Dancing Goddess

March 10, 2011

Busy busy day!! But this whole week have have gotten so much done for our bakery. Today started with a meeting with our contractor –


Every time we meet we get so much more nailed down. Things will really be picking up on Monday! I came up with the idea of turning a random power pole into an archway – and our project manager’s sketch brought it to life!


After our meeting we went to Lowes to pick out some paint samples


It seems overwhelming, but if you know what colors you want, the process isn’t bad!


We want grey, green and orange.


And I’m digging Oatbran, Organic Garden and Orange Maple!


We hurried home and I had a snack because I had a date with Faith tonight. Ambrosial muesli (Goji, hazelnut and apricot!) in milk. Raw oats are delicious!


Want to zoom in on my new SPOON!? I am obsessed with all-things-Etsy and when I saw a similar spoon on HEAB last week I had to have it stat! It’s from WoodenHive’s shop, and she can customize the spoon with anything you want. I have 2 others to debut later this week!


My date with Faith was to a yoga + movement studio downtown to try out Dance Asana – which is a dance | movement | yoga class.


The class so different from anything I’ve done in the past 10 years! It took me right back to dance class of elementary school. Lots of “across the floor” combinations, group circles, funny moves with our hands and hips. It was quite hilarious!!!

We left totally embracing the inner goddess. I had a good time, but I didn’t really break a sweat, and to be honest, I don’t think I’d go back for $15 a class. But if it were a free class, I’d definitely go back just for fun!


As we left the studio, I rolled out with Faith in the passenger seat and knew something was not right.


Now I know many of you are thinking that I drank a Fat Tire – because I do love beer!


So in case you missed it – the tire on my car was flat :)


And I only wish it looked that nice! Instead it was rainy and dark and muddy!! I quickly parked in a 2-hour spot and Faith and I debated what to do. I have AAA and Matt was on the way to pick us up. But the super-amazing Tate decided he wanted to save the day and showed up to put on my spare so I could drive to the shop.

So in the rain, Tate and Matt replaced the tire. THANK YOU TATE!

Then I drove to our auto repair shop a mile away and was able to put my key in the drop box along with a form. Hopefully the repair will be short and sweet. I first remember feeling my tire do something weird when I was in Richmond, so I sure hope I didn’t drive 60 miles on a deflating tire!

Thankfully Matt was home making soup for dinner, so the night ended well!


He made a delicious Split Pea, Sweet Potato and Ham soup! It used a cured pork side he picked up from The Organic Butcher this afternoon. SO GOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDD!


Matt’s notes:

Split Pea, Sweet Potato and Ham soup

  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cured pork side
  • 1C split peas
  • 5C water
  • Instructions
  • Sautee carrots, celery and sweet potato in some oil for 5-10 minutes until tender.
  • Add garlic and cook for a couple minutes more until brown.
  • Add all other ingredients, bring to boil, and simmer for 45-60 minutes until peas are soft and creamy. Add salt and pepper as desired, as well as any spices.
  • Remove pork side, trim off the fat, and finely chop for garnish.
  • Print recipe!

    More spoon action 😉



    I ended my day with a Hail Merry Macaroon! LOVE these!


    I am hoping that when I wake up tomorrow the sun is shining. Two days of rain and I’m ready to get outside again!

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    1 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Ooooh sorry about the flat tire–that is always nice to have a man nearby to help out :) I like the look of those spoons and dinner meal…yummmy!


    2 Kim March 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Love your color scheme! My kitchen is orange and people thought I was crazy to paint it such a bright color, but it makes me so happy! And I’ve gotten nothing but compliments since it’s done. Hope it makes you smile too!

    Oh and sweet spoon! I LOVE Etsy too!


    3 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Wow sounds like a busy, busy day!! So exciting that the bakery is coming along!

    I took a similar class, an African Dance Class, with friends one Friday night and it was so wild. It was fun, but also I felt like spending the $15 on the one class was too much!


    4 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    That spoon is adorable!!!

    Sorry to hear about your flat tire — when I learned how to drive that was the first thing my dad taught me to do — I’ve only had to do it once (in the dark in the middle of winter) and it wasn’t so bad!

    That is so exciting about the bakery — I can’t wait to see more!


    5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I want an LLE spoon!!

    Glad you felt the wonky tire and didn’t drive on it–so dangerous!


    6 dee March 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    oh my goodness! the spoon! LOVE!

    ps. flat tires are no fun! I hope yours gets fixed soon!


    7 Jess (Sweet Potato) March 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    UGH! Flat tires are the worst! They always happen when you are trying to go somewhere (obiv.) and are just really inconvenient!


    8 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    So sorry about the flat tire…that stinks!

    The dance/yoga/movement class sounds awesome. That would be RIGHT up my alley!

    The paint samples…that can be soooo overwhelming but i know you always have a CLEAR vision of what you want on things like that. And it’s interesting, sounds like your color palate for the store is going to be similar to your color palate on your blog…orange & green!

    Btw, random question..do you use any photo editing software like Lightroom or Photoshop?


    9 KathEats March 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Yes, Lightroom, LOVE!


    10 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Ok was about to pony up 3 big ones for it but wanted to make sure it was worth it.

