Glutton for Gluten (Free)
Saturday my mom, little sister, and I took a drive around town. We wanted to take in the early fall day, although the weather was more akin to a summer scorcher. In the midst of catching up about life, getting excited for our annual apple-picking event come Columbus Day weekend, and debating what my little sister should wear to her dance next weekend (it’s a big deal, trust me), we stumbled upon the Horton House.
Outside were pumpkin balloons and some people dressed up in colonial outfits. Of course we stopped the car.
The Horton House is a local family center that transports visitors back into the colonial age. They put on everything from traditional Thanksgiving dinners, to High Tea Luncheons, to butter churning workshops. It’s a pretty neat setup they have going on there in their 200 plus-year-old house!
Lucky for us, Saturday was their annual Pumpkin Festival and they had a delicious array of pumpkin foods. Unfortunately they weren’t gluten-free and all had flour in them, but it smelled delicious and the table looked like a picturesque display of autumn flavors. (No picture, sorry).
The family who owns the establishment was so welcoming and generous. Turns out a few of our family friends were volunteering and were in costume, too! It was a perfect taste of fall and colonial life for our Saturday.
Earlier my mom and I also took a drive to a local health food store in our area.
We had heard that they were having a little tasting of gluten-free foods for a “Back to School” event.
Well, I’m a student. Sign me up!
They had a pancake tasting table…
A nut butter tasting table complete with cashew, peanut, and almond butter with all butters freshly ground right from the store that morning… YUM!
This was the first time I had ever tried cashew butter or almond butter.
I foresee a smaller wallet in my future. I’m in love.
Although I continue to have a lifelong devotion to peanut butter.
Then we moved on to the snack table and the cupcake decorating station!
Oh you bet we did.
I tried a sample of each cake (one was vegan AND gluten free, the best in my opinion!) with a dollop of vanilla and chocolate frosting. Because really, why not? I added a few sprinkles for good measure.
Look at that.
I know you want it.
I liked how the store put on a little sampling display of gluten free foods because so often I want to try a product, but the few times I’ve bought a mix I’ve been disappointed. Then I’m left with an (expensive) bag/box of something I don’t want. I wished they have more products available for tasting and testing, or gave out a few recipes, but it was still worth the stop.
I mean come on.
I got to decorate a cupcake with sprinkles. And then I got to eat it.
And I was able to taste test cashew butter and almond butter without paying for an entire jar.
I’d say it was a good Saturday afternoon.
Have you ever tried any gluten-free or vegan mixes? What did you think?