Twice Baked

October 20, 2009

We said goodbye to Montana with the news that….

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We are future Great Harvest Bakery owners!!!!

I tend to be pretty reserved about things that aren’t certain until they are confirmed, so now I can officially get excited about this amazing opportunity and lifestyle adventure!!!!! And I’m kind of in shock! I can’t believe we’re doing this, yet I know in my gut and my heart that it is such a perfect match for us. The next year – with my ADA Internship, all of the tasks involved in opening a small business and MOVING – is going to be quite the whirlwind. So excited to move onward!

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More really fun news: because of my Delta silver medallion status from the billions of miles i accumulated going to Africa this year, we were upgraded to first class on our flights today! I didn’t even ask – we were just called to the front. How awesome! I collected some Biscoff and a banana on our first flight to save for later.

Upon arrival in Minneapolis, we had exactly one hour to change planes. Since hundreds of you recommended the French Meadow Bakery, we made every effort to go. After a very brisk 15 minute walk to the complete other end of the airport, we found it, not realizing it was a sit-down format.

However, Junior, the friendly bartender, coerced us in and said we’d have plenty of time to dine.

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He was a very good salesman because he managed to sell Matt a beer (although how hard could have that been, really!)

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You know I had a few sips too ;) Plus a sample taste of the Budweiser Wheat Beer that he gave us. I didn’t think it had that much flavor though

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We had to quickly decide on lunch and I really wanted a salad, but with some heft. I eventually settled on a veggie burger on a sprouted grain bun that came with organic greens

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I didn’t know it came with cheese, but it sure tasted good. I blame the bun for the goodness!! The greens were fabulous too with hints of rosemary.

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No thank you

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Matt got a croissant turkey sandwich with baked potato wedges – it was pretty good too!

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The only con to the restaurant: $$$$!!!

By the time we’d taken a few bites of lunch, we figured our plane was boarding and we had a hike to go to the gate. So we packaged up the sandwiches to finish in the air.

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I finished my whole burger on the plane – I was starving because of my cereal breakfast. I told you I never holds me over as long.

And had a Biscoff from flight #1 for dessert!

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Mid-flight the flight attendant came through the first class cabin taking LUNCH orders!! D’oh!! I imagine our lunch was better than the chicken wraps and chef’s salads that were served, but you know I can’t pass up free food so I asked if I could just have the fruit and brownie portion.

I was pleased to find a Dancing Bear brownie!! However, I wasn’t really in the mood for dessert having had lunch not too long ago, so I’m saving it for later. I did eat the fruit and my vodkaless vodka cranberry :mrgreen:

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And finally, you know they give out free alcohol on first class flights (boy did we score with this upgrade!)

I didn’t need or want wine, but I think she misunderstood my "no thank you" with a "thank you" and Matt and I were served anyways!

And you know I drank most of my glass ;)

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I’m feeling so good about my school work load this week and am excited that the next two weeks will be pretty low-key with minimal traveling. And a birthday!!!

A big thank you to Amanda for picking us up from the airport!!

Now…what’s for dinner?

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1 ri'chele October 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Congrats! I sort of hate when I say that. We are so happy for you. A tiny bit jealous.

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2 Carrie H October 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Yay! Congrats! So glad you found out your news in the *west*!

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3 Katie October 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm

I”ve been reading for awhile, but am a first time commenter.

I just wanted to say congratulations!

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4 Laura October 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Congratulations, Kath and Matt, that’s awesome. Will you both be working in the bakery, Kath, or will you be working as a RD as well?

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5 Jess October 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Are we talking a move to Charlottesville Miss Kath???? :-D

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6 Richard October 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I really like that (kiddie’s) fleece jacket you scored up in Montana. It looks great, and it’s a wonderful color.

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7 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Talk about fantastic news!!!!!! First class rocks and being future bakery owners ain’t too shabby either ;).

Congrats and that is one store I hope to visit someday!

B

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8 Christine October 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Congrats on the bakery!
I hope Matt chose the Summit… it is brewed right here in St. Paul!

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9 Meghan October 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Congrats to the KERF household :)

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10 Jenna October 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm

CONGRATS!!! :) I’m super excited for you all *especially since your bringing yummy breads to C’ville!!*

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you all!

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11 Alyssa October 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Congratulations! I’m glad you guys enjoyed our Mpls airport, even though it is a tad early for Christmas music and the food can be pricey :) Can’t wait for the adventures to unfold!!!

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12 Sara October 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm

congrats!

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13 eatavegan October 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Hooray!! Good for you guys! And congrats on the first class upgrade — what a pleasant surprise and good way to celebrate your successful trip! :)

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14 christie @ honoring health October 20, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Hoooray! So excited for you guys and super excited that you will be in C’ville! By then, I will be an almost yoga teacher and will need some guinea pigs :D

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15 The Healthy Hostess October 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Congratulations! I am so excited for you! What a perfect ending to a fun weekend!
:) Let the baking begin…err… continue!

