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About Inspiration Bakery and Mixes

A Little History

A grandmother's love will always be at the heart of Inspiration Bakery and Mixes. At 18 months, Debbie's grandson, Sean, was diagnosed with autism, and shortly thereafter, found to be gluten-intolerant. Determined that no child should have to eat gritty, poor-tasting food, Grandmother Debbie and Great Aunt Cathy committed themselves to providing Sean food alternatives. Back in 2006 and 2007, what they came up with in their kitchens was nutritious and gluten-free, and filled with the taste and texture of traditional foods. Their recipes serve as the foundation for everything baked and blended with love at Inspiration Bakery and Mixes today.

In fact, Inspiration Bakery and Mixes began from a simple conversation between Debbie and her sister Cathy. They were taking a well-deserved vacation from their busy lives in Oregon. Debbie was relating the difficulties of finding adequate food to feed Sean when he came to visit. Cathy, the perpetual optimist, couldn’t believe it could be that difficult to find food that a 2-year-old would eat. So, Cathy said, “Look, if it’s that hard to find gluten-free food that tastes good, then why don’t we make our own?” And that’s just what they did.

About Our Products

Inspiration Bakery and Mixes products can answer your questions about nutrition and how to care for others. Perhaps you are asking yourself, “How do I get my gluten-intolerant child to eat good, nutritious food?" Or, "How do I serve my gluten-intolerant friends and family when they stop by for a party or a meal?” Our products answer those questions, and others, for you. Certified Gluten Free, our mixes are easy to prepare and our bakery products are easy to use. And everything tastes great! In addition, you can adapt most of the mixes to a vegan diet for yourself, friends, or family who follow that lifestyle. Our pizza crusts and flatbreads are vegan to start with. So, with our products, you can give up eggs and dairy without giving up on taste. Inspiration Bakery and Mixes products are always gluten-free! We wish you happy eating!

About The Owners

Founded in 2009, Inspiration Bakery and Mixes is owned by Debbie Caterson and by Cheryl and Jim "Cap" Caplan. Baker #1 (Debbie) has a strong background in finance and small business development, having retired as Director of the Small Business Development Center in Roseburg, Oregon in 2020. Baker #1's long years of dedication and hard work with her sister Cathy have made Inspiration Bakery and Mixes what it is today. Their innovative receipes and methods serve as the foundation for its' future growth and diversification.

Baker #2 (Cheryl) and Cap-of-All-Trades #1 (Jim) were 30-year career professionals with the U.S. Forest Service before retiring in 2016 and 2007 respectively. Cheryl and Cap have been long-time small-business investors in Oregon and presently own two other small outfits: Cycle Umpqua and Environmental Dispute Resolution Associates. They joined Baker #1 as day-to-day managers of Inspiration Bakery and Mixes in 2018 after providing some expansion capital the year before. All of the owners have been living gluten-free for many years and some of their experiences with the lifestyle can be found in the Articles section of this website.