Eric and I are the owners of Doodle Pies and here is our story. I met Eric back in 2005. On our first date, I remember him telling me how important his work-life balance was. I liked what I heard. It was that comment, along with a lot more, that attracted me and before long we were married and living a “balanced life". I sunk into my role as executive homemaker and made sure to cook badly for the first nine years of our marriage. Ladies, just hold out… maybe your special person will get tired of eating bad food and take the reins of the household chef! The passion for cooking within Eric continued to increase, as did the demands of corporate America. Year after year, I watched the joy that I once saw in Eric begin to dwindle.
You may be wondering about me and my passions. I have two that are on the top of my list: people and art... and the journey of Doodle Pies has grown my love for people. Of course we are in business to make a living, but I will tell you that this “balanced life" of being a restaurant owner must come with a great purpose that is more than just making money. It’s the people I work with, and the customers I get to interact with that fuel my energy and excitement over what Doodle Pies is becoming. It’s becoming a place of community. And that “balanced life" is now defined more by living with purpose and passion, instead of how my day is broken up. Doodle Pies is our baby and this baby requires a lot of attention.
So how was this idea born, you may wonder. It was a drive back from church one Sunday last March. The conversation was effortless. Eric suggested, “Let’s open a pie shop with personal-sized pies and I will figure out how to cook them fast.” If anyone could figure it out, it would be Eric. It would take a few more conversations before the idea was fully developed. The peace I felt was so incredible that I knew we were on the right path. Two months after having that conversation in the car, Eric quit his corporate job. We did it! We stepped out in faith and the adventure continued.
When entering Doodle Pies, you walk into a large pie case that houses our cold pies and our chicken pot pie. These are options that are ready to go. If you want the full experience, you continue past the pie case and you will see our pie and quiche bar. You create or “doodle” your own flavors for your personal fruit pie or quiche. For the fruit pies, there are 3 steps: choice of filling, choice of the add-in, and your choice of toppings. You can check out our menu on our website, DoodlePies.net
Providence brought us to Roswell. We sifted through 70 locations from our real-estate broker with a fine tooth comb. Nothing excited me and none carried any peace. The real-estate saying of “location, location, location” continued to ring in our ears. We had a novel idea, but if we didn’t get the location right, it wouldn’t matter. A friend of Eric’s told him about the location where we are now. I made the drive out, peered in the window and there it was: peace. I knew in my heart we had found our location. It was only after we committed to the space, that I began to hear the buzz of the unique community that exists in Roswell. We feel blessed to be here.
Pies for November
We are excited to have our pumpkin mousse pie and sweet potato pie for the month of November. If you aren’t a pumpkin pie fan (I know you are out there because I am one of them!), there is a pretty good chance you’ll enjoy our pumpkin mousse. It’s made just like our best selling chocolate mousse pie, but instead of using chocolate we use pumpkin on a ginger-snap crust. It goes great with coffee.
Thanksgiving at our house
One: I will not be cooking. Two: Eric creates a spread with everything traditional. We always have stuffing, as we were raised with parents from the north. We have homemade cranberry sauce, with homemade this and homemade that every year. The menu changes a bit every year, as the foodie in Eric cannot be silenced. The best part is getting together with family. We have a rotating schedule between families, and now as the years tick on we lose track. I take kitchen duty and clean everything with a smile on my face. Eric cooks with love and I clean with love.