LAST flash sale of the year

Flash sale — running through Sunday 12/15 midnight! $5+ off books, and I’m offering paper goods, sweets, and bath indulgences too! While supplies last — I’ll update here as we sell out. We’ll be shipping early next week, so items should arrive within the continental U.S. in time for Christmas — this is my LAST flash sale of the year.Β 

Post in the comments with your order, and I’ll confirm and PM with payment details (I can take credit cards through PayPal or Zelle).

BOOKS (please indicate if you want them signed and/or personalized)
β€’ A Feast of Serendib (hardcover) – $35
β€’ A Feast of Serendib (paperback, no photos) – $20
β€’ A Feast of Serendib (ebook: PDF / ePub / Kindle) – $8
β€’ A Taste of Serendib (the original!) – $10
β€’ Perennial (a garden & cancer romance) – $10
β€’ Bodies in Motion (mainstream lit, hardcover, $20) – 10 copies left, and then I’m out. Eep.
β€’ Survivor (SF/F anthology; stories of trauma and survival, $15) – 3 copies on hand (it’s much cheaper on Amazon right now, so you probably only want to buy it this way if you want it signed…)
β€’ The Stars Change (science fiction, $10) – 2 copies on hand

PAPER GOODS:
β€’ Feast greeting cards, set of 6, $10 – 2 left
β€’ Feast postcards (4×6, assorted set of 6 for $5, or set of 12 for $9)
β€’ Feast large recipe postcards (6×9, can be mailed, assorted set of 6, $9)

MARSHMALLOWS (baker’s dozen, $20)
β€’ Honeyed Rosewater & Saffron – 3 left
β€’ Tamarind Chili – 2 left
β€’ Chai Spice – 2 left

BODY BUTTER 4 oz., $12
β€’ Chocolate-Chai – 7 left
β€’ Scheherazade (jasmine, rose, vanilla) – 6 left
β€’ Pomegranate-Vanilla – 6 left
β€’ Vanilla-Lime – 6 left

BAR SOAP ($5 each, or 5 for $20)
β€’ Scheherazade (jasmine, rose, vanilla) — 11 left
β€’ Chocolate Chai (cacao, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, vanilla) – 8 left
β€’ Turmeric & Marigold – 6 left
β€’ Spiced Nights (cinnamon & pepper) – 5 left
β€’ Charcoal & Lime – 4 left
β€’ Amma’s Kitchen (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, pepper, lime) – 3 left
β€’ Lime (set of 2 small) – 3 left
β€’ Pomegranate Vanilla – 2 left
β€’ Heart of the Sea – 1 left
β€’ Sandalwood – 1 left
β€’ Rose — 1 left

BATH SALTS 8 oz. ($7 each, or 2 for $12)
β€’ pomegranate vanilla – 4 left
β€’ Scheherazade (jasmine, rose, vanilla) – 2 left
β€’ chocolate chai – 2 left
β€’ vanilla-lime – 2 left

BATH SALTS MINI SAMPLE (one bath’s worth) ($2 each, or 3 for $5)
β€’ rose
β€’ sandalwood-rose
β€’ lime-vanilla
β€’ chocolate-chai

LIP BALM ($3, or 2 for $5
β€’ pomegranate-vanilla
β€’ mango lime

See this earlier post for lots more photos:Β https://www.facebook.com/mary.a.mohanraj/posts/10160197150974616

Per usual, I can only ship food in the U.S., sorry! Shipping & handling: (varies, but generally $8-15 in the U.S.; I can calculate for elsewhere)

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Last flash sale before Christmas is tomorrow!

Okay, in the interests of my sanity, while we’re going to do one more flash sale this weekend for holiday gifts, the last one that should arrive in time for Christmas (if you’re in the contiguous U.S., at least), it is ONLY for things I have on hand already, so no special orders, please. Sorry! Books, signed and personalized! Sweets! Soaps! Cards! Etc! All first-come, first-served; indicate if you want something, and I’ll confirm if it’s still available, updating the counts as I go along, as I have time.

I’m going to take a little time to actually inventory everything that’s left, so the details will go up in an hour or two, so watch this space. Well, watch for the next post. And you might comment here if you want me to tag you into the sale post, because FB is terrible about showing people anything. Deal? Deal.

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Very holiday around here

Very holiday around here. Some of my students were a little startled that I’m the one who hangs the holiday lights on the porch roof at our house (in the midst of a discussion of domestic labor division), but as we discussed, there’s really no reason why men would be any better at working on a roof than women would — and in fact, I’m both lighter than Kevin, and have better balance. Way better to have me up on the roof! Aryabhata was not exactly helping, though.

I’ve been going fairly intensely on work all day (Feast shipping + some urgency in getting lights and hanging them off the porch gutters before the average high temp. dropped 25 degrees tomorrow), but we paused long enough to assemble gingerbread houses (from a Target kit) before dinner.

