Stuck In A Swirl Of Bread

November 22, 2011

Busy days are the BEST!!

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We have tons and tons of bread – for sampling and purchase

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Pumpkin Oh’s + Pecan Pies

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And our Pumpkin Swirl bread – with which I just fell in love <3

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For lunch I bypassed a sandwich and made a tasting plate. I need to do this more – it was awesome! We are hoping to offer salads similar to this in the future. Basically after the holiday rush is over. Soups too!

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I made a base of lettuce and veggies and added tuna, hummus, pimento cheese, tofu and olives. The best of all of our best sandwiches! Small slices of Cville Crunch and Pumpkin Swirl on the side. And a pikal pickle!

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In recent weeks I have not been doing well eating according to hunger at the bakery – it’s just sooooo tempting to eat every sweet in sight!! Today I made a conscious effort NOT to mindlessly nibble this morning and just ended lunch with a cube of pumpkin bar – savoring it through and through.

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Back to work!

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1 Charissa November 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

There’s just something magical about swirl bread! I think I need to make some for the holidays!

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2 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

All that bread! Fantastic. I would have an issue controlling what I eat at the bakery, too. I have my fair of fullness just from looking at the pics! Have a great bakery day!

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3 Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips November 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I LOVE your pumpkin roll!!! Well I haven’t had it, but I am in LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE with how good it looks! It makes me miss my days at the CIA and having Roulades for breakfast, mmmmm.

Your tasting plate looks DIVINE, I do so love a smorgashboard of deliciousness! :-)

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4 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I need to make some homemade bread – your blog makes me crave a good hearty homemade loaf!

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5 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy November 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Your tasting place looks delicious! I would love a slice of the pumpkin roll!

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6 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Tasting plates are my favourite kind of lunch because I can never make up my mind! Let me know if you need any help doing quality control on that pumpkin swirl bread! ;)

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7 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe November 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

That swirl bread looks amazing. I’m stuffed from lunch and you still have me drooling over these pics!

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8 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I would definitely have trouble with mindless nibbling if I worked in a bakery! Good job!

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9 Silvia @ skinny jeans food November 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

ha ! This calls for a ‘perfect delicious stuffing recipe using GH bread!” — a new freelance project ;-)

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10 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

delicious! i find sweets so much more satisfying if i actually pay attention while i’m eating it. otherwise, i’m just wasting my treats!

soups will be a great addition to the menu… especially during the colder months!

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11 Johanna B November 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

One of these days when I am magically cured of Celiac Disease, I am going to make a trip to C’ville and dive into your shelves and eat my way through several loaves of bread. Maybe some sweets on the side. It all looks too good today.

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12 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

All of that bread looks delicious! I would love the pumpkin roll. One of these days I am going to try making one. They look so intimidating to make. Have a good rest of the day! :)

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13 Mom November 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Pumpkin bar looks fab! (As does everything else.)

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14 Caitlin November 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Your tasting plate looks so tasty and filling! I love tasting plates too because I can never decide on one thing. OMG that pumpkin swirl bread…I may dream about it tonight.

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15 Kelly November 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I would also have a hard time not eating the sweets (plus coffee)they are my go to downfall. There is a restaurant in my town that serves three differnt tastes (much like your lunch) along with veggies and baguette (+ wine ) and it is my favorite thing to order!! I think if you create a plate like that it will totally sell!

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16 Amanda November 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I can imagine how tempting it would be to be around those sweets all day. So hard not to snack all day!

I love salads that have a bunch of fun toppings. Yours looks great!

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17 kaila@ healthy helper blog! November 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I love having a little bit of everything at meals! You can satisfy a bunch of cravings at once! ;)

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18 lynn @ the actor's diet November 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

i want a sample of that pumpkin oh!!!

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19 Christin@christinjoyful November 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Busy days ARE the best! They go by so quickly, don’t they? Probably even better when you get to work around all kinds of tasty breads and pies! ;)

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20 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life November 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

It must be so hard not to nibble all the time, I give you credit for have such great willpower when at the bakery!

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21 Katherine November 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Yum! This is tempting me to come by the bakery this afternoon!! Everything looks SO good!

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22 KathEats November 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Come visit me!

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23 Katherine November 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I didn’t end up having time. :( I am hoping to maybe stop by tomorrow! Hope you had a good day!

