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 Fall Foliage Report: Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee

Hey, y’all! Welcome to today’s Fall Foliage Report–which is all about historic Jonesborough, the oldest and most darling town in Tennessee. After a very busy weekend of mini adventures, it was good to get away to my favorite go-to place for inspiration…not to mention Jonesborough has some pretty fabulous places to shop for everything from candy to antiques.

Enough chit chat–it is time to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy SSL’s Fall Foliage Report from downtown Jonesborough.

Downtown Jonesborough is alive with Fall

Downtown Jonesborough is alive with Fall colors and decorations.

I love this display outside of the Courthouse.

I love this display outside of the Courthouse.

Y'all know how much I love pumpkins *smile*

Y’all know how much I love pumpkins *smile*

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

If you look closely, you can see the Presbyterian Church through the brightly colored leaves.

If you look closely, you can see the Presbyterian Church through the brightly colored leaves.

This was taken last year when we came to Johnson City to house hunt. Our realtor told us about Jonesborough, and we decided to take a little tour--and I am so glad we did!

This was taken last year when we came to Johnson City to house hunt. Our realtor told us about Jonesborough, and we decided to take a little tour–and I am so glad we did!

Christopher Taylor House in historic downtown Jonesborough

Christopher Taylor House in historic downtown Jonesborough

Orange peeking over

Orange peeking over

The tipty top of the Courthouse peeking through the Fall colors

The tipty top of the Courthouse peeking through the Fall colors

Outside the Chester Inn--which was built in the late 1790's

Outside the Chester Inn–which was built in the late 1790’s

Clear blue sky with a hint of fall foliage

Clear blue sky as the backdrop for the dancing fall foliage.

The leaves are beginning to drop...one by one...oh, how fun it is to dance in the falling leaves!

The leaves are beginning to drop…one by one…oh, how fun it is to dance in the falling leaves!

The shades of oranges and yellows against the blue sky is simply breathtaking.

The shades of oranges and yellows against the blue sky is simply breathtaking.

Photos cannot capture the splendor of autumn hues.

Photos cannot capture the splendor of Autumn’s hues.

Looking up at the sun--filtered by nature.

Looking up at the sun–filtered by Nature.

There is not much time left to see Nature's spectacular autumnal fireworks show.

There is not much time left to see Nature’s spectacular autumnal fireworks show.

Fall Foliage + American Flag  = God Bless America

Fall Foliage + American Flag = God Bless America

There is still a little bit of green holding on.

There is still a little bit of green holding on.

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If I had to pick a favorite photo from today's adventure, this one would be it. I thought it turned out pretty good considering I know nothing about the hubby's fancy camera. I can only shoot it on auto *smile*

If I had to pick a favorite photo from today’s adventure, this one would be it. I thought it turned out pretty well considering I know nothing about the hubby’s fancy camera. I can only shoot it on auto *smile*

I am super proud of this shot because I got down on the ground (living on the wild side *wink*) to take this picture.

I am super proud of this shot because I got down on the ground (living on the wild side *wink*) to take this picture.

One more from the ground looking up though the sea of bright orange leaves.

One more from the ground looking up through the sea of bright orange leaves. I had shifted just a little bit to capture more sunlight. I like to think I accomplished something pretty nifty for a novice photographer who shoots on auto and hopes for the best *smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the Fall Foliage of historic Jonesborough, Tennessee. Y’all must add this charming town to your bucket list of places to visit. IMG_7858