SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Pizza, Soft Pretzels, Banana Bites and Macaroons

Just a shopping buggy full of gluten-free goodness from The Whole Foods in Asheville, North Carolina

Just a shopping buggy full of gluten-free goodness from The Whole Foods in Asheville, North Carolina

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and chat about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are going to check out a few of my gluten-free favorites . I am always searching for new foods to try–especially easy-to-fix ones because we all have busy lives and being able to grab a good, healthy snack or lunch is very important.

I was super pumped to discover that Mellow Mushroom has a gluten-free menu.

I was super pumped to discover that Mellow Mushroom has a gluten-free menu.

My name is Chasidy, and I am a pizzaholic. It has been three days since my last piece of gluten-free pizza….Yes, I absolutely love pizza. I like cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, Hawaiian BBQ chicken pizza, House Special pizza….pretty much all pizza *smile* I have mentioned Mellow Mushroom’s gluten-free pizza before, and since that post, I have been a few more times…working my way through the menu *wink* The staff at Mellow Mushroom has been extremely sweet and understanding of my gluten allergy, and so far, I have suffered no ill effects from eating my all-time favorite food.

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So far, I have tried the House Special, Mighty Meat, and Cheese pizzas. I have had the Mighty Meat several times because it is just so good *smile*

The perfect afternoon snack.

The perfect afternoon snack.

I am a huge fan of pretzels. Before being diagnosed with Celiac, I enjoyed soft pretzels with salt and with cinnamon + sugar. It was a warm and comforting snack. Once my Celiac lifestyle began, I never imagined that I would get to enjoy a soft, yummy pretzel again! Can y’all imagine how thrilled I was when I spied Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels at The Whole Foods Market!!! To be honest, I teared up a little *wink*

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I know it seems like I am a junk food junkie…and in one way, I am. It is not that I don’t enjoy a good salad–I do love a good salad–especially spinach + strawberries + feta…it is just that I am a grazer…a snacker. But that doesn’t mean that I sit around munching on gluten-free chips and cupcakes *wink* My newest snack addiction is organic chocolate chewy banana bites by barnana. They are deliciously sweet and filling + perfect with a good cup of coffee *smile*

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A serving is about 6 of the bites, but I only eat about three because they are so filing + they satisfy that chocolate, sweet craving.

A serving is about six of the bites, but I only eat three because they are so filing + three is all I need to satisfy that chocolate, sweet craving *smile*

These bites are giant!

These bites are big on size and taste.

The last gluten-free top pick of the week is gluten-free macaroons from Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City, Tennessee. I am totally crushing on Cakes in a Cup’s gluten-free treats! It is so great having a local place where I can get fresh-baked, gluten-free goodies. If you are in or around the Johnson City area, stop by Cakes in a Cup–you won’t regret it *smile*

Vanilla and Pistachio gluten-free macaroons from Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City, Tennessee

Vanilla and Pistachio gluten-free macaroons from Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City, Tennessee

Look how adorable this lemon, gluten-free macaroon is + it is scrumptious *smile*

Look how adorable this lemon, gluten-free macaroon is + it’s scrumptious *smile*

Are y’all hungry yet? I know I am! I think I will go have a few banana bites before I go to the art studio to work on my latest project. Don’t fret. I will be sharing it with y’all soon + the Hathorn Hall Christmas tour. My goodness! So much to do and so little time!! And that is why I snack *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the gluten-free top picks of the week. Be sure to check out the Facebook page and Instagram for all kinds of randomness *smile*

*Please remember that what doesn’t bother me might bother you–so please read all labels carefully + be cautious when trying new foods.*

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

Strawberry Dream

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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From the Studio to the Cupcake Shop

The colors are really beginning to show here in Northeast Tennessee. I snapped this photo on Sunday on the way to Asheville.

The colors are really beginning to show here in Northeast Tennessee. I snapped this photo on Sunday on the way to Asheville.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and chat about everything from home renovation to handmade goodness. I am often asked what I do all day–obviously, I am asked this because I am “labeled” a housewife…homemaker…domestic engineer. Click here to read my Real Media article “Just Piddling”–which is all about the “housewife” topic.

Yesterday I was questioned by the nice lady at the doctor’s office (Don’t fret, Mom. I am not sick. I had to go for the annual mammogram…hopefully, that was not TMI for y’all…but I didn’t want my mom worrying.)…where was I? Oh, yes. The nice lady at the doctor’s office wanted to know when I was planning on getting a job in Johnson City. I am assuming she was making light conversation…like chit chat stuff. I told her that I was not really unemployed…that I was a freelance writer, blogger, and artist. This answer was not suitable for her. She suggested that I look into temporary holiday work to get myself started in the workforce. I then explained that I had been in the workforce for many years as a teacher, and I was exploring my options as a writer and artist. This was not a suitable response. The well-meaning lady then suggested that I get a part-time job and go back to school. I simply responded “What a wonderful idea! Thank you for suggesting that.” It was not a wonderful idea, and I was not thankful for her suggestion. But how do you argue or explain your career choices to people like that? Simple. You don’t.