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16 Emily October 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm

How exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been keeping up with your trip!! Looks like such a “great” experience!! :) Congratulations K&M!! :) You are so deserving!! :)

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17 Viddy October 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Congratulations!!! You deserve it.

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18 Alicia October 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Congratulations!! What a great adventure it will be!

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19 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I knew you two could do it! Congrats on the huge changes coming up :-)

BTW Score on the upgrade!

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20 Alyson October 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Yay, congrats!!!

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21 Christa October 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Congratulations! I have always joked that in my next life I want to own a bakery, so this will be very exciting to read about!

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22 Elizabeth October 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Congratulations!! Such exciting news!!! :)

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23 Ellen October 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

congrats on the bakery! how exciting.

french meadow is the best place in the MSP airport, if you ask me. glad you guys had a chance to give it a try. their breads are really awesome.

where are you guys moving to??

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24 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats October 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm

CONGRATULATIONS KATH & MATT!! I can’t even imagine how excited you guys must be right now! Can’t wait to see behind the scenes of opening a bakery – how cool!!

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25 Stephanie October 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I read your blog every day, and dont usually comment, but I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on your amazing success with the bakery! Im SO looking forward to following the process!

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26 Julie @savvyeats October 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm

That’s so exciting. Congrats!

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27 Allison K October 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Congrats!

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28 Justy2003 October 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Congratulations on being future owners! That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to see how everything develops in the coming years!

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29 Kirsten October 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Congrats! Sounds like a fun next step! They load you up with booze in business class – last time I was upgraded, I got a full solo cup full of wine – it was like college ;)

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30 sarah October 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm

CONGRATS! That is so exciting… I envy you and your soon-to-be-bakery-owner self! :)

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31 kay (eating machine) October 20, 2009 at 5:48 pm

congrats! what great news for you guys!

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32 Priyanka October 20, 2009 at 5:51 pm

That is great news! Congratulation to both of you!

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33 Cookienurse October 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm

congratulations!! A dream come true!!

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34 Maggie October 20, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Congrats!!! Moving?!?

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35 Sammi October 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Hey Kath.. this isn’t related to your blog post but I couldn’t find an email for you and I have a question.

I got my body fat percentage measured today and the guy who worked at the gym (in fact two guys told me this today) told me that I need to be consuming 100g of protein a day! That seems kind of high and since I’m a vegetarian it seems like a daunting number to achieve. I am going to start adding some whey protein into my diet but I was wondering if you think 100g of protein is too much?

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36 Andrea October 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm

WOW!!! Congratulations and very best wishes to you and your husband!

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37 Katie October 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm

#1 Your lunches look AWESOME and I’m totally going to the French Meadow Bakery next time I’m in the Minneapolis airport! Yum!

#2 CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! What an exciting opportunity for both of you! You will be great franchise owners and I’m excited to hear about the adventure!

On a sort of related note… We have a Great Harvest here in Lincoln, NE, and I’ve been meaning to try it out for a while. After all of your amazing descriptions of the different breads and rolls, I’m totally motivated to get out there!

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38 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm

woo hoo! happy dance for you guys!

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39 Autumn Tao October 20, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Congrats to you and Matt. I look forward to watching this new chapter unfold.

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40 Kiersten October 20, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Congrats Kath! That’s really exciting news.

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41 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Congrats!! How exciting!

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42 Lori (findingradiance) October 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Congratulations! I look forward to reading about the trials and tribulations!

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43 Elena October 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Random reader here. Just wanted to say CONGRATS! :) That is very exciting. I go to school in Urbana-Champaign, IL and I believe we have a Great Harvest, though I’ve only bought its goods at the farmers’ market.

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44 Jacqueline October 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Yay for you guys!!! I can’t wait to follow you on your next adventure! :)

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45 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Congrats, that is so exciting! So happy for both of you!

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46 Sharon October 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I’m a huge fan of your blog but haven’t commented before. Looking forward to reading all about your next big adventure. Congratulations!

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47 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Congrats! That’s really exciting and awesome! Will you take requests for sunflower seed bread? Haha, my fave!

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48 Anna October 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm

First of all, congrats!

Second, it’s Dancing DEER, not Dancing BEAR. Just a former Bostonian here wanting to represent. :)

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49 Errign October 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm

CONGRATS Kath & Matt!

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50 Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) October 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Congratulations! I think you will be awesome bakery owners :)

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51 Gabriela October 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Congratulations, that’s so exciting! Best of luck in the next hectic year! And I’m jealous of your upgrade- sounds like you had a great flight!

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52 Mama Pea October 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm

I’m pretty sure a rock could sell Matt a beer. “But Kath, he made it sound SOOO good!”

