SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Black Sheep Market in Gray, Tennessee

A peek inside my basket at the Black Sheep Market Discount Grocery in Gray, Tennessee

A peek inside my basket at the Black Sheep Market Discount Grocery in Gray, Tennessee

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to home renovation. Today on the blog, I am sharing my gluten-free finds from the Black Sheep Market Discount Grocery in Gray, Tennessee.

I discovered Black Sheep Market on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and I finally got the opportunity to visit a few days ago. The hubby had to take his rental car back to the Tri-Cities Airport, and I decided to ride with him in order to spend a little time with him. Bless! He has been traveling so much lately that a trip to the airport and a discount grocery store is classified as a date *wink*

Black Sheep Market has fresh produce, frozen meats, dinners, gluten free and organic, breads, drinks from coffee to juices, snacks of all kinds, cereals, protein bars, and so much more. Y’all know me–I immediately started hunting for gluten-free snack items, and I found ones that I have never tried + a couple of old favorites. I even got a dozen cage-free eggs for $1.99–yes, $1.99!

Abby and I were totally excited about trying out the Glutenfreeda Pocket Sandwich!

Abby and I were totally excited about trying out the Glutenfreeda Pocket Sandwich!

Glutenfreeda is one of my favorite gluten-free brands. The foods taste good, and most of the items require around two minutes to heat + they are easy to fix–which is really important because we are all busy, busy.

I can’t tell y’all how super excited I was when I spotted the Southwest Chicken Chipotle Pocket Sandwich at the Black Sheep Market. I had never had one from Glutenfreeda, so I did not hesitate to open that freezer door. I picked up two–one for Abby and one for me–to try. Overall, we liked the flavor and the ease of preparation.

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The total fat content is a little high, so I definitely will not be consuming these on a daily basis *wink* The calories, carbs, and protein are all pretty good for a heatable + portable sandwich.

Ingredients in the Glutenfreeda Pocket Sandwich.

Ingredients in the Glutenfreeda Pocket Sandwich. Hopefully, I will find some of the other flavors to try *smile*

My biggest score of the trip was my hamburger buns. Normally, I pay anywhere between $4.50 to $6.00 for Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns–depending on where I get them, and if they are on sale.

I cried a little when I found these buns...for $2.49! *happy dance*

I cried a little when I found these buns…for $2.89! *happy dance* Fingers crossed that this will be an item that I can find every week!

Honestly, I really don't fret about the nutrition of my hamburger bun because I am just so happy to have a bun with my burger!

Honestly, I really don’t fret about the nutrition of my hamburger bun because I am just so happy to have a bun with my burger!

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I admit that I have a slight obsession with pizza. It is my favorite food group *wink*

Y’all know that I was super pumped to find a gluten-free pizza in the freezer section of the Black Sheep Market. I have seen Glutino pizza before, but I have never been willing to shell out the cash to try one.

Check out that price!

Check out that price! I decided to try the Uncured Pepperoni. The taste was okay. The flavor of the sauce was pretty good. Be careful when baking it in the oven because it goes from almost done to super crispy in a finger snap!

Nutritional info + ingredients of the Glutino Uncured Pepperoni pizza

Nutritional info + ingredients of the Glutino Uncured Pepperoni pizza

I am always on the hunt for traveling snacks, and I discovered two new ones to try. I even opened up one and enjoyed it on the way back home *smile*

Overall, Udi's is a dependable brand. It is one of my favorite gluten-free companies.

Overall, Udi’s is a dependable brand. It is one of my favorite gluten-free companies. Did you see the price? Wow! Just wow!

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I was so hungry that I had to have a little snack on the way home. Let me tell, y'all, I am a fan of these Cheese Bites.

I was so hungry that I had to have a little snack on the way home. Let me tell, y’all. I am a fan of these Cheese Bites. I have only tried a few Schar gluten-free goodies, and all of them have been delicious. Hopefully, I will find more from this brand at the Black Sheep Market.

Look how adorable these are!

Look how adorable these are!

Perfect snack!

20150420_141014-1_resizedWhile at the Black Sheep Market, I picked up my favorite crouton replacement.

20150420_140930_resizedI am so happy that I discovered the Black Sheep Market. It has a wide selection of gluten-free products from which to choose. I will definitely be a returning customer because of the selection + price and because of the friendly customer service.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my recent GF finds. I encourage all of y’all to search your cities and towns for discount grocery stores that carry GF products. Please let us know what you find 🙂

P.S. Remember what doesn’t bother me might bother you–so read those labels and sample carefully!

