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 Gluten-free Top Pick of the Week: Cakes in a Cup, Johnson City

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Gluten-free Strawberry Dream and Gluten-free Chocolate Lava Cheesecake–Be a little selfish when you stop by Cakes in a Cup *wink* Pick yourself up a cupcake or two and a cup of coffee *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about Cakes in a Cup–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy a delicious cupcake (regular or gluten-free). Cakes in a Cup is a local, small business in Johnson City, Tennessee that offers made-from-scratch, baked-daily, never-frozen cupcakes.

A few weeks ago, I noticed that Cakes in a Cup was offering a new, gluten-free flavor. What? A new flavor? My curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to go check out this “new” flavor…hold that thought…

Time for a flashback…back in June of this year, Abby and I decided to check out Cakes in Cup. We tried the two gluten-free flavors that were available, and they were delicious. We went a couple of times after that, but we only had two choices…and the gluten-free ones were kept in the back somewhere…and they were cold because I am guessing they were kept refrigerated…not baked daily. To be honest, I grew tired of not having more options, and I decided that it wasn’t worth the extra insulin…being a Type 1 diabetic, I try to pick my sweet treats very carefully *smile*

Now, back to the present…

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Take Cappuccino cupcakes–with the most scrumptious icing ever–to your next office party or meeting. Everyone will thank you *smile*

Long story short. I went to Cakes in a Cup with doubts, but I left there a fan girl because of all the new, gluten-free flavors–and there are more coming! I can barely contain my excitement!!!!! *happy dance*

I just had to find out what was going on…because the inside looked different, there were new flavors, and new folks behind the counter…so I asked *smile* And today, I want to share with y’all what I found out when I sat a spell with a good cup of coffee and chatted with the new owner, Tammy Scott–who is just precious.

Apple Pie Cupcake--I don't know what to say *smile*

Apple Pie Cupcake–Tammy chatted about a recent, inspiring trip to Paris. She wants to bring the Parisian pastry shops’ attention to details and quality to Johnson City.

Tammy Scott took over as the new owner of Cakes in a Cup on October 1 and has accomplished so much in such a short period of time. Her spirit and ambition is contagious, and she is working hard to introduce a new, gluten-free flavor each week. She chatted about how her small group from church came and helped out on the revamping of the inside, and all the goals that she has for her new business.

Tammy is not a baker by trade, and she never imagined that she would one day bake professionally. Her business and corporate resume is impressive, and she spoke fondly of her former work. But Tammy was wanting to spend more time with her family, and she made a brave decision to leave the hustle and bustle of the corporate world and buy Cakes in a Cup–which her mom called and told her was for sale. With a leap of faith, Tammy unlocked the door to her own business–best news is she works side-by-side with her mom, Linda Tanner. I love mother-daughter teams *smile*

What are some of the changes that have happened since October 1 and the plans for the future?

Here is a list–but Tammy has so many goals and has so much energy that the list is ever-evolving *wink*

  • added new, gluten-free flavors like Strawberry Dream, Cinnamon Swirl, Cappuccino, Apple Pie–and more coming
  • added muffins to the menu–blueberry crumb, Cappuccino and Orange Blossom
  • new display case for the gluten-free muffins (no more hiding them away in the back of the shop)
  • created separate mixing stations, brought in separate baking equipment, and is using different liners for the gluten-free cupcakes
  • spending time everyday in the “test kitchen”
  • Open on Saturday from 10:00-4:00
  • revamping the inside of the shop
  • working on social media–be sure to check them out on Facebook, click here.
  • working on a website
  • plans for an espresso bar
  • creating a welcoming environment where people can sit a spell like on Friends *smile*
  • expand the customizing–weddings, baby showers, birthdays
  • searching for speciality ingredients and moving in the direction of higher quality ingredients
Look how adorable!

Look how adorable! Cupcakes make the sweetest holiday centerpiece *smile*

What is Cakes in a Cup doing to make the gluten-free cupcake experience better?

  • a new display case, so everyone can enjoy the experience of picking out their cupcakes–“eating with the eyes” first + it is fun to fret over which cupcake to get *smile*
  • working hard to be a gluten-free “friendly” shop–making every effort to prevent cross-contamination. The GF cupcakes are mixed and baked first.
  • Tammy knows what are in the cupcakes and is more than willing to answer any questions.
  • offering more variety…no more limited choices at Cakes in a Cup!
Linda Tanner and Tammy Scott--these ladies have such sweet spirits!

Linda Tanner and Tammy Scott–these ladies have such sweet spirits!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about Cakes in a Cup and all the awesome changes that have happened and are happening. My goodness! There is just so much sweetness and deliciousness taking place that I don’t have time to mention it all!

I totally recommend stopping by and picking out a cupcake or two. The gluten-free ones are so moist, fluffy, and delicious–I give them five stars and two thumbs up *Big Smile* The hubby had a regular, Wedding Cake one–and he said that is was really good–just enough sweet and not too much icing (which he is not a fan of a lot of icing!). All this talk about cupcakes has me craving a cupcake. Y’all will know where to find me tomorrow morning *wink*

*Please remember that what doesn’t bother me might bother you, so please read all labels carefully, ask questions of your server, and be cautious when trying new foods. 

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