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24 Bianca @A Healthy Gourmet Lifestyle November 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I wish I lived in Cville so that way I could sample some of your bread and other goodies. Everything looks so good and after I read your blog posts I’m always craving some freshly baked bread. Would you ever do a giveaway of a sample basket from your bakery?

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25 KathEats November 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I totally should soon!

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26 Karen November 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm

oh yeah, I second this motion :)

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27 Jen November 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

LOL – your excitement over busy days jumps off the screen! It is just a regular day though y’know since most people get up and go to work everyday and have work/commitments/meetings/etc.- whether it’s an office, a bakery, a store, a clinic, law firm or whatever! :)

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28 KathEats November 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Not sure what your comment means!?

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29 Katya November 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I think that Jen simply meant that most people, Monday through Friday, do go into their workplace and have a busy day, serving customers or fulfilling normal job functions, so the idea of having a busy day at work isn’t an exciting special occasion to most people. However, I assume you’d answer that the bakery is only part of your job which mostly comprises blogging and similar work from home, so going into the bakery is somewhat of a deviation from the usual routine and thus fun?

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30 Jessica November 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I think “regular” is all relative! Stay at home moms (or dads! :D), people with full-time jobs, part-time jobs, people who work from home… a regular day is different for everyone.

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31 carla November 23, 2011 at 9:03 am

As for most people, some days are just busier than others. I used to work as a catering manager at the City Bakery, and I remember the super busy days before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lots of people stocking up on their goodies and the place was just buzzing with holiday cheer and excitement – it was much different than a regular old day at the bakery. It was always fun there, but especially fun on those super busy days.

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32 Mom November 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

There’s just an extra festive mood surrounding Thanksgiving. Even at the tutoring center where I work at a college, staff and students were abuzz with who’s cooking what.

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33 carla November 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

It’s true – Thanksgiving is special. I’m a joy junkie so I love the holiday cheer. Wish it could stick around all year! :-)

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34 Deva @ Deva by Definition November 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

The pumpkin roll looks amazing – I love pumpkin rolls this time of year.

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35 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Somehow I feel more productive when I am busy! I love that you give samples…hook, line and sinker! I would certainly cave at the taste of your goodies…I can imagine how hard it must be to resist. I like the idea of your salad sandwich combos and soup with winter a comin is perfect with all your bread selections. Hope you had a fun and productive day!

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36 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm

The pumpkin bars and the Oh Bars…it all looks so good!

Have a great day, Kath :)

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37 katie @KatieDid November 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Salads I’m sure will be a popular choice there- especially after the holiday season for sure!

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38 Molly @ RDexposed November 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Thank you for mentioning all your bakery nibbling! Pts always tell me that they really like eating as though no dietitian likes eating. Ha

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39 Kat @ Balance & Spice November 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I could not work in a bakery for that very reason – the breads and goodies would be torturous to watch. I admire your discipline and balanced view of indulgence. Plus, that salad looks insane in the best possible way.

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40 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Your lunch looked delicious and the pumpkin Oh and pumpkin bar just irresistible!

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41 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Oh what I’d give for a bite of a pumpkin bar!

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42 Katie November 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I agree that busy days are the best. My local Great Harvest was definitely BUSY this morning! I finally convinced myself that although I love baking bread I will let GH supply the rolls for Thanksgiving this year while I spend time with my kids, sister and niece tomorrow instead of having to worry about baking them. I bought Spinach, Red Pepper & Swiss, Pumpkin Swirl and Stuffing bread today and ordered Honey Whole Wheat, Virginia, and Virginia Herb rolls to pick up tomorrow. I sampled the Pumpkin Swirl and Stuffing – so delicious with my leftover smoked salmon, spinach, roasted asparagus and sweet potato, cranberry goat, smoked gouda and gruyere cheese quiche! I’m thinking of making pumpkin cake for Thanksgiving dessert (I think your pictures helped convince me), although my children have maple pumpkin pie, pumpkin cream cheese pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and ginger-streusel pumpkin pie recipes on the list along with the requested pumpkin cake! I think I have created a couple of pumpkin monsters, good thing I bought 12 more cans of pumpkin for $0.69 today. I think I better get baking! Thanks for admitting to giving into the sweets and the hint about savoring small bites. I do the same thing and find myself much more satisfied.

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43 KathEats November 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Sounds like you stocked up!!

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44 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

All that bread makes me so excited for Thanksgiving dinner. I can’t wait to be with family!

