It’s Thanksgiving! Which is not only my favorite holiday, but is also (without question, at this point) the PIE holiday as well. I’m unbelievably grateful to have had such a successful first Thanksgiving as Teeny Pies.
The holiday came early this year with an order from Relay Foods for seventy-five 9-inch pies and four hundred teeny pies (you read right, FOUR HUNDRED) to be delivered right before Thanksgiving. I rolled out crusts and pureed pumpkin until I was blue in the face and my wrists felt like they were going to fall off but I managed to make, bake and box all four-hundred and seventy five of them. And that was all before I baked my regular hundred or so Thanksgiving orders in the last two days. In fact, the last two days felt like a piece of pie compared to the day of four hundred pies. It seemed so easy I may have even taken a nap or two.
Now that the baking is complete and I’m sitting in my apartment, with the smell of turkey wafting about and the newest member of our little family, Lady Bird Johnson, is happily chewing away on her new Thanksgivukkah chew toy, I’d like to take a minute to be thankful for the people who helped me get through this holiday as a newly minted piebakersmallbusinessowner.
Aaron, who I’m grateful for every day, not just on Thanksgiving, was a calm and comforting presence throughout the chaos. Steadfast in his apple peeling and pie boxing abilities, he was able to remind me that the joy of being a part of hundreds of people’s holiday far outweighed the stress of having to bake hundreds of pies.
My mom was another constant; happy to answer the phone and lend a sympathetic ear when I just needed to say out loud, I’ve rolled out three hundred crusts, it took one million hours and I basically feel dead. She’s always good for those calls.
I also never cease to be amazed and humbled by my friends’ (near and far) generosity. They’ve ordered pies, sent holiday wishes, and helped peel hundreds of apples and build endless boxes. I have never felt alone in this crazy venture, and I’m eternally grateful for all of the support!
I seem to recall writing on here a mere two and a half months ago that sixty pies was my max. This Thanksgiving, with the endless support from family and friends I laughed in the face of sixty pies and managed to surprise even myself. Friends in pie, it’s Thanksgiving. I’m going to go eat a delicious meal and snuggle my new and deliciously snuggly new puppy. If you feel so inclined, send me pictures of your holiday pie and I’ll post them on the bloooooog. No matter what, have a happy and lovely Thanksgiving.
this weeks post is a little late coming at ya because I spent the first half of the week in NYC having a day ‘o meetings at Workman Publishing! The second pass pages arrived a few days earlier and each time I sit down and look at them I’m amazed to find a real life book written by me in front of me. The pictures are gorgeous. They’re the kind of pictures that you want to dive into and possibly live in for a little while. I’m also super pleased that so many of my own pictures made it into the final draft (thanks goodness for Instagram). I’m just a jack of all trades over here.
I met my publicity team (yep… I’m dying… I have my own publicity team) and they seem really excited to help promote and sell the book… the roasted almond pie also may have helped! Everyone was truly lovely and it was so nice to finally put a few faces to people I’d been emailing or talking to on the phone for the past year and a half. It seems crazy that a year and half ago I began writing a book and now I have a “very edited, no cover but still looks like a book” copy of that very same book sitting on my coffee table. It’s kind of incredible.
Things have been fairly slow at the kitchen this week, which makes me think it’s just the calm before the storm. Thanksgiving is just two weeks away and I’m gearing up for an onslaught of pie production. This whole thing continues to be such an adventurous experience and can’t help but be grateful when I realize how successfully I’ve managed to surround myself with super supportive and delightful people. The pie life is going swimmingly.
If you’re in the DC/Virginia/Maryland area and you’ve yet to order a pie for Thanksgiving, head over to teenypies.com and put in your request. I’d love to be a part of your holiday this year! Tell your family, tell your friends… eat pie. be happy. eat more pie.
it’s true. November is officially here, which means that there’s less than a month until Thanksgiving. Twenty-four days to be exact! Which means that’s it time for Thanksgiving pie orders to come flooding in. Up until this point there’s been a steady trickle, but I’m super excited to make an overwhelmingly large number of pies this year, so fingers crossed the general pie eating population realize it’s time to start ordering!
The Thanksgiving menu includes a mix of traditional flavors as well as a few pies with a bit more flair. The traditional apple pie has been a top seller each week it shows up on the menu and I’ve been rotating through a delightful array of local apples. I’ve recently started using the most wonderful heirloom pumpkins for my pumpkin pie and it’s inherent sweetness makes it easy to spice and without having to overcompensate with sugar. The best part is the pumpkin flavor truly has a chance to shine. Rosemary caramel apple pie has been very happily received as well, alongside the more traditional apple. Bourbon bacon pecan was a bit of a hard sell the first time it showed up on the scene, but once people had experienced the wonderfullness of those combined flavors it started to outsell the simple browned butter pecan. It’s been phenomenal presenting people with my pie and having them respond so favorably. I truly cannot wait to be a part of people’s holiday season!
