|Mike Borland and his camera, American Gothic-style|
I am still a little insecure about my baking after forgetting the sugar and cinnamon in that pie I was making for The Neighbor. Kind of like when you get in a car accident and you don't trust yourself driving for a long time afterward. "Do you think we can talk after I get these pies in the oven?" I pleaded. He said yes. We went outside and sat on a park bench in front of my famous house and I told him -- told his camera -- the rest of my story. I told him about my husband Marcus dying, about needing to get out of Portland, about being a pie judge at the Iowa State Fair, about finding the house where I now live...and then it was time to take the pies out of the oven.
|My first customer!|
Mike started rolling tape and documented the occasion. I sold three pies on the spot! Given that I had been up since 6AM baking and my hands were tired from peeling apples I had no problem accepting payment for the, sorry for the pun, "fruits" of my labor.
The Red Hat Society ladies left. Mike and his camera left. And then, after all that, I left. I had to drive to Ottumwa to buy more apples to make more pies.
And so begins the grind of a pie businessperson. It's much easier to write about pie than to make it for the masses! Not to get ahead of myself -- I've only sold 3 pies -- but I already think I'm going to have to hire some of Eldon's local pie bakers to help. Because the world really does need more pie.
Mike Borland's segment about the American Gothic House, pie and me airs Monday, October 18 during the 5:00 news. Also check the WHO-TV website for an additional online-only segment.