    I am assuming it clearly is, given your photos :) And hopefully fast/easy because I remember your earlier post today saying you did the whole thing in 10 mins??!!! Not sure if you run ALL pics thru lightroom but anyway…yeah, gonna order it…

    My photography habit has been outta control $$ this week :)


    11 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    That sucks about the tire but that spoon is AWESOME.


    12 staceyhealthylife March 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    That’s too bad about your car. But I’m glad it all worked out and you had a delicious dinner to come home to.


    13 Sana March 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I hope I never get a flat! I would never know what to do!


    14 Chelsea March 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I love those colors! So bright and vibrant- full of life! I cant wait for your Great Harvest to open! I love the one here in Bozeman, MT so much :) Also, flat tire should be my middle name…for real, it ALWAYS happens to me!


    15 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Love the colors – they match your breakfast! :)

    Glad that flat didn’t happen on the highway – that is terrifying! Lucky you with the two men to get ‘er done for you.


    16 Lesley Lifting Life March 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Good thing for heroes to fix flat tires! And, yeah, I pretty much am in love with that spoon.


    17 mitzi @ my nikon eats food March 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    oy i hate flat tires! hoping it gets fixed quickly!


    18 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    OMG, yes, your day/week sounds crazy productive, but busy is GOOD! Being idle is very bad. :)

    LOVE that spoon!! Thanks for the link, I just HAVE to order some. Very, very cool. :)


    19 cathyb@brightbakes March 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    whoa. Want. that. spoon!!(wouldn’t mind the soup either! :) )
    cathy b.


    20 katy March 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    i LOVE the colors you’ve picked out for the store! I hope you continue to share as it all comes together!


    21 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    That spoon is so cool!


    22 Baking 'n' Books March 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    That soup looks so comforting. How many servings?


    23 cassie March 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    sorry about the flat tire.. i hate when i get one.. the soup looks amazing, i think i might try it.. also, great color combo for the bakery.. i really like the oatbran color..


    24 Shannon @ My Place In The Race March 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Ugh…it’s been raining here since Saturday :( Flat tires allows happen at the worst times too. Love, love the spoon!


    25 Suzanne @ continuing my education March 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Too funny, I got a flat the other night and texted my friend to tell her I couldn’t give here because of my flat tire…she responded “Nice, enjoy your night!”….I was confused by her answer, but when I called her the next day she said she thought I said Fat Tire and was having too good of a time to call. Great minds think alike :)

    Sorry about the flat though, no bueno! I am just bummed I have to pay money for a new tire!


    26 KathEats March 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm



    27 Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude March 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Grrrrl, something like that has happened to me so many times. Bummer! Staying positive is the only thing to do. :) :)


    28 Mary Frances March 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Geeze, that’s one flat tire. Typically, tires don’t go that flat immediately, so you probably were right when you thought you felt something wierd when you were in Richmond. I am so happy you were safe in returning. It is very dangerous to drive on even a deflating tire. Just goes to show you to stop and check your vehicle regularly and especially if you think something feels funny.

    Enjoying hearing updates about progress on the bakery. Colors will look wonderful.

    Cute idea for spoons. Hmmm, dance ‘n yoga. Beer bottle looks interesting–hope it hit the spot. Split pea, sweet potato and ham soup–sounds yummy, but that macaroon looks like it was a perfect finish.


    29 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen March 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Love the colors!!


    30 Christine March 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Love the spoon.

    Speaking of yoga, I’d like to give it a try, but I don’t necessarily want to spend money on classes right now. Are there any good videos, or are they not a good way to start out?


    31 KathEats March 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Yogadownload.com is great. And Yogaglow – which costs money but you can do a free trial. And Dave Farmar is a bit harder but all free


    32 Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 10, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Awesome spoon!! I can imagine those would make cute wedding utensils for the newly maried couple. Or heck..for anything really. 😛


    33 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn March 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    No way! I would dieee for a customized spoon. Preferably one that says “Eat with gusto, girl!”


    34 Namaste Gurl March 10, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I’m so sorry you got a flat tire- that’s terrible and no fun! Glad you made it out safe and all is well! :)


    35 Camille March 10, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Ahh, flats are the worst. At least it didn’t happen while you were driving! That is even worse!


    36 Hannah March 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Gosh, I can’t remember the last time I had ham, but now I’m seriously craving it!


    37 Krissy - Shiawase Life March 10, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I can’t believe you got a flat tire, especially on a BLAHHH day like today! =P So glad that Tate was able to help, though!

    I am super excited about the bakery each time you post things related to it – even more excited to finally try GH bread, mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!! And neat spoon =)


    38 Cara Craves... March 11, 2011 at 12:28 am

    The perfect meal for a rainy night…so comforting!


    39 Kelly March 11, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Learn how to change a tyre! Its the first thing I got taught when I bought my first car


    40 Marina March 11, 2011 at 1:15 am

    The spoon is brilliant! Can’t wait to see the other two.
    And I love the soup recipe, peas and sweet potato are awesome ingredients!


