( This one is for my Mom)

( this is the recipe !!!Original publication: Good Housekeeping Date: July 1982 via

So the very first memory I have of making a pie is that of a family favorite. My sister and I now all grown up, have introduced this same gorgeous beaut to our husbands and kids; and have turned them all into pudding pie loving beings. Drum roll please...... it is in fact the classic pudding pie. Now if you have been in the US for a bit of time you no doubt have your version of this circling your family recipes,  and ours in my house was the one that my mom clipped from the paper in 1982, and has stayed in her book ever since         (now who will inherit that piece of paper should be interesting). It was essentially and advertisement for cook and serve jello pudding, but none the less happens to be the best pudding pie ever!!! ( see clip recipe) Jello had a ton of Americana Recipes they put out in the 70's-80's, that happen to be fantabulous. And now thanks to the internet you can find and love it again. It also happens to be easy, and never fails to be tasty and come out perfect!!!

We always had a more traditional crust with our pie ( like the picture), so really it tastes best to me that way ( its all about the memory) but, I have made it with a graham crust for parties and for those who prefer it that way and its all about that filling. ( i get it)

I can taste it now..... #nomnom 

Things my mom taught me are endless, and well hell since I am close to 40, I feel now is the time to say these things more and more- don't you think? They are not things always said or written and sometimes you should say it because well it just makes them feel good- like there purpose was fulfilled. So this is a little something about me and my mom. She and I have a beautiful relationship. I luckily have it with both my parents. And I have very different and very individual relationships with each of them. But with my mom its always been easy!!!  As I get older and enter each chapter in my own life I also see our relationship twist and turn, I can now see how our friendship also become a momship.

It pops out of me when I am with my children of course, and often when I talk to her about my mom issues. I notice I sound like her often when i interact with my own children which give me comfort to forge ahead. And sometimes its when I say to myself what would she do. But, mostly its how My mom always would lead by example. It was how she was with her friends, family, business peers. How she gave us hugs when we said we were fine, and how she would be firm when I tried to push her boundary. (wink)

I always saw her being nice/understanding even when it took all of her to do so - but what I realize in my older self, is that she allowed herself to feel - yes i said fell! but mostly in front of us. She was not afraid to show us she was human. She was all the titles we have today, a woman, a friend, a working woman, a mom, a wife, a friend, a leader, a follower, she had pain and happiness, and we were a part of all of it!! Ups and downs, tears and laughter.  She taught me its OK, life moves forward. You take what you have learned and move it forward, and to always make sure your family and friends feel it too.

She allowed me to be a creative soul, a person who traveled, laughed, and was just a carefree girl who understood herself and would one day help my own children feel too. She once told me in my teens,

"you have good years and you have bad years, but the good will out weigh and always make you forget the bad"      .......... AND SHE WAS RIGHT!!! (they often are)

so with that being said here we go with this recipe...... 



Total crust time 18 min- you can use store bought ( no judgement I have ttly done it )

A pie crust recipe that works perfectly for sweet and savory pies. This pie crust recipe is made by hand and will become a favorite recipe.
Serves: 1 9-inch pie crust
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¼ cup butter + more for buttering pie plate or skillet
  • 4-5 tablespoons ice water
  1. Butter a 9-inch pie plate or skillet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Cut in the shortening and butter with a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  3. Gradually add enough ice water to the mixture while mixing with a wooden spoon until a ball of dough is formed.
  4. Pour the dough onto a lightly floured sheet of plastic wrap and form into a disc. Lightly flour the top of the pie dough and place another sheet of plastic wrap on top. Rolling from the center, roll until the dough is about a ⅛-inch thickness. Remove the top piece of plastic wrap, fold the dough over and lay across the pie plate and remove the bottom piece of plastic wrap. Press the pie dough lightly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Cover the pie plate with a piece of the plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
  5. If pre-baking, use a fork and lightly prick the bottom and sides of the pie dough.Then preheat the oven to 425º F and bake the pie crust for about 8 minutes.
  6. If not pre-baking, simply fill the pie crust with pie filling and bake according to instructions for the pie recipe


(what ever you do this must be the same) 

Double Chocolate Cream Pudding Pie 


2 (4 oz.) pkg. Jello brand, cooked, chocolate pudding and pie filling
3-1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. butter
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 baked 9-inch pie shell

2) Combine pie filling mix, milk, butter and chips in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full bubbling boil. Remove from heat.

3) Cool 5 minutes, stirring twice. Pour into shell. Refrigerate 3 hours. Garnish with whipped topping and grated chocolate, or even a berry if desired.

Bring this to your next dinner, or simply bust it out one night and surprise your kids with it.

Its a sure thing. A hit maker. A winner. But most of all a memory builder.....

love you Mom/Becky!!!

love Audra 

PICS ARE -ME AND MY MOM -MY SISTER AND I AS MOMS -AND MY SISTER AND I IN 1982 (the year my mom found the recipe)

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