This has been a fun month of learning about the people, places, and things that I didn’t know about. Yes, it’s a far cry from what it once was. Hopefully, after this pandemic passes, I can hit the streets again and go back to meeting strangers. But until then, here is a story I have waited all month to share with you.
It’s Noah’s Sweet Treats. A home bakery of sorts where love is served the old fashion way. With cake. And the sweetness of life that comes with it.
I learned about Noah’s Sweet Treats last year when I interviewed Gilianny for KNOWvember 2020. Her story is amazing. Her soul is even more amazing. And her cake, well you might have guessed already, is the product of an amazing combination.
Gilianny is also the founder and head pastry chef at Noah’s Sweet Treats. A small boutique bakery located in a very specific place. In her kitchen, in a house that she shares with her husband and their 12-year-old son, Noah, who by the way is whole reason why she started baking in the first place.
More than just having his name on his mother’s company (and heart), Noah also has a genetic disorder called, Patau syndrome, a condition that is caused when a person has an extra chromosome 13. This has left Noah with numerous and severe disabilities. Most babies born with Trisomy 13 never make it past their first year of life. But Noah is not your average kid. He is a blessing to this young family.
Statistically speaking, Noah had a five percent chance of seeing his first birthday. Now that he has hit that milestone over 12 times now, it’s safe to say not a single day of their life together has been taken for granted. As Gilianny said, “Watching my son going through transfusions, hospital visits, skin infections, and blood work almost every week was devastating...I saw Noah going through the most painful moment of his life and it was heartbreaking.”
While sheltering in place and caring for her son, Gilianny began to feel the weight of life and the stress that comes with it. So, she started to bake, first as a way to fight off depression. But before long, she needed to do something with all those sweet treats, so she started selling her cakes and baked goods to raise money for an outside deck for her son. And that’s how Noah’s Sweet Treats first began. Given the tight-knit community she and her husband are a part of, the response was overwhelming to say the least.
“Everyone loved what I was making. So, I decided to keep baking for Noah to be able to offer him more quality of life.” And it seems to be paying off. You can tell by the pictures that each treat is a culinary masterpiece, both inside and out.
It’s no surprise that her love for her son became her love for everyone else. You can taste it in every bite. On one hand she wants to raise money for her son’s care. But on the other hand, as she said it herself, each of her creations has “a bit of the sweetness of Brazil” added into it. Although she is proud of where she’s from, Gilianny is more grateful to have been blessed in this place where she is. “I thank God for this special gift.”
In a recent Instagram post Gilianny wrote, “I found a new passion that it’s making my heart full of joy. Baking is allowing me to show love and to serve others and I am extremely thankful that God gave me this opportunity.”
Gilianny is busier than ever. Word is getting out there. People are flocking for her cakes, cupcakes, dochino's, cookies, and specialty cones. As of today, Noah's Sweet Treats are making their way into people’s lives. And her creative imagination continues to be the delight of birthday parties and anniversary celebrations, office parties and special celebrations. Filling bellies with sweet goodness. And filling hearts with joy.
So as we end this wonderful month of meeting people, places and things it seems like a Happy KNOWvember cake is in order.
Luckily for me, special orders are her specialty. I’m not sure if one would ship this far and stay just as beautiful and tasty like it would if I were there to enjoy it. But I do know that she doesn’t skimp on ingredients. “I’d rather see people happy than make more money,” she told me. But then again, what price can one put on such a wonderful heart of gold?
The cake is divine. The company is divine. The chef is divine. But it’s her heart, which is grounded by her faith, that provides us with more than a little bit of the sweetness from Brazil.Gilianny and Noah’s Sweet Treats offer everyone and anyone a little taste of heaven too.
Noah might be her main focus, but her real mission is to share God’s love with the world. Which, if you ask me, she does very well. One slice at a time.
If you are in the Gainesville area and would like to order one of these delicious treats, do yourself a favor and do it. You can reach them through Instagram @noahssweettreats
You can read Gilianny's KNOWvember 2020 story here.