Happy Mother’s Day !

Happy Mother’s Day – to every mom, grandma, fur mom, God mom, step mom, etc. etc. out there! I hope that every mom out there gets something special, whether its a homemade card, a hug, or just an hour on the front porch sharing a cup of tea with family.

This year, my wonderful mother decided she wanted a pie box…. yes I had to look up some examples, because quite frankly – who the heck still uses a pie box ? Either way, per her request I made her one, instead of buying her a brand new one. I wanted to show how much I love her, and thought that by making her one special would mean more, so let’s hope she likes it! If not, looks like I’ll be hitting up Etsy for a super cool pie box.

I bought only 2 pieces of pine, one 1″ x 12″ x 4′ and one 1″ x 6″ x 4′ and a box of brass wood screws an inch long from my local Busy Beaver. I have roughly 10 cans of stain in my stockpile, so no need to get a new shade this time. Here’s the basic plans I started with:

Needless to say, I didn’t quite keep to those plans. They were for a slatted look, but I went with a solid box look instead because the materials were easier to find, and of course execution would be done well within the time restraint I had. I used the 1′ wide plank for the base and for the lid, and the 6″ wide plank for the sides, making a simple solid box. I sanded it down to have smooth sides and seems all around, and stained it a neutral rustic color. It ended up being the right size for a 9″ pie pan, or it’s even tall enough for cakes too!

 Of course, if one is going to be gifted a pie box, it must have a pie included! I made a Key-Lemon Blueberry Pie ! (See what I did there? LOL) So I found the recipe via Pinterest on – and it was super simple, and delicious ! I followed the recipe, but had ridiculously large lemons, so didn’t need quite as many as recommended, but I did add more blueberries and lemon zest according to my personal preference.  The whole thing cost me about $3 per pie to make, and I ended up baking 3 pies, and everything was bought at my local Aldis.

 Adding some blueberries and candied lemon slices for a bit of an extra touch to show Mom I love her, and voila!


I personally think that cooking, baking, building, and just doing things as gifts shows so much more than handing Mom a card, or just taking her out for food in my family. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day !

Let me know what you did for Mom this year below !

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