Earl Of Sandwiches

July 21, 2010

I’m getting a little sentimental about leaving Great Harvest Charlotte’s bread! Until our bakery is up and running, the Earl of Sandwiches [Matt] will have to make us bread from scratch at home (I’m realllly not one for grocery store breads anymore..) I sure hope it’s as good as this doughy Montana wheat:

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I went to Karen’s condo gym this morning with my RD binder to do a study workout. 45 minutes of ellipticalling flew by with thoughts of anemia and statistics.

I ended with a set of upper body weights – one for each arm muscle – and called it a day.

Home to sandwich it up!

  • Flax Oat Bran (made by ME!!)
  • Zucchini slices
  • Cucumber slices
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • TJ’s Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

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It was unbelievably delicious and I attribute it 95% to the bread!

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On the side – summer blackberries and a banana nubb Karen left from her PB+B sandwich

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Bubbles in Matt’s new beer glass from Northern Lights brewery, I believe

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A Little Bear Update…

From Grandma Buzz

The bears are excited about the bakery their dad and mom are opening soon in Charlottesville. They plan to be quite helpful.

Beaker knows that his dad is a whiz at developing new bread recipes, and he wants to be his right hand baker bear.  Here he is in my flour jar.  He made a bit of a mess, but I believe in encouraging my grandbears to be creative, so what’s a little flour to clean up.

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Bocker is going to be the Muffin Man. He loves all things muffin.  He is a descendant of Baby Bear of Three Bears fame and has happily inherited this muffin tin.  They say Mama Bear used this very pan to let Baby Bear make muffins with it too. Bocker is sure this magical pan will bring the bakery good luck, as well as produce bear-sized muffins for all the bears and dolls in Charlottesville.

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Churton is all about business.  Not overly interested in baking, he plans to work with the financial end and maybe even help Grandma Karen with the books and payroll.  (His end-of-grade math scores were off the charts, if you don’t mind a bit of grandmotherly bragging.)  I’ve been letting him practice with my old cash register.

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I’m thinking the bears need a baby sister.  Perhaps this grandmother can arrange a bear adoption, or do you all think that Kath and Matt have enough on their hands already?  A baby sister would be such fun to buy bear clothes for….

Maybe someday!

There’s always something popping up on my to-do list and 2 just came through. Gettin’ on it!

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1 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm

That bread looks absolutely stunning. I hope they sell something like that at the Great Harvest near me!

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2 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm

oh man, good doughy bread is the SHIZZ…i don’t know how i eat sandwiches on the store-bought stuff anymore!

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3 tanyasdaily July 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Avacados make the sandwich.

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4 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) July 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Everytime i read your blog..i miss bread more and more.

Gluten Free:(

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5 Lana July 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

See Kath’s post from yesterday morning re: gluten free bread! :) It does exist.

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6 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) July 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

ohhh will look now! Thanks!!!

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7 Lolly July 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Paleo and weakening by the day reading this blog!

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8 Jessica @ How Sweet July 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Hahaha the bear stuff cracks me up! That sandwich looks delightful. Please make me one for lunch?

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9 Margot July 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm

That sandwich looks amazing, and the blackberries…Wow! I just finished writing a post on my blog about blackberries, and yours just look perfect!

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10 Lauren July 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Could your mom be any funnier? She should start a blog!

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11 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Oh how I wish I could try Great Harvest bread – I just don’t get the bread obsession, and I wish I did. I firmly believe it’s cos I haven’t had REALLY good bread yet!!

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12 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I need to find myself an Earl of Sandwiches to make me some yummy bread- lucky girl!!

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13 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin July 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

That bread looks so squishy and delicious! Plus avocado is by far my favorite sandwich filler!

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14 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

That bread sounds delicious!! I could go for slice right now!

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15 JENNA July 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm

ohhh i’m sure the blog readers would love for the bears to have a baby sister :)

come on kath moving to a new city and opening your own bakery and studying for your RD exam….you need something more to do!!! a baby baker would be fun! ;) lol

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16 sweetersalt July 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Love the bear stories! She might even be worse than my mom and dad who refer to my dog as their “Grandpup” and themselves as Grammy and Grandpa!

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17 Shelly @ EpicOrganic.net July 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I just discovered a Great Harvest that just opened a couple towns over – I MUST try them, in your honor!! And *OMG* I love the bear stories. DYING laughing!! The flour!! LOLOL!!!!! I totally vote for a sister bear :)

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18 Krystina July 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Oh God that sandwich is mouth watering. I wish I could try GH bread.

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19 Cate July 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I also had an avocado sandwich, but mine was on yummy Dakota, my favorite. Didn’t have those beautiful blueberries though. They look great!

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20 Kelly July 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Love those bears! hahaha :)

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21 kelli July 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

gahhh we NEED a great harvest on long island!! or in new york atleast!

