Happy Breadsgiving!!

November 23, 2011

Today has been just madness – so many things to do, so many customers, so many orders!

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I’ve been breaking a sweat running around – seriously. But it’s fun. I love being this kind of busy for this kind of boss.

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I’ve been merchandising guru and working on making our retail items look beautiful and arranging packs of sweets and breads on display. We also have a ONE HUNDRED SANDWICH order to fill today, so that’s added a whole new level of excitement!

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It’s 10am and I’m just now having breakfast!!!


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An egg from home and a slice of Dakota with Butter Toffee peanut butter! I also had a 8th of a muffin at about 8am to tide me over. No idea where my banana went!?

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I was also greeted with some wonderful mail this week – thank you notes from Ms. Carlson’s class!!

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So cute – the handwriting and the drawings!

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Hope you have a lovely Breadsgiving Eve!!

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1 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot November 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

I am very jealous of the fun you have at work! Someday I hope to have somewhere to work that I enjoy as much as you do!! Happy Breadsgiving Eve to you too!


2 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

Happy Breadsgiving!! Happy Sales!


3 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

So adorable! That’s a better drawing of a loaf of bread than I could make!


4 Khushboo November 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

Aww those notes from the kids are super cute- may to start the day on a great foot!


5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

100 sandwiches?! Is that the biggest order yet?

Such a sweet idea with the thank you notes from the kids. You guys should hang them in the bakery!


6 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious November 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

Happy Thanksgiving. Looking forward to all your great holiday posts! Have a great day…don’t eat too much bread… :)


7 Katie @ Raisins&Apples November 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

I adore notes from kids! The spelling gets me everytime


8 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

yay for thanksgiving and bread!! have a wonderfully busy day, kath :)


9 carla November 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

Butter toffee peanut butter!?! Hummana hummana hummana. :-)


10 Kat November 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

Nothing makes my day brighter than cute notes from kids! Hope you guys have a great day at the bakery!


11 Morgan @ momentsofmmm November 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

Oh those thank you notes are so precious!!! Have a wonderful day :)


12 Haley S. November 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

Those notes are so cute. I love that one girl called you pretty…what a spirit lifter! :)

Glad the bakery is going so well….


13 Ella, RD November 23, 2011 at 10:41 am

“You are pretty,” that is just precious!

Also, I will have one of each of the 6 sweets you show in your third photo. Maybe two of the iced pumpkin-looking thing. Yummm.


14 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

Those letters are so cute!!! Good luck making the 100 sandwiches – that’s a lot of orders. Is the Butter Toffee PB a Great Harvest exclusive?


15 Linde November 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

Hi Kath

I am enjoying your blog all the way from Belgium! :-)
It’s really nice to have a little insight in the life of an American girl!

I discovered your blog only recently and have been reading your older posts too.
That’s where I got the following question. I seems to me that back in 2008 you looked a bit tinier than you do now. Today you look a little more muscular and therefore ‘fuller’. I wonder which ‘version’ of yourself you like better?

Let there be no misunderstanding: I think you are a very goodlooking and beautiful woman, both then and now. I’m just curious about what you think about this yourself :-)

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
(Too bad we don’t celebrate that over here:-))


16 KathEats November 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

Tough question. I think I just have a different life now. I have more to celebrate and more to enjoy these days. I own a bakery now, I write a food blog now, I have a home-brewing beer husband now. So I’d say I’m really happy with how life is going right now, and my body reflects that :)


17 cathyb@brightbakes November 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

Just had to say…I loved your reply, Kath! :)


18 Karen November 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

Indeed…beautiful perspective, Kath! A full and healthy life includes celebrating good food. Over-restriction is a form of control and to what end? To achieve some “goal” weight? In my opinion, a huge waste of energy and joy!


19 briana November 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Rare commenter, but I just had to chime in here! I, too, love your response here, Kath! Very positive and inspiring perspective, particularly with the holidays around the corner, a time when too many women (and probably men too) misdirect their time and energy by obsessing over their bodies. And it also demonstrates a very realistic self-image because, though you may look different than a few years ago, as the original commenter (and those darn cute kids) observed, you are beautiful!


20 Tracy November 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

And don’t forget to mention you do Body Pump regularly now!


21 Elisabeth November 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I loved your answer, too, Kath! You have such a positive, inspiring attitude about a healthy life – I wanna be like you when I grow up :) (oh, wait, we’re the same age…)

Have fun at the busy bakery (love those kids’ letters!) and Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family! 😀


22 mel November 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I have to say…I think you have always looked the exact same! strong and beautiful! I wish I had the same views about food and life in general as you do- you seem so happy! Go you!


