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Chic Soiree Bakery: Hidden Gem for Gluten-Free Bride

Being gluten-intolerant is far from fun. So many things that were once a delectable treat become outlawed in your daily diet. While the amount of gluten-free items at restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries have increased, the ability to cough down $5 for an item that would usually cost $2 is difficult. It’s a struggle I faced while wedding planning. I found that most of the gluten free cupcakes and cakes I could find we’re going to cost us well over $1000. Because of that, I put my research cap on and started scouring for local places that wouldn’t break our budget. After looking through downtown, I came across a hidden shop in the West End of Davenport that sold gluten-free and vegan friendly options called, Chic Soiree

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Chic Soiree – New Bakery in Davenport

I recently noticed a new business open up in the West End of Davenport, Chic Soiree, and decided to take a walk down to investigate. What I discovered was a delicious bakery with an amazing story behind it.

I was greeted by Sara Whelchel, a third generation cake baker, who kindly allowed me to hang out in her kitchen with her, while she frosted a cake and told me all about her new business.

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Eldridge, Iowa: Vintage Shopping & Lunch Day Trip

The Quad Cities is centrally located to allow for interesting day trips less than an hour away. My sister, Barbara, and I decided to take a drive to Eldridge, Iowa, just 15 minutes north of Davenport on Route 61. Eldridge with a population a little over 5,000 is a growing community with several newer businesses to attract day trippers.

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5 Bakeries to Visit this Holiday Season

As it dawns on all of us that holiday season is here, the to-do lists inevitably begin to grow. Our normal day-to-day routines expand to include additional stops and shopping trips, seasonal chores and new craft attempts, and of course, baking. For some of those of us out there – like my mother – holiday baking is a joy. It is a several day event, that takes weeks of planning, and is a special, relaxing way for her to get into the holiday spirit.

baking_blundersFor me, however, baking is a tedious task, one that takes up too much time and makes too big of a mess for the end result. Rarely are my baking adventures successful, they’re usually dry and disappointing so I typically buy my desserts already baked by someone else.

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