Stand tall and reach for the sky :)

Stand tall and reach for the sky 🙂

I understand that what I am doing right now with my life is hard to explain. It doesn’t fit the standard box. Each day is different. It seems like I am spending more money than I am making–which I am. But I believe in what I am doing. We are never too old to dream big *smile*

Today on the blog, I wanted to share a little bit of what I do. Perhaps to show that I don’t spend all day in my pajamas. However, I do wear leggings…a lot *wink*

I spend several hours of my day in my art studio--from sketching to painting. I am currently working on a series of small, wooden houses

I spend several hours of my day in my art studio–from sketching to painting. I am currently working on a series of small, wooden houses and some flying pigs. I have a plan for my art pieces…I am just not ready to reveal my plan *smile*

I love creating custom pieces. Y'all can check out the Facebook page for a sampling of past projects. I am terrible at taking photos because when I am working--I am in the zone!

I love creating custom pieces. Y’all can check out the Facebook page for a sampling of past projects. I am terrible at taking photos because when I am working–I am in the zone!

I try to add personal touches to each piece that I make.

I try to add personal touches to each custom piece that I make. I don’t believe in a standard box or a one-size-fits-all.

The initials were a three-step process--paint, paper, highlight. The paper gives the cross a bit of dimension and personality.

The initials were a four-step process–paint, paper, distress, and highlight. The paper gives the cross a bit of dimension and personality, and the silver highlights add a touch of shimmer.

The birth announcement details are detachable.

The birth announcement details are detachable.

The bow is made from tulle and ribbon. It is attached with wire--not hot glue!

The bow is made from tulle and ribbon. It is attached with wire–not hot glue!

After a few hours in the studio, I usually explore new places to find gluten-free foods–from restaurants to farmer’s markets. This sounds like an easy thing to do. Get in the car, drive to a new place, and check out gluten-free products. It is not that simple–research is involved, questions are asked, and risks are taken–especially when I am dining on gluten-free meals at a restaurant. I am trying these things not only for myself, but also for all of you that read my blog. The risk is real–and sometimes, I get sick…very sick. But I have to try…so I will know, and so I can pass the info along to others.

Today I checked out the revamped Cakes in A Cup in Johnson City. I tried two new cupcakes--Cinnamon Swirl and Strawberry Dream. Both were super delicious, moist, and so far I have had no reaction--which is fabulous news *smile*

Today I checked out the revamped Cakes in A Cup in Johnson City. I tried two new cupcakes–Cinnamon Swirl and Strawberry Dream. Both were super delicious, moist, and so far I have had no reaction–which is fabulous news *smile*

Gluten-free Cinnamon Swirl cupcake from Cakes in a Cup. Stay tuned for more on this sweet establishment *smile*

Gluten-free Cinnamon Swirl cupcake from Cakes in a Cup. Stay tuned for more on this sweet establishment *smile*

What I love about these gluten-free cupcakes is the detail. These are not sloppy, sorry-you-can't-eat-real-cupcakes cupcakes. They are pretty--and that means a lot to someone with Celiac or a gluten intolerance.

What I love about these gluten-free cupcakes is the detail. These are not sloppy, sorry-you-can’t-eat-real-cupcakes cupcakes. They are pretty–and that means a lot to someone with Celiac or a gluten intolerance.

Check out this gluten-free Strawberry Dream. I can't wait to go back and get more details for y'all.

Check out this gluten-free Strawberry Dream. I can’t wait to go back and get more details for y’all.

Isn't it pretty! And it is gluten-free. And it is moist and delicious. The icing is divine!

Isn’t it pretty! And it is gluten-free. And it is moist and delicious. The icing is divine!

After getting cupcakes, I went to the UPS Store to ship a package. While there, i asked a few questions about shipping other packages and learned more about their services for small businesses. Now, I have to weigh the pros and cons of UPS versus USPS for my shipping needs.

Once I got back to Hathorn Hall, I had a business meeting with my daughter. She runs two blogs and also freelance writes. We had to go over event requests, discuss fan mail, and work on scheduling photo shoots. Lots of brainstorming took place + we are working on a big plan for all of the blogs. That means more research…which means more time in front of the computer…reading, taking notes, emailing people and calling people for advice….

