Nana’s Pies


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I recall my mother’s flaky pie crusts and tasty pies. Blueberry, apple and pumpkin to name a few.  She learned from her mother, my Nana Mooney.  Admittedly, I love cooking and won the Colorado State 4-H Champion purple ribbon for the dinner I prepared for four on a budget of $2.50.  This was in the early 60s and hence the price.  Somehow I did not inherit the pie-making craft from my Nana and my mother.  I tried my fair share of lemon meringue and chocolate cream pies, but the crusts were not as flaky as Nana’s.  At least one of my sisters inherited the pie-making gene!

Since we just had a brief family reunion for one of our friends in West Virginia, my husband and I will go out for our festive dinner. No mess.  No fuss.  No cleanup.  The cooking will be done by the pros although by now, I should also be one.


We wish everyone a lovely Thanksgiving with family reunions, laughter, conversation, music, dancing, sharing meals and wonderful family moments. I have fond memories of family Thanksgiving dinners in Pueblo, Colorado.  After saying grace, we enjoyed a simple meal of turkey, dressing, stuffing cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and relish dishes of carrot and celery sticks with a dash of salt and lemon juice plus dishes of black and green olives.  For dessert, we had pumpkin pie.  We played a family board game of Monopoly some years or Scrabble.  Or one of us played the piano and the family sang a few songs.  Just simple times of a loving family making memories.

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4 Responses to Nana’s Pies

  1. Annika Perry says:

    A very Happy Thanksgiving, Mary Ann! ❤️ I smile at your pie-making gene as I’m sure these exist…I know I definitely haven’t inherited the needlework gene from my grandmother or mother! Flaky pastry is notoriously difficult and I’ve never even dared to try…your Nana Mooney’s sound divine! Wonderful memories that you share…wishing you a very special celebration (another one!)

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    • You are so kind with your Thanksgiving wishes to us. I recall one chocolate cream pie I made and read the pastry directions incorrectly and produced a very crunchy-sounding pie crust which was just plain awful! When I asked my father, he said it was fine and continued to munch away. They rest of us just ate the inside and discarded the crust. Live and learn! My tribute this Thanksgiving is to Nana Mooney and her daughter, Mary, my mother. I can’t wait to hear about your book now that it is at the publisher’s. Good luck and enjoy the weekend.

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  2. There is a trick to making pie crusts I too haven’t mastered. Mine are much better than store-bought but not as good as the pros. We’re doing pumpkin cheesecake this Thanksgiving instead!

    Have a wonderful feast, Mary Ann.

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