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45 Kathryn November 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Hi Kath,
I sometimes feel like I’m actually eating TOO many vegetables…sounds crazy, but yes. For example – I frequently have big salads like yours for lunch and then still feel like I have to load up on the veggies at dinner, when I probably had enough veggies for lunch!

Do you ever feel like you’re eating too many veggies? I know that’s not a bad thing of course, but I guess I feel like I could relax a little with my veggie surplus :)

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46 KathEats November 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I mean, unless you’re feeling too bloated or like you’re not getting enough calories from too many calorie-lean items, I wouldn’t worry about it!

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47 Angel7 November 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I would love to taste your bread samples right now :)

Your salad looks very fresh and yummy! That is great that you and Matt are considering to sell soups and salads!

I do have to say that working in a bakery would be hard to not want to test all the foods.

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48 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm

oh my – so much deliciousness!

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49 Cait's Plate November 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Oh my. I need to try to make my own pumpkin swirl bread now! I feel like I can smell how delicious it must smell there right now and I LOVE it and am so jealous!

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50 Hillary November 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Ditto to the sweet temptations. Dessert buffets are my ultimate downfall. I usually fall back on the “only eat something homemade” rule, but obviously that doesn’t work for you at the bakery!

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51 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

The salad bar looks tasty, but then I’m a big salad fan. The pumpkin bar looks yum.

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52 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I want that pumpkin bar!!!!! YUMM. Looks awesome.

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53 Kim November 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I went to GH in Cary NC today and picked up some Virginia dinner rolls and a pumpkin swirl. Can’t wait to try them. I am in love with the cranberry/orange bread, the stuffing bread and the sweet potato bread. I’ve never been disappointed with any of the breads at GH.

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54 KathEats November 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Yay :)

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55 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Beautiful AND yummy — the perfect combo. Love the sampler platter idea!

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56 Karen November 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The addition of soups to your menu should be well received esp. for the deep freeze months…I love soup!

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57 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte November 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

That takes some MAJOR self-control to avoid all the tasty treats at the bakery! Kudos to you for the willpower, I’m sure I would just stuff my face with as many scuffins, pumpkin bars and pumpkin Oh’s as I could! The salad looks super filling AND satisfying!

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58 Lyn @ FueledBySalad November 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I applaud your self-control! All that bread looks so good. :)

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59 Liz November 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

How can you own a bakery and be so fit??? Everything looks soooo good. I wouldn’t be able to be around there for more than 10 minutes without trying a lot of the yummi things you have!

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60 KathEats November 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

It’s really really hard!!

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61 E November 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

I definitely don’t think I could work in a bakery either! I give you A LOT of credit for realizing you’ve been nibbling too much on the sweets & making a conscious effort to change – I sure wish I could have your level of commitment all the time :D

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62 Roxanne November 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I work in a mall food court and seeing everyone eat all the time makes me want to try the things I see being eaten! I did that yesterday and tried the Thai veggies and rice, and boy was it spicy…. now I know why I see a lot of unfinished meals from the Thai place! I guess no one thinks of asking them to tone it down a bit!

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63 Ellie@fitforthesoul November 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

My eyes are blinded by all this deliciousness!~~Especially with so much pumpkin stuff. And great job achieving self control today! It’s really all in the mind, isn’t it? ;)

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64 Khushboo November 23, 2011 at 12:36 am

You’re a stronger woman than I- being surrounded by so many yummy baked goods would be tough for me!

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65 Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops November 23, 2011 at 12:39 am

Oh man – the frosting on that cube of pumpkin bar is making my mouth water!

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66 Roxanne November 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

Great looking salad, I was just wondering why if you add meat to the salad, you also add tofu?

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67 KathEats November 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

Why not? I had a small portion of everything. I love both tuna and tofu

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68 Roxanne November 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I just didn’t think to pair tofu with meat! I think of tofu as a vegetarian protein and no meat in the same dish! Oh well, what do I know? I’m sure it tastes great!

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69 Anita November 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

What I love about this blog is that you eat everything, meat, bread, cake, cookies, clusters and in moderation. That’s the key. I personally could not live without bread.

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70 KathEats November 23, 2011 at 10:05 am
71 KathyZS November 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I must say ditto to Anita, the key is have whatever you want in moderation and that is so difficult sometimes! I struggle with the eat until you are not hungry, as for most of my life satisfied = feeling full.

And soups! Yeah! I might have to visit your bakery once you do that , as long as you always have something veggie based ( I have a great Thai Carrott soup recipe!) cause if I am gonna visit from Upstate NY, it must be an awesome soup!

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