 

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Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week + A Rant About Joy Behar and NASCAR

Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City just launched their new espresso drinks--from lattes to cupcakes--Cakes in a Cup has us covered for our sitting-a-spell needs *smile*

Cakes in a Cup located in Johnson City, Tennesee just launched their new espresso drinks. From lattes to cupcakes–Cakes in a Cup has us covered for our sitting-a-spell needs *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living! If this is your first time visiting, the rules are simple–(1) grab a good cup of coffee (regular or decaf) or a nice glass of wine (2) sit a spell and enjoy good conversation about everything from handmade goodness to DIYs *smile*

Today on the blog, we are chatting about the gluten-free top picks of the week. I have tried to “theme” my top picks in the past–but that is so stressful and no fun! I am more random than “themes”–however, I do enjoy a good theme party. Where was I? Oh, yes. No theme on the blog today. It is all about the random foods I bought and tried since my last gluten-free post. Truly, I wish I could say that I made this giant list–narrowed the list down using research–then planned a special shopping day…but…no.  It is just how my gluten-free life rolls.

And by the way, for all the Celiac nonbelievers out there and for all the gluten-free lifestyle haters–poo on you. *sticking out tongue*

While I am on my soap box…

I am not one to be negative or to get involved in crazy politics and such…but Joy Behar and NASCAR have me in a tizzy. Celiac is real, and it sucks. I have Type 1 diabetes and Celiac. I did not sign up for either one of these diseases. Nor did anyone else that has them. Shame on you, Joy Behar. Bless her heart *in my most Southern Belle accent*

Check out the fabulous blog post “Joy Behar: An Absolute Gluten-Free Train Wreck” by GlutenDude. Well stated, dude, well stated.

Now, if that were not a big enough kick in the pants to what Celiacs have been fighting, NASCAR delivers a big blow to the gut *see what I did there, wink*

I am not going to justify a response to this ad. Once again, GlutenDude has the matter under control. Click here to check out his reaction to this Super Bowl ad.

How does all of this make y’all feel? Please comment on this post because I would love to know! Let’s not remain silent because Celiac and gluten intolerance is real–not baloney. If you feel really fired up and passionate, sign the petition found on GlutenDude.

*Stepping off soap box*

Speaking of gluten intolerance, let’s take a look at this week’s gluten-free top picks–and a big shout out and thank you to all the companies and restaurants who believe *smile*

One of my favorite restaurants in Johnson City is Buffalo Street Deli. They were so sweet and understanding of my having Celiac, so much so, they prepared me this "Meat Mountain"--the gluten-free version of their Carnivore Pizza.

One of my favorite restaurants in Johnson City is Buffalo Street Downtown Deli. They were so sweet and understanding of my having Celiac, so much so, they prepared me this “Meat Mountain”–the gluten-free version of their Carnivore Pizza. It was super delicious, and the best news is they have a gluten-free flatbread that can be used as a pizza crust or wrap!

Alter Eco chocolate bars are my weakness. I just tried this one a few days ago. Oh.My.Goodness.

Alter Eco chocolate bars are my weakness. I just tried this one a few days ago. Oh.My.Goodness.

I consider this an iron supplement *wink*

I consider this an iron supplement *wink*

Brown Butter--enough said.

Brown Butter–enough said.

There are no words to describe how delicious this sweet nectar is...no words.

There are no words to describe how delicious this sweet nectar is…no words.

I accidentally discovered these at Earth Fare while looking for gluten-free onion rings...really...truly...I was. I never did find those onion rings...

I accidentally discovered these at Earth Fare while looking for gluten-free onion rings…really…truly…I was. I never did find those onion rings….

A sweet and delicious snack that made me feel like a kid again.

A sweet and delicious snack that made me feel like a kid again.

I love to snack on bite-sized food. Don't judge me *wink*

I love to snack on bite-sized food. Don’t judge me *wink*

Hands down my favorite gluten-free chicken nugget--and I have tried several. I love the bit of crunch of the outside.

Hands down my favorite gluten-free chicken nuggets–and I have tried several. The bit of crunch on the outside is sooooo goooood.

Cakes in a Cup has delicious and moist gluten-free cupcakes that are baked and served fresh! Not frozen then thawed out! Nope. Fresh *smile*

Cakes in a Cup has delicious and moist gluten-free cupcakes that are baked and served fresh! Not frozen then thawed out! Nope. Fresh *smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as I ranted about gluten-free haters and chatted about the gluten-free top picks of the week.

