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Tears of Joy, it is FINALLY Here.

Tears of Joy, it is FINALLY Here.

By: Lauren Bolden, Owner, Pie Bar

Have you ever worked on a project for so long that when it finally comes to fruition, you think, "praise J, I am so glad to be done with that!"

Then you realize that sometimes the completing of the thing is only the halfway mark because now you have to market and sell the thing or you have to convince your partner that the wooden spoons you carved are food safe and won't harbor bacteria and kill your entire family or whatever your equivalent to the second half of your project is.

This happened with me and our Warm Memories Project.

Two years ago I had the idea to take all of the amazing stories that our team and guests were sharing with me and turn them into a collective journal so that we would be able to share the stories with people all over the world.

Making a little journal shouldn't be that hard, right?

Turns out, it is hard. And time consuming. Throw in a pandemic and that journal got pushed to the bottom of my to-do list week after week..for 52+ weeks.

About four months ago, I finally decided I couldn't keep putting off finishing this journal / Vivian was giving me the stink eye, so I finally buckled down and completed the project (thanks to many, MANY people including the journal's designer -- Ashley J. who owns a local business called The Type Set Company).

Just a few short weeks ago, the first 200 copies arrived.  

When I held the journal for the first time, I felt relief.

Relief?

Yes, I was relieved because I (ignorantly) thought to myself, "Well that's done!"

Wrong.

I ordered 200 copies..and I is only one person...so I then realized I had 199 additional copies in my possession. The realization that the project was only HALF WAY complete dawned on me.

It was time to get to work.

Again.

This time, to tell YOU why it is a journal worthy of your time, your bookshelf, and hopefully at least one or two of the stockings you need to stuff this holiday season.

I could go on and on about the features of this journal (it has 7 Pie Bar recipes! It has personal stories from guests all over the country! It is the perfect pocket sized item so you can easily take it to the DMV next time you need to renew your license)...but I won't.

Instead, I will use the power of photography to show you just how much Cody loved helping me test the recipes, edit the journal, and get it out into the world just for you.

Cody is begrudgingly testing the recipe for Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie featured in the Warm Memories Journal. August 2020.

If you are even HALF as excited as Cody is in the photo above, I highly encourage you to snag your copy immediately (but keep in mind there are only 199 left! Ekk!)

And if you don't live close: don't worry, we can ship it directly to your door!