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.