Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pecan Pie Day

Photo courtesy of Lane Southern Orchards, Ft. Valley, Georgia
Today was a pecan pie day though I didn't actually eat pecan pie.  Truthfully I didn't even see pecan pie, but it was still 
a pecan pie day.   

When I was growing up my favorite dessert was pecan pie.  We only had it once a year at Thanksgiving so I always looked forward to November.   When I was in second grade it just so happened that my elementary school had several large pecan trees on the grounds near where I waited for the school bus.  In October the pecans began to fall so while I waited for the bus I would pick up pecans.  My mother would get home from work and I would beg for a pecan pie.  She finally made a deal with me that if I could bring home enough pecans, crack and shell them, she would make a pie.   The next day the school bell rang and we were dismissed so I ran straight for the school yard to start picking up nuts.   It happened to be a cool and blustery day with overcast skies but no rain.  I won't ever forget it.  It was on that gray and windy day I was scrambling to fill my pockets with as many pecans as possible.  I wanted that pie.  Once home from school I squeezed a pair of the nuts together with all my might to crack one open in order to get to the nuts.  By the time my mother got home, my tiny hands had managed to shell enough pecans for a pie, plus some.   

So when the day is cloudy, windy and the temperatures start to fall like it was today, for me, it's just another pecan pie day.   Guess we'll be having pecan pie this week.


  1. What a cute story. I love pecan pie too.

    Happy Pecan Pie Day.

    Sandie with love

    Hey are you going December 7th?

  2. I love this story! Brings back sweet childhood memories although we usually had mincemeat pie. I never really knew what that was...some mystery dried fruits I think. Anyway, pecan pie sounds lovely and if you'll pick me some pecans I will share the pie with you..;j

  3. What a wonderful story! I could just picture it. Pecan Pie is my favotite pie too. I only have it at Thanksgiving also.

  4. That's a sweet story.
    As it happens, I'm planning a pecan pie for a luncheon I'm having on Friday - and a lemon pie and a banana cream pie too!

  5. This is such a sweet story! Pecan pie is so good. I would have worked picking up and cracking nuts if I knew I'd have pie at the end :)

  6. I have several (o.k., a lot) memories associated with food and most of them are also associated with autumn. Maybe that's why it is my favorite season. I grew up in the south and often had pecan pie. We only had chocolate pecan pie (Derby Pie) once a year in May.
    Even though we lived in Virginia, we celebrated the Derby with the Blue Grass state.


  7. back from a trip. love your childhood memory. Always keep this memory alive. rose

  8. We still pick up pecans every year and I make pecan pies every Christmas. Wonderful recipe that makes 3! Did you buy the pecans shown in your picture? I think they are from farms in my hometown and owned by friends!!! Glad you got home safely. I am soooo behind in my blog reading. Finally got a post in today. Life is too busy lately!

  9. What a wonderful memory. I really love this story. I am new to your blog but will be back often. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary