Saturday, March 22, 2008

Okay, How Cool Is This?

Yesterday I lazily checked my yahoo mail, not expecting anything, and there it was: a new message from someone I didn't know!

It was from this awesome mom who was looking for a cake idea for her son's birthday and came across my blog. She found the post I wrote last year about Cookie's birthday cake.

Take a gander:
Subject: The most yummy Strawberry CAKE!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
To: evilcakelady[at]yahoo[dot]com
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2008, 10:47 PM

I have to say a big thank you to you. My son saw your cake and wanted to have a strawberry cake for his birthday. He loves strawberries and wanted to have a cake with them so that started our internet search and we found you.

Here is a few pics of how our cake turned out..
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Your idea made a 4 year old boy very very happy..

Thanks again
Laurie
I mean, how cool is that? Very cool. The strawberries look so dramatic on such a large cake, and for a strawberry lover, that is heaven on a plate. I asked Laurie if I could post her email and cake and she sweetly agreed. This is the secret dream of the blogger, that their little blog benefits somebody out there in the wide world.

Makes me feel all warm and gooey on the inside.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Life, Low on the Glycemic Index

Technically, this post isn't about baking and hence it belongs on the other blog. But seeing as how of late I haven't been posting over here at Eat My Cake, I thought this is where the explanation should be. Or, maybe I just wanted to post something over here. Who knows.

So my roommate and I decided last month to give up sugar for Lent. I mean, why not. I am a total sugar addict, and the habit was getting bad. So, I thought having a set beginning and end date to give up sugar would be a good thing. So, Lent it was.

And things have been going pretty good. I slipped a couple of times--by accident--and who knows how much sugar I've encountered during my eating out. I mean, stupid companies put sugar in mayonnaise for crying out loud.

It had been challenging to find sugar free versions of certain things--like the aforementioned mayo--and pancake mix (HELLO you put the sugar ON TOP; YOU DON'T NEED IT IN THE BATTER). When I have been craving chocolate it is almost impossible to get a fix, but I have found a few satisfying alternatives. I even found a cookie sweetened (heavily I might add) with fruit juice. Annmarie took me to a chocolate cafe where they have a few agave sweetened chocolates. Not so bad. I like a full fat vanilla yogurt; there is no full fat vanilla yogurt sweetened with something I can eat. So I'm doing strawberry kefir sweetened with agave instead.

(Oh yeah--I am allowing myself to eat honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, xylitol, and stevia. Everything else is blacklisted.) (And I know honey is still high on the glycemic index, but at least it's not a chemical.)

Going to the movies isn't as much fun--no candy--and no more pizza and root beer for me. Going to a coffee shop leaves me gazing longingly at the cookies, cakes, chocolates and pastries that are all off limit. Sigh.

But the worst part about going off sugar is that I feel so much better. The most marked improvement is my ability to wake up in the morning--I am much more spry and ready to go these days. Now this is compared to me before, so while I'll never be a morning person, it doesn't take 2 hours anymore before I feel fit for consumption. And, I'm not stiff and sore when I wake up. And, no more sugar hangovers. Those sucked the worst.

This sucks because it really is proof that I my life would function much better without it. And now I know better, dammit.

The jury is still out regarding PMS. I don't know if it was any better. But my sugar cravings were manageable as opposed to consuming. That's good.

I now have thirst with a desire to drink. On sugar, I had thirst with no desire to drink.

Speaking of those sugar cravings, my roommate says he doesn't have them anymore. I still have them. At least once a day and sometimes all freaking day it seems. But it feels good to not give in to them anymore. Sure, I still enjoy sweet foods like pancakes with maple syrup, and coconut ice cream sweetened with agave and fruit-sweetened hot fudge, and nectar bars and those fruit sweetened cookies that are too sweet. I still eat simple carbs like white bread and pasta on occasion. But hey, I'm not killing myself with processed cane sugar, sweetened cane juice, and all the terrible disgusting fake sugars like splenda and nutrasweet. Ick.

And as Easter approaches (the end of Lent) I wonder what I'll do. I miss not having to worry about sugar. I miss milk chocolate and my full fat vanilla yogurt, and GOD I miss cake. But, I am so enjoying my self control and not feeling crappy that I don't ever want to go back to eating sugar. I know I will try to find a happy medium, but I am worried that my sugar addiction is strong enough that I'll have to be either totally addicted or totally off to survive.

And then today, as I gallilvanted around town, I began sneezing. I have been sneezing all day, and as I looked at all the flowering trees and happy signs of spring, I realised that allergy season is descending upon me. The best way that I know of to combat seasonal allegies? Stay off sugar. Works like a charm.

So I guess my anxiety about living in a post sugar fast world can be postponed until May, at least.

Hooray, and damn!