Monthly Archives: October 2015


Tomorrow, we have around 600-ish jars on order for various weekend events.  And just to show you how much we’ve matured, we aren’t even freaked out by that number.  Remember not long ago when even a mere 100 jars would cause anxiety?  THOSE DAYS ARE GONE, MY FRIEND.  (And if you are thinking, “hey, what about Jeanne’s bursitis?”…just know that she ditched her sling after declaring herself 80% better after a single day on medication.  Nothing could be done to stop her.)

While baking this week, we’ve been thinking a bit about Thanksgiving.  It seems to be the ghost in room that we measure ourselves against constantly.  We are significantly smarter and tougher girls than this time last year, enough so that we know how to ask for help when we need it.  So, to that end, if you’ve ever wanted to be a part of Team PJP for a few days, we could use some back up support on Tuesday, November 24th and Wednesday, November 25th.  Specifically…

  1. Phone Answering.  Yep, just answer the phone.  It will ring incessantly and it works better if one person can answer it and provide consistent information throughout the day.  Rumor has it that Jeanne has granted an exemption from her “NO SITTING ON STOOLS ALLOWED” rule for the people working the phones.
  2. Ovenmaster.  You’ll monitor everything that goes into the oven and everything that comes out of the oven.  During the week, this role usually goes to me and every time some one calls me the ovenmaster, I can only think of Ghostbusters…ghostbusters
  3. Dishwashers.  Blech.  I know it isn’t the sexiest of jobs, but trust me when I tell you that this position is so very important.  You just have to spray the dishes down, load them into Eva 2000, dry them when finished, and return them to their rightful places.  And accept our heaps of gratitude.  (For this one, you need to be able to easily lift 50 pounds…as in all honesty, we will probably beg you to refill our sugar and flour bins.  And take out the trash when it threatens to spill over.)
  4. Pie Distributors.  We haven’t quite worked out the details, but we plan to utilize the space next door for pie pickup to alleviate congestion inside PJP Buttonwood.
  5. Bouncers.  I hate to use that word, but I couldn’t think of any other.  Maybe door persons?  You’ll provide some crowd control and answer some common questions for those waiting in line for pie pickup.

If you are interested, shoot us an email at and let us know what your preferences and schedule looks like.  We will talk scheduling and compensation from there.  At the very minimum, we guarantee you a complete experience unlike anything else you’ve ever had.



Bursitis, Dog Chews, and Private Jets…

So, it turns out that the unexpected consequence of rolling dough for 1,000 pies – at least in Jeanne’s case – is a painful case of bursitis in her shoulder.  And after a visit to Providence Urgent Care, she is now sporting a sling and strict orders to not move her shoulder for three days.  And while I often joke that I am usually suffering from a rabid case of Whisking Elbow (like Tennis Elbow, minus all the running and looking cool), I didn’t know that repetitively rolling dough for extended periods of time resulted in bursitis.  Now we all know, IT DOES.

A few things of interest from PJP, not related to medical terms, that happened while I was in charge today (and Jeanne slept off a shot of Toradol):

  1. We have over 200 orders for Thanksgiving.  Our order board started to weigh heavy, so I did what any non-crafty person does…I bought a $1.97 zippered folder and wrote on it with a Sharpie.  Keepin’ it classy at PJP…IMG_5208
  2. I can barely think about what I’m doing tomorrow.  Props to the 200+ people in that folder that have already planned their Thanksgiving.  My only plans are to not cry AND to bake, box, and sell a couple thousand pies.
  3. In our dumpster today, I found a satellite dish, a desktop computer monitor, and a box of dog chews.  Conveniently, the person that threw all that stuff away left it in boxes with their address listed on it, as dumping electronic waste violates a litany of city regulations and comes with a hefty fine.
  4. The randomness of the items, though…that is exactly the sort of thing that makes me question everything.
  5. That and the massive box of plastic wrap we buy from our food broker.  It comes in a roll of 2,000 feet.  Considering I can’t pull off a single foot of it without getting it in a wadded mess, I’ve put a fair amount of thought into the makings of a plastic wrap factory.
  6. Not to mention that I noticed our new-to-us dishwasher has washed over 325,000 loads of dishes before arriving at PJP Buttonwood (there is a counter mechanism on the side of the machine).  And the model name is the “Eva 2000”.  And that just makes me wonder where Eva was before she came to us and what sort of dishes she washed and if she was well cared for.  I suspicion that she has been washing dishes since, well, 2000.
  7. We got at least three automated calls today to let us know we’ve been pre-approved for a $100,000 line of credit and we could accept by simply pushing “1”.  I hereby make a strong show of support to extend the no-call list to commercial phone listings.
  8. Though, I’m also receiving a fair number of emails alerting me to the possibilities of renting my own private jet.  Apparently, this is for after I accept the $100,000.IMG_5190
  9. I did respond to let them know that “alot” and “spetacular” are not actually words.  I hope they fly better than they spell.
  10. I received a (legitimate) email from Tripadvisor that PJP has moved up to #4 of 31 things to do in Columbia.  So many new customers stop by and mention they read about us on Tripadvisor…thanks to everyone who took a few moments to leave us a nice review.  #WorldPieDomination wouldn’t be possible without you.


We’ve Gotten Fancy.

I’m going to keep this short, mainly because the new Ikea catalogue arrived today and I have an unending amount of shame when it comes to considering the possibilities of flat-pack furniture and pendant light fixtures.  And what I’m about to share with you needs few words, because it speaks for itself…

Peggy Jean’s Pies Holiday Video

Our good friend Aaron Ottis at Aaron Ottis Photography is responsible for this absolutely AMAZING little video.  He had a few ideas kicking around in his mind that he shared with us earlier this fall, but we really had no clue that the end product would be just this swoon worthy until he stopped by today and let us watch for the very first time.  WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT.

LOVE.  And we hope you do too…