Congratulations you guys…that is phenomenal. We love the GH….come West!

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53 Wendy October 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Congrats!!! I’m looking forward to reading about your new adventures!

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54 Kailey (SnackFace) October 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Ahhh!!! Congratulations! I was anxiously awaiting that news–you two are perfect candidates! I can’t wait to see where this all takes you! Now I must hunt down a GH and test the breads!

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55 Chelsea October 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm

CONGRATS!!!! OH I have SO many questions!!!

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56 Melissa October 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What exciting news for you guys! I have really enjoyed all of your pictures/stories from your Montana trip! I really loved the Bocker spottings too. You two are so cute! :) How fun to have first class too!

I hope one day I can visit your bakery!

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57 kelly October 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Congrats, guys!!

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58 Mellissa October 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Congrats on the great news! On the status issue… you are never going to not want to have status. Once you get upgraded on a regular basis you are not going to want to go back to coach ;)

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59 Pam October 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Congratulations Matt and Kath…I am so happy for you!

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60 Tina October 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Congrats from one small business owner (& her partner husband) to another! Its the most wonderful, stressful, fulfilling thing ever! Good luck! I can’t wait to follow along!

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61 Simone @ P:T October 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Congratulations!! So excited that you get to move into this exciting new phase of your life!!

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62 Audrey October 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Congrats!!!!! Great news!

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63 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm

CONGRATS!!!! I have such a great feeling about this and I know it will be the perfect venture for you both. How exciting!

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64 Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises) October 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I’m SO excited for you! This sounds like a perfect match – I can’t wait to read about all your upcoming adventures.

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65 Serena October 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Congratulations! So exciting that it worked out! So does this mean you will have to switch schools to finish up your RD program or will you be done with the classes by the time you move?!

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66 Meredith October 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Congrats on the bakery!! Can’t wait to visit ya’ll wherever the bakery ends up!

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67 Cheryl October 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Delurking to say Congratulations! So excited for you two. Their bread looks so good, I wish there was a location in my neck of the woods!

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68 Jessie (Vegan-minded) October 20, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Wow, congrats on the bakery! That is so exciting, I can’t wait to read all about it. :)

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69 Lisa October 20, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Congratulations! Super exciting news about the franchise! I wish you guys lots of luck and success.

I love your new Patagonia fleece by the way–great color! Patagonia is headquartered here in my hometown of Ventura, CA and it’s always been a fave of mine. Wear it in good health :-)

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70 angieinatlanta October 20, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Congrats! You guys will be awesome bakery owners!!

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71 Kathleen October 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Congratulations! How exciting! Hope you had a great flight back!

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72 Kathi October 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Congratulations Kath, Matt & Bocker! I knew that rainbow sighting in Dillon had the deal sealed. What a great 2010 you will have!

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73 Lauren October 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Wow Kath, this is truly amazing. My biggest congratulations to you and Matt on this remarkable endenvour. Your lives are about to change in so many wonderful ways but with every new facet will be a world of enriching experiences. This could not have happened to two more deserving people.

Now GO CELEBRATE! :)

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74 Amanda October 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

WOW!! What a wonderful way to end your trip!! Congratulations to you both – so great to be able to do something you are passionate about :)

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75 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

CONGRATULATIONS KATH!!! What amazing news. I’m so happy for you and Matt. :D

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76 Susan October 20, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I congratulated you on twitter but just wanted to say it again – CONGRATS!! So many exciting things in store for you two :)

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77 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) October 20, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Congrats Matt + Kath!! You guys deserve this amazing opportunity. I’m so happy for you guys. Good luck with your new chapter! :D

Jenn

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78 on the rocks October 20, 2009 at 7:23 pm

congrats~

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79 BethT, Pretty By The Bay October 20, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Oh man, you gotta have booze in first class! That’s what makes it feel like first!

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80 Diana October 20, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Congratulations! How exciting! I would love to be a small business owner but you are actually doing it…you go girl! :)

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81 Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Congrats Kath and Matt! What an amazing opportunity!

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82 Joleen October 20, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Congratulations! C-ville is such a great place to live! So happy for you guys!!

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83 Casey October 20, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Congrats!!!

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84 Simply Life October 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Yay! Congrats! That’s so exciting!

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85 Erica October 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm

CONGRATTTTTTTTTTTS!

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86 Julie October 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Congrats you guys! This was very well deserved. I wish you all the luck in the world. I am so excited for you!!!!

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87 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full October 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm

What fantastic news! Congrats to you both!

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88 Sarah R October 20, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Oh my goodness!! How exciting!! Although I never really had any doubts.

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89 Andrea October 20, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Congratulations, that is great news!

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90 brandi October 20, 2009 at 8:28 pm

congrats to you two!!! That’s so exciting :)

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91 Gina October 20, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Woohoo! Congratulations Kath and Matt! How awesome is that???? You guys will be great! Looking forward to hearing more about your new adventures!

