Monday, September 01, 2008

new stuff

New additions to the Grace Undressed Souvenir Gift Shoppe!

Cayenne & Praline Brownie Mix: During my first winter in the Lonestar State, a room-mate introduced me to the joys of Abuelita's-brand hot chocolate, a variety popular in Mexico, which comes as a flat cake of sweetened dark chocolate, spiced with cinnamon. To this, she added a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper for surprisingly delicious treat that warmed our inside when the weather was nasty and gray. This brownie mix duplicates the joy of that lovingly doctored chocolate. It is spicy, with a mild heat that brings the best out of the deep, dark cacoa powder I use.

Cookie Scrub: I originally invented this recipe to deal with the razor bumps I used to get when I shaved my Area. (I was going to call it Pussy Scrub, but I didn't want to get slapped with Etsy's "mature" label.) The combination of exfoliants (ground oats, brown sugar) and moisturizers (cocoa butter, coconut oil) is a double whammy for preventing unsightly shaving-related rashes. It also works wonderfully well on the rest of me, including the gnarly patches of dry skin I get on my upper arms in the winter. I now pass on the secret of my velvety soft skin to you!


Letter Writing Service: A reader suggested this, and I am delighted to offer it. Writing letters is pretty much my favorite form of communication. (Talking on the phone makes me nervous and texting is for hipsters.) Writing to strangers about the topics of their choice sounds like as much fun as writing this blog, only more personal. My areas of interest and expertise include yoga, film, natural health, current events, history, knitting, crafts, and cultural studies of call kinds, to name a few. I stand ready to take on whatever you can throw at me, so bring it on!

For those who are not signed up with Etsy and do not wish to register for one more damn thing in their lives, you can "donate" the amount of your desired purchase, and leave me a note detailing your order. Please remember to include shipping.

10 comments:

fellow knitter said...

Hello, I enjoy reading your blog. I see there that you knit. You should post your knitting sometime, or better yet, show off on ravelry.com. (if you don't already) You could promote your etsy shop there too.

Me said...

This is why I like your blog so much, (and your personality). We live in totally different worlds, but we enjoy the same stuff. And, actually you change the way I see people in general (discrimination). I start reading your blog expecting blood, sweat, tears and lots of F… words; thank God you are not this boring kind of writer.

Lisa

Grace said...

Thanks! I like your blog, too. "Mystery Solved" made me laugh out loud.

LiaStarLight said...
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LJ Ducharme said...

Love the letter writing service. How elegant!

twomin said...

Grace, this might be a stupid question, but you'll send letters to Canada, right? Right?

This also gives me an excuse to say how much I've enjoyed reading the blog over the past couple of months. You're a remarkable writer.

- Greg

Grace said...

I will send letters anywhere in the world! Shipping is free for the U.S. and Canada. It might be a buck or so for anyone in some crazy exotic destination halfway around the world.

Grace said...

By the way, I had to delete Lia's comment for profanity. No, just kidding, it had contact info in it. Love you, Lia!

Calamity Jane said...

Mmmm...we used to have Abuelita Mexican hot chocolate when I was little. Those bars of chocolate smell delicious right out of the wrapper...I wish I could burn them. Try dipping churros (fried tubes of dough rolled in cinnamon sugar) in the hot chocolate the next time you have it. It's amazing.

LiaStarLight said...

No profanity in this post, except to say just how f***ing good the brownies are, and how d*** good the cookie scrub is...

I suggest that you not use the scrub when you're hungry, though. You might just want to eat it instead of scrubbing with it!

Lia