Welcome to The Pie Lady On 5’s Blog

My name is Carlene Staller. I have a home based business selling pies from my roadside stand in rural South Whitley, Indiana. I love baking pies and have been doing it for over 40 years.  I come from a long line of pie bakers and am so thankful that pies were a part of my

Mother of 5

 I am the mother of 5 children. Our oldest is a son, Ben, and then we had 4 girls, Macy, Natalie, Vanessa, and Whitley.  Needless to say they are all very different, and yet very much alike.   I feel very fortunate because being a mom was really what I wanted to do. Ross worked

Grandma’s Restaurant(grandma is to my right)

When I was growing up my grandma Garshwiler owned a restaurant in the little town of Bippus, Indiana. She was known for her pies and they were delicious. She was also known as an excellent cook. She only served lunch, but the place was always busy. Her clientele were mostly the local farmers and business

Conversations at the Pie Cart.

As a home based vendor I can only sell my pies at a Farmers Market or my roadside stand. When I first started my business I had a table in the driveway and that was my roadside stand.  It didn’t take long before I wanted something a little easier to use. I didn’t want to

Pie For All Occasions

When I was growing up pie was for Sunday dessert. Not anymore. Pie has made a comeback in a big way and it is now the go to for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and just because.  I have done several weddings and I always hear, “Everyone loved your pies!” Pie is nostalgic. I think it

Small Town Life

I grew up in the small town of Bippus, Indiana, population of about 400. It had a restaurant, 2 gas stations, a grocery store, a furniture store, a feed mill, 2 churches, a post office and lots of wonderful people. I have so many fond memories there and am thankful that’s where my roots are.

Baking, Baking, Baking

This seems to be all I have been doing lately. I’m spending a lot of hours perfecting and getting baking times just right for the cookbook.  Some of the recipes are ones I’ve been making for years and some are new ones that I have been experimenting with. I’m excited for the baking and baking

Lemon Curd

LEMON CURD  I hope you have lemon curd in your life. If not, hopefully you will after reading this. I love lemon, but this is like lemons made in heaven. I just can’t describe the rich, lemony, velvet this is. You have to taste if for yourself. It is so easy to make. Please don’t


I never in a million years thought that I would write a cook book. It wasn’t something that was even on my radar,that is until recently. I posted a pie picture on my facebook page and a woman, who I use to teach in church as a young girl, responded that I should write a


As I was baking this morning I thought to myself, is there any such thing as the perfect pie? I hadn’t really thought about it before, but for some reason that thought popped into my mind as I was rolling out some pie dough. There are many different recipes for pie crust, and everyone thinks

Bake A Few Pies

I’m not baking today so I’ve been spending a lot of time at the computer researching all the ins and outs of writing a cookbook. There is so much more to this than just sharing some recipes. Obviously this is not as easy as it looks, but I’m up for the challenge. It’s almost like