And as far as the comments by Joy Behar and the NASCAR ad thingy–well, they can both kiss my sweet, Southern behind *smile*

A little Throwback Thursday for y'all--let's just say it was the late 80s...and I was much younger than I am now *wink*

A little Throwback Thursday for y’all–let’s just say it was the late 80s…and I was much younger than I am now *wink*

Throwback Thursday: Looking Back at 2014

2014 was a full of adventure and moving and moving on. It was a year where I had my gluten-free cupcake + I ate it *wink*

2014 was a year full of adventure and moving and moving on. It was also a year where I had my gluten-free cupcake + I ate it *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living! Y’all come on in and sit a spell with me *smile* Today on the blog, I want to reflect on 2014 and say a big, huge thank you to all  of you that have read and supported my blog. I cannot thank y’all enough for all the sweetness, the kind words, the encouraging comments and emails…for everything! I am getting a little teary eyed thinking about how far SSL has come since its first post. I admit that I am not very good at posting on a regular schedule–life gets in the way *wink* but y’all have stood by the randomness, and I thank y’all for that *big hug*

As I was checking out all the blogs from 2014, it was really hard to pick the top ones. The Fall Foliage Report was a big favorite–and thanks so much for all the shares on Facebook…I am blushing thinking about it! *Drum Roll* According to the readers, the top SSL Fall Foliage Report was Historic Jonesborough. I must admit that I absolutely adore that darling town.

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

The Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week was a favorite to share on Pinterest. I admit that I don’t have much time to cook, and I like to keep the food preparation easy and quick *wink* I know I must be babbling, but I really did have so much fun trying new foods, eating gluten-free cupcakes, and attending the Whole Foods Market grand opening in Asheville. I can’t wait to see what gluten-free goodie adventures I go on in 2015! Don’t fret–I will share all the details with y’all *smile*

Matt Muenster of DIY Network's Bath Crashers and Abby at the Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show.

Matt Muenster of DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Abby at the Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show.

Last year, I went on several adventures with my favorite VIP, Abby Hathorn. We attended the Birmingham Home +Remodeling Show and the 4U Ultimate Girls Day Out. We had many more road trips, but y’all will have to head over to the Vintage Inspired Passionista for those!

Looking back, the sleepless nights...loud, creative discussions...and the back pain were all totally worth it. P.S. I am so glad that I do not have to do a major kitchen renovation in my new house. P.S. the hubby painted the walls + we put a new top on the island. I cannot wait to tell y'all about it!

Looking back, the sleepless nights…loud, creative discussions…and the back pain were all totally worth it. P.S. I am so glad that I do not have to do a major kitchen renovation in my new house. P.S. the hubby painted the walls + we put a new top on the island. I cannot wait to tell y’all about it!

Last year, the little family and I moved from Trussville to Johnson City. Whew! I am getting tired just thinking about all the renovating of Sloss Castle and the packing up to move to Hathorn Hall–a 1920 home located in the historic heart of Johnson City. Be sure to check out the blog post all about the first time I saw Hathorn Hall. Click here.

This was the first picture I took of Hathorn Hall--this was during our whirlwind house hunt in the Tri-Cities area! I immediately fell in love with the front porch *smile*

This was the first picture I took of Hathorn Hall–this was during our whirlwind house hunt in the Tri-Cities area! I immediately fell in love with the front porch *smile*

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One of the most popular repurposed projects on SSL was all about repurposing an old chain link gate. I must admit that I miss that arbor–Note to Self: find an old chain link gate and make an arbor for Hathorn Hall *smile*

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My goodness! So much happened in 2014–and honestly, it is really hard to pick the top events. I know that my perspective changed this year–while in a car wash–yep, I had an enlightenment in the car wash. I know that I struggled with being a housewife, and I know that God blessed me beyond what I deserved.

Once again, a big thanks for all of the love and support. Y’all are the best! Happy New Year!! I don’t know about y’all, but I am excited to see what God has in store for 2015.

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SSL’s Gluten-Free Top Picks of the Week: Soups, Mac ‘n Cheese, and a Breakfast Burrito

Soup + grilled cheese + Netflix marathon = perfect way to enjoy the chilly temps

Soup + grilled cheese + Netflix marathon = perfect way to enjoy the chilly temps

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness.

