November 9, 2011

The PORCH is really coming along!!



The toe-kicks were installed today


And the barn door rails, which our screen doors will eventually slide along


Said screened doors:


So exciting!! The two gentlemen who have been on the project since they started ate all of my Halloween candy and the bowl has been looking sadly empty for days. So this evening I brought home a few loaves of Honey Wheat bread and a bunch of cookies and sweets for them tomorrow. I have a feeling they are going to be very excited : )


But even more progress was made at the bakery this afternoon. I spent hella long time on the retail side of things (which has become my new undertaking) and set out so many of our goods. I made signs to go with them – our Ball jars and sign holders Seana made us now hold the item name and price. Such a great use for both instead of boring informational signs.


I also completely organized the office – something I’ve wanted to do since JUNE – and weeded out a bunch of stuff that we don’t use or need there. SO MUCH BETTER!

Dakota fuel:


But the biggest reason for a late bakery night was a staff meeting – preparing for the holidays with information and shirts! That’s the CEO in the background doin’ his thing..


We turned to our neighbors – Saigon Café – for a meal for the group. The owners there are so very sweet!! We’ve being meaning to support them more and felt this was a great opportunity to give them some business.


They not only provided a wonderful meal, but they brought over the food on nice dishes as if we were dining in the restaurant. So nice!


We had 3 kinds of entrée – pork, shrimp and tofu – all with veggies, plus eggrolls and some eggdrop soup!


Can’t forget the rice – both steamed and fried


I had a combo of shrimp + tofu. The best thing about Vietnamese food is that they don’t skimp on the veggies!


Plus an eggroll.


I think I have only gotten 26 in my fortune cookie ONCE in my life : (


But I did get a good fortune – something to remember!


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1 RunEatRepeat November 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I was literally perusing the local Thai place considering take-out right now. Sold!


2 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

you are an amazing person to work for, kath! can i come build your porch in exchange for candy and gh goodies?! i love that your local businesses support each other — wish more of commercial america was like that.


3 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm

That looks super delicious and now I want an egg roll…. 😉


4 The healthy hipster November 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm

LOVE me some vietnamese food and appreciate seein it pop up in the blogosphere. Surprised you didnt opt for the cold salad rolls as they are always a fave of mine and seem so very KERF friendly :)


5 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Not sure I know what those are!?


6 The healthy hipster November 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Very delicate rice paper rolls stuffed to the brim with raw veggies and shrimp, plus a sweet and savoury peanut sauce for dipping. Fresh and so tasty!


7 Lizzie @TheWeekdayVegan November 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

I actually looked for rice paper rolls at Saigon Cafe but I don’t think they have them! I do love them, though, so I make them at home! Maybe we should lobby for Saigon Cafe to serve them.


8 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I think that is a very wise fortune…one we all should live by.


9 Allie@LiveLaughEat November 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Employee meetings got an upgrade! Those shirts look like they’re cute (can’t see enough to confirm haha). I’ve been wearing my lilac one. Miss the bakery!


10 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Word on the street is that people were disappointed we didn’t have pizza!!


11 Kaci November 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

How wonderful & yummy!! Sending tons of positivity your way! :)


12 Sana November 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Your staff meetings sound like fun!


13 lynn @ the actor's diet November 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm

i only made it through a little bit of chinese school – but i know that IS how you say “egg!”


14 Mary Legare Whaley November 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I like your fortune. I think you’re already on the right track! =)


15 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I have a restaurant called Saigon Cafe right down the street from me! It is so delicious!! I love ethnic food!


16 Emily November 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

The porch is certainly coming along! My friends and I were discussing the other day…what makes a porch a porch? a deck a deck? a patio? a breezeway?There are so many terms for seemingly similar structures, what’s the difference?


17 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm

A roof??


18 Lindsey :) November 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

A porch is on the front of the house, and is large and usually has a roof. A deck is on the back of the house, does not have a roof, and is made of wood (or vinyl made to look like wood). A patio is at the back of the house on the ground, and is made of cement or concrete. And I have no idea what a breezeway is! Totally useless info, but hope it helps the discussion with you and your friend :)


19 Emily November 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

YES! Thank you:D


20 Kat @ Balance & Spice November 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

The place looks amazing! As does the food. Have a great evening!


21 Amanda November 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

So nice of you to think to bring home some bread and sweets for the guys working on your porch. I’m sure they’ll appreciate that. :)


22 Jen November 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Ohhh – love that message you got in the last photo!!

If the restaurant provided the meal for you though – it sounds like THEY were supporting you vs. you supporting them! Haha, you got free food after all :) It looks delish – just about on par with Matt’s pizza for sure!


23 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

No we definitely paid for it! I just mean provided in a serving sense


24 Jen November 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Oh! Sorry about that! I think it’s great regardless that you collaborate with other businesses in your hometown. Especially when they serve good food of course :)


25 Tracy November 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Love the article, always such great tips!


26 George S November 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Wow! Porch looks great so far. What a treasure it will be starting in April/May!


27 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Those eggrolls and all the food look great.

