I’m a big enough person to admit it, I FAILED miserably at blogging every day. I will also admit that I was seriously kidding myself with pretending I was going to be able to blog through Thanksgiving week. The upside to that is, it means we were REALLY busy! I don’t think we could have squeezed in many more orders for Thanksgiving stuff than we got, and we had a lot of fun putting it all together this year. I have such a wonderful and amazing group of employees right now, I get that weird heart swelling feeling in my chest when I think about how hard they work and what a great job they do and how much I love them all. Spending an insanely busy 13 hour day in the kitchen with them was by far my favorite part of the holiday!
We couldn’t have made it happen without Katie M.’s amazing ability to bake anything and everything, Katie B.’s willingness to take on any task, no matter what, and to get it right on the first try, and Erica’s tenacity and lack of fear at starting a new job during the craziest week of the year (seriously, she kicked ass). Ben and John came in for their wholesale shift and spent the whole day making pumpkin pies and cheesecakes instead without a single complaint, and John smiled the whole time and Ben entertained all of us with silly questions.
The real stars of the show ended up being my front end staff – Riley, Bobby and Jeff. If there is one thing I will change for next year, it’s adding an extra person up there – they worked all day with barely any breaks and kept smiles on their faces through all of it. Anyone who works customer service knows, when it’s REALLY busy and you don’t get even a second between customers to stop and breathe, it takes a whole lot of energy to keep smiling and stay upbeat. Those three made it happen, all day. Poor Bobby was wrecked after non-stop sandwich making, and Jeff stayed 3 extra hours, just to help and make sure people got breaks.
Ms. Katie Marggraf managed to take a few pictures during all of the craziness, so here is a photo rundown of our Thanksgiving.
vat of pumpkin pie filling, and feet
oh snap! (ginger snap)
gluten free soy free not delicious free
that's actually a thumbprint in the middle
(This next photo was taken by Josh Hooten, and I will ask his permission to use it later today, I swear.)
what? no pumpkin pie?
We may be busy with Thanksgiving, but our regular work doesn’t stop! Did you know people get born around holidays? I have a little sad spot in my heart for those people born close to Christmas who just get one birthday/Christmas gift.
i bet lexi was stoked
we love Alena and her mom Bea
we love Otis and his mom Jess too
don't get it, but still funny
I’ve been dying to post this photo, and I know Katie B. is gonna come in here on her day off and kill me for it, but how can you resist this face?!
um, i think you need to shave
Hope everyone had a great Holiday, and for everyone that ordered from us, a huge THANK YOU for helping us to save the lives of some turkeys this year. They can’t say it, but I know they appreciate it! Because I speak gobble.
As a bonus, here is a picture of my Thanksgiving meal, cooked by Michelle Herbivore and Kile California (Kile, I just named you that) which was every bit as delicious as it looks. (Photo by Josh Hooten)
it's okay, i'm eating for two