Monthly Archives: August 2015

Badge of Honor

Look, Jeanne and I have carried around Thanksgiving 2015 like a veritable BADGE OF HONOR.  For the past ten months, it has been our go-to story for anyone who would listen.  It was our measuring stick, as in “oh, well, that is a lot of pies, but it can’t be as many pies as Thanksgiving…so it won’t be that bad.”  When we felt a bit down, we would soothe each other and say, “hey, we’ve done 1700 pies in one day and that is pretty badass, so we should really stop our pity party/self-esteem crisis/insert whatever here.”

And it worked so well…UNTIL JELLY JARS 2K15.  You know what?  2,760 jelly jar pies is um, A TON OF PIE.  And yeah, it sounds like a lot, but until you are drinking a Jack Daniels DownHome Punch at 3:45 in the morning while rolling jars and feeling righteously indignant that Adele hasn’t released a new album since 2011, YOU JUST DON’T REALIZE HOW MANY JARS IT IS.  Or how long it will take.  And the next thing you know, you haven’t slept in two days and you think a Mountain Dew Kickstart is a good choice (hint:  it almost never is).

As of this post, we are about 1,852 jars in (but who is counting).  The remainder will be picked up tomorrow and Wednesday.  You’ll know when we are done because I’m going to invest in a glitter cannon and a champagne fountain to mark the occasion.  That said, Thanksgiving this year is really going to have to outdo itself to compete.  Do we know if Adele will have a new album out by then?

PS…Send all your good vibes our way, please.

PPS…You all are the best.



In case you haven’t heard, a single customer recently ordered 2,760 jelly jar pies (that is 460 six-packs, for you math types).  I might have mentioned it once or twice.  Or 413 times.  We’ve only been thinking about it just a little bit…


With the exception of Thanksgiving, baking and boxing 2,760 jelly jar pies will be our biggest undertaking at PJP Buttonwood since opening our doors (and we are BEYOND thankful for the opportunity).  And we all remember how Thanksgiving went down, right?  SO. MUCH. CRYING.  I’m thinking about 2,760 jars, 2,760 forks, 2,760 stickers, 2,760 Pie is Home cards, and 460 boxes.  I’m also wondering how to make this a seamless transaction that doesn’t require 2 am trips to McDonald’s for diet coke or a panicked supermarket sweep through the greater mid-Missouri area for every last four-ounce Ball canning jar available for sale.

In retrospect, thinking about Thanksgiving last year, I really did see an idyllic PJP Buttonwood in my mind.  Picture soft lighting, holiday music playing overhead, tables full of finished pies and Jeanne and I in full hair and makeup, ringing up the purchases.  STOP LAUGHING.  That is nowhere near the hell that it was and most of that was because we had no idea what we were doing or how to accommodate so many customers.  So for this jelly jar project, we have a plan of attack.  I have more jars, boxes, and stickers than we need.  I have food trucks for tomorrow and Monday.  We’ve discussed the daily baking schedule and how to handle last-minute issues. I don’t even know who we are anymore, actually.

And all of this is to say that we are ready for you, 2,760 jars.  And Thanksgiving?  Be scared of us…because all this emotional growth makes me think our goal should be 1701 pies for Thanksgiving 2k15.



I don’t know about you, but back-to-school is making me feel a little inadequate.  My Facebook feed is full of kids holding up adorable chalkboard paintings announcing their new grade level.  My Pinterest page is full of bento box repins, most featuring sandwiches cut into animal shapes and fruit kabobs.  SIGH.  I have no idea how people keep up with this, because I’m failing miserably.

If you are feeling a bit like the whole world is perfect and you aren’t, here is a whole list of things I messed up today.  WELCOME TO THE CLUB.  YOU ARE WELCOME.

  1. I left the cornstarch out of the German Chocolate pies because I was thinking about something that may or may not ever become a thing for PJP.  I realized it after they had been in the oven for 10 minutes.
  2. The answer to why everything seems burned but not really finished baking is that 425 degrees isn’t 350 degrees.  And it won’t ever be.
  3. Gunner has worked for us for five days and still doesn’t have a time station login.  This must reassure him like you can’t even imagine.  (And Gunnar…and OSHA, if you read this…we are totally writing down your hours and plan to pay you in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws.)
  4. We threw away an entire tray of blueberry pies today because they were too juicy.  How does that happen?  And why?  Super irritating.
  5. Our box of pie tins have been held up in Reno since Friday.  Unless they are filing for a quickie divorce, I don’t know what they are doing there.  Honestly, FedEx, I could have driven them from Reno to Columbia on my own in less time.  I needed you today, box of pie tins.
  6. One customer ordered 2,760 jelly jar pies to be picked up this weekend and early next week…which is AWESOME.  Except then I realized that each of the 460 six-packs needed six baby forks tied with a ribbon and bow.  And then Jeanne and I had a big disagreement on the meaning of “bow”.
  7. Let’s just say that one person ties pretty bows.  And the other one of us writes the blog.  Ahem.
  8. I just realized that I’m about 61 ounces short of the recommended daily 64 ounces of water per day.  If coffee is made with water, can we just all agree it counts just the same?
  9. I was 10 minutes late to back-to-school night because I was on an important phone call.  Parent of the year, indeed.
  10. We all had Jimmy John’s for dinner.  See #9 for reference.  Winning.

Cheers to tomorrow.  Right?