Monthly Archives: March 2015

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There are so many items of interest at PJP lately…I just realized that I’ve neglected some SERIOUS news to share with you…

After 11 months of fielding phone calls, emails, and Facebook messages that all asked a singular question, I’m ready to respond:



And look, you may not be gluten-free…you may not even know what gluten actually is.  But the reality is that in this world, you likely know someone who restricts their gluten intake…or simply can’t eat any gluten at all.  Or at least has a Pinterest board of gluten-free recipes.  And we at Team PJP believe strongly that PIE IS FOR EVERYONE.

We’ve worked for quite a bit on a gluten-free option.  We are pretty famous for our pie crust…and it turns out that if you don’t use regular all-purpose baking white flour in our recipe, the end results are pretty different.  We tried a number of options, including rice flour and a few other substitutes, but nothing felt PJP approved.

We stumbled upon a gluten-free baking mix a month ago or so and decided to give it a whirl.  It was a bit more difficult to work with (for your mental image…it involved the use of wax paper and swear words).  But when we baked some test stripes in the oven, we knew we had done something amazing.  It was DELICIOUS.  We all ate the sample dough straight from the oven and wished we had more, so we knew we were on our way.

We sampled out both a gluten-free Strawberry Rhubarb and a gluten-free American Apple to customers who had asked about gluten-free and both recipients loved it.  And that is all we needed to make it a thing.

A few notes –

  • Gluten-Free will only be available in the 9-inch variety;
  • Until we get a vibe for popularity, we won’t stock gluten-free in the store, so be sure to order the day before you would like to pick it up;
  • Obviously, we aren’t a dedicated gluten-free kitchen…so if that is something your diet requires, please contact us and discuss your options before ordering.

As far as we’ve tried, there isn’t anything we can’t make gluten-free, so commence jumping up and down in joy if you’ve been waiting for this option.  And can someone please pin this post to their gluten-free board?

Sorry, Not Sorry

Early in our quest to bring PJP V. 2.0 to fruition, Behind-The-Scenes-Tech-Guru Jason logged on to stake our claim in our very own corner of cyberspace by purchasing the URL for our yet-to-be built website.  Except… was already owned by a person in Japan.



Despite Behind-The-Scenes-Tech-Guru Jason’s very best efforts (and a lot of foot stomping on my part), the owner of the URL was unwilling to relinquish it.  While I tried to convince Behind-The-Scenes-Tech-Guru Jason that we should fly directly to Japan and settle the matter in person, his common sense prevailed and he purchased and told me to get over it.  He knows how to handle me.

Over the past week or so, I have been talking a lot about World Pie Domination and what it means to PJP.  On a whim, I suggested to Behind-The-Scenes-Tech-Guru Jason that he log in and buy up before Japan catches on and buys that out from under my nose as well.

So tonight, Behind-The-Scenes-Tech-Guru Jason confirmed that was indeed available and he snapped it up for the bargain price of $22.  And then on a whim, he checked and it appears that Japan has completely fallen behind in their game (or they got the message I was really miffed about the whole URL thing), because is now an available site.  The previous owners let it lapse and their loss is our gain…because for $22, our URL now matches our name.  And the people said “Amen.”

So then I started to think…how could we maximize the ways Google suggests us to potential clients?  I suggested and…but someone beat us to it.  But then we snapped up, because if someone is going to Google “best Missouri pie”, I want to be darn sure that they are pointed directly to PJP…just as they should be.

So now you can find us at,,, and  Type in any of those addresses and you’ll land directly on our homepage.   In the end, we spent $88, but how can you put a dollar value on my competitive nature?

Sorry, Japan.  Not sorry.



Preach It.

Yesterday, I wrote a post on Facebook that encouraged fans to comment and share the post for a chance to win a baby pie.  A mere 24 hours later, that post had been viewed 33,024 times.  33,024?  Let’s all just let that sink in for a moment…MIND BLOWN.

And as our post worked its way through the back channels of the World Wide Web to locations near and far, PJP Buttonwood was a veritable HUB OF ACTIVITY today.  Not only were we baking, sampling, and selling a lot of pie, we were visiting with old friends and making a lot of new friends.  And in something that rarely happens, I think I out extroverted my extrovert self.  By 5:30, I only had enough content left in me to text Behind-The-Scenes-Tech-Guru Jason to meet us at El Maguey.  That he should go ahead and order our jumbo strawberry margaritas on the rocks before I even get there is part of our marital agreement.

And over dinner, he was ready for all of my news.  Except I just wanted to drink my margarita and think about how many episodes of House Hunters:  Where Are They Now I could squeeze in before someone in my house started a revolution to overthrow HGTV.

And now that I’m in complete silence and I think about my day and all the information swirling around in my brain, I think about a picture of PJP Buttonwood taken a year ago today.  We’ve come a long way in 356 days, no?  



And here might be where I share some sort of inspirational quote about knowing where we came from to know where we are going, except I’m the worst at pinning that sort of thing.  And so in lieu of motivation in a flowery font, I give you the best representation of Team PJP…PREACH IT, BETTE.