The Way The Cookie Crumbles

September 16, 2010

We have Great Harvest location meetings all day today, so it was another early run day.

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[We’re still looking for a location. You’d think finding one would be as simple as renting an apartment. You find one you like, in a neighborhood you like, for a price you like. You make an offer to nearly match their asking price. You assume it will come clean and tidy and that the landlord will be nice and fix things that break and that’s that.

But it’s really more like this: the landlord tells you the price is actually not what was advertised. That the location doesn’t come with parking spots. That the bathroom plumbing is broken and you are expected to pay to fix it. That you have to start paying rent before you move in. That you must get your ex-boyfriend to sign the lease before he approves it. Yadda yadda.

These are all hypothetical, but it’s a taste of what we’ve been going through trying to find the right spot AND coming to an agreement on terms. If we could JUST get past the location hunt we’d be 3-4 months from having a bakery!]

Anyways, we went RUNNING this morning. I wake up so stiff and headachy sometimes (I have GOT to learn to sleep on my back!) and the thought of running seems torturous. But experience tells me that I’ll be feeling great as soon as I’m out in the morning air. And experience is always right.

I felt great right away, but my stomach did not. I had 3 bites of banana and a tsp of peanut butter before we left (I was starving when I woke up) and that seemed to give me sharp pains throughout the whole 4.5 miles. It was not an ideal run, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Onto breakfast – Buddhalicious

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Another sample from Love Street Living Foods – Vanilla Cookie Crumble Cereal!

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Ingredients: Coconut, Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Figs, Agave Nectar, Sea Salt, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon, Ginger.

What a fun real food topping! I don’t think I’d eat it with just milk like cereal, but as a topping, it was delish. [Same deal applies from last night and runs through Monday now if you want a discount to order some samples]

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The Oat Mix

  • 1/3 cup homemade scottish oats
  • 1/3 cup milk + 1/3 water
  • 1/2 chopped apple with cinnamon + butter sauteed in the pot before adding the oats
  • 1/4 banana
  • Toppings: Chia seeds, Vanilla Cookie, Crofter’s, Nutty’s White Chocolate PB

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Another DEAL!!

  • $5 OFF Buddha Bowls
  • $42–> $37 new price
  • Code: 5offBuddha

Still Snowpea + Pacific colors.  If you want ‘em!

[Also KODIAK CAKE two boxes are BACK!!]

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Cool coffee

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Bring on the meetings!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet September 16, 2010 at 8:59 am

Oh man… I wish you guys luck in the continued search today!


2 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 16, 2010 at 9:01 am

Good luck today! I hope you find one soon because I am dying to see what your bakery will look like! Have a great day Kath!


3 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

Good luck at your meetings today!


4 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

Ohh that cookie crumble sounds delicious – a perfect topping! Good luck in the bakery hunt!


5 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

Good luck! It sounds like a tough experience :s
Sleep on your back?? Crikey, I could never sleep on my back – so uncomfortable!


6 Carolyn @ lovinlosing September 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

Good luck!!


7 kate September 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

Good Luck today!


8 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 16, 2010 at 9:16 am

Good luck on the meetings!!


9 Heather @ The Single Dish September 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

Good luck with the meetings and finding that perfect location!


10 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 16, 2010 at 10:26 am

Wow that sounds horrible! Good luck today, you guys will find something soon, I know it!


11 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

I am glad I am at work! Running around to look at locations and hear all that nonsense does not sound like fun!

I love the Buddha bowls — I just wish the deal was $5 per bowl, not $5 off :)


12 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) September 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

It’s simple really. It’s meant to be and when it’s right it will be perfect!

Can’t wait to see it all unfold:)



13 Emily September 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

Your comment about this morning “I wake up so stiff and headachy sometimes (I have GOT to learn to sleep on my back!) and the thought of running seems torturous. But experience tells me that I’ll be feeling great as soon as I’m out in the morning air. And experience is always right.” seriously got me out the door this morning. I was reading it on my iTouch while slowly debating whether or not I wanted to get out and go and after I read that line I switched over to music and got moving :) Thanks!


14 Camille September 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

Cookies in oats? Yes please!
Good luck with your search!


15 Allison K September 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

Good Luck today! That sounds like quite the drainking experience!


16 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

Oh wow, the Vanilla Cookie Crumble cereal sounds so tasty, and healthy too! I’m going to check out the site to see if they ship to Canada because I MUST get me some of that. Good luck with the meetings. :)


17 Emily September 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

If you gain any wisdom on learning to sleep on your back, please share! I have been trying to teach myself to do that for years…and always end up back on my tummy…and stiff and achey in the morning!

Good luck with this part of the process!


18 Ilana September 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

My dad and I are working on opening a frozen yogurt shop and we’re meeting the same kind of stuff – of course we already have the location, now it’s the town giving us agida over things like parking and signage and air conditioning … But we will get there! And the KERF-Matt Great Harvest shall be the greatest GH ever!

Good luck today!!


19 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

it’s interesting to hear bout the process of starting your own business. everything is harder than it seems, isn’t it? people always think that being an actor is so easy and wonderful (which it can be sometimes) but most of it is stuff like you’re going through – hustling!


20 Paige(Running Around Normal) September 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

What a nightmare! Hopefully things look up soon in terms of renting a space! Hope the meetings go well :)


21 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

I talked about you this morning!!! :) Your breakfast looks perfect…as usual!


