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January 11, 2011

Lunch today was held at the Lion’s Den!! Our favorite Dillon restaurant :mrgreen:

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This morning’s sessions were filled with info on creating an awesome workplace for employees, marketing and design, and customer service. The beauty of the Great Harvest model is that while it’s a “freedom franchise” with TONS of information, each owner can do whatever they want with it. We can run our bakery as a local business. But at the same time, we have loads of information and support at our fingertips (website design, newsletters, posters, etc).

I had a big cup of coffee upon arriving after our –10 degree mile walk to the HQ!

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There are ample snacks set out for us to nibble on –

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I like combing the M&Ms in the trail mix with the pretzels!

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Mid morning we had a coffee break to try out the Peet’s Lattes some locations have (we will just be having drip coffee since our bakery will be next to a full-service coffee shop)

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Foam!!

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At noon we piled into cars and drove over to the Lion’s Den for lunch

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More Dillon charm ; )

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Remember these placemats from last year!?

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Here’s our group! Half GH staff, half owners.

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I ordered a bowl of the Split Pea Soup with Ham, which was amazing!!! A wee bit salty, but really good. It was a big bowl so I shard with Matt

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With a fluffy roll and saltines, which I munched.

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I also ordered the Shrimp Salad, which was much bigger than expected! It was yummy and plentiful! Shared it with Matt too.

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We had exactly enough time to walk home from lunch (about a mile). As you know, I love a brisk walk! It was MUCH warmer than it was at 7:30AM.

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Tonight we have a potluck dinner with all of the GH staff – so fun to be part of this group of amazing people!

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1 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I love how you can make your store like a local shop. What great freedom!

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2 shannon (the daily balance) January 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

what a great group of people you have there at great harvest! sounds like you didn’t just find a new job, but a new “family!” love it — it makes all the difference. can’t wait to see the spread from the potluck!

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3 Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! January 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

GH sounds like such an amazing group. I know you and Matt will be creative, inspiring bakery owners! I can’t wait to read more about what you’ve been learning. Stay warm! :)

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4 Stephanie January 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Split pea and ham is my favorite soup! Yum! Looks like you’re having fun.

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5 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Ohh – love split pea! and that salad looks great. Love M&Ms and pretzels, too – now I just need to get my hands on a bag of the new pretzel M&Ms :)

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6 Dorry January 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Pretzels and chocolate is such a good combo! And peanuts and chocolate. I’m no stranger to animal heads and hunting decor down here in Texas. Excited to see pics from the potluck dinner. Enjoy your afternoon!

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7 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Any combo of pretzels + m&ms is a definite win!

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8 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

That looks like a fun group to be a part of! I’m sure they have great philosophies behind their company. Good choice :)

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9 Trish @I_am_Succeeding January 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Your adventure continues to look amazing!

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10 Kara January 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

You inspired me to check out my local Great Harvest (In Greensboro). I bought a loaf of Dakota bread. O’m’gosh, that bread is heavenly. And hearty. And perfect spread with homemade cranberry chutney. I’m in love (and probably going to eat it for dinner)!

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11 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I like the way they do business! It sounds like a great mix of corporate resources and person ownership!

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12 Kara January 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I wish we had a GH bakery around here, I miss their Apple Scrapple bread..mmmm. I love that your bakery is next to a coffee house, I can see getting a coffee and walking over for a muffin!

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13 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

You and Matt seem to fit in perfectly with that group. It’s like it was meant to be. :) Love the soup + salad combo, those would be my choices as well.

The greater Hudson Valley/Catskills, NY can use a Great Harvest — spread the word!

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14 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

So jealous of the fun you are having and the adventure of owning a store you and Matt are about to experience!

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15 Christin@purplebirdblog January 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm

The more I learn about GH the more I love them! You guys have entered into a wonderful opportunity for sure!

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16 Camille January 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Goodness gracious, it looks cold!
You guys are making me want to be a GH owner now :)

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17 Amanda (Eating Up) January 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

That’s a great way to do business! I think more large companies should follow suit.

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18 Meg January 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Mmm split pea soup is SO cozy, in fact, that restaurant just looks s o cozy!

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19 Melissa @ HerGreenLife January 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Your tales and photos of walking around Dillon in the frigid temps have motivated me to get out and take much needed walking breaks for the past two days. Thanks :)

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20 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) January 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm

That salad looks so good!

Also, when I just logged into my google reader, I had 126 postings to read and yours was the top one! Made me think of you and your love for the number 26!

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21 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

That looks like such a cute town! What a fun place to train.

