“–Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise–”

your bread will be there tomorrow morning.


“Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.”

~Kalil Gibran


There are good bread days,

and  there are days I’m still learning.      ~Lydia Shalanko


If I had two loaves of bread,

I would sell one and buy a hyacinth,

for it would feed my soul.  

~ancient proverb (possibly Japanese/or Persian)


17 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ann garcia on February 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    My son says that food must be cooked and served with Love. He says that if you are in a foul mood while cooking for others, then you should put away your apron and go do something else, because food cooked in that manner contains poison.
    I know you ARE love and that all your bread will contain that great good spirit. I love the quotes you selected. Very appropos.


  2. Posted by Piety Hill Bakery on March 22, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Amen, dearest Ann Garcia. Thank you for your kind words.


  3. Posted by Dave Kunz on April 9, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Your amazing!! Great job and best wishes in your venture.


  4. Posted by Richard Huston on April 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    What a great addition to the culinary landscape of Greenville! We are so glad you love baking, because we love enjoying the fruits.


  5. Posted by Ruth Huston on April 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    We had fresh-out-of the oven cinnamon-raisin and chocolate chip bagels delivered to our door this morning. What a way to wake up! Best bagels outside of NYC … scratch that … best bagels INLCUDING NYC!


    • Posted by Piety Hill Bakery on April 11, 2010 at 2:41 am

      Ahhh, that is so sweet. Thank you Hustons. I tried 22 different bagel recipes til I finally developed this one as a compilation. I am still learning…..there are good bagel days, and there are days I’m still learning! It is an art I have discovered! Thank you for your good business.


  6. Posted by Christina Smerick on May 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Your bagels have become a morning staple at our house. I gush about them to anyone who will listen. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with the community!


    • Posted by Piety Hill Bakery on May 3, 2010 at 3:42 am

      Thank you for all the great support. There is a special kind of joy in delivering freshly baked bread directly to people’s doors!


  7. Posted by Becky Keaster on June 8, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Fresh from the oven bagels served on the porch! What a wonderful way to start the weekend with out-of-town family! Our thanks for a delightful breakfast. The left-overs were just as tasty the next morning after a quick run through the toaster. Mmmmm.
    Becky Keaster


  8. Posted by Sherry Varner on June 19, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Lydia- The cho chip bagels are FABULOUS! Oh they are so good! We cant wait to try another flavor! We will enjoy the rest for breakfast in the morning! Thank you so much Lydia! your friend, Sherry


  9. Posted by Michael on July 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Lydia, From the moment you delivered the bagels hot and fresh to my door, till the moment i took my first bite i was pleased..They smelled so delicious, and they tasted even better! I was amazed by the bold flavor of the cranberry/orange. I will defintly be ordering more, and reccomend you to everyone i can possibly think of:)


  10. Posted by Maria on August 1, 2010 at 12:52 am

    So….this all sounds very yummy, Lydia.

    Are you mailing breads to the Chicago ‘burbs, yet? If so— we’ll order some! 🙂



  11. Posted by Piety Hill Bakery on August 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Miss M.

    I’m working on it! Once I finish my brick oven I am open to delivering freshly baked bread to anyone! Even my beloved relatives who live hours away, and I am sorry I see so seldom :/


  12. Posted by Billie Lowe on December 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Bagels aren’t only for breakfast. Grilled Chicken on a Garlic Bagel with slices of avocado is pure heaven. Plain Bagels make great BLT sandwiches as well. Your Bagels get a little stale, slice them up and bake them for Bagel Chips. A welcome alternative to potato chips.

    Good Luck Lydia! You are off to an amazing start.


    • Posted by Piety Hill Bakery on December 19, 2010 at 3:56 am

      I Must try this Grilled chicken with Avocado bagel, Billie. One of my daughters especially loves avocado. I think she will love this idea!

      well…IF I can get my lil Vegan to eat a little Chicken again! 😀 Either way~ I love the suggestion for myself. Thanks for the bagel chips idea too!


  13. Posted by Mari Ellen Reeser on April 3, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Had your bagels for the first time today at FCC (for the ladies’ mtg.) THE BEST bagels I’ve had for a long time. Loved your minis. Will be ordering some!!


    • Posted by Piety Hill Bakery on April 4, 2011 at 3:33 am

      Thank you so much Mari Ellen! We’re always here, Tuesday through Saturday. I appreciated your kind words.


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