The Humble Crumb

a tiny boutique community bakery

Baby its cold outside!

With the kitchen completed, we were able to make a handful of Thanksgiving pies for our customers. Thank you to all who made orders and came to visit us last week! We are already adding new flavors and making improvements for next year.

The weather is dropping and the fires are crackling as we come into this Christmas season. There are many silver linings to our tiny kitchen, my favorite is how quickly it warms up in these low temperatures... I know I'll feel differently come June :) But for now, I will enjoy the warmth it brings.

We have recently tapped into the catering business. So far, The Humble Crumb has provided for breakfasts and luncheons, and we love it! Catering is a bit different from baking but it suits us and even for groups of 100, our tiny kitchen proves itself worthy!

Our end goal is still to have a mobile, drive-through bakery based out of our Scotty camper, but until then, we are following the path where the Lord leads.  Its amazing even to see where He has taken us over the past 7 months!

May- Cleared Garage and prepared for construction

June- Bought Scotty Camper and Kitchen appliances

July- Received building permits and started on Kitchen; Started selling at LR River Market

August- Drank a lot of Coke and worked on Kitchen; Continued at LR River Market

September- Lots of trips to see the boyfriend in Virginia, traveling to Kansas to see family..... Just life. So not much work on the kitchen, but stuck with the River Market

October- Blitz month for the Kitchen.... and LOTS of rain!

November- Kitchen is finished!! And under budget, too :) Interned at McLain's Bakery in Kansas City for a week.

Praise the Lord!

Tori busy at work in our tiny kitchen!

Tori busy at work in our tiny kitchen!


Progress Report

After 4 different paint colors and much discussion, the ceiling is painted, the floor is stenciled and the lights are hung! Thanks to the hard work of Elijah, Ruth, Jerry, things are moving along smoothly!

The appliances are also all in! We were able to buy much of the equipment off of online auctions, which really took some stress from our budget. The grand opening of our kitchen is still unknown but each weekend brings with it great progress. We are hoping that in November we can begin baking in the Tiny Boutique Bakery :)

Last week we registered as a vendor for Holidays at Hurricane, which will be on November 6 and 7 in Bryant at Hurricane Creek Elementary. The money raised from the vendor's fees will support the PTA of Hurricane Creek. Come out and help support local schools!

More information can be found on their Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/holidaysathurricane?fref=ts

 

The Kitchen Renovation

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The first step to expanding our business is the renovation of our garage into a commercial kitchen. Here are some photos of the process. We used to use the garage as storage to keep our bikes, storage bins, and other miscellaneous items. Soon it will be a fully functioning and licensed commercial kitchen!   The first requirement was to block off the door that led from the garage (new kitchen) directly to our breezeway. In order to have a licensed kitchen it can only have an external door (nothing connecting it to the house). So we've blocked off that side entrance and Elijah (Betsy's husband) replaced the old garage door with a nice new (red!) double door!  The people in the following photos are Elijah, Ruth and Jerry, Daniel (Eli's brother), Tori, and Eli and Betsy's kids are wandering around in some of the pictures :-) Eli, Ruth, and Jerry can tackle just about any construction project that they put their mind to. They have already run and installed all of the electricity, gas, and temperature control needed to run our kitchen. At this point, the insulation is in and the drywall is up!  Things are looking good, but we still have quite a bit to do! We will continue to post photos as progress is made!