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What Would Oprah Do?

Well, it is no lie that for most of last week, I (and Jeanne and maybe the better part of Team PJP) felt like we were on the emotional struggle bus.  We spend weeks thinking about Thanksgiving and planning for Thanksgiving and talking about Thanksgiving…so when Thanksgiving is over, well, I sort of miss it.  I know…I don’t understand me either.


There’s no doubt that Jeanne and I perform at our best when we are working in panic mode. There’s nothing that makes us move faster or communicate better than an “oh, those 50 pies are due at 9 in the morning” scenario.  I’d call it adrenaline addiction, except I think there are always extreme sports included in that disorder and thanks, but no thanks.  Maybe we just like hustle.  Or maybe we’ve just spent our whole lives conditioning ourselves to do our best when everything is at stake.  (I feel like this whole topic would make the best segment on Oprah…moment of silence for the mid-1990s when I watched Oprah every day to live my best life.)

And thankfully, we have a super busy week ahead.  The December holiday season is great like that…busy every day with a final flourish on the 24th (but nothing near like the day before Thanksgiving).  And we do a lot of different things in December, like Jelly Jar pies, tarts for parties, a few weddings to be part of, teacher gifts, employee gifts…you get the picture.  There won’t be one normal day in December.  PRECISELY HOW WE LIKE IT.

Historically, we’ve closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s but we are considering staying open this year and rather closing the first week of January.  Mainly because if we don’t, our first day back after the holidays would be Tuesday, January 3rd…and oh goodness, I can bet you that will be one slow sales day.  But, it would be a change from what we’ve done in previous years…so what if we are super slow that week and then closed the next week?  Gah…this is where having someone in charge would be helpful.  Oh wait, that’s Jeanne and I.  I wonder what Oprah would tell us to do.

Someone cue the “I’m Every Woman” theme song please…




Welp.  I wish I could tell you something terribly interesting happened at PJP today, but the highlight of our day was getting our grease trap pumped.  WE ARE LIVING ON THE EDGE, PEOPLE.

That said, here are a few interesting items of note:

  1. Tickets for our Epic Pie Tasting Event scheduled for March 15th went on sale today.  Only a few seats remain, so call or stop by soon if you are interested in attending.  As someone on Facebook mentioned today, there is no better way to celebrate the (p)ides of March.  See what she did there?
  2. Speaking of March, Pi Day is planned for Monday, March 14th (get it…3/14…3.14).  Last year, we celebrated on a Saturday with mimosas, t-shirts, and hundreds of pies.  Our goal for this week is to make a plan that tops last year’s plan.  I’m certainly not opposed to Monday Mimosas, but Jeanne remains unconvinced that it has the same flair as a Saturday.
  3. Trying to plan something epic for a Monday in March is much harder than you would think, by the way.
  4. Over the Valentine’s holiday weekend, someone asked if we could make a Strawberry Rhubarb pie that looked like a gory octopus (and clearly, by we, I mean Jeanne).  Never one to back down from a challenge, especially one including tentacles, Jeanne created this Pinterest worthy sea creature:FullSizeRender-73
  5. You know what don’t have pie boxes for?  Things with tentacles.  I hope that thing made it to the final destination intact, but my bet is that a tentacle was sacrificed along the way.

A List for A Tuesday…

Because Tuesdays are great for a list…

  1. If either Jeanne or I win the billion dollar Powerball tomorrow, please know that our only plans are to buy out our lease from Silent Stan.  And then I’ll load the remaining 45 bucks on our Starbucks card.
  2. But in news of things with better odds, we are BEYOND HONORED to be finalists in two categories in Inside Columbia’s Best of Columbia 2016 contest – Best Dessert and also Entrepreneur of the Year.  This contest is based on nominations from the public, so that someone out there read “Entrepreneur of the Year” and thought, “huh…Rebecca and Jeanne have got it GOING ON and I’m totally nominating them” is all the prize that I need.
  3. You can vote daily through January 30th.  There is some stellar competition in each category, so I’m serious when I say…it is an honor just to be nominated.  rdj_thanks
  4. And when we aren’t dreaming about accepting major awards, we are preparing for the Bacon and Bourbon Festival on Saturday, January 23rd.  I don’t know what else you need to know, but BACON AND BOURBON.  We will be taking 700 samples of Chocolate Bourbon Pecan pie (and plenty of bigger pies to sell)…that is, if we can convince ourselves to stay in our booth and not eat and drink our afternoon away.
  5. And finally, this.  We like how you think, Hobby Lobby…FullSizeRender-69