The Pumpkin Pie Fiasco

Grandma Kc wrote this on November 29th, 2013 15 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

Pumpkin on the tableI’m not sure how old I was when this all happened but I am guessing I was about five. I was old enough to know how to turn on the oven but I wasn’t old enough to read a recipe. Our mom was sick and while she was resting in the bedroom upstairs, my sister (4) and I decided we should do something nice for her – and make a pie! How hard could it be? I had an easy bake and I was experienced!

We decided on a pumpkin pie! We knew that there were large jars of pumpkin in the basement that mom had canned. At five, I already knew that making a piecrust was hard so we decided our pie didn’t need one. I’m not sure why we decided we shouldn’t bother to put it in a pie pan as I vividly remember that we made it a glass Pyrex bread pan.

I guess we had never actually seen mom make a pumpkin pie because we thought all you had to do was take the pumpkin out of the big jar and put it in the pan and bake it. There was no recipe on the side of the glass jar like there is on the can of Libby’s pumpkin, not that I could have read it! So we just dumped it in and put it in the oven. Done! It smelled so wonderful cooking!

The minute we took it out of the oven, we knew we had to take it upstairs to mom and show her. Somehow, we thought she would be so pleased. My mom was never one of those moms who would praise you and pretend something was wonderful even if it wasn’t. She didn’t like our gift of a pan of baked pumpkin that really tasted like squash without the cinnamon, eggs, sugar and such. She wasn’t very happy with us and it just got worse.

I don’t know why my little sister ended up carrying the still hot pan back down the stairs. We lived in an old style home where the stairway was enclosed and very narrow. She slipped. Our pie went all over the walls and steps; the two of us were in tears.

Daddy had to finish cleaning up after us when he got home from work. We were too short to reach some of the globs. I do remember running my fingers through a couple of those globs while I was cleaning and being repeatedly disappointed by how it tasted when those fingers ended up in my mouth. It had just smelled so good.

Pecan Pie by Kc cooling

While I am still intimidated by piecrusts,
I am much better at making pies now!

15 thoughts on “The Pumpkin Pie Fiasco

  1. Joy @ Yesterfood

    I am really enjoying the memory-stories you are writing for Amara. 🙂 Your pumpkin pie story is so sweet, and so “”kid”! How many of us don’t have a memory of doing something that we thought would be sooo great and then it turned out sooo badly? 🙂

    Your “grownup” pie is gorgeous!

    Love, Joy

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Joy! I really am having fun and it has even gotten Jenna, Amara’s Mom, remembering and sharing stories of her own childhood.

      Now! If I could just get my pie crusts to look like your pie crusts! But I am really good with the fillings!

  2. Joyce

    It is so sweet when kids make a gesture of love like this, but without a clue as to the havoc they are wreaking! My sisters and I swooped down on grandma’s newly blossomed tulips and picked them all once to “surprise” her with a beautiful bouquet. She was very gracious about it (that’s a grandma for you!) but mother had to tell us not to do it again!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I bet it was a wonderful bouquet! How sweet that your grandmother would take it as the wonderful surprise that it was intended to be. I’m trying to remember if Amara’s Mommy ever did anything like that and how I reacted… I may have to ask her!

  3. Olga

    That is such a funny story. I was not so adventurous as a kid, but my sister has a few such stories of early ventures into the culinary field. She is a much better cook than I to this day. I do make a really mean pie crust, though.

  4. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    Your recent pie looks delicious! And, I remember making fudge for my grandfather but I didn’t know you had to cook it. He ate it with a spoon and never said a word. There is a definite difference in responses between parents and grandparents. 🙂

  5. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Your dad sure was nice to clean up the mess after you girls did your best to make Mom better. This reminds me of a mint cake my sisters and I made my mom long, long ago. Why a mint cake, I have no idea. But it, too, was a complete disaster, with so much mint (I think we used the entire bottle of extract), sunk in the middle and ooey, gooey gunk. My mom didn’t like our food offering much either.

    These recorded memories are great. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Sandy

    What a sweet gesture to make your mom feel better! Your hearts were sure in the right place!

    I have a funny memory of making a surprise that went awry as well. I was about 12 years old I think, and I decided to bake a cake for my Grampa’s birthday while he and Grama were at work. It came out really pretty and I even managed to get all the layers on straight. I frosted it with blue frosting and put candles on top. Now the problem was where to hide it so it could be a surprise. Once the oven cooled off, it was the perfect hiding place! Apparently I was outside playing when Grama came home and preheated the oven for whatever she was making for dinner. My cake didn’t look as nice with melted candles and frosting running down the sides. 🙁

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Oh honey!

      That is such a sad story. Your cake sounds like it was wonderful and she never got to see how pretty it was. You really must have been devastated. xoxoxo

  7. KImberly

    You know I love those little ones so, but I seriously hate me some pumpkin. I don’t know if I could have pulled off looking pleased and pretending to eat it, but likely I would have tried. That is such a precious/sad/sweet story.

  8. Susan Adcox

    I remember deciding to make oatmeal cookies one day while my mom was working in the yard. I had no idea you needed a recipe. I had a big glop of oatmeal and sugar and eggs in a bowl when my mom came in and found it. She scraped it into the garbage! Your pecan pie looks wonderful! I made one for Thanksgiving, and it was a big hit.

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Obviously your cookie incident impacted you as you still remember it! You must have been devastated watching her scrape it all away.

      We love pecan pie. Now if pecans just didn’t cost so darned much!


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