23 D November 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I like your response.

Do you think you’ll do a post on this in the near future? This isn’t the first time it’s been brought up in the comments. People look to you for advice and I’m sure they would LOVE (myself included) advice/perspective on how you come to terms with changing weight at different times of your life, etc. You are very relatable when you talk honestly about that, and not just about how perfect/organized/controlled everything is in your life. No one is saying you look better/worse now, but we all go through changes and it would be great to hear you talk about that.


24 KathEats November 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I’m not sure, actually, although I’ve been thinking about it. Basically I don’t want my body under scrutiny. I have been wondering how I would even do a post on it.


25 KathyZS November 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Being happy in your own skin is a very VERY personal thing and hard to address.

You just can’t give advice other than, you have to find our own personal state of grace, and be content with you, takes a lot of self reflection and just general acceptance of you as a person and not caving to what the media, society or anyone says is OK or beautiful. You must be your own biggest fan and happy in your own skin whether it is a size 2, 10, 14, 20 or 26.


26 KathEats November 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Well said Kathy!


27 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy November 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

Sounds like a fun and busy day! Happy Thanksgiving!


28 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

Happy Breadsgiving!! One of my favorite holidays 😀

You guys are doing an amazing job! Everything looks wonderful and I am so happy for your bakery’s success. I love that kind of busy for that kind of boss, too! Rock on, little bakers!!! :)


29 Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

Wow, over 100 sandwiches?! You’re going to be busy today!


30 Danielle November 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

I swear, one day I’m going to get to expereince some Good Harvest Bread! Too bad there aren’t any in Ottawa – or Canada for that matter (so far as I know).

Reading blog posts about American Thanksgiving makes me want to do another Thanksgiving this weekend!


31 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte November 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

Butter Toffee Peanut Butter?!!!? That sounds so delicious, where can I get some? (Please don’t say it’s a GH exclusive, as we don’t have one anywhere near us!)

Those letters from the class are too cute! Must’ve just put a big (well-earned) smile on your face to read them :-)


32 KathEats November 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

It’s hard to find!! Naturally Nutty.com and Great Harvests around the country! (Some but not all)


33 Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken November 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

TOO cute. Did we all have the same handwriting back then? I’m beginning to think so. Love those cards!


34 Erin @ Big Girl Feats November 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

Oh my god, so cute. I love the stuff that comes out of 6 year olds mouths.

Every item in that photo of your baked goods looks delicious!!


35 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

Yeah for a wonderfully busy bakery! Like the 8th muffin comment. And love the thank you cards. That is really cool to get those. Have fun filling all those sandwich orders +. 😉


36 Sarah November 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

Looks like a VERY exciting day! Makes me wish I lived nearby so I could pop in! (Our closest Great Harvest is about 45 minutes away and I have yet to visit. :( )


37 lynn @ the actor's diet November 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

mmm….now i’m ready to eat breadfast!


38 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

The Madre got Orange-Cranberry and Woodstock today!!


39 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

Sounds like an exciting day ahead of you! Have fun! :) Those notes from the class are too cute.


40 VeggieGirl November 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

Happy Breadsgiving!


41 Cait's Plate November 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

Oh my gosh those notes are just too adorable. Those would break my heart. Definitely need to be hung up on those GH walls!! :)

Good luck with the order fulfillments! 100 sandwiches is madness!


42 Mom November 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

Love the letters. Is there a wall they could go on?


43 Amanda November 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

Butter Toffee peanut butter? That sounds insanely good.

The letters from Ms. Carlson’s class are so freaking cute. I’m sure that was a nice way to start your day. :)


44 Molly @ RDexposed November 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

I’m attempting my own rolls for tomorrow. Back up GH rolls don’t sound like a bad idea!
And love the students cards-yay RDs!


45 Karen November 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

What heartwarming notes from the children. So precious.

Enjoy your day, Kath!


46 Mai November 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

How exciting! I wish I could reach through my screen and taste those sweets.
Those thank you notes are adorable!


47 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

Those letters are so cute :) Have fun with those 100 sandwiches!


48 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Those letters are so cute!! Have fun :)


49 Angel7 November 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Those are the sweetest letters from the children you visited, especially the one where the child tells you that you are pretty–that is so precious!!! You should make a collage or display them somehow at the bakery.



50 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Butter Toffee peanut butter?!?! Where, how? It sounds so good! The letters from the kids are the best!


51 Health Bee November 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

The thank you notes are so cute! I guess Great Harvest Cville is going to be super busy today with lots of folks getting the yummy bread. Enjoy!


52 lindzjane115 November 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Good luck today!

I just stopped by the bakery (bought two loaves of bread!), and while my intention was to say hi and finally meet you, it was so busy I didn’t want to interrupt!

