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My Grandma
by Tricia Draper

My Grandma is one of my most inspirational people in my life.   We have a close bond that neither time nor distance can erase.  When I was six years old, my family moved to Texas from Iowa.  I missed her so much.  She had been so close when we lived up there.  We had countless tea parties, with real china dishes, (very exciting for a five year old).   If I was lucky, we even had some of her homemade chocolate pie.

After moving, we were sure to visit at least twice a year.  Every Christmas and summer we made the 12-hour trip to see all of our family.  It was wonderful to pull up in the driveway knowing she was inside waiting for me.  And, at each dinner, we were sure to have at least 3-4 different kinds of pies.  They were all delicious, but to this day, everyone still agrees her chocolate pie is the best.

Twenty years later, she and I talk or write often, but it gets harder and harder to go up for a visit.  But, each time I’m lucky enough to go, I know she’ll be there standing at the door with big hugs and a chocolate pie just waiting to be devoured.

Grandma Prugh’s Chocolate Pie
by Tricia Draper

1 sm. box Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 sm. box Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
3 cups Vanilla ice cream
Cool Whip
Chocolate Hershey Bar

In medium bowl, mix puddings, vanilla, milk, and ice cream.  Beat on low with mixer.  Pour into baked or Graham cracker pie crust.  Cover with Cool Whip, and top with chocolate shavings.

Tricia Draper, author, editor, and freelance journalist, lives in Decatur, TX with her husband and young son.  Her books include: Angels Among Us, (PageFree, 2003), The Writersville Charity Cookbook (PageFree, 2003), and (Bobbby Bear Learns to be a Cowboy, (PageFree, 2004).  Please visit her site at: Tricia Draper Author Website or e-mail her at:

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