    41 Erin March 11, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray!

    Also, I love the bakery elevation. It looks great! I can’t wait for it to open :)


    42 Hannah @ Healthy Whip March 11, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Sounds like a busy but productive day! Love the sketch of the bakery plan and the spoon!


    43 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 11, 2011 at 5:35 am

    LOVE the spoon, so cute! So nice that Matt and Tate came to change your tire!


    44 Mari March 11, 2011 at 6:23 am

    That colour sample wall is just like heaven for me… Love to colour choices (obviously), I think it will work great. Can’t wait to see pictures of the process!

    The spoon is great, I only recently discovered Etsy it is a right treasure throve!


    45 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Ugh…sorry about the flat! I’m honestly *expecting* one soon, due to the horrible pot holes in all of the New England roads. I hope I have a big bowl of split pea soup to warm up to if I ever do get that flat. 😉

    Looks delicious!


    46 Christie {Nourishing Eats} March 11, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Yikes, flat tires are the worst!

    Thankfully, the sun is shining here in Richmond this morning. In celebration, I am headed to Ellwood’s coffee shop to do some work!!


    47 Lauren March 11, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to change a flat. I think its one of those vital skills that every woman should know how to do. Glad things turned out okay.


    48 Simply Life March 11, 2011 at 7:18 am

    oh I’m so excited to see the progress of the bakery! fun colors!


    49 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 11, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Boo hiss to the flat. Dinner looks delicious though…I love split pea soup and I love the paint colors!


    50 Amy at TheSceneFromMe March 11, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Bummer about the flat tire. Hopefully today will be nice outside and you can bike everywhere you need to go!
    Love love love your personalized spoons. So cool!


    51 megan @ blackberries for jam March 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I’m so glad your flat tire was not as much as an inconvenience (or hazard) as it could have been!

    I love split pea soup! Have you ever tried cooking it in a pressure cooker? It is SO fast and easy!


    52 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Sorry about the flat tire! They’re such a pain in the butt. At least you had Tate to help out and make the process a lot less painful. And that must have been so nice to come home to a dinner cooked by Matt! As much as we like to say we don’t need to rely on men, they sure can be handy to have around. 😉


    53 Jen March 11, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Orange,green and gray are my absolute favorite colors. I painted my kitchen in Ryegrass (Sherwin Williams), my study in Dark Palomino, and my third bedroom/exercise room in Roasted Squash (both of those in Valspar). My next project will be painting my bedroom some shade of gray. My neighbor jokes that I have the most colorful house on the block, and I chose to take that as a compliment. :) Good luck with the continuing construction on your new business!

    Oh, and I’m a first time commenter and long time reader. I grew up in Rock Hill so it was fun to read about Winthrop and Charlotte on your blog.


    54 Hope March 11, 2011 at 8:43 am

    It looks like the bakery is coming along nicely! I can’t wait to see what it looks like when you have completed everything. I bet it will be amazing! I love that spoon! Such a creative idea! Sorry about the flat tire! I hate when that happens!


    55 kaila @ healthy helper! March 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

    that is such a great combo for soup! I love thick soups and that one looks super thick and creamy…..can’t wait to try it!


    56 Katie March 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Love the design and colors. I just got done purchasing $50 in gift cards for $25 to the local Great Harvest, can’t wait to go on a shopping spree! The soup looks delicious and how fun is that spoon! I may have to get a couple for my kids and one for myself of course.


    57 Jason @ Shutter&Saute March 11, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Must have a customized spoon! What a great idea…


    58 Heather Eats Almond Butter March 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

    The weather has finally cleared up here in Nashville, and so I’m sure some sunshine is on its way to you soon!

    Love your spoons – so excited you got some.

    I’m putting CD in charge of making Matt’s soup recipe and soon. He’s been on a lentil making soup kick lately, but I am digging the split pea/ham/sweet potato combo. Sounds delicious.

    Oatbran paint? I like it. :)


    59 Melissa March 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I love your color choices for your bakery! We are doing virtually the same colors for our baby boy’s nursery, except we are doing browns, oranges, and greens instead of the greys. Wish I lived close enough to visit when you open!


    60 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I love those spoons – they are awesome!

    I would call my husband if I got a flat tire. I do not know how to change a tire at allll!


    61 Susan (Oliepants) March 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I’m so happy for you and Matt that things are coming together so well! The bakery is going to look fantastic as I already love the color swatches!

    PS LOVE LOVE those spoons!


    62 Lindsay March 12, 2011 at 3:59 am

    LOVE the colors, warm, inviting, and FUN! Also can’t wait to try the soup…simple and satisfying looking, which is what we are ALL about in our house! Glad you tried a new fun dance class (I’m a dance instructor) and major props for getting yourself out there to try new ways of working out!!


    63 Allison @ Happy Tales March 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Holy moly I’m glad you didn’t experience anything worse with that tire… that could have been bad news bears!

    Is it weird that I love looking at paint sample cards? I love the pretty rainbow colors :)

    Also, looooving that spoon! It’s so cute!!


    64 Jamie March 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I just painted my room Organic Garden…I LOVE IT..before that I had wood paneling…


    65 KathEats March 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    oh really!? Do you have any photos?!


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