iherb.com is an awesome online grocer that carries a lot of rare, hard to find, and alternative foods like erythritol, gluten-free flours, coconut oil, etc... as well as other things like hair care products -- I've found this place to be the most inexpensive for Aubrey Organics conditioners. And you can also find all kinds of other trinkets there, like vitamins, and even stuff for your pets.
So, for anybody interested in trying it out, please use the coupon code QAN505 for your first order and spare yourself five bucks! You'll also be helping me out, because everytime the coupon code is used, I earn rewards towards my own future grocery purchases.
In other news... MY BIRTHDAY IS TODAY! December 21! Yay! :) I made my own birthday cake last night to make sure that it was gluten free and sugar free (thanks to my cousin for being my kitchen assistant!) and will be icing it later today after I get some sleep! Well, actually more like "frosting it" as I'm going to be making a buttercream frosting, not an icing. :D I'm not really sure what the difference is, except that frosting is softer and creamier.
The recipe I'm using is the same chocolate cake recipe that I used before, via Healthy Indulgences. This time I mixed it differently -- last time I put everything into the blender to mix, but this time, I only used the blender for the first half, and used a hand mixer for the rest of the process. Also, I am adding a little bit of xanthan gum to both the cake and the frosting in hopes that it will help stabilize the erythritol and prevent it from crystallizing.
We'll see how it looks and tastes later today, after the frosting process! :)
And, just for fun, my holiday/birthday wish list:
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