"Best Key Lime Pie on the Planet", Benjamin Moore Paint, Charlottesville, food, home renovation, key lime pie, key lime pies, kitchen counter top, one woman operation, P Allen Smith, restaurants, Virginia
I quit counting. Yes! At last annual count, two-thousand of the best key lime pies on the planet have left my inspected kitchen, made by moi, a one-woman operation since 2000—the pie was introduced in 2005!
Now mind you, I never planned this occupation. However a love of food that I exploited—in order to manage contractors during a long, and often painful 6.5 year home renovation—leaves me with a small discerning following here in my hometown. These pies have traveled as far north as Maine and as far south as Georgia, lovingly tucked into coolers by guardians of my KLPie.
It seems to be the crust that hooks them first, then customers order repeatedly, and they tell their friends. I do not advertise, yet I am the first hit on Google when key lime pie—in my town—is searched.
Last July one local restaurant began carrying these pies, and they continue to be the only dessert on their menu. As of last week, weekly orders increased, taunting me with the fantasy that perhaps I can stash enough pie money to 1) take a real vacation, or 2) replace my 13 YO MPV, or 3) really retire, or 4) hire garden help.
This same restaurateur plans to open a sister eatery in DC later this year, and already inquired if I could keep up with demand. YES! Until my final breath.
My ultimate wish for this pie would be me strolling the aisles of a large kitchen, supervising the hand-made production of my pies for all to enjoy. Shipping would be perfected, where the home-made integrity is forever preserved and passed on to anyone, anywhere. Any ideas out there?
My cookbook is ready for a publisher too. Halloo!
I forever envy folks who can do ONE thing for sustainable income. During decades as an entrepreneur, I have yet to figure that one out. As a former interior designer, I got close, as projects were begun and finished—black and white—do and done. Conversely, food leads me down a path of no return. No end in sight. Halloo!
Those of you who follow my blog might like to see photos of the completed kitchen counter-top renewal. Nice huh?
Pro tem, I continue to continue. Currently awaiting warmer outdoor temperatures as the parrot cage, tuteurs, and numerous pieces of iron patio furniture stand in line for a new coat of paint. I will dazzle you with the color choices, thanks to Benjamin Moore and P Allen Smith.
Now when do I get my facelift?
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