No, my day is not typical. I don’t punch a clock. I don’t have a boss–other than myself and the VIP…and the furbabies. But my days are full and productive. My house is clean, my laundry is done, and the furbabies are happy. I am learning all about social media and website building…I am helping Abby achieve her dreams and her goals. I am creating a new path for myself. So to the nice lady at the doctor’s office and everyone else who thinks I spend all day in my pajamas watching television, I am working *smile*

I do not spend all day in my pajamas, but I do love my leggings and oversize sweatshirts. A big thanks to my sweet sister-in-law for sending me this fabulous Mississippi State sweatshirt. #hailstate

I do not spend all day in my pajamas, but I do love my leggings and oversized sweatshirts. A big thanks to my sweet sister-in-law for sending me this fabulous Mississippi State sweatshirt. #hailstate P.S. please do not tell Abby that I “borrowed” her super comfy Tom’s flats. She may or may not get these back *smile*

To be perfectly honest, I have spent a great deal of time trying to take selfies. It is the trendy thing to do, but it is so much harder than it looks. Or it least it is hard for me...I could learn a thing or two from Kim Khardashian. Note to Self: Look up KK's Instagram.

To be perfectly honest, I have spent a great deal of time trying to take selfies. It is the trendy thing to do, but it is so much harder than it looks. Or it least it is hard for me…I could learn a thing or two from Kim Kardashian about how to take selfies. Note to Self: Look up Kim Kardashian’s Instagram.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I hope that I have inspired all of you to go out and do what you love even if others do not understand it…or approve of it. I have no idea if what I am doing with my life will work or produce a profit, but at least I am trying *smile*

 

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.

SSL’s Gluten-Free Top Picks of the Week: Buying Local

My little family knows me all too well. When I get busy, I forget to eat!

My little family knows me all too well. When I get busy, I forget to eat!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s gluten-free top picks of the week–and they are all about locally made goodies. For two weeks in a row, I have explored the local farmer’s markets for GF deliciousness. And to my surprise, I found lots of options. Yep, lots. I was like a kid in a candy store with all her birthday money to spend.

Now, let’s sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and a GF chocolate chip cookie and talk about shopping local for homemade GF goods.

I am not a baker, and I have accepted this about myself.

I am not a baker, and I have accepted this about myself. Believe me. I have tried–my cookies and cakes taste semi-okay, but look frightening. So, when I spied Carol’s Cakes at the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market, I teared up a little because she had the prettiest little desserts. While browsing her selection, I chatted with Carol about her GF baked goods. She told me that they were baked in a dedicated area + she was licensed by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. **Best advice when buying homemade, gluten-free treats is to ask questions. If the baker is not present or cannot answer your questions–or doesn’t want to answer your questions, keep on going! It is not worth the risk.

At the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market, I bought a couple of delectable baked goodies, a chocolate chip cookie and a coconut pound cake. I loved the cookie because it was moist and chewy. It wasn’t too sweet, and it had just the right amount of chocolate chips. The coconut pound cake had a whole lot of wow packed into that small container! It was moist, full of sweetness and the toasted coconut flakes reminded of fancy pound cakes of days gone by…the days before the Celiac. But with Carol’s Cakes goodies, I don’t even care about not being able to eat gluten because I have found the perfect substitutes *smile*

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Coconut Pound Cake by Carol’s Cakes

Check out those toasted flakes! Y'all know y'all want some with that cup of coffee *wink*

Check out those toasted flakes! Y’all know y’all want some with that cup of coffee *wink*

One last picture of the coconut pound cake. Look at that beauty--you can actually see the moistness. Which I know I have brought up the moistness a couple of times...why? because I have had some pretty dry...can't drink enough water to wash it down...GF baked goods.

One last picture of the coconut pound cake. Look at that beauty–you can actually see the moistness. Which I know I have brought up “moistness” a couple of times…why? because I have had some pretty dry…can’t drink enough water to wash it down…GF baked goods.

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While shopping at the Johnson City Farmer’s Market, I discovered Mountain View Bakery which offers gluten-free baked goods. I picked up a peanut butter blondie and a loaf of fresh baked bread. It was so wonderful having a loaf of freshly baked bread…the smell…the slicing of the bread…it was heaven!

Now, I must confess that the texture of the blondie was a bit odd–at first. But after a couple of nibbles, the oddity went away. It was packed full of peanut butter goodness, and it was moist! Yep, another GF item that I could enjoy without a gallon of water *smile* Do y’all know what I enjoyed my treat with? Absolutely! A good cup of coffee–while sitting on my front porch *smile*

There are no words to describe how happy this loaf of bread made me.