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22 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

What great memories you two are making it looks like this is FUN…not just “work” training. How awesome!

love M & M’s in just about anything, including trail mix :)

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23 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Split pea soup is SO good in cold weather! And M&M’s are definitely the best part about ANY trail mix! :-)

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24 jen @ taste life January 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Gosh, GH sounds like such a great company! I only wish you guys had picked Asheville for your location!

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25 Elizabeth January 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Hey- it looks like are having a great time! You can already tell that this is a good place to work just by the food they provide. A place that provides healthy foods cares about the well-being of its employees, inside and out.

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26 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Those placemats are too funny!

So nice that Great Harvest allows you wide latitude in your style of operating the business. That should lead to greater satisfaction for you as a business owner… as well as for your employees and customers.

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27 Natalia - a side of simple January 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Sounds like such a great time, glad you have new friends and good times to keep you warm! The snack table looks like it should be part of “Kath’s oatmeal buffet line!”

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28 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

i have been CRAVING bread like a crazy person since you guys got to Montana…i think it’s a sign i need to hit up our amazing local great harvest!

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29 Carla @ Will Run for Health January 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I am loving reading along as you guys venture into your own business. It seems that this will be well suited for you both. I love to see something from start to finish so this journey that you are on is deeply satifying to me! Those placemats are amazing. Seriously amazing.

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30 Meagan January 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Is that town as cute as it looks? I want to go!

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31 Simply Life January 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

So glad it sounds like you’re having a good time!

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32 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

lunch looks great – so wonderful to see you being embraced by the GH family

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33 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

What a yummy lunch! Sounds like you are having a great time with all of the GH staff!

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34 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Looks so much fun! :D

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35 KFC January 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Wow…you ate a whole TWO M&M’s and ONE pretzel!! Take it easy there!

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36 Kath January 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

A symbol for the snacks. One = many.

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37 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm

great harvest sounds like an amazing company to get involved with. i’m glad your trip is going so well so far. and as a wisconsin girl, i’ve got to say, those are some snazzy placemats! :)

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38 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm

What a great opportunity you’re in the midst of! GH sounds fabulous.

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39 Katherine: Unemployed January 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm

how fun! I love the community sense

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40 Hannah January 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm

You look gorgeous today! That shrimp salad can’t even compete with you :P

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41 Sana January 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Those roads look scary to walk on!

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42 Allie January 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

The restaurant you went to looks so cute! I love foam on top of my lattes… like a LOT of foam :) Glad it warmed up a little compared to early morning ;)

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43 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) January 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm

The shrimp salad looks amazing! How fun, it sounds like you’re joining a great group of people!

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44 Nicole @ yuppie yogini January 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

You are obviously in the land of comfort food!

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45 Katie January 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Great Harvest sounds like an amazing franchise to be a part of! So nice that all the people are awesome too! That is a great thing!

Have fun tonight at the potluck! Cant wait to see what you guys eat!

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46 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

You look absolutely gorgeous today – well, you do every day. But that blue color in your shirt is so nice on you!

PS – is it really that cold or are you playing it up? :)

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47 Kath January 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Thank you! And it really WAS -10 when we left this AM!

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48 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm

These past few days with GH have aldready been so amazing- so many friendly people, good food, and great times!

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49 Meaghan @ OhReillyWrites January 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

You looked especially gorgeous today – those pictures of you are fantastic!

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50 A. January 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Such fun you are having.
Random question: have you ever made a smoothie the night before and then left it in the fridge ? nay or yay? and have you ever made a smoothie with water and coconut milk? (that’s the only beverage I have…and it is full-fat , canned stuff…so…

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51 Kath January 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I have made one the night before and it just needed stirring the next morning. I haven’t ever used coocnut milk, but I bet it would be great

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52 stacey-healthylife January 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

The town looks so cute. Looks like a lot of fun and your getting a lot from it.

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53 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm

sweet snack table! i’d be done for with those m&ms – YUM!

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54 Kel@The Kel Show January 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I love that you are sharing this journey with us, and that you and Matt are in this together.

Fantastic!

It is so great to read about someone so happy with all of their choices!

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55 Jessica January 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

That split pea soup looking so delicious!
I’ve seen tons of split pea soup recipes lately and have been wanting to make some.
The color of that soup may just be my inspiration :)

Jessica

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56 Katelyn January 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Split pea soup is delicious, it’s my Dad’s favorite and I recently found out why! Can you believe I had never had it until two weeks ago?!

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57 Alaina January 11, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I love split pea soup! In high school I went to Quebec with my French class and one of the evenings we spent at the Sugar Shack out in the middle of nowhere. All I can remember is homemade split pea soup and maple syrup in the snow with popsicle sticks. What a great trip. :-)

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58 Dee January 11, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Cool place mats! I love hearing about your Montana adventures!

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