Loch Ness Monster Soup Scoop

Let Nessie keep you company as you prepare your delicious meals by stirring the pot with the Loch Ness monster soup scoop. Nessie’s elongated neck pokes out through the surface while the ample wide body serves as the ideal serving utensil.


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Gluten Free Communion Bread

My friend Chelsea helped me practice baking gluten free communion bread. It turned out very well! I hope to make it for my church or for my seminary eucharist some time. Tastes good, doesn’t crumble. I got the idea from a recently graduated seminarian friend named Tami who said she has spent four years perfecting this gluten free recipe.

Here’s the link if you want to try this allergen friendly recipe for yourself.  It was really easy to make. It does have some unique ingredients. 

Kitchen Fun || Erica & Isaac

Stiles wasn’t feeling well. He had a migraine and was all out of adderall. That’s what Erica had read while trolling ‘Tumblr’. She had nothing better to do as her mother and brother were still away, and she cared about her Batman, so she offered to go over there with snuggles, to which he accepted.

It seemed like Isaac had the same idea, so she shot him a few text messages, asking whether he thought they should take Stiles some cookies as Stiles was always baking cookies and other scrumptious (scrumptious? Since when did Erica start using posh words like scrumptious?) treats, to which he agreed.

That’s what brought her here now, standing at Derek’s apartment door, supplies in hand to bake awesome cookies (or Break and Bake cookies, rather than supplies), that she had found in the back of their pantry. 

Derek wasn’t home by the feel of things, and when she opened the door (because, really, what was the point in knocking? Isaac knew she was coming, he wouldn’t care whether she knocked or not), she found that she was right.

“Isaac?” she called out, manoeuvring her way through the apartment and into the kitchen. “Hey, lazy, get out of bed! We have baking to do!”

Twice Baked Potatoes

-       4 Large Potatoes

-       1 Cup of Sour Cream

-       ½ Cup of Milk

-       4 Tablespoons of Butter

-       ½ Teaspoon of salt

-       ½ Teaspoon of Pepper

-       1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

-       5 Green Onions (sliced)

Preheat oven to 350, bake potatoes in oven for an hour, let cool for 10 minutes, slice in half and scoop the middle into a large bowl. Mix the potato middles, sour cream, milk, butter, salt, pepper, ½ cup of cheese, and 4 of the green onions. Mix until well blended, spoon the mixture back into the potato skins and top with remaining cheese and green onions. Bake for 15 minutes.

Conversations while my Grandma is in the kitchen
  • Grandma:*stirring*
  • Me:Watcha making?
  • Grandma:Either cake or brownies
  • My Aunt:How don't you know WHILE you're making them?!
  • Grandma:I don't know
  • Grandma:There may be some spots in the brownies that don't have chips
  • My Aunt:Why?
  • Grandma:I don't know
  • Grandma:(To my Aunt) do you want the beaters [to lick the batter off]?
  • My Aunt:Nah
  • Grandma:Well there wasn't much on them anyways...
  • My Aunt:Then why did you offer? *Laughs*

This special Mind The Gap FUN doesn’t quite match the fragrance of Yog Nog soap. It’s not as “heavy” or rich. The perfume in general is also weaker. However, it is still warm and decadent, having a vanilla base with soft caramel notes mixed with gentle clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg spices.

This FUN is extremely melty. I’m not sure if all the Mind The Gap FUNs were like that, but even after a few hours in the fridge after receiving it, it still had a sticky consistency. However, this also makes it much more pliable and easier to lather. Yog Nog FUN has a creamy lather, therefore yields less bubbles than many other FUNs. Because of this, I recommend using it like a Lush Buttercream. Take a small amount and work it between hands, rub all over skin outside of water, then rinse. I find Yog Nog FUN to be less stripping than most bar soaps and other FUN.

Chenonceau part 2: Kitchens!

You kids are going to start hating castles…sorry not sorry. 

But anyhoodles, let’s get down to business! (to defeat the huns…) 

After we explored the ground floor, we decided to venture down into the kitchens of Chenonceau, which I was irrationally geeked about. The other chateaux I’ve been in haven’t let us see kitchens and the like, and I enjoy seeing the really lived in parts. 

Though I will say, my first glimpse of the kitchen was a little alarming…

Yeah, we might have speculated that it was a dungeon at first. Those knives! Those sinister looking hooks! 

The first part of the kitchen that you come into, is the pantry. It has a lot of pots and pans displayed, and those bells you see off to the side are the original bells to the chateau, but they aren’t attached to anything anymore. The neat thing about the bells is that when they would have been operational, each bell has a slightly different tone and ring to it. So even without looking, the servants would have been able to tell which room was ringing for service just based on the sound. 

This is the bread oven they used. I like how there is a basket of bread in the oven…where it would have burned to a crisp. 

I’m not entirely sure what this wheel was used for, but I think it was for pulling up water from the river? Or grinding flour? Not a clue. 

After leaving the pantry, we made our way into the room we had glimpsed earlier. Apparently it’s where they used to butcher game and prepare all the meats. The hooks were for hanging game and whatnot. The table underneath the knives even has special grooves and denting in it to drain the blood and what not. 


To the side of the pantry is the food storage/kitchen staff dining room. I loved the way they have it staged, with all of the fresh flowers and stuff. With the light streaming in the windows, it was lovely. 

The actual kitchen itself, where the cooking took place in down another small staircase. The stove and ovens are not original to the castle, as they were brought in during World War I, to enable the castle to be able to feed and take care of the soldiers who were recovering from their injuries. 

So many cake/jello molds! 

I love the stove/ovens though. There is just something about the look of them, black with the copper cookware that I think is beautiful. 

This fireplace is huge! It’s the largest