Enjoy your well-deserved holiday. I hope to stop by again soon on a less-hectic day. :-)


53 KathEats November 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Aww thanks for coming in!! Hope to see you again soon :)


54 Meagan November 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I can relate to how you feel about the “special orders” – they are what make the bakery go ’round, but sometimes they are so much work in addition to the normal stock you have to keep up!


55 Jen November 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Those cards – the bread drawing is so cute! “Breadsgiving” indeed – I’ll take a Pumpkin roll and that giant cookie to go please!


56 Dee November 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Aww, the class notes are adorable! Awwwwww… I can’t stop awwing at them.


57 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I love busy days! Have fun and hope every goes smoothly!


58 Ellie@fitforthesoul November 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

aackkkkk!! Those drawings and writings are soooo adorable!! I’m jealous that you have those, haha. I want them. And so glad that things are fun and busy busy~! :)


59 Amie November 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I have to ask: Why only an 1/8th of a muffin? And why point out that it was an 1/8th. As someone with experience in control/eating issues this bothered me.


60 KathEats November 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Because that is all I had time to eat I was so busy. Trust me, I would rather have sat down with a whole muffin crumbled over yogurt.


61 Dynamics November 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm

The power of words. I thought it was cute that you had ATE an EIGHTH at EIGHT…LOL
Oh boy, sleep is needed.


62 Jen November 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I wish you could post how great the bakery must smell today with all the delciousness cooking!!!


63 Katie November 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Wishing you and the family a happy thanksgiving!!!

Hi Karen!!! : )


64 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

CUTE!!! I love kids’ drawings—soo freakin’ adorable :)


65 Irina November 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Kath, you have loads of self-control, no way I would be able to stop at 1/8th of the muffin, especially when all the stuff in the bakery looks so great! Those kiddie doodles are so cute and you know, kids don’t lie :)


66 Kristin November 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Happy Breadsgiving to you as well! All those breads are looking delicious! Dakota bread with butter toffee peanut butter sounds yummy. I bet that would have been even better with sliced bananas on top. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)


67 Moo mie November 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I am half Swiss and consider myself a bread snob. I spent te last 2 years in Zurich and I am completely spoiled. Most American bread just can’t compare. However I can tell by the look of yours that it certainly would!

We need a great harvest noun NYC!


68 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

100 sandwiches!!! You guys are working hard


69 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau November 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Those clusters of rolls look so intoxicating – I just want to grab one and tear off a hunk right now!


70 Jacqueline November 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Those thank you notes are precious. Thanks for sharing :)


71 Leah November 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Many people have busy jobs where they don’t have breaky until later in the day and they can’t stop to write a blog post. I think you may not realize this makes your “OMG” so “”BUSY” “!!!” post seem a little unrelatable. Glad you found your fast pace morning fun though.


72 KathEats November 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

This post took me about 2 minutes and I was right back up on my feet. Don’t know why stopping one job to do another makes my life seem so lax?


73 Leah November 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

PS the notes from the kids are adorable!


74 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm

those little kiddie drawings are the cutest!

good luck with your super busy day!!!


75 katie @KatieDid November 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Loved your response to the question above, and I agree. I think sometimes when life is great, fun, exciting and we are happy that our bodies can reflect that, and I think you look beautiful!


76 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

aww what cute drawings!


77 Sarah@The Flying ONION November 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Those notes are the cutest! 😀


78 Lena @Fit on the Rocks November 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Those letters are soooo cute! Better to be busy than not!


79 laine November 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Of all the things I find inspiring about you, none of them have anything to do with what your body looks like! I find your enthusiasm for your business, friends, and activities inspiring. Your drive to run your businesses, and get another degree and take care of Karen and see your friends and live what appears to be a very very happy life – those are inspiring and what I love to hear about on the blog. I just don’t want you to think that all of your readers are wondering about your shape, because I for one am not!

Have a great Thanksgiving!


80 Kim November 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Yes, what laine said! Happy Thanksgiving Kath!


81 Ally @ A Girl in her Kitchen November 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Those thank you notes are adorable! I love it when my husband’s piano students write him notes or make him artwork. SO cute!


82 Lindsay McAlester November 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! My mind doesn’t allow me to negatively judge people in such ways as some commenters have. I make an adult decision to not do so. Just smile and wave….smile, and wave! :)


83 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I didn’t eat breakfast until way too late myself…well after making nearly 130 pumpkin pies! 😮 Enjoy the wildness…only more to come with Christmas :)


84 KathEats November 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Wow – 130 pies!!! We made about 60 :)


85 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

60 is awesome! Especially for your first holiday. Sounds like you guys had a better than expected turnout…hooray! Congrats to you both and the crew :)


86 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Wow what a day! Congrats on all the sales! If I lived near you, you can bet half those sales would have been to me, haha.


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