Sunday, March 20, 2016


Oh, hello!
Remember me? 

As today marks the first day of spring, it's been since winter
that I have paid any attention (physically) to this page.

Trust me, I've wanted to.

My life as The French Pressed Home
has completely shifted to
FPH BAKERY and I couldn't be
more proud or happy. 
Most days, I still cannot believe it. 

No, we haven't opened the store yet.

Since we are doing the work ourselves 
{mostly Bruce at this point}
in addition to working full time to pay for it, 
it takes time.
Not to mention that peeling the layers back of an
80 year old building has given plenty, if not more,
fun projects to tear out and re-do.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it was/is 
a full gut. Top to bottom, inside and out.
And life with a contractor is definitely not a life
with band aids. No, no it's not. Fix it right so it
sustains another 80+ years.
Sure, I've been disappointed and frustrated
but I know that in the long run, it will be well worth
the time it's taking to do this right.
I appreciate Bruce's talented hands and his mighty
brain that can pull this off. He's definitely a
master of his trade.

All of these renovations are purely funded out of pocket 
so in order for this place to swing the doors wide open,
we gotta WORK in order to do that. 
My kitchen has shrunken due to the rolling racks that 
have found their way into my life, as of late.
Every once in a while, I'll roll them into the dining room so 
I can reminisce about the days before they moved in. 
Oooh, it was so spacious! lol! 

It won't be too much longer before they roll on out and 
down the road to their permanent home.

I am looking VERY forward to not working where I live.
I am not one for drawing the line between
home/work even though the kitchen/dining room
threshold holds the imaginary line
between the two. Many days, to my disdain,
the "house" gets neglected {ignored} so I can focus
on the work in my place of employment. The kitchen.

It will be nice to have the separation.

Right now, I'm looking out toward the coop and my weed filled garden.
I hope to get some things planted out there but I may 
end up just planting flower seeds this year and hitting
up the Farmer's Markets instead. We'll see.
Whichever, it will look beautiful against that 
pretty little coop.

Please follow me on Instagram and on my FB page 
{or friend request me, it's all one in the same!}
where I post quick updates regularly.

And like all good things, this post must come to an end. 
Time to get in the kitchen and heat up that oven. :)

I vow to make my Sunday mornings my posting time
because frankly, I'm ashamed so much time as passed.

May the warm sun of Spring warm your face, sweet friend.
Thanks for visiting.

xo, Amber


  1. I've been thinking of your bakery and knew you had to be working hard on it. I know it will all be worth it and soon you will be busy with the baking and not the building. Best of everything to you all and hope to visit the shop soon!
    P.S. - flowers would be lovely to look at and great for bouquets in the shop.

    1. Hey Deb! YES! I agree, flowers will definitely be an asset! I'm planting a climbing rose (either Eden or Cecil Bruner) at the black post which will soon have a sign. And I will have some potted plants and herbs out front too, as well has fresh cuts inside. I LOVE plants and have always had live greens in my boutique in CA. Will be doing the same here! :)

    2. I am looking forward to it all! Let us know about the grand opening.

  2. Hey busy lady! Glad to see you posting, but no shame when you don't! I'm so proud of you for all you've accomplished this past year...I think it might have killed someone with less drive and focus. You are almost there! I'm just sad that I can't come in for treats every day- because you know I would! xoxo, T.

    1. Thanks, girlfriend! I've had my moments, trust me {hence my little escape}. It will all come together and we'll look back and say, HOLY COW! :) Till then, I'm just gonna keep chipping away. xoxo

  3. I commend you on doing it all yourselves and doing it right! Yes, in the long run it will have all been worth any delays and frustration and I can't wait to see everything up and running for you as the Reward for all your hard work! Happy Spring... Dawn... The Bohemian


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