She had a hand in it

By Mir
November 22, 2007

Yesterday I cooked and worked and cooked and worked and cooked some more and worked some more and told my daughter that if she behaved she could help me with the pies and that if she didn’t, I would chop her up and put her IN the pies.

It was mixed bag of a day—rather more frenetic that I would’ve liked, plus it’s hard to behave when you’re off school and everyone is busy ignoring you in favor of preparing dinner for people you don’t even KNOW, MOM—but in the end, we more or less did both.

I hope our guests like pie.

I’ve never made a pie with a lattice top before, mostly because—like baking bread, before I started doing it—for some reason I believed it would be too difficult for my wee, delicate little mind. It really isn’t.

Mmmm... cherry pie

(Of course, the filling of that pie came from cans, because that’s what my children like, and I am a sucker.)

Then, of course, we had to have pumpkin pie, and here I made good on my threat.

Gobble, gobble! Eat my pumpkin pie!

I think Chickadee will still live a productive life with only one hand, and after all, it WAS in the name of extreme cuteness that she gave it up.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


  1. Burgh Baby's Mom

    I hope Chickadee is left-handed because re-learning to write would not be the most fun a person can have.

    Happy Turkey day, Mir, Otto, and Mirspawn!

  2. Flea

    It certainly is a cute hand, and occupational therapy will get her through the rough patches. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, lovely Mir!

  3. Jill

    Happy Thanksgiving! I always thought lattice top pies would be too hard too, so I’ve never tried making one. Maybe now I will!

  4. Heather

    I love your little turkey pie topper! That’s so clever. I’ve never actually attempted to make a pie completely from scratch at all, so I’m quite intimidated, but I think that I will try this year. (not for Thanksgiving, mine was in October anyhow. But for Just Because.)
    Happy Thanksgiving, my American friend! ;-)


    Now that is a cool looking pie!

  6. Lisa

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Cute pies! I love the turkey hand topper – what a great idea!

  7. Kim

    Cute pies and the lattice top looks lovely!!! I’m sure Chickadee will adjust well. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. Andrea

    Yes, pies from scratch intimidate me too! That turkey hand topper is AWESOME and quite an inspiration though. :) Great job, Chickadee (and mom).

  9. All Adither

    Impressive. Did you make the crust from scratch? That’s the part I abhor. But otherwise I think pies are great fun.

  10. Mrs.A

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

    (It seemed like the perfect time to delurk, for some reason — maybe those awesome-looking pies are what did it)!

    That and the wonderful MRI post that I still can’t seem to stop laughting over! :)

  11. Fold My Laundry Please

    Happy Thanksgiving! That turkey is so cute and your lattice work is beeeyootiful! Have a good one!

  12. Kimberly

    That is adorable. Makes me wish it were more than just a boring old Thursday here!

  13. Karen

    Wonderful lattice pie….and I love the pumpkin ‘turkry’ pie….so cute! Have a wonderful day.

  14. Contrary

    My poor bare little store bought pumpkin pie is weeping at it’s nakedness.

    Don’t cry, little pie.

    Cool artwork Mir!

  15. Kimmie

    Beautiful pies!!!!!!!!

    Hope the people you “don’t even know” enjoy their Thanksgiving at your home!!!!

  16. Ashlee

    Awesome! I am so stealing that idea!! Thanks for the secret to cast iron corn bread as well:)

  17. shannon in oregon

    three kinds of pie in our house!

    the lattice on yours is perfect. i just do crumb topping because…well, i adore crumb topping.

    man, is it time for pie yet?!?!?! i got a shoo fly pie singing its siren song in the kitchen…blasted pie!

  18. Marissa

    I wish I saw this last night before I made my pies!!!!!!!!!!!! We are DEFINITELY doing that next year, I love the kids hand as a turkey.

  19. elizabeth

    love the pies. never thought to put a topper on a pumpkin pie but you did beautifully.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. D

    Lattice is pretty easy, ain’t it? Though your strips look nearly perfect [envy]. Have a great holiday – and enjoy the pies – they photos look great. :-)

  21. The Other Leanne

    mmmmmmm, pie…..!
    Be sure to thank Miss Chickadee for lending a hand with the pie.
    (Sometimes I just crack me up!)
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  22. Chuck

    Cool pies. I’m leaving the cooking to my sister, and bringing some rolls.

  23. Laura

    How freakin’ cute is THAT???? Now I’m bummed my pies are already done because I have to wait until next year to do embellish my pumpkin pie with a hand turkey.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. amy

    Too cute… kinda gross that she’s going to eat her hand tho…

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. kidzmama

    The pies are picture perfect. I hope your unkown guests loved them too!

    I’m sure by now they’re all gone. Good thing you took pictures to prove they existed.

    Enjoy having the kids home again tomorrow!

  26. Daisy

    Cute! I am so knocked-out tired by the time the pie comes I don’t think I’d even notice the adorable handprint. I hope you displayed it ahead of time for bragging rights.

  27. Cele

    It’s the best type of Thanksgiving. Happy.

  28. David

    Lovely work, Mir (and Chickadee). When I make a pie, I do just the opposite: home-made filling, store-bought crust. I used to make the crust too, but I’ve gotten kind of lazy in my middle age. Latice-work tops are indeed classy! Nice touch with that hand-jivin’ turkey, too. ;-)

  29. MomCat

    Pie R not square! Pie R very cute!

  30. Aimee

    Okay, how cute is that hand? I *love* it!

    Happy belated Thanksgiving!

  31. Katrina Stonoff

    Look, at that. Your pies look fabulous!

  32. mama speak

    OMG!!! I lurve you turkey/hand topper & I am so stealing that idea!!! (Don’t worry I’ll give you credit. ;-)

    Funny thing, I never knew you could BUY pie crust already made until I was in college!!! Pies, in my family, are kinda a big deal. They take the place of the B-day cake many times during the year and they are only entrusted to be made by a select few (and even among them, they each have their specialties). So, I never knew they had such marvelous things as pre-made crust or pie filling until I had moved out of the house. So modern this new world order of ours…

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