There are no words to describe how happy this loaf of bread made me.

Look at that beautiful loaf of bread. She sliced like a dream.

Look at that beautiful loaf of bread. She sliced like a dream.

After the Farmer’s Market, the little family and I headed over to Tupelo Honey Cafe, where we enjoyed an early lunch. To be perfectly honest, I hate eating out because I never know if I am going to get…shall we say sick….Normally, I order a salad without croutons or dressing. But at Tupelo Honey Cafe, there is a gluten-free menu. *happy dance, happy dance* I can have a sandwich there…a real sandwich…with bread and everything *wink*

The Downtown Grill sandwich from Tupelo Honey cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee.

The Downtown Grill Sandwich + Tupelo Side Salad from Tupelo Honey Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee. Always check ahead of time to see if the restaurant has a gluten-free menu. Also, ask if there is a dedicated prep area for GF. Always, always ask questions.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about shopping for local, gluten-free foods. I encourage y’all to go explore your city and surrounding areas for locally, baked goodies. You never know what you might find *smile*

Remember what doesn’t bother me might bother me, so always, always read the labels and check the ingredients.

SSL’s Gluten-Free Top Picks of the Week: All About Budget-friendly

A little sneak peek of Hathorn Hall's front porch fall decor. Head over to Vintage Inspired Passionista for a few more sneak peeks.

A little peek at Hathorn Hall’s front porch fall decor. Head over to Vintage Inspired Passionista for a few more sneaky peek photos.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living! I am so excited for fall–the weather, the colors, the adventures…Oh, my! I am about to drive the hubby nuts with pumpkin shopping. Yesterday I wanted to buy the lot across the alley that is for sale to grow my own pumpkins. It was a fleeting idea, but a pumpkin farm would be fabulous. I could team up with my dad and grow all kinds of pumpkins and gourds. Can y’all tell I LOVE pumpkins and fall *smile* Today’s blog isn’t about my pumpkin addiction–it is about SSL’s gluten-free top picks of the week–from fruit snacks to hummus–all budget-friendly.

IMG_6521I typically buy my fruit snacks from Earth Fare. I like the all-natural, organic, no- artificial-colors kind. I will chat about those later *smile* But the hubby tires of my all-natural, no-artificial-ingredients shopping list. Don’t get me wrong. He is super supportive of my special dietary needs…he just tires of its expense. And y’all know how expensive eating healthy can be! Long story short–I decided to hunt for gluten-free items at my local Ingles supermarket + to find less expensive alternatives to the items I normally pick up at The Fresh Market, Earth Fare or The Whole Foods.

First item on the list was fruit snacks. I gotta have my delicious gummies *smile* I was pleasantly surprised to find that Welch’s has gluten-free choices. Each pouch has 80 calories, 19 grams of carbs, and 100% Vitamin C. The things I do not like about this product are the use of artificial flavors, corn syrup, and Red 40 and Blue 1. I realize that the lower cost of the fruit snacks accounts for the use of artificial flavors and colors–but wouldn’t it be wonderful, if all companies looked for ways to add real flavor and real color to their foods without charging an arm and a leg!! Overall–the flavor is good + the cost is lower + no bad reactions so far.

IMG_6514I don’t eat a lot of cereal because it does a number to my blood sugars–even when I bolus. But the hubby loves it and likes to eat a bowl at night while watching X-Files on Netflix. I was glad to find that Cocoa Pebbles is gluten-free. He gets his nightly snack + when I get a craving for chocolate or cereal, I can indulge without paying the price…well, at least I won’t get “glutened”…the blood sugar will suffer…but I can’t please all my diseases all the time *wink*

IMG_6516IMG_6520The shopping at Ingles continued, and the hubby was happy because the grocery bill was going to be lower this week. I figured a week or two eating chemicals and artificial colors and flavors wouldn’t kill me…not instantly. Besides, before being diagnosed with Celiac, I ate a lot of bad stuff. I don’t want to talk about it because I don’t want to think about what I unknowingly did to my body.

Anyway…I am a huge fan of hummus. Love it. Not as much as pumpkins, but I love it *wink* Hummus and crackers is a perfect comfort snack. Hummus and veggies is a perfect lunch. It is the perfect, versatile food.

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Boar’s Head traditional hummus contains steamed chickpeas, sunflower oil, olive oil, sesame tahini (pure crushed sesame seeds), water, sea salt, citric acid, garlic, guar gum, and cumin.

IMG_6499I am always looking for quick, easy lunch ideas…even dinner ideas…because life is busy…life is full of interruptions. My go-to for this is Glutenfreeda.