And your porch is definitely coming along. How fun to watch things transform before your very eyes. At the rate you move and manage to get things done, it’ll be done by the weekend :) Can’t wait to see the pics when ever it’s done!


28 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

That’s a good fortune! Very thought provoking. And I can’t wait to see the porch all finished!!!


29 Khushboo November 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Gone are the days where employee meetings involved leftovers… All the food looks delicious!


30 Sylvia November 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm

What an awesome fortune! I totally love it :)

I can’t wait to see the porch. It looks awesome already


31 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Oh God. Eggrolls are quite possibly the most delicious things ever. You are too lucky to have such sweet friends, and the porch is really coming along!! I remember when I was a kid I helped my dad build a shed for firewood which isn’t nearly as complicated, but building things are so fun because you know the fruits of your labor will be there for a longgg time. xooxx!


32 JenATX November 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm

if Matt is the CEO does that make you the CFO? Or VP? haha


33 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 8:41 am

COO – chief organizing officer!?


34 Angel7 November 10, 2011 at 9:47 am
35 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Top notch fortune, top notch! ….. You’re porch will be amazing when it is finished! :) Awesome!


36 Lena @Fit on the Rocks November 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I swear I think I was Vietnamese in a past life or something. I can’t get enough of the stuff!


37 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

what I cant wait to see the porch when it is all done – it looks so good so far!


38 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Dinner looks fantastic! We have our meeting next Tuesday…can’t believe the holidays are coming up so fast. Can’t wait to see the final reveal on the porch :)


39 Christine @ BookishlyB November 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I love the idea of a nice new, clean porch. So many porches are a little rickety, dusty, peeling, etc… I love my house, but no porch. Jealous!


40 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco November 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Glad to here your porch is coming along. Who needs an island anyway? If you want, you can come over and play with mine. 😉


41 Lolly November 9, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I am Pho-king obsessed with Pho. My all time number 1 fave food by far.


42 Rachel November 10, 2011 at 2:01 am

love the fortune! that is a great message!


43 Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! November 10, 2011 at 2:12 am

The porch looks amazing! We don’t really have them in the UK, they always seem a really cool thing done in America! Would love to have one though (and a garden ha!).

Congrats on the magazine too btw!


44 Ngoc November 10, 2011 at 2:21 am

That last fortune was a good one. Aww I’m bummed, the Vietnamese food doesn’t look too authentic. But I get the real deal at home so maybe I’m picky. You’re right though, we definitely don’t skimp on veggies!


45 Irina November 10, 2011 at 3:13 am

the vietnamese food looks beautiful! Those egg rolls are super appetising. I really wish I could visit your bakery, it look heavenly.


46 Rach November 10, 2011 at 4:26 am

Hey Kath, awesome looking porch. cant wait to see the end result! BTW, im chinese and uh, fyi, egg in chinese is not pronounced as “dan” in “dan-iel”. Its more like… “tha-an”. with no pause where the dash is. its just to emphasize that its not pronounced as “than/then” its, “tah-an” hahahahahah or something similar to that.


47 Clare @ sweetnsimple November 10, 2011 at 4:55 am

All the food looks so wonderful ! I’ve always wanted to try Vietnamese.. love that last fortune :)


48 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day November 10, 2011 at 7:45 am

I love they brought the food over in real dishes. Nice touch.


49 Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog November 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

YUM! That meal looks delicious. I love vietnamese food and can’t wait to go home for vietnamese home-cooked meals from my mom. 😀


50 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 10, 2011 at 8:13 am

Your porch is coming along very nicely! :)

The Vietnamese food looks so good. I’ve never had it before but it’s definitely on my list of foods to try. So nice of them to bring over actual dishes and plates!


51 VeggieGirl November 10, 2011 at 8:39 am

I’m in the mood for vietnamese food now and its only 8:30 in the moring 😉


52 Cait's Plate November 10, 2011 at 9:16 am

The porch looks beautiful!! I can’t wait to see it once it’s finished!


53 seana November 10, 2011 at 9:21 am

Thanks for the shout out. It really looks like you are stocking up with goodies for the holidays. Beautiful products and displays. Now, if only you were closer to me….I’d probably end up in a bread induced coma 😉


54 Angel7 November 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

If I live close to GH Cville, I would probably be in a bread-induced come as well :) — that is funny!

I do not believe that I have ever had Vietnamese, but it sounds awesome!


55 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

I’ve never had Vietnamese food, but it looks a lot like Chinese so I think I’d love it. Asian flavors typically do it for me. :)


56 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

Can’t wait to see the porch all finished and decorated!


57 Jenn@slim-shoppin November 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Wow, nice food delivered. I love supporting local independent restaurants vs. panera, cosi, etc… they charge way too much and the food isn’t that great sometimes. Your place looks great


58 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm

The bakery looks great for the holidays w/ the snippet of a picture!
And I love that fortune.

and sliding screen doors. That is a really neat idea! I’m sure the men will be really happy with the treats!


59 Molly November 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Love the view from your porch!


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