Hello from Surrey

Hello. My name is Amanda, I'm 32 and I got introduced to this community by my bestest friend in the whole world, nothingtoyou. I live in the UK, in Surrey. I like bright and pretty and sparkly things. I'm something of a fangirl (Lost, sci fi etc), I'm learning to garden vegetables and I'm of a pagany inclination. I'm mostly vegan, and want the world to be a nice shiny happy place - ideally with spontaneous song and dance routines! :-) And I love glitter. Glitter is great :-)

This is my wishlist:

1. LPs. We just acquired a record player off freecycle but only have 1 record to play on it. I'd LOVE to acquire some rat pack music, xmas music and generally great music to play on it :-)

2. Pretty sparkly makeup of ethical origin. I've only just recently started to learn how to use makeup, and I'd love to try lots of different colours. Nice places I really like are B Never too busy to be beautiful and barry m, but anything animal-testing free would be great :) If it helps, I have blue eyes, dyed auburn hair and skin that is quite golden and seems to surprise make-up people with how dark a foundation it requires :)

3. Polaroid 600 film. Please please if you have any of this that you won't use, please send it to me. I adore polaroid photos and I'm all out of the film and they're not making it any more. I can't get enough, so any donations so gratefully accepted :)

4. Information on groups me and my bf could join in Surrey. I'd love to find out about roleplay groups, dance classes and knitting groups for definite, but ANY group you know about there that's fun and friendly let me know! I'm hoping this will also have the side benefit of us making some new friends down here :-)

5. Quirky, lovely accessories. I love dressing up and looking pretty, but it's mostly outside my budget at the moment. I love hats (though need ones that fit a 62cm head), and also want things like handwarmers, bags and jewellery. I have enough scarves though :-)

6. Give money to one of my favourite little charities, Mossburn Animal Centre. They rescue all sorts of animals including pigs, and I'm sure they would love the extra money. They even get your sponsor animal to send you christmas cards and are happy to let people visit too! They're based in Scotland and this is their site: http://www.mossburn.org/

7. Dairy free, vegetarian foods. Any little snacks or squeezy cream or...I'm excited to find out about new things :-) Esp. keen on the squeezy cream after seeing an advert with little santas made from strawberries and cream :)

8. Bird seed and feeders. Probably only from the UK though, as otherwise I can only imagine the customs controversy ;-)

9. Crafty things - paper, card, glitter, wool, all sorts, I want it all :-)

For my postal address, email me at frogexaggerator @yahoo.co.uk. I'm looking forward to my first year here and Merry Christmas everyone :-)
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Check out pattycake.ca!

They have some amazing gluten/wheat and sugar free recipes!
being a juvenile diabetic i know quite a bit about sugar alternatives.

have you learned about stevia yet? its a natural sugar that is diabetic friendly but does still have some glycemic load to it but not as much as refined sugars or even sugar substitutes. its like 1gr per teaspoon or something.

there is also beet root as an alternative, i'm not sure what its glycemic load is but there are lots of purists and naturalists that use it so you can probably find places online that sell it and can help you with recipes for it.

there absolutely is a different science to baking with sugar alternatives or NO sugar which i am sure you have figured out by now. ask around the G.E.R.D and celiac circles you may luck out even more.

fare thee's well.
am sure you can't get stevia in the uk, not approved :| Do you know if you can get this beet root (do you mean something that's not just beetroot, the red veg?) in the uk? :|
http://www.thesuperfoodco.co.uk/stevia-powder-250g-natural-sweetener-p-290.html

you can get stevia in the UK...its from asia/japan naturally.

agave nectar is another alternative to sugar that is low on the glycemic index but it does have 16gr of carbs per tablespoon. it has no aftertaste and its similar to honey.
i'd check this one out big time. its a GREAT alternative for you i think and its in most health food stores on this hemisphere and its like WOAH huge. i'm sure you can find it in the UK.

http://www.allaboutagave.com/

i'm not too familiar with the beet root thing. when i was living elsewhere in my province there was some guy who made a bunch of stuff with it including fudge and other sweets. i just knew OF it not much about it but yeah it was extracted from the veggie.
Hey, I mixed up everything. Here is your list and you want a hat, size 62,I'm already thinking of a hat for you ^) Address?
This chocolate cake is not sugar free, but it is vegan and very easy to make. It's also one of my favorite recipes.

Depression Era Chocolate Cake:

A budget chocolate depression cake with cocoa, vanilla, oil, vinegar, and other ingredients.
Ingredients:

* 3 cups flour
* 2 cups sugar
* pinch salt
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 10 level tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 3/4 cup salad oil
* 2 tablespoons vinegar
* 2 cups cold water

Preparation:
Sift dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix with a large spoon until smooth. Spoon into a greased and floured 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30


Happy Holidays!
aw thanks :) I make a mean vegan chocolate cake already, although it seems to force people to drift into unconsciousness...

what's salad oil?