Mud Pies


“To a coffee can filled 3/4 full of rich dirt, add just enough water to make a very firm mud. Pack this mud into the cups in the bottom half of a heavy cardboard egg carton. Set in the sun to dry slightly, then turn the carton over and unmold on a sunny terrace or sidewalk. When the pies are hard, they are done. Serves 12.”



—From”Mud Pies and Other Recipes: A Cookbook for Dolls” by Marjorie Winslow.

I just re-discovered this sweet little book tucked away in a box this afternoon. It was a gift for my dear friend, Nan many years ago that now is with me.

Nan and I share a doll. I know that probably sounds a bit unusual but, here’s what we do.

Ivy (that’s our doll’s name) stays with each of us for about a year at a time. When she arrives, she is always decked out in a new outfit that one of us makes for her year abroad. When I moved to Seattle in October, Ivy came with me bringing her wardrobe…and her cookbook.

I know Ivy is looking forward to making mud pies with me and some young friends this spring. Snow, sleet, hail, rain…we’ve had it all recently so, there is plenty of good rich mud around just waiting outside in my garden to make them.

Next  recipe in the book?

Pie-Throwing Pies
“Follow the first step in Mud Pies, only make it gloppier. Throw.”

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