Then I came upstairs to crash for a little bit, and have been watching Holiday Gingerbread Showdown, but Anand and his grandmother just came up to show me the house he’d decorated and the little video he made explaining it. I think this is actually the first time he’s successfully decorated a gingerbread house, and he did it all by himself; he’s pretty proud. Also amused. I have to admit, I love his house much more than any of the ones on the show.Β 

I've been going fairly intensely on work all day (Feast shipping + some urgency in getting lights and hanging them off the porch gutters before the average high temp. dropped 25 degrees tomorrow), but we paused long enough to assemble gingerbread houses (from a Target kit) before dinner. Then I came upstairs to crash for a little bit, and have been watching Holiday Gingerbread Showdown, but Anand and his grandmother just came up to show me the house he'd decorated and the little video he made explaining it. I think this is actually the first time he's successfully decorated a gingerbread house, and he did it all by himself; he's pretty proud. Also amused. I have to admit, I love his house much more than any of the ones on the show. :-)#blog#serendibkitchen

Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj on Monday, December 9, 2019

Kavi made a gingerbread house too. As you can see, she is just a tiny bit more painstaking than Anand.Β Β I am impressed by both her dripping icicles and her cross-hatch roof tiles! May need to draft her into more serious baking with me soon…

Kavi made a gingerbread house too. As you can see, she is just a tiny bit more painstaking than Anand. πŸ™‚ I am impressed by both her dripping icicles and her cross-hatch roof tiles! May need to draft her into more serious baking with me soon…#blog#serendibkitchen

Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj on Monday, December 9, 2019

 

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Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

We took Kevin’s parents and the kids to see Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. It was a little bit of a hike getting up there through traffic on a Friday night, and honestly, maybe not the best plan going on a school night, as the kids were a little tired and didn’t enjoy it as much as they might otherwise. But overall, I thought it was pretty cool, and we managed to get a few smiles out of them.

This was one of my favorite bits, though it was very hard to photograph with my little phone camera — the Zen Garden, seen as a vista in the dark across the lake. Striking and lovely.

A great effect on this one (see next video), with the light seeming to run down the blue rocks. Lightscape, Chicago Botanic Gardens

 

Fun for the kids — pushing through chains of light. Lightscape, Chicago Botanic Gardens

The English Garden

Toasting marshmallows for s’mores. Gourmet, fairly pricey, you might want to bring your own, and longer sticks than they provided — that last pic is Anand shielding his face from the heat of the coals. The peppermint hot chocolate was excellent, though. Also the fries with garlic aioli that we got at the building halfway through; if I’d known the cafe food would be that good, we might have planned on actual dinner there.

 

Motion sensors, I think? There were a couple of pads where the floor changed as you walked (or ran, or danced) across it. The kids liked those.

I think this is what we’ll use for our holiday cards this year.

A little father-daughter moment.

The Cathedral of Light — another good place for family photos. They had MANY.

The last exhibit, Field of Light, was Anand’s favorite — he had been a little bored by some of the others, but here, he was entranced, and we actually had to urge him to leave because everyone else was getting cold and tired. It was probably my favorite too. If you look very carefully, you can see Anand on the right.

 

 

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Adorable space cats

Sripati and his brother do keep getting into it every once in a while, even though they also snuggle up all the time — hence the little scratch on his face. I’m hoping this is just adolescence (they’re just over a year old now) and these boys will grow out of it soon? Is there a surge of testosterone equivalent for male cats? Hang in there,Β #spacecats…hopefully it’ll all calm down soon.

Imperious Aryabhata with paperwhites. There’s a reason his nickname is Lion-Kitty. Tip for those living with cats and plants — museum wax is great for securing objects to surfaces; it holds them well, and then you just twist and pull a bit if you ever want to release them. Link to product.

“Mama! Yes, I know I’m ridiculously cute, but enough with the photos — I’m trying to SLEEP.”

Just one more of the spacecats…

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Decked out with outdoorsy little ornaments

This is one of my favorite little bits of outside Christmas decor, and so easy — a light-up tree, decked with little outdoorsy ornaments, mostly from the $3 bin at Target.

If I get a little downtime in the next few weeks, I may try needle-felting a few mushrooms to add to the birds, fox, and gnome. I’m still a beginner at needle-felting, but mushrooms seem like they shouldn’t be too hard.

(Note — I don’t recommend anything fragile here — my poor glass acorns didn’t survive a stiff wind knocking this over. Now the bottom is braced, but still!)

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So close to being done with Feast fulfillment

We are SO close to being done with Kickstarter fulfillment for Feast. I *think* the very last of the physical packages will go out tomorrow, and I’m pretty sure everyone is getting theirs before Christmas, if we calculated the dates right. Whew!

Now, keep in mind that originally I thought I’d be shipping by the end of the summer…there were SO many unexpected delays in the process. If I ever do something like this again, remind me to budget at least six extra months into the production estimates!

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Mission accomplished :-) Chai spice banana bread

Mission accomplished. πŸ™‚ Chai spice banana bread; the kids said it was better than all the banana bread I’ve made before (from standard recipes), which was very satisfying. Will post recipe shortly.

I’m going to freeze a few loaves to sell at the Colorful Holiday fair on the 21st, and I think make another batch soon, because we have just THAT MANY frozen bananas in the freezer, and I am going to clear space, dammit.

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Why do we sign up for this writing gig, anyway?

I got some disappointing writing news today, and I am bummed, people. Buoyed briefly by my writing group meeting tonight, which was distracting and energizing, because I’m mostly an extrovert, but then they left, and now I am back in my slump.

GAH. Why do we sign up for this writing gig, anyway? There must be better, more efficient ways to bang our heads into walls….

(The person who sent me the news is possibly reading this, so I hope they don’t feel bad about it; theyΒ are lovely and it’s not their fault that this piece didn’t work for them. Or possibly for anyone. SIGH.)

My workshop is going to look at it in February, so I’m going to try to put it aside until then and not think about it too much.

The plan is to finish sending out Feast, write a few food essays, take a solid week to rest (even turning off social media), and then go back to the big SF novel, and try to finish a draft. This other thing — well, I can come back to it in February. No point dwelling on it now.

(Yet here I am, dwelling. SIGH.)

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