Many of the readers of the Stillwater Patch will connect with the story of Sara Hayden of Oak Park Heights. Over the summer she earned the name “The Pie Lady” from the fellows at Lift Bridge Brewery
Telling her story through video has truly been a privilege, and I’m confident many viewers will see themselves in Sara. Though she had big dreams as a young adult, she did what many of us do, put her creativity on hold for a while, got married and began to raise a family with her husband Chris. Life of course loves to take us down paths we never anticipated or planned for, and the same is true for Sara. She is now the proud parent of five children, including triplets and a daughter with special needs.
As many of us do as parents and caregivers, Sara “lost who she was.” She came to the realization that in order to do the best she could for her husband and children, she also had to do something for herself. In Chris and Sara’s case, that meant prioritizing their health and going on a carb free diet. In the interview I recorded, she illustrated it with the instructions we get before our plane takes off for a sunnier climate… in case of emergency, put your oxygen on first, then you can help others. By applying this principle, she’s been able to discover herself once again.
The great thing for us as a community, is that she also rediscovered the passion she had as a young adult, baking for people! In looking to find a way to earn some extra money, a good family friend, Dave Michaud of Fresh Fields invited her to work in his kitchen and hone her pie baking skills. With her mother’s traditional crust recipe in hand, she decided to try to build this special talent for creating delectable deserts into a small business, and started Rustic Pies of Stillwater. Her creativity blossomed when she discovered her first pie recipe which called for beer! After some trial and error, she came up with a pie she was proud of and then “cold called” the guys at Lift Bridge. It was a marriage made in pie heaven! Her recipes have evolved to include Kieran Folliard’s 2GINGERS Irish Whiskey and St. Croix Valley Vineyards wines.
We got our start as Rustic Pies of Stillwater and evolved into Sara's Tipsy Pies. Here's a nice story that Twin Cities Live did on us in those early days.
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