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Cover Girls

About a month and a half ago, our very good friend Fred Parry of Inside Columbia just casually mentioned that we were his choice for the December cover of his Prime Magazine.  We acted sauve, simply just as if magazine cover options are thrown at us on a regular basis.  (Hint: they aren’t).  Really, we were like this:


Because those peeps at Inside Columbia are always thinking, they scheduled the cover photo shoot on the same day as our Culinary Adventure pie-baking class.  I hadn’t even left the parking lot of Fred’s office before I texted my hair person – Shawna Houser of Bella Salon in Columbia – and worked out all the answers to my highlighting and hairstyling needs.  Priorities, people, priorities.

When the day arrived, we shopped, coiffed, and double checked our make-up.  The super awesome LG Patterson welcomed us to his studio (http://recessinc.com/).  At his request, we brought pies.  At our request, he promised to use Photoshop liberally.

We took a lot of fun pictures with LG ($5 says he didn’t notice that our mobility was limited by the layers of Spanx).  And then it was over and we taught our baking class.  A few days later, we did our interview for the story that would run in the cover photo issue.  It was all done before Halloween and we didn’t hear anything.  And we didn’t know if we should hear anything…like, do you get to see the pics before one shows up on a magazine?  Is there a chance to critique your smile, your hair, your shoe choice?  Would the magazine people meet with LG in a room and analyze all the options and try to figure out which picture made us look the youngest?

And then today.  Boom.

Magazine Cover

I’ve been looking at this pic for quite a while now and I’m still a little blown away.  It is completely surreal to see yourself in a completely different way than you see yourself in your head (does that make sense?).  Hey, LG, if you are reading this?  You are AH-MAZ-ING.  This cover turned out so much more than we could have hoped for it to be.

Not only do we have this pic, there is a story in the magazine to go along with it.  Written by Anita Neal Harrison, the story is pretty great (if we do say so ourselves):  http://www.primemagazineonline.com/article_1.php.

We are officially marking “Be A Cover Girl” off our bucket lists.  Thanks Fred, LG, and Anita for making us feel G-L-A-M-O-U-R-O-U-S.  We are keeping our schedules open, you just in case you have any last minute needs for wine-swilling, Spanx-wearing, Photoshop-endorsing cover girls.

How To Make Martha Stewart Jealous…

So last night, 46 of our finest friends joined us at the Inside Columbia Culinary Adventure Center for a night of baking fun and it was AWESOME!  Seriously…we bounce a lot of ideas and crazy thoughts off each other, but in our wildest dreams, we didn’t plan that 46 pie fans would come out on a Wednesday evening during the first game for the Cardinals in the World Series to hang with us.  That is love, and don’t think for a hot second that we don’t appreciate every single second.

This blog was created for the whole point of keeping this process real and keeping it transparent to those interested in our journey.  We vowed to each other that I would share the good and the bad and the crazy and the unexpected with you at whatever cost.  And so it is confessional time:  TEACHING A BAKING CLASS IS HARD WORK.

We spent the last two days prepping in all ways…baking pies, buying and pre-measuring ingredients, rolling dough, cleaning out every Hyvee in town of their small baking disposable baking tins, figuring out what to wear, making 46 individual cups of pre-measured shortening, and peeling a bushel of apples.  Literally.  And it brought us to this:

When I tell you that the baking facilities at the Culinary Adventure Center are slung-up fabulous, I am totally not joking.  And when I tell you that putting together a seamless presentation that involves cups of flour and trying to read each other’s mind is really hard, I am totally not joking.  But I can tell you in all confidence that we had fun with each other even when we messed up and we had fun with our attendees, who listened intently to everything we said and asked a ton of great questions.  Seriously, our crowd made us better.  So while Martha Stewart can probably say she wasn’t jealous of our performance, she would be jealous of our crowd.

We offered our participants a chance to learn about three pies – cherry, chocolate bourbon pecan, and apple.  Jeanne taught a quick lesson in dough making and dough rolling to get us going.

We had a few people who promised us that if this pie-baking thing doesn’t work out, we could take a comedy show on the road.  Here, Jeanne is discussing lattice top crust and the Culinary Adventure Center Executive Chef, Dennis Clay, is prepping our cherries.

After completing all three pies, we turned our participants loose to make and roll dough and then complete one baby pie.

Soon it was time to load the pies into the oven.

And get down to the real business…sampling the seven different pies we brought to share with our 46 newest besties.

