Apple and Peach Praline Pie...Oh My...

Our Thanksgiving order form has been open for about two weeks now and we've been watching the orders update to our fancy(ish) spreadsheet.  The thing about doing this for the first time in ten years is that most of our conversations with each other start with "I wonder..." and so around here lately, it has been "I wonder how many orders we will get?" (so far, about 100) or "I wonder what the top selling pie will be?" (so far, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan) or "I wonder if we will need to start at 4 am ALL OF THE DAYS?" (so far, probably so). Surprisingly, we hadn't asked ourselves, "I wonder if we offered enough variety of pie?"  We were trying to keep it simple.  A maiden voyage in a temporary kitchen made us reserved and other words, nothing like ourselves in real life.  And not surprisingly soon after the form went live, the emails and Facebook messages began to roll in with requests for favorites like apple and peach praline.

If there is anything about this journey that we value the most, it is keeping it real.  We should have just added all the favorites for Thanksgiving from the get-go.  Our bad.  It isn't too late though...the smart thing about messing up is fixing it when you realize it.  So, that said, the new Thanksgiving order form includes the following pies:

  • Pumpkin
  • Pecan
  • Chocolate Bourbon Pecan
  • French Silk
  • Apple
  • Dutch Apple
  • Peach Praline

We will leave the order system open through Sunday to accommodate late orders based on our new additions.

Now that the ordering issues are resolved, we are getting SUPER EXCITED to begin baking! Check this out - our temporary food permit for our few days at the Elks Lodge:

health permit

Let me tell you, THIS IS A BIG DEAL.  The health department people have rules...oh, so many rules.  All issued permits should come with a free iTunes download of the "Chariots of Fire" theme song so you can just listen to it whenever you need to be inspired from your harrowing journey.  (The Missouri Department of Revenue should just send you a thank you note and a bottle of wine in the mail on a periodic basis).  (I bet there is a special "booze in the mail" tax, right?).

In one final note, we visited the Elks Lodge today to scope it out.  First of all, it is really easy to find (just a bit down Highway WW and on the right).  Second of all, it is HUGE in there.  It has a large kitchen that is completely equipped (hello, commercial dishwasher!  I already love you!).  It also has a restaurant area, a bar, and a massive room for wedding receptions and parties.  Elks, you have impressed me.

So, order away on those new options.  We can't wait to see you on Wednesday!