Lady Bosses.

As it turns out, we survived our epic weekend of baking (whew).  In the course of 36 hours or so, we made just over 1,500 tarts, 215 nine-inch pies, and I'm-not-even-sure-how-many baby pies (but likely around 180-ish). raw

So trust me when I say there was precious little sleep over Friday into Saturday, but there also wasn't any crying at any point...and that is a legit PJP milestone.  There isn't any doubt that we are getting better at what we do.  Jeanne and I made 54 apple pies together alone on Saturday morning between 4 am and 7 am, hardly even needing to speak because we could anticipate what the other needed as we worked together to keep the ovens full.   (Also, I should mention here that Team PJP were the absolute stars of the weekend...they stayed late, got up early, and kept rolling out tart shells even when they wanted to kill me for asking for another 100 to be done.)

So all this leaves us thinking about Thanksgiving.  By 4:30 in the morning on Saturday, when I was on a final countdown until Starbucks opened at 5, I was making a compelling argument to Jeanne that we should completely scale back on in, make 200 pies or so on order and no more.  It is no secret that Thanksgiving week almost slays us, plus we spend a fortune on our food truck deliveries, on packaging and supplies, and on payroll.  (Plus, it is a scary endeavor to face such a challenge.)

BUT, if there is a pie holiday, then it only stands to reason that PJP should own it like a couple of lady bosses, right?  So after a reasonable ten hours of sleep on Saturday night and a Sunday of normal life, Jeanne and reconvened this morning to start laying out the logistics of Thanksgiving 2k16, lady boss style.  Whether we will rent the space next door is still out for consideration, but we did at least create the list of ordering options for this year (something we should have formalized weeks ago, as we already have over 100 orders).  At any rate, who would we be if weren't making big decisions at the last minute?  And we know we will be open for pickup on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday that week.  We are having some preliminary discussions about being open for limited holiday hours that Friday and Saturday (gulp).  But in the meantime, until we figure out that magical number to cap our orders at, plan to place your order soon.  Here's the list...

  • American Apple
  • Dutch Apple
  • Caramel Apple
  • Peach Praline
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Streusel
  • Sweet Potato
  • Southern Pecan
  • Chocolate Bourbon Pecan
  • German Chocolate