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92 Kath October 20, 2009 at 8:39 pm

THANK YOU ALL!!!

Christine,
He did choose the Summit and it was awesome!!

Sammi,
That’s why trainers shouldn’t give nutrition advice ;) 100 grams is way more than you need. Divide your weight by 2.2 and multiply that by 0.8 – that’s about what you need. Some people like to eat more protein for satiety’s sake, so anywhere from 0.8 to 1.0 per kg is totally normal. And even a little more is not harmful, but it’s unnecessary unless you are sick, injured or a serious body builder.

Anna,
Haha. Clearly I had bears on the brain!

Kath

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93 AnnQ October 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! So, SO fabulous! :-)

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94 caronae October 20, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Congrats, this will be such an amazing adventure for you and Matt!

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95 Janna (Just Flourishing) October 20, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I said it on Twitter but I`ll say it again. CONGRATS!

That is such great news!

Time to celebrate!

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96 Megan October 20, 2009 at 9:53 pm

congratulations to the KERF household!!!

that is stellar news – you guys must be so excited!
i wish we had Great Harvest bakeries in Canada – they sound really amazing!

and from one nutrition student to another, I love that you’ll be able to do both your counselling AND the bakery! dream job for a foodie! :)

megan (looooong time reader, first time commenter)

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97 Phae October 20, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Congrats!!! I’ve been waiting to see if you two got it, and i’m so excited for you!!!

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98 Diana October 21, 2009 at 1:44 am

Congrats! :)

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99 Emily Eats October 21, 2009 at 3:14 am

Congratulations! That’s great news for you guys. I am already looking forward to hearing all about it :)

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100 CaSaundra October 21, 2009 at 7:25 am

WOW—what a perfect opportunity for you and Matt! It seems as though you two will be the perfect pair for this feat–all my well wishes sent your way!!! Can’t wait to see your new journey unfold.

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101 K October 21, 2009 at 7:44 am

I know I’m a little late but I wanted to congratulate you and Matt! That’s such a great adventure for the two of you!! I wish you guys the best of luck with your new chapter in life :)

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102 Sue P October 21, 2009 at 9:05 am

Late to the party, but CONGRATULATIONS!

What exciting news! Best wishes for an exciting and happy year.

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103 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life October 21, 2009 at 9:29 am

CONGRATS!!!! That’s amazing!

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104 Eileen October 21, 2009 at 9:36 am

Congratulations on the bakery!!! What an exciting venture! My grandparents were bakers in the Bronx, NY years ago, so it is nice to see a couple embarking on this worthy endeavor together! Way to go, first class! ;)

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105 Seth @ Boy Meets Food October 21, 2009 at 10:02 am

Congrats Kath and Matt!

I am so jealous. For the past several years, I have thought about how it would be my dream job to open up a bakery. I’ve never had the courage to actually go through with it though. I will just have to look forward to living vicariously through you two… :)

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106 Nicole (dishin') October 21, 2009 at 10:29 am

That’s so awesome. I love that bread. You guys are going to make great business owners!!

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107 Susan October 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

Congrats!! What a journey it’s been…and it’s only getting started!

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108 Karen Widman October 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! When are you coming to C-ville?!??! haha :)

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109 jess October 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

How exciting!! Congrats a thousand times over! I never had any doubt you two would get that bakery! :)

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110 kathleen October 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Congratulations to you both! Can’t wait to follow your adventure, you guys are going to do amazing things, I just know it!

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111 Sarah October 21, 2009 at 2:22 pm

congratulations kath! that so awesome can’t wait to hear about the whole journey!

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112 Erin October 21, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Congrats Kath and Matt!!

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113 Kate October 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Congrats on the Bakery! That’s awesome! We have a GH here in Lawrence, KS and LOVE it. In addition to being wonderful bread, they are great with philanthropy and education! AWESOME things await you!

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114 Bree@beeskneeslife October 21, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Congrats! I am glad you were able to enjoy French Meadow. Next time you are in Mpls. be sure to try a Summit brewery beer. EPA is there signature, but the Red Horizon is one of my faves :)

We got upgraded to first class this past weekend coming back from Vegas. Too bad we were in no mood to drink to enjoy our complimentary beverages!

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115 Jenn@slim-shoppin October 21, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Congrats on the Great Harvest!

I think you guys will do great!

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116 Danica October 22, 2009 at 12:26 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I had no doubt that you all would get it because you are right – it’s a perfect fit! I think we may just have to plan a trip out there for some bakery sampling!!! I am so excited for you all because you both worked so hard to get where you are and where you are going. You really do deserve all the great things that come your way.

Good luck ~ the best is STILL yet to come!

P.S. I am sad you are leaving your house though – I personally LOVE it :)

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