I met Tia of Glugle Gluten Free online a few years ago. (Unfortunately, her site is no longer active but you can check out some of Tia’s recipes at her newer site, Tia’s Kitchen.) I’ve been a fan from day one, so it was only a matter of time before I finally adopted her for Sea’s (Book of Yum) fantastic, monthly, “get-to-know-your-fellow-gluten-free-blogger” Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger event.
Breaking from my usual adoption post format, I thought I’d share:
The Top Ten Things I Love About Tia and Glugle Gluten Free (in no particular order):
- Tia’s funny. Often very funny. Her posts make me laugh. I like laughing. It’s highly recommended for good health. And we all need anything that helps with our health if we have celiac disease/are gluten intolerant/are gluten sensitive, right?
- Tia can ramble a bit (“but I digress”) and segue with the best of them. (My #1 could have been something that Tia would have written, but hers would have been better.) While I admire the folks who write ultra-short, succinct posts, I identify with the bloggers who don’t.
- Tia makes fabulous gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free muffins. In other words, heavenly “no guilt” muffins. The first time we met in person was at a food blogger’s conference. Tia knew there would be a large group of gluten-free bloggers in attendance, so she made 4 dozen muffins so all of us would be sure to have something safe to eat. Then she carried the boxes of muffins from session to session so we’d always have them as an option. Banana Muffins and Chocolate Banana Muffins—banana heaven? or chocolate banana heaven? … take your choice! Those are just two of the muffin recipes on her blog.
- Tia accepts a challenge and then WOWS us with what she has created. She saw Alisa’s (Go Dairy Free and Alisa Cooks) gluten-full Thin Mint Cookies and had to respond to Alisa’s suggestion/challenge on making these gluten free. Did she just make a “passable” gluten-free version? Oh, no, she made a gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, slice-and-bake version of the Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies. If the Girl Scout organization was smart and decided to make gluten-free cookies, Tia could truly make a mint selling this recipe to them. And, oh, we, the gluten-free consumers, would be so lucky! Tia also rose to the challenge with beautiful raw cookies for the April in the Raw event—Raw Chocolate Mint Balls and Raw Chocolate Sunbutter Thumbprints. Rawsome!
- Tia also makes simple savory meals. Meals like Carne Asada Stew, Crockpot Lamb and Cabbage, and Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches. I’d love to come home to those on my table.
- She shares valuable product reviews. Reviews of products she deems healthy. For example, she has a review and giveaway up right now for The Marvelous Food Company cookies and cupcakes. Not something we want to eat that often, but when we do splurge, it’s nice to know that Tia has done the hard work for us!
- She has fun with her food. With Tia, you don’t get just regular old lasagna, you get Christmas Lasagna (Red and Green). If you want to break with tradition this holiday or have a special, Italian-themed Christmas home alone, this might be the perfect recipe for you.
- Tia writes heartfelt posts that we all can understand. Her post about how being glutened at a family event forever tainted her memories of time spent in a special spot with them really spoke to me. The post also shares how she had slowly came to realize that certain symptoms meant she had been glutened. This info is important for others new to gluten free. The symptoms aren’t always obvious early on. It’s only when we remove gluten and keep it out that accidental ingestion really gets our attention. And sadly, some folks never experience symptoms from being glutened.
- She has recently launched a new feature called Gluten-Free News You Can Use. I love it! Now I can count on Tia to keep me up to date when I don’t have time to read all my favorite blogs.
- Tia is a great mom and shares some of her experiences with her adorable son, who she has long called The Little Man. Those experiences include being sure that he’s getting nourishing food and learning to like lots of foods. One thing that Tia likes to do with her son is simple craft activities, the kind that we all remember from childhood. She shares these fun and easy ideas at her other, newly launched site, Max and Mum Kids Activities. Yep, she revealed that The Little Man is named Max. On Max and Mum, she’s sharing activities that she and Max do together … ones that you can do with your child, too. And she’s not giving you step-by-step instructions in text, she has how-to videos on the activities. Even though all of the activities are very simple, it’s still nice to see the steps and the final results. The most recent activity she posted is How to Make a Jack-o-Lantern Mask. I for one adore anything Halloween and the fact that this craft uses a paper plate, a hole punch, markers, glue, and yarn takes me back. To my own youth, to making crafts with Son when he was a tyke, to teaching third grade (Halloween was a wonderful time for my class with carved and stuffed pumpkins, puppets shows, and more), and even teaching vacation Bible school. I’m also quite fond of Max and Mum’s paper bag puppets—for example, the elephant and the monkey.