SO. Twenty-four days to get people excited about teeny pies. If you’re a longtime follower of the blog feel free to tweet, facebook or blog your pie promotion support! Stop by teenypies.com, drool over pretty pictures of pie, drop me a note of hello or if you live in the DCVirginiaMaryland area (or know someone in the area who needs to be introduced to teeny pies) order your Thanksgiving pies TODAY!
ladies and gentlemen of pie, it’s official… I have a business license. Which means that yet again, this is real life and I am suddenly a small business owner. This whole thing has happened so fast. I know this was the end goal, business owning, I guess I just imagined that it would happen much more gradually than it has in the past few weeks. There was a time when I imagined I would be working my part time job and making ten or so pies a week to turn teeny pies, slowly yet surely, into a legit business. However, in the last month and a half I’ve managed to quit my part time job, acquire a business license, nestle myself amongst a stellar and up and coming communal kitchen community, and ten pies a week seems laughable now that the average number of pies I manage to make, bake and sell each week is closer to two hundred. Here are the truths I’ve learned in the last few weeks:
1. I’m TIRED. all the time. totally worth it, but needless to say, business owning is exhausting. I think I could fall asleep anywhere, at any point, and be the happiest person in the whole world.
2. Encouragement, love and support are invaluable. There is no way I would still be chugging away if it weren’t for the weekly doses of lovely people who are willing to lend their time, energy and enthusiasm to teeny pies. I wake up every day, grateful to know who I know because without them none of this would have gotten off of the ground.
3. People love small pies. Thank goodess my name is teeny, otherwise none of this would have worked. seriously.
4. I make good pie. I think I knew this before now (I mean, I wrote a cookbook, so I would hope that I knew this) but in this new and exciting world of baking in bulk and having a consistent and delicious product, I’m pretty sure I’m nailing it… and that is an awfully good feeling.
5. Partnerships are everything. I just recently made pie for a party Norman’s Farm Market was hosting (this is the CSA that provides all of my awesome produce and allows me to sell my pie creations at their Maryland roadside stands) and I realized just how lucky I was to have found such a loving and enthusiastic community in which to sell pie. Everyone has been incredibly generous and helped my get everything off the ground at lightning speed.
6. Pie is still delicious. This is a big deal. As much pie as I see all day every day, I still like it, which is definitely a win in my book.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and fingers crossed I have a million pies to make by the end of the month. No matter what, this first holiday is going to be an adventure! If you’re in the DC area, not only should you order to pie through TEENY PIES… you should order your TURKEY through Norman’s… I’ve heard nothing but good things and you can pick up your pie on the same day. It’s all culminating on November 28th which is exactly 32 days away… it promises to be pie-a-rific. I’m already ready for a nap.
It’s been quite the week over here at teeny pies headquarters… and by headquarters, I of course mean here in my livingroom/kitchen, in front of my computer! Teeny Pies has an official website! And, the best part is not only is it official… it’s GORGEOUS. (thanks Miguel!) I can’t stop looking at it. In fact, I’m almost tempted to order pie from myself, that’s how pretty it is. The site went up late Saturday night while Aaron and I were in the midst of our own little fall festival (attendance: 2, activities: pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed roasting, warm cider with a nip of whiskey drinking, and Hocus Pocus watching) I couldn’t help but check out the site between each fall filled activity.
My mom saw the site and kept saying it was tremendous and I think that’s right; I think that’s the word for it. It’s tremendous being able to type in teenypies.com and have a beautiful little website pop up with lots of pretty pie available for purchase! It’s exactly right, and perfectly captures the feeling of this pie adventure without being cloyingly sweet or boringly bland. I’m basically in love with it, and if I weren’t in a serious-love-of-my-life-relationship with Aaron, I would consider marrying it.
Even the mobile version is the prettiest!
I’ve taken exactly three Thanksgiving orders so far, and very nearly peed my pants in excitement each time. I’m sure the orders will start rolling in (how could they not when bourbon bacon pecan pie is on the menu) and perhaps the excitement will turn into overwhelmedness… but mostly I think this first holiday as a pie entrepreneur, exhausting as it’s bound to be, will also be awesome. I’m looking forward to making so many pies I can’t see straight…. hopefully, I can resist the temptation to order them all myself.
There has been an onslaught of teenypies love these past few weeks and I just wanted to acknowledge how absolutely bowled over and grateful I am at everyone’s overwhelming support as I start this new adventure.
Firstly, if you haven’t already, you should totally check out these lovely, well written and beautifully photographed articles here and here ! Not only do they serve as a reminder to me that I have managed to surround myself with wonderful and talented friends, but they also go a long way in getting new people interested in (and drooling after) teeny pies!
Secondly, there have been a slew of DC friends that have trooped in and out of Union Kitchen as well as various markets in the last few weeks to help bake, box and sell their fair share of teeny pies. Friday nights have become the perfect friend date night, filled with cooling pies, fun conversation and scrumptious dinner meals. I feel so lucky to be able to show off my little corner of awesomeness contained within the stellar community that is Union Kitchen. Having friends ready and willing to help makes it even more exciting to be starting this new and crazy adventure.
Thirdly, there’s Aaron. It should hardly come as any surprise but he is a champion of all things pie. In the last month he has come to master the art of plastic wrapping tiny pies (despite the inherent wiliness of plastic wrap), killed it at the market convincing the masses that they must try the most delicious pie in the world, had a hand in helping create the prettiest logo/website ever and overall just been the best human being in the world to love and live with while following a GIGANTIC dream.
How did I get so lucky?
Pie friends, near and wide, I’m so grateful for all of your teeny pies love and support!