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22 Rachael July 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I don’t think there is anything in the world that quite compares to warm, fresh baked bread and the smells it creates in a house. Happy grandmother-esque memories, nasal satisfaction and yummy taste all in one.

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23 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I bake my own bread all the time and anything from the grocery store just does not impress me.

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24 A from Despues I Do July 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I agree 100% – bread is KEY in a great sandwich! But I’m not a baker myself so I usually make do with some fresh bread from Whole Foods – worth the price!

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25 Danielle July 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

How much avocado do you portion out for your meals? It looks like a lot but I have learned to make sure I don’t go nuts on it! :)

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26 Kath July 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I don’t know! Whatever looks good. This was half of a small one.

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27 Monique@She's Going The Distance July 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Glad to see the bears are keeping busy :) And I love the new beer glass!

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28 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Oh man…I was so sad when we moved from a town that had GH to one that didn’t. I still miss the high fiber flax bread!!!

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29 Karen July 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Clearly, Kath, you get your creativity and wittiness from your Mom! (Thanks for brightening the day with a bear story, Mrs. Younger!)

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30 Tori July 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I made my own bread for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it was really gratifying! I think my loaf tasted better than any store bought bread too!

Since I don’t have time to always make a loaf myself, what store bought brand of bread do you usually go with, when/if you by store bought bread???? Just curious!

<3 Tori

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31 Kath July 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm

It’s been so long since I’ve been on the bread market, I don’t know. I used to like Arnold Flax + Fiber OK.

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32 Mastering Public Health July 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Tori, had to chime in – Rudi’s Organic bread has tons of varieties and is really delicious (and healthy)!

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33 Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! July 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

The update on the “grandbears” just made me laugh out loud. What creative, funny pictures and little blurbs! Thank you for the hilarious anecdotes! :)

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34 Julz @ freshman 5k July 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm

What a Green sandwich! I agree 100% on the bread making the sandwich. We only buy bread from Great Harvest!

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35 Angela (ohsheglows) July 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm

haha I think grandma wants a granddaughter perhaps??? ;) Sounds like my mom…lol.

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36 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm

That bread does look amazing! I hope the studying is going well!

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37 melissa July 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm

divine lookin’ bread, excited to see the baker’s work on the blog

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38 Laura July 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

LOVE the bears…so cute!!! xx

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39 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops July 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Your mom totally needs to write a book about the bears, with photos of their adventures!!

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40 Sami July 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I need some avocado in my life stat.

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41 Vicky @ eat live sweat July 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Funny… I had a similar sandwich today (except not on bread you made, obviously). Maybe you guys should write a children’s book starring the bears.

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42 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I love Momma Younger. She’s so darn cute.

Every time I see your lush-iss bread, I am reminded to hit up our local GH. Too bad my uncle just bought 2 loaves of store bread. Ahhh those can go in the freezer, right? :)

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43 Meagan July 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

This was my most favorite bear post yet!

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44 Emily Lou July 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I love it every time the bears make an appearance! I picked up on bear-collecting from my mom. I just got two new little figurines in Germany that I can’t wait to add to the bunch!

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45 Nicole, RD July 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Great Harvest does make wonderful bread…no denying that!! But those avocado slices have to account for more than 5% of the wonderfulness ;)

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46 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I firmly believe that any sandwich/wrap/burrito/pizza/pita/what-have-you starts with a really, really good bread. Otherwise. Blaaaahh!

I agreee with you about grocery store breads. Our only bakery that makes regular bread (as in, something not cakes, donuts, and empanadas) within a 50 mile radius is our Walmart, and they even have some unfavorable ingredients. I’ve been eating Ezekiel bread recently or baking from home.

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47 janna@janna's keeping it real July 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

oh man, your mom is so cute and creative! it’s no wonder she is a childrens author! adorable!

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48 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete.wordpress.com July 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Your posts always remind me to go to my GH and pick up some bread! Those bears are so adorable — my sisters and I used to have photoshoots with our stuffed animals too, but nothing beats Churton at the cash register!

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49 Lana July 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

How REWARDING to eat bread made by your own hands. Fun! :)

Just a question regarding your workouts – is there a reason why you choose to do the cardio first and then the weights? Apart from a warm-up, I always do the opposite. I’m interested in your reasoning.
:)

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50 Kath July 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I use the cardio as a warm-up. The thought of lifting weights while I’m cold is very unappealing! And I also don’t like weights, so I procrastinate them.

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51 Lana July 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Ha ha – and I love the weights, so I am excited to get them started after 5 mins of a “boring” (to me) cardio machine! Different strokes for different folks no doubt.

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52 Mama Pea July 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Girls just had PB&J and Tofutti and J on GH sliced Honey Wheat for lunch. I knew you’d be proud.

