Elk Of The Month

So, today I was at the Conley Road Hyvee and Jeanne was at the Sam's and we were on our phones with each other and cost comparing ingredients.  It was an easy call on the shredded coconut because Sam's didn't even have any (I know, right?) and so I was on my hands and knees on the floor of Aisle 6 and digging to the very back of the bottom of the shelf for 12 bags of coconut while talking away to Jeanne and... Someone leaned over me and asked me if I was on a game show.

Yeah.  No.

But, while we are on the subject, I totally should be a game show contestant!  It is known far and wide that my inner carnival barker is never off by more than a dollar, a pound, or a minute, and thus I would be an excellent "Price Is Right" candidate.  And if shredded coconut ever showed up as one of those random items in Plinko, well then, I'm headed straight to the Showcase Showdown.

But I digress.

We baked today.  A LOT.  Did you know that outside of the Elks Club they have a parking lot designated for the "Elk of the Month"?  Well, they do.  And I'm not sure if the Elks are aware, but it is me.  I am the Elk of the Month...and I'm not even an Elk.  But once you peel 200 individual apples in the Elk's kitchen, I'm pretty sure that makes you in the inner Elk circle somehow.

After our cost comparison shopping extravaganza, we started baking in the early afternoon and kept on until the Elks kicked us out at 9 pm.  We used 200 apples, 15 dozen eggs, 18 bags of chocolate chips, and 22 pounds of butter this afternoon.  And an entire bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon.  And a partridge in a pear tree.

We have 40 or so orders on schedule for tomorrow and another 100 or so for Tuesday, so we have much more to do tomorrow - baking AND pie pickup...I'm not sure how that will work out, but we feel encouraged.  For whatever reason, we were more organized and more efficient today than either of our baking days for Thanksgiving and we are thankful for that.

We are starting early and with a lot of coffee.  If you are a pie pickup for tomorrow, we can't wait to see you!  And if you have any tips for estimating the cost of random things like two bikes, a carton of dishwashing detergent, and a 2015 Ford Escape, then drop by and share them with me for my "Price Is Right" recognizance mission.