. Mud pies are a great launching point.

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    1. Mud pies are definitely a great launching point. It sure worked for us!

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  8. Making mud pies is fun! Probably not fun for the person who has to do laundry but fun for the people making them. :-)

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    1. It's worth the laundry for these types of memories!

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  9. Such fun with a childhood friend! I'm glad that you have these special memories, Martha. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I enjoy reminiscing about these moments. They are very special.

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  10. I tried that recipe, it must be a finer taste kind of thing. It tasted like dirt to me

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    1. It certainly is an acquired taste, Adam :)

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  11. Hi Martha. I must say that I have never tried this recipe but who knows? I may give it a whirl!!
    Fun story and thanks for sharing.

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    1. And don't forget to add some giggles and childhood imagination, Jim. Those are the most important ingredients :)

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  12. What lovely memories ... and that mud pie recipe just perfect ... 'Sprinkle with lots of giggles and oodles of childhood imagination' - sounds good.

    Hope your week is going well

    All the best Jan

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    1. It's those two ingredients that give it the best results :)

      I hope your week is going well, too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. You did this in the house? There's gotta be another part to the story. Great friendship .

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    1. That was my thought too - you were making mud pies inside your bedroom? As a mum, I'd be a bit cross about that.

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    2. We were four years old and there was just a small amount of mud. Nothing to freak out over. This moment may have created a very small mess but it also created a very special memory and a lifelong friendship. Worth a little dirt, if you ask me! Plus, my mom didn't freak out too easily about stuff like that.

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    3. You had a very fortunate situation where Mom was very accepting of some shenanigans.

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    4. She was, although she did have her limits. But all in all, she was pretty patient with us.

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  14. Mudpies yeah, who didn't make and bake ones? Such a heartwarming memory with your childhood and friend.

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    1. Childhood is very special when you throw in a few mud pies!

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  15. Wow! Good friends are treasures. I still have a few friends from childhood.
    It's been too long since I've visited.
    R

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    1. There are some friends that become extra special over time! They are indeed treasures!

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  16. wow it's probably the only thing \i could make, wow 4 years old I remember so clearly leaving my best friend from Montreal when we moved...I still see her face hear her voice...sweet memory....

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    1. When you are truly compatible with someone, you become lifelong friends. It's a wonderful thing when that happens.

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