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  • Mud Pies

    From The Topeka State Journal, August 26, 1913. By Anna P. Bryant.

    Plums are pebbles, and you can mix
    Nice brown dirt and chopped-up sticks,
    Pat it down and set in the sun—
    When it gets hard your pie is done!

    Sand is frosting; sift it fine;
    Sprinkle thick till it gets a shine
    Just like mother’s—I guess that you
    Would have a piece if I asked you to.

    Mince and apple and custard thick!
    Haven’t I done my baking quick?
    Watch me, now, while I cut my pie—
    Whoever wants a piece say “I!”