I do hope that all of you had a very happy holiday season. If y’all were like me, y’all were here, yonder, and everywhere. Whew! It feels good to be back on a regular schedule *smile*

Later on this week, we will recap the best of 2014, however, today on the blog, we are taking a look at the top gluten-free picks of the week. With the temps being so ridiculously chilly, I decided to stock up on soups, mac n’ cheese, and breakfast burritos (which are also great for lunch *wink*). Life is busy–and I have no time to make soup from scratch–much less make breakfast…so I went on a hunt for delicious and easy…and found it!

Pacific has several delicious soups that are organic, gluten free, and vegetarian friendly. The Rosemary Potato is one of my favorites, but due to its high carb count--I indulge occasionally! I am really trying to manage my Type 1 diabetes better *smile*

Pacific has several delicious soups that are organic, gluten free, and vegetarian friendly. The Rosemary Potato is one of my favorites, but due to its high carb count–I indulge occasionally! I am really trying to manage my Type 1 diabetes better *smile*

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Love this with a grilled cheese sandwich or with cheese crisps (basically shredded cheese cooked on a griddle).

Love this with a grilled cheese sandwich or with cheese crisps (basically shredded cheese cooked on a griddle).

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At 150 calories and 17 carbs, what's not to love!

At 150 calories and 17 carbs, what’s not to love!

Sometimes, we just need a good bowl of mac 'n cheese--no matter the carbs *wink*

Sometimes, we just need a good bowl of mac ‘n cheese–no matter the carbs *wink*

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I stumbled upon this delicious and portable breakfast at The Whole Foods Market in Asheville. I will be getting more because it is great for an on-the-go life.

I stumbled upon this delicious and portable breakfast at Whole Foods Market in Asheville. I will be getting more because it is great for an on-the-go life.

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It tastes much better than it looks *wink* And the key to a successful burrito is the moist paper towel! Do not skip that step *smile*

The key to a successful burrito is the moist paper towel! Do not skip that step *smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we checked out this week’s gluten-free top picks. Remember–what doesn’t bother me might bother you, so be careful when trying new foods + read those labels!! I try to include photos of the important information *smile* I totally get that my photography skills are poor at best *wink*

 

 

SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Classic Comfort

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s gluten-free top picks of the week–which are all about classic comfort foods.

First on the list is a local favorite, Scratch. It is located in a restored 1900 house in Johnson City, Tennessee and is only a few minutes from Hathorn Hall. I love the wit and atmosphere of this place + the gluten-free pizza is divine. The hubby says the “normal” pizza is also divine *smile*

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There are lots of topping options, but I prefer meat and cheese…lots of cheese. Thank goodness, I’m not lactose intolerant! The service at Scratch is fabulous + they were very considerate of my questions about their gluten-free crust and toppings. As I’ve stated many times, ask questions!

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Next up is ice cream. I’m always on the hunt for gluten-free and low carb goodies. Being a Type 1 diabetic with Celiac, I need to read labels for not only gluten culprits, but also sugar and carbs. I spend a lot of time reading labels! Hmmm…I wonder where I put my reading glasses…I just had them…they’re in the kitchen…where I was taking photos of the ice cream that I recently found…bless, I need a good cup of coffee *smile*

On a recent trip to Earth Fare, I discovered Halo Top Creamery ice cream. It isn’t loaded with carbs, but it does contain a sugar alcohol–so no overindulgence with this sweet treat! The texture is a bit odd–it is kinda like cake…but the taste is superb…sweet and lemony…I’m going to try the other flavors before I rule this product in or out.

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I like cookies, and I really like cookies that are hearty enough to eat for breakfast. Yes, cookies for breakfast. I’m a rebel *wink*

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Moon Rabbit Foods oatmeal cookie mix gets two thumbs up. Easy to fix + delicious. I think next time I will add some fresh coconut flakes and Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips.

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Last top pick of the week is Glutino Lemon Wafers. My whole family loves these–even Mattie.

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I know that a lot of people frown upon eating processed, gluten-free foods. I believe we should strike a balance. Eat fresh fruits and veggies, cook healthy meals, and eat “processed” foods in moderation. My tip is to look for natural, organic snacks. Besides, at the end of a bad day, one lemon wafer and a cup of coffee is nice to have *smile*

Remember to always read labels and ask questions. And what doesn’t bother me might bother you.

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Mattie chillin’ in the kitchen…waiting on a crumb to hit the floor *wink*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about yummy comfort foods. If you have gluten-free favs, please comment and let us know what they are.