22 Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous September 16, 2010 at 10:43 am

Good luck finding a location! I just found out there is a Great Harvest in a town nearby and plan on visiting this weekend :)


23 coco September 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

finding a place to open a business is really hard. my parents went through the process twice and both times took my father like 6 months! I would never be able to be so patient! So, good luck to you and Matt! Hope everything goes through fast and smoothly! ;)


24 Kelly September 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

Kath, I’m curious as to why sleeping on your back would make you less stiff. I cannot sleep on my back and have always always slept on my side. I remember learning in health class in grade school that sleeping on your side or on your back with a pillow under your calves was best for your back. Is that no longer correct?

Good luck with meetings! I hope you find a place lickety split!


25 Kath September 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

I sleep on my stomach with my arm under the pillow – can’t be good for my back muscles! Side is probably fine


26 Alyssa September 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

Good luck to you! Just imagine if this was how you had to find a husband! We would all be single :-)


27 Heather September 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

Good luck on your space-hunt! Hopefully you will find the location today!


28 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

good luck today!


29 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

best of luck!


30 Tina September 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

I can’t believe the morning you’ve been having. Moved meetings…site host problems. Just wanted you to know I feel frustrated for you! :) Hope the day gets better.


31 Jean September 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

$37.00 for a BOWL????? ON SALE??? WTF????


32 Kath September 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

Two bowls. Totally handmade.


33 Elise September 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

Good luck with the hunt! Hopefully something falls your way today!!! And remember, once you find the place that is the right place — everything will find a way to work itself out :)


34 Katie @ peacebeme September 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

I know the feeling of waking up in pain and with a headache because I have fibromyalgia. I also know what you mean that as soon as I can get up and exercise I feel so much better. :)


35 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 16, 2010 at 11:30 am

Sorry location shopping is such a hassle. You’re right I’d imagine it just like apt shopping, which I love. Soon enough, though, you’ll have a location and be on your way! :)


36 Wei-Wei September 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

^exactly what I thought when I heard this post.


37 Jackie September 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

The landlord needs to get her ex-boyfriend to sign a lease? I really hope, for your sake, that this isn’t what is going on. That sounds like a total mess! No parking spots and a non-working bathroom? Who knew business location shopping would be such a hassle? Hope you guys have some luck and find a place you absolutely love ASAP!


38 Kath September 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

That’s not what’s going on – it was sarcastic examples.


39 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

Good luck with the meetings! It sounds like a long and complicated process that I don’t want to be part of ever!! :)

Sorry for the sharp pains in your stomach – you were probably still starving!!!


40 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 16, 2010 at 11:58 am

i’m beyond tempted with the Kodiak cakes…
And your own Scottish oats is such a great idea! I had some from my stash yesterday and they were sooo good!


41 Sassy Molassy September 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I bought my Buddha bowls a few months ago and LOVE Them. The snowpea and pacific colors are beautiful. They do seem expensive at first, but definitely worth it when you receive those awesome bowls!


42 Kath September 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Glad you like them!


43 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Good luck with the location hunt! It sounds stressful, but I’m sure it will all be worth it once you find the perfect place :) Hope the meetings go well!


44 whitney September 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

good luck with the meetings.

I hate when I get that feeling in my stomach during a run. Sometimes food just does not work with you in the morning during a run.

I’m still experimenting. Glad you recovered well.


45 Carrie September 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Oh gosh, and I thought apartment hunting was bad. I’m so indecisive, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to choose a place for a bakery!


46 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life September 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Good luck in all of your meetings today! I hope ya’ll find a location soon!!


47 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey September 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Ah, I never sleep on my back. It’s always on my side, haha. Yummy oats as usual. :) Where do you buy your chia seeds and what brand?


48 Kath September 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm
49 Kori September 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Good luck!!


50 Lea @ Healthy Coconut September 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I really love the colors of the buddha bowls, I’m getting some ideas for my wedding colors. It’s a nice contrast when the ocean is the background.

I’m sorry about the business troubles, I’m sure once you are passed this hurdle, you will be in bread and baking heaven soon.

I was just in Oakland this weekend and failed to check that there was a Great Harvest location there. I could have brought bread home.


51 ilana September 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

good luck good luck good luck!


52 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I am not a fan of apt hunting and feel your pain. Good luck finding a space for the store!


53 Marcia B Compton September 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I love your posts, all of them with every picture recipe and little side note. I read way to many food blogs, and by far yours is my favorite. Do not change a thing, I would be very sad.


54 KatieTX September 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm

My life has changed since I have started sleeping on my back. Get a cervical spine supporting pillow, so that it cradles you head on your back or on your side. Sleeping on my stomach caused such major neck problems for me. I never thought I could get over sleeping on my stomach, but it only took a few days!! Just get the right pillow. I got one from my chiropractor. Look into this, it really will change the way you feel waking up every morning!

^ If that comment, doesn’t sound like an infomercial, I don’t know what does.


55 Katie September 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Good luck on the search. The ex-boyfriend cracked me up.


56 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Crikey, finding a location for your Great Harvest venture sounds such hard work. I hope you guys get it sorted out soon. :)


57 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

That sounds so frustrating! I hope you had better luck on your search today!


58 yummiee cupcake September 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

did you make that bowl? its so cute.


59 Natalia @asideofsimple September 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm

After reading this post I can understand why your blog was down. It was probably just as frustrated with finding a place for the bakery as you should be with all the hassles that come with finding a location. Hoping things turn around quickly and soon for GH!


60 Tara September 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Perhaps it was the hunger, but I’ll tell you that I have major stomach pains when I eat peanut butter before a run.


61 stacey-healthylife September 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm

That sounds like the perfect crunchy topping for oats or even yogurt.


62 Simply Life September 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Hope you find the perfect location soon!


63 Hannah September 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Cookie crumble cereal? Heavens, you Americans are crazy sometimes ;)


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