I was excited to find a gluten-free pizza wrap at Ingles. And guess what company makes a gluten-free pizza wrap? Yep! Glutenfreeda. I was going to eat it for lunch today, but the daughter came home for lunch…and beat me to it! She said is was really good, and that I should buy more of them. Looks like the hubby will get to shop at Ingles next week *wink*

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IMG_6507IMG_6504Cookies make me smile. They are cute and yummy. Finding delicious, gluten-free ones that are quick and easy to make is a challenge. I decided to give Pillsbury a shot. Overall–I give them four out of five stars…five out of five on taste and price.

IMG_6500IMG_6501Writing the gluten-free top picks always makes me hungry! I think I am going to bake the rest of those chocolate chip cookies now–which I love the fact that I can just scoop out and bake a few. It keeps the blood sugar happy *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my gluten-free adventure at Ingles in Johnson City. I discovered some good items that saved the hubby money + these products are available in most grocery stores.

Remember what doesn’t bother me–might bother you. Please read labels carefully.

SSL’S Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Simple Lunch Menu

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about one of my favorite go-to lunches. It is super easy + packable for school or work. Now let’s sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and look at my easy, gluten-free lunch menu. P.S. I thought I would get better at snapping pics with my Samsung Galaxy S5, but…it is much harder than those fancy food blogs make it look! Kudos to those photographers!

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I really like Glutenfreeda products. The name is fabulous, and the quality is great and consistent. The best thing is all of their items are manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility, which is very, very important for those of us dealing with Celiac Disease.

I have tried other gluten-free, microwavable burritos, but Glutenfreeda Gluten-Free Burrito Chicken & Cheese is my favorite for three reasons:

1. It is made from all-natural ingredients and GMO free corn.

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2. It has only 28g of carbs and 2g of fiber–which means I bolus less for it than the others on the market. Some of the burritos out there have 50+ grams of carbohydrates. As a person living with Type 1 Diabetes, I choose my carbs carefully! And I’m not wasting my carb allowance on a microwavable burrito!

3. It doesn’t “explode” like some of the others. Heating a burrito in the microwave isn’t as easy as the instructions make it sound. I’ve learned to dampen the paper towel before wrapping the burrito in it. It doesn’t guarantee that the paper towel won’t stick, but it helps! I also sprinkle salt on the paper towel before swaddling the burrito…Speaking of salt…

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Since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I’ve made it my mission to replace everything in my pantry and fridge with certified, gluten-free products. Getting “glutened” is no fun, so I do everything I possibly can to prevent it…to avoid cross-contamination.

I recently discovered Himala Salt at The Fresh Market in Johnson City. I was pretty excited because I’ve had trouble finding certified, GF salt and spices in my new town. What is so grand about this brand is it is NONGMO verified, Kosher, powered by 100% renewable energy and organic.

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Lunch Menu

Burrito + Salad + Alter Eco Dark Coconut Toffee organic chocolate

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I wanted to say a big thank you for reading, pinning, tweeting, and sharing my blog and especially the gluten-free top picks. Y’all have inspired me to be healthier and research more. I want to share what I find and try with y’all so y’all don’t have to spend countless hours hunting for quality gluten-free foods. Keep in mind what doesn’t bother me might bother you, so always read labels. I will do my best to include photos of the nutritional information of each item I chat about.

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It has not been easy or cheap living healthier, but it has been totally worth it because I feel so much better + I’ve lost weight. I want to learn as much as possible about the foods I buy, eat and feed my family because they deserve to eat the way I did when I was a kid.

I grew up on a hobby farm where the eggs came from the chickens residing  in the backyard and the beef was homegrown. We grew our own veggies and had fresh milk. It wasn’t until I was in my teens that I had processed junk food and boxed dinners like Hamburger Helper. Life was hectic. My parents needed faster solutions to meals. Bless! They trusted the food they were buying. At that time, fast food restaurants were on the rise. Popular. Cool. Farming was frowned upon and hobby farmers were labeled as poor country folks not cool enough to buy Little Debbie.

The lunch my mom packed for me in elementary got me made fun of…now it’s the cool thing to have organic, all natural, locally sourced food in your eco-friendly lunchbox. Funny how time changes things…

I’m glad…proud to be returning to my roots…and I look forward to not only supporting local farmers more, but also growing some of my own veggies. I’m glad my parents grew our food, and my mom packed me lunches that got me ostracized…I learned so much from those experiences…and I hope to pass along what I’ve gained to all of you *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about a simple lunch menu and reminisced about my country folk days. I do miss those days! *smile*