Now, I’ve told you a lot about Tia and her blog, Glugle Gluten Free, as well as her new website, Max and Mum Kids Activities, but the purpose of these adoptions is to try out at least one of your adoptee’s recipes. The choice for me was clear—one of Tia’s muffin recipes (remember #3?). Her Apple Crumb Muffins seemed perfect for fall and they are! They’re another one of her gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free recipes. The recipe comes together quickly. The muffins are not overly sweet, plus they’re so tender, moist, and most of all, delicious. I took them to my dad’s birthday celebration the other day. Even with a dessert spread of ice cream cake, my brown sugar chocolate chip cookies, and my chocolate silk pie, not even one single muffin made it home with me.
There were a few left at the end of our party, but my niece snagged several for her breakfasts and mom quickly stashed the rest under the protection of the glass dome on her cake plate. I could hardly fault either of them. Yes, these muffins are worth adding to one’s repertoire for sure (here are a few more step-by-step photos below), and Tia and her sites are definitely worth adding to your blog reading!
Originally published October 7, 2011; updated July 24, 2020.
Alisa Fleming says
Tia is awesome, and I definitely agree that she makes fantastic grain-free muffins!
Hi Alisa–Yes, Tia is awesome! 🙂 We were so lucky to get to enjoy Tia’s muffins at BlogHer Food, and this recipe is another winner!
Great adoption post. Wow. And I could totally get into those muffins with the crumb topping…yum! But first I’m off to check out grain-free thin mint cookies. I’m a touch distracted by them. They’re calling my name.
Thank you, Alta! 🙂 Tia’s crumb topping is a great addition to these tender apple muffins. These muffins are a very nice treat. And Tia’s thin mint Girl Scout knockoff cookies are brilliant. I’m actually “afraid” to make them … I know what the results would be. I think those cookies are one of those recipes you only make when it’s critical that you have lots of folks around do help you eat them. 😉
Wow! This is an amazing adoption post Shirley. I too like Tia. She’s so real and I love that about her. I can’t wait to meet her up close and in person one day! And I obviously need to try her Apple Crumb Muffins, I love the sounds of them! xo
Hi Maggie–Thanks, dear! Tia is really refreshing in her trueness to herself, isn’t she? 🙂 I love hanging out with Tia–virtually and IRL (the latter is a special treat!). Hope you get to do that one day, too! The Apple Crumb Muffins are wonderful and I bet they could easily be made egg free. 😉
Such a great review of Tia and her blog, Shirley! I agree wholeheartedly about the funny, inspiring part–and I also identify with the tendency to write long posts! 😉 Thanks for this in depth look and some fab recipe suggestions. 🙂
Thank you, Ricki! Long posts? You? Yours are so well-written that I usually don’t *feel* they are long. 😉 I think Tia actually is far more succinct than I, but her “wandering” phrases may make one think her posts are longer. Long or short … I enjoy them all! And Tia has some great, simple recipe ideas. 🙂
Tia @ Glugle Gluten-Free says
You are amazing! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful kind words. I love that you made me into a David Letterman skit. 😉
Only one problem. You picked the week that I decided I needed to go to every other week for the News You Can Use. Got a little overwhelming.
Well, now you can expect a big ol’ giant NFL tackle when I see you. You are the best! If we had any family there, I would move to Virginia just so I could come and see you every day.
Hi Tia–I think I could give Letterman (or his writers!) a run for the money when you are the subject matter! 😉
No worries on the mention of the News You Can Use. I’ll update my post. I agree that weekly is quite a commitment. I know from personal experience that it can take a lot of time to compile those links. 😉
Better put on my pads and other gear if you’re going to tackle me! LOL And, too sweet on considering moving to VA so we could visit with each other every day!
Shirley- I really enjoyed your post – thanks for introducing me to Tia – these muffins look super and so do those thin mint cookies!
Hi Jeanette–Oh, I’m so happy to introduce someone else to Tia! She’s a delight and you can’t go wrong with either her muffins or those amazing cookies. 😉
I’m thinking these wouldn’t last past a few hours in our house. I’ve eaten Tia’s muffins before and they are finger licking good!
Diane–You’re right … they wouldn’t last a long time, but you’d definitely enjoy them. Yep, Tia merits the muffin queen title! 🙂
Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) says
You surely gave our resident Muffin Queen all of the accolades she deserves! What a great idea for an adoption post! I love your 10 reasons!! And I must say that I agree with all of them! Tia is one of the biggest sweethearts and such a fun person to hang out with! And I should know, I have shared a bed and a room with her twice now! LOL
Hey Kim–Yes, she’s the Muffin Queen! Thanks for the feedback. It was definitely a fun post to write. 🙂 Easy to write, too, since Tia is such a sweetheart. I know that, even without sharing a room with her (yet … LOL). 😉
Carol, Simply...Gluten-free says
Great pair – you and Tia! Awesome muffins!
Awwww … thanks, Carol! And yep, Tia really is the muffin queen. 🙂