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53 erica July 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

i LOVE the bear updates. they make me smile. so cute and sweet and creative :) i definitely think they need a little sister ;p

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54 Alicia July 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I can see why you don’t want store bought bread, YUM!

Love the bear update. Your parents are adorable!

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55 anne July 21, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Your mom is so darn cute with those bears. I love her little stories and props!

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56 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm

That does look like the perfect sandwich. Your mom is so funny with her bear stories.

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57 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I love the bears! So cute and adorable!

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58 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Oh my, that sandwich looks killer! Love the bears!

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59 Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 July 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Does the GH where Matt works now ship bread? In the mean time, you guys could just have them ship you some each week. :-)

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60 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Ha, that bear thing was cute! And bread really does make a sandwich! Homemade is definitely best, too :-D

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61 Katie July 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I like reading your teddy bear stuff :) I have a huge teddy bear collection, I am obsessed. I sleep with one every night – but I have to rotate so they don’t get jealous, lol. ;)

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62 Mom July 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Katie, Glad you rotate your bears. I did the same thing with my dolls.

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63 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm

That bread looks delicious! What I would do is freeze 5 or6 loaves to tide you over until you get your bakery going. :)

Cute bear story! :)

Jenn

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64 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

awww those bears make me smile every time :)

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65 Jessica @ Rawtumn July 21, 2010 at 5:50 pm

That bread really does look amazing, I don’t blame you for not wanting to substitute in grocery brands instead! I need to find a bakery that good!

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66 Carrie July 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Man that’s a lot of avocado! Not that it’s a bad thing of course. Love the bears! Always makes me think of my brother, he has a huge bear collection.

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67 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I think the bears need their own blog.

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68 Eve (Nutrition by Eve) July 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Good luck studying! Just as an FYI – when I was studying we found some of the flashcards were wrong, so just keep an eye out for that. Overall it was helpful though.

I really wish we had a Great Harvest here in NYC…I think it would do really well!

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69 caronae July 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm

The bear reports are too cute! That’s exactly like something my mom would do.

I want some GH bread! Must have a GH built in NYC!

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70 Alyssa @ Bride To Be Fit July 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm

How CUTE is the bear with the flour on his head?! So adorable…. makes me want to snuggle with them!! :)

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71 Annie@stronghealthyfit July 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I agree, it’s hard to go back to store-bought bread when you eat it fresh on a regular basis! How cute are those bears :-)

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72 Sarah July 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm

That sammich looks heavenly!!!

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73 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I don’t blame you for not enjoying store bought bread as much any more. I can see myself getting seriously addicted to the Great Harvest breads as well. They look uh-mazing! :D

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74 Ashley@thehungryscholar July 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I’m so happy I’m moving near a GH. That bread looks great.

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75 Faith @ LovelyAsCharged July 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm

A good bread can certainly make or break a sandwich! I love hearty ones with all the little seeds to add something extra, ooh, or a sourdough…dang you for sparking so many bread cravings!

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76 Melanie July 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm

LOVE your mom and her grandbearchildren! I vote for girl bear to come into the fam! The sandwhich looks delish! I will be making that this week for sure. Thanks for the great ideas Kath, your blog is part of my daily reads!

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77 SentimentsbyDenise July 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

A fabulously GREEN sandwich! You definitely can’t go wrong with all that goodness!

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78 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Your breads always look amazing! My little grocery store loaf is hiding in shame. :P

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79 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm

must be so cool to eat your own bread!

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80 Chelsey July 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm

That avocado/cucumber sammy is one of my favs!!! I do it (or used to) with avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, and salsa. I toast the bread and voila! DELICIOUS!

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81 Jen July 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Have you ever considered writing a children’s book with the bears as the main characters? I think it would be absolutely adorable.

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82 Hannah July 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Those blackberries entice me more than the bread (no offense to your Baker Man!). They look so juicy and fresh!

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83 Kate (This American Wife) July 22, 2010 at 12:18 am

The bear update is so gosh darn cute! Yes I just said “gosh darn”, but that’s the most accurate phrase I could think of to describe what’s going on here. :)

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84 Wei-Wei July 22, 2010 at 7:22 am

How awesome is it to eat your own bread?! I felt so accomplished when I once made pita bread… and I’ve never made bread since. :P It’s too hot!

Wei-Wei

Ps: Bears. Are. Too. Cute.

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85 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear July 22, 2010 at 8:07 am

I’m in love with your sandwiches <3

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86 Amber K July 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Ooh I’m jealous! I would love to have that kind of bread. It looks fantastic.

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87 Shannon July 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I visited a GH bakery while in Kalispell, MT last summer. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!

It was one of the best parts of my Montana trip :)

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88 Kate Wattum August 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I would like to use the photo with your bear and the cash register on the University of Alaska financial aid site.

Please let me know!

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