We loved this part of the class…we got to mingle and talk pie until everyone was ready to take their baby pie home.  We got so many great thoughts for the shop and received the sentiment loud and clear that dropping gooseberry pie from the menu might lead to some sort of revolutionary overthrow.
Just when you think this story can’t get any better, remember that $25 from each ticket sold to the event went to our Kickstarter campaign.  For those of you about to reach for your iPhone calculator, that is a total of $1,150 to our goal of $10,000!  Holy smokes…that is game changing for our campaign.  As of the time of writing this post, the proceeds of the event will give us a total of $7,810.  That means we need another $2,190 in the next 10 days.  Please take a look at our Kickstarter campaign at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1576929042/bring-back-peggy-jeans?ref=live and share it with every person you know!
I couldn’t sleep tonight without properly thanking a ton of people for making last night possible…
1) Our families, because totally tearing apart your kitchen and baking pies until late in the night while having panic about not having enough measuring spoons is an experience all the peeps shared in.
2) Fred and Melody Parry, obviously.  Their idea, their building, their resources, their belief in us.
3) My friend and creative genius, Sherry Kudrna.  She worked her fingers to the bone to make the cutest recipe card favors for our guests that you have ever seen. They were beautiful and she had to wait for the UPS man to deliver tiny rolling pin ornaments at 5:15 pm when the event started at 6:30 pm.  Hello, last minute panic.
4) Shawna Houser at Bella Salon.  What a girl can do when she has good hair and killer eyelashes is unbelievable.
5) The Inside Columbia staff that assisted us and made us feel like creating a big mess was totally normal.
So tomorrow we are back to business as normal.  We had to write the architect another fat check this afternoon.  This should mean there is movement in some sort of direction, right?  Plans should be in the contractor’s hands tomorrow.  Until then, I’m concentrating 98% of my mental power on sending ESP messages of “why yes, we can have your space done by November 20th AND it is going to be amazingly cost-effective!”.

The Delicious Dish

So, earlier today, I found myself here:

This is the lobby of Cumulus Media Group in Columbia, the home of 101.6, 101.5 KPLA, 102.3 BXR, 100.1 The Buzz, NewsTalk1400 am KFRU, Jeff 104.1, Cool 97.5, and KLIK 1240 am.  In case you just scanned over all those letters and numbers…it is basically a huge piece of the radio market in Central Missouri.

And then there was this:

Yep, someone gave me a microphone and a chance to address all of greater mid-Missouri.  I was contacted earlier this week by the fabulous Melody Parry of Inside Columbia and offered the opportunity to share the Peggy Jean’s story on “The Woman’s Show”, which she hosts and which airs each weekend…KFRU plays it at 6 am on Saturday mornings and if the crack of dawn isn’t your thing or you don’t live in Central Missouri, you can access it online at http://tunein.com/radio/KFRU-1400-s32718/.

I’ve never been on the radio before and so this is what was in my mind all morning…

As fun as The Delicious Dish on Saturday Night Live is, my experience was even better.  We had an awesome chat about the Peggy Jean’s story, the history of the shop, and our plans to return to the Columbia area.  We also had a really great Kickstarter discussion (back us here!  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1576929042/bring-back-peggy-jeans?ref=live).  It turns out that I exceptionally enjoy a microphone and unfettered access to talk to thousands of people, so Melody…I also enjoy discussing Mizzou football, why Columbia needs two Target stores, how happy coffee makes me, and a whole host of topics like Kickstarter and you don’t have to text me twice, I’d come back to your show anytime!

Let’s talk Kickstarter for a second.  I’ve put together a Q&A for you!

Q:  Where can I find the project and watch the video?
A:  At the above link or you can go to www.kickstarter.com and search for “Bring Back Peggy Jean’s”

Q:  How is the funding project going?
A:  AWESOME!  Our community of pie-lovers is AHHH-MAAZ-ING.  As of this very second, we
are 56% funded with $5,641 dollars and we have 16 days remaining on our campaign.  That’s only $4,359 to go!

Q:  What if you don’t get to the $10,000?
A:  We don’t get a darn dollar.

Q:  What if you overfund?
A:  We get all the dollars.

Q:  Why should I back you?
A:  Why not?  Seriously, we tell you why in our video and our written project.  And there are rewards.  Major pie-related awards.

Q:  How do I know Kickstarter is legit?
A:  I read today that it has funded over 55,000 projects to date.  We aren’t the first Columbia project to go down this road.  See what I have to say here:  http://peggyjeans.blogspot.com/2013/10/in-defense-of-kickstarter.html.

Q:  Why can I not stop thinking about pie?
A:  Because I can’t stop talking about it.

Q:  Where can I get pie NOW?
A:  Wednesday, October 23rd.  Inside Columbia Culinary Adventure Center.  6:30 pm.  Make a baby pie.  Eat a bunch of pie.  Ask us random questions.  Make friends with fellow pie-lovers.  Have a crazy amount of fun.  All proceeds go to Kickstarter because Inside Columbia believes in us that much!

Q:  Where do I sign up?
A:  Here!  http://comoculinaryadventures.com/classes/

Q:  Should I think it over for a few days?
A:  Nope.