Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Brick and Mortar

I can't believe I'm typing these words.

We are buying a building.

An old fashioned, free standing, brick and mortar 
with lots of history and lots of potential.

The French Pressed Home will
be opening a small Boutique Bakery here in
Union Springs, Alabama. 

We close in mere days and once
keys are in hand, we'll be starting
on the improvements. 

I'm looking forward to documenting 
and sharing our renovation
because we will be taking things back to some 
original brick and fixing up the 
huge wood walk in cooler.
What we'll do with it, I don't know, but
it is so very cool!

It's been told to me, by several people, that the 
late Bing Crosby frequented the 
Holmes Cafe when he came to town
on his hunting expeditions. 
I'm hoping there are some photos
floating around somewhere because I'd love
to make copies.

Every day that passes, I find out more and more
about this building. And every story has one thing in common:

I may be getting my hands on a few of those recipes.
What a fabulous way to pay homage to a place
that so many people remember fondly.

This photo shows the original brick on the sides and front.
The windows on the side have since been boarded, so 
yes, we will be removing the boards and hopefully
the old windows are still there, intact. 
If not, they will be replaced because you know
me and natural light!

The front has since been updated
which gives us a new slate to play with.

Bruce said he was glad it was re-done 
because the old windows remind him of jail.
Only him. And I wonder how he knows what jail looks like. 

He sees jail, I see this:

With the new windows in place, we won't be
able to paint much black but oh, I will
find a way to incorporate my beloved color.
I played with a photo a little and this is just an idea...

The interior, shown below, will look a little different when
 we're done. We have some plans and ideas
but I'll save those for when we get to that point. 

And the menu.

I am not going in over my head so we'll be 
starting small and manageable and growing
as we go. We do have a destination but
that will come in time and in increments.

We're looking forward to getting our hands dirty
and bringing this place back into the mix
of people, food and memories.

Never in a million years did I imagine we'd 
be here, right now, doing this.

I do believe there is a plan for each of us and
when it unfolds before your very eyes, it makes
 you very humble. 
We have been very blessed since
moving to our new place we call home. 
Not just the house but the State and City we chose.
I think we were destined to be here, 
at precisely the right time. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Market at Chapel Hill

Although I didn't take a million pictures or sneak inside 
the Chapel to see what goodies were to be had (yes, I 
have regrets!), I did manage to use my new phone to click a few
quick pictures of the tent that we shared with other vendors.

It was rainy and mucky but it definitely did not stop the shoppers!
My favorite parts of the day were seeing familiar faces from town and meeting 
lovely blog friends, face to face. 

Our FPH Bakery set up was so easy and quick.
We were there for about an hour on Friday setting
up the tables and cabinets.
Bruce did an awesome job of 
building everything and it looked pretty
spectacular with the shelves filled with goodies.

I had a fantastic helper (my Petunia ~ Karli).

As you can see, it was a little "damp" but it certainly 
did not hinder sales. It was a true Fall day, nice and chilly.

And that about raps it up for The Market on Chapel Hill 2015.

It would be wonderful to be back again next year.
That is, if we can manage to sneak away from our
new store. More on that next time.... ;)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

On The Menu

Our first show is exactly one week from today!
I've been working on my baking
menu and schedule {even in my sleep}
because this will be our first ever
pastry booth/show.

I have to admit; I'm secretly really, really glad
I'm baking instead of gathering goods and
having to do a full boutique set up.
Those were the days!

I have managed to put my husbands 
carpentry skills to work with my 
pastry stands (to sell) and 
we'll be finishing up on some
chalkboards this weekend.
He's also making me an
awesome counter for our pastry display
cases which I'll be skirting in my beloved burlap.

Oh yes, I will take lots of pictures. 

One other thing I've been playing with is
fabric remnants and the pumpkin stems
the kindergartners picked up for me at the patch 
last year. 

It's amazing what a thrift store bridesmaid dress can turn into. 

Now to the menu...
We'll be bringing LOTS of deliciousness!

Cakes & cupcakes (in several flavors), mini pies, big 'ol cookies,
candied popcorn, dipped pretzels, an array of candies, our 
ever famous Scones in several flavors, gourmet caramel apples and 
lots of other yummy goodness!

It will be a very busy week but 
I do not mind being busy in the kitchen!

I probably won't post again until after
the show so, if you are within driving distance,
come to the Market!

Petunia and I will be out in the big white tent
just in front of the straw bale seating area.

Come say hi!

p.s. The chocolate cake is to die for. Just sayin'!
p.s.s. There are some very good things coming down the line.
If you come to Market, you'll be the first to know. 
(insert big cheesy grin)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


There is no greater pleasure (to me) than
using my hands to create, improve or make 
something beautiful. 

Right now, I'm working on our home for an event, 
making preparations for our upcoming show and
planning for my month at the Farm.

So many things to be grateful for and
at times it's lavender and rosemary,
two of my favorite scents, that bring 
calmness to my orchestrated chaos.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Upcoming Show

With The Market on Chapel Hill just mere weeks away,
we've been working away on
some goodies going along for the ride.

Some to keep, some to sell.

Today, my Mr. constructed my pastry cases
out of old windows
which will display lots of delicious things.

I love that old rustic, been around forever, look.
The fronts of the windows still have the 
metal pulls and locks and
I love them!

Another re-purpose project
are our pastry display stands.
Although the tops and bases are new wood,
the tower is recycled material from
old broken chairs and tables that 
we've squirreled away for such projects.

There are still a few things to build but we are making
great progress.

It's been a long time since I've 
played shop keeper and been able to set up 
my "traveling boutique".

I am so ready.

This experience will be a little different though.
Pastries, cakes and candies. That shall be
my haul. 

See you soon.