so, two months or so ago, as we are driving home from church I catch out of the corner of my eye, this sign:
you probably cannot read it, so I will tell you that it says "Opening Soon: Great Harvest Bread Company". Reacting out of pure delight and surprise, I scream repeatedly and with much enthusiasm, "OH MY GOSH!!". Luckily, my husband keeps the van on the road.
Since this moment I have quite literally been counting the weeks and staring into the window every time we drive by. When I was a freshman at BYU, almost 25 years ago, I discovered a Great Harvest bakery and become a huge fan! When I returned to Utah 10+ years later, married to Geof and living on a medical resident’s salary (what salary?), I would save up money I made as a DOTS (now Close To My Heart) demonstrator to splurge on bread — needless to say, I was thrilled when a bakery opened about a mile from our little duplex. If you’ve never been to a GHBC store, click on the link here and see if you can find one near you. Their bread is amazing and they give you a free slice with every purchase. I even took pictures of my Salt Lake City bakery before moving to Idaho, which btw are still in my "Things We Do" drawer under "favorites" (this will mean something if you’ve taken my Library of Memories class at BPS)
back to my story, I returned from down under last Monday, drove by the new little strip mall at the bottom of our hill (not even half a mile away) on Wednesday and saw the official 6-day "grand opening" countdown in the window and started making plans.
Clark and I stopped by on Saturday, met the owners and let them in on our plans to be their first Liberty Lake customers Monday morning. Clark attends early-morning seminary before high school and we get to drive the carpool on Mondays, so this morning, we did it — we picked up the other five sleepy teenagers and stopped by, purchased 12 HOT cinnamon rolls and became the first "sale" — naturally, I snapped some photos, which I will be sending to our community newspaper!!
and just so you rest at ease, they do make brownies. In fact, there
was a brownie in the display case that I will be returning for this
afternoon. It absolutely MUST be documented in my Brownie Tracker
just had to share my homemade bread dream come true. Now I just need a Target and I’ll have died and gone to heaven.
[added note] I did go back
yesterday afternoon for my brownie, and now know why this bakery
is called Great Harvest Bread and not Great Harvest Brownies. Not so
good — I gave it a 2. This is not to say that I will not give them
another chance or maybe three, but they are definitely about the BREAD.
I can you believe I forgot the bread — I called Geof at work and had
him stop on the way home for some Dakota bread to go with our soup for
dinner (this means the julians made three purchases in one day –
not sure why I can’t keep my mouth closed in pictures.
and btw, I so loved reading all of your comments. How much fun is a blog!
oh, I do have a Target (in Spokane Valley, about 15 minutes from my house — I just want one at the bottom of the hill, next to the bakery — there have been rumors, but nothing confirmed!!)