Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bun in the Oven

Oh Happy Day! We finally have a bun in the oven and she will be here in just 10 short weeks. Baby Girl Yancey is joining our happy home in September. We can't wait for her arrival

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Let the Feathers Fly!

Employees come...employees go. (Ughhhh...never with out drama!)
Customers come...customers go. (Why stop shopping at the best place you've ever been)
Bakery is slow...bakery is busy. (Who know's why, I want to blame O'Bama)
We are blessed...we are busy. (Thank God!)
Turkey Day is fast approaching and while we are fixing up the trimmings for everyone else we have very little time for ourselves...or for the bakery. We are now in at 2a & out at 6p. But we know this will be a good holiday season...economy is down, but we are in high spirits. We have to be. A great chef once said the secret to success is "Getting up early & going to work every day" Well that my friends is no secret to the Yancey's.
If there is a worm, these early birds are getting him.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Change is a Coming"

So many people keep telling me, "change is a comin', customers come in the bakery with Change T-Shirts on....really? Really? This isn't new news people!!!!! The only thing I know to be true is CHANGE IS CONSTANT. Change is the only thing you can count on. Nothing remains the same, status quot, even keeled...EVER. Life, Love, Work, Worry...all of it is constant change.
I am tired of change today. Today, I don't want a change to come, for once...I want things to settle down! Over the past few months we have accepted more change than a bank and today I am tired.
We are down to one intern and 2 high school kids as closers. Kevin & I have worked 45 hours each this week and it is only Wednesday. We start each day with such optimism and then eventually get beaten down by the constant customer comments..."Are you guys okay?" "How are you doing financially?" "Are you going to close like everyone else?" "Do you have any savings?"...People are in such a "Doom & Gloom" frame of mind right now it is ridiculous. YES, We are okay, NO, We are not going to close & PLEASE stop thinking so negatively! It is terribly contagious and highly ineffective.
Please come into my store. Enter to receive a free hot slice of bread, a guenuine warm smile & a cup of cheer.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

End of Summer

Hosted a free pancake breakfast on Saturday at the bakery. It was so nice to have another community event. I love the buzz, the busy-ness, the fact that most people who weren't regulars just walked up and couldn't believe that it was free. It is such a good feeling. Melissa, Sarah, Kelly, Bob, Riley, Tara, Steph & Dave all showed up to support us. I love our friends. It truly makes our live in Vegas so much more fufilled. Riley is growing up so fast.
We threw a surprise b-day party for Kelly's 30th and she had no clue. It was so much fun. Steph & Dan brought the Karoke machine and it was a blast. We even managed to sneak in a nap after the bakery so we were able to make it past 10pm...which is our usual quitting time.
Kevin fed Riley a whole jar of baby food yesterday and she was happy as a clam. It is so fun to watch her grow and see Kevin with her. He is great!
Heading to Napa to celebrate mine & Kelly's B-day this weekend. Bakery is slim with employees but it seems when we lose employees the bakery only gets stronger. I am so happy with our current crew. We are so strong. Kevin & I are both back to baking 6 days a week, but it's a huge savings on payroll and at the end of the day...we do it the best! Trying to schedule in time to continue marketing. I can't believe I am gearing up for the holidays already.
Kevin is working so hard, it is so nice to spend Sunday's together "trying" to do nothing!!! He is so funny. It's hard during the week to seperate the business partner/work Kevin from my husband...but boy do I love the weekends. I am one lucky girl!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Summer Blues

Work so hard for everything you ever wanted and it is out of reach...still in sight (I think) but for now definitely out of reach. Spent the weekend together went to Peter Frampton I really this old? We are nervously awaiting the summer to be over. While we are both enjoying the breathing room, the chance to escape the bakery for a few hours or days at a time...we are ready for the work to start up again and for the bakery once again to be buzzing with customers, baked goods & excitement. We keep telling ourselves 8 weeks of hell...and now only 3 weeks left. By mid-August things always kick back up. Trying to keep our sanity in the mean time.
On a personal note...ever worked so hard for everything you ever wanted and it is still out of reach? Well then maybe it wasn't meant to be. Others speak kind words of encouragement, but it all just falls on frustrated ears. Tara announced she is pregnant this week, great...this makes 3 close friends in 2 months. Two of the three aren't even excited...unbelievable.
Focus on the positive things in life. Perhaps all you wanted was never meant for you.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Trust your Gut

The past few days have continued to remind me to "Trust My Gut" my mother would say. When "They" (whoever "They" are) say you can't do something or shouldn't do something I was always curious if I had such an aversion to authority or if I was simply being a rebel...OR if I knew that I should Trust My Gut.
Baguettes have been conquered this weekend thanks to Kevin & I trusting our gut. Why can't we do what "they" tell us we can't or shouldn't or aren't ready for? Hello, I am more competent than all of the monkeys I have hired from Le Cordon Bleu Pastry School...put together, yet I have no formal training...neither does Kevin for that matter. We baked by training in the beginning of course...what our Oma's had taught us, our mothers, cookbooks...but now we bake by our guts. How the dough feels, how long has that proof gone, how fine the grind is on the's not a defined, measured guideline of something that someone has spelled out for us...we bake by instinct, we bake because you can smell, see, feel and taste the satisfaction...the spoils for the victors I suppose. So today, we are officially Victors! We have conquered Baguettes...and guess what????? I don't think "They" even know yet...he he!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm so over Gas - Golf Cart Wanted

How is it that the gas station in my plaza, which by the way always seemed to be the least painful to patronize, has gone up in price from $3.79 to $4.19 in a matter of 2 weeks. Have I truly been living in a cave? Commuting a one way distance of 2.6 miles, have I been so oblivious to the outrageous, seemingly raping price of a gallon of fuel? Working 80 hrs/week...we don't get out much. Driving consists of the daily round trip commute of 5.2 miles and the occasional bakery delivery. The tank of gas in my "Gas A-Holic" SUV would typically last me 2 weeks or more. Well now that it is $90 to fill, I find myself sounding like a self righteous liberal...ranting about the price of gas.
So as of this moment, I am officially over gas. We are actively seeking a golf cart as our major form of transportation. Kelly has already laughed out loud about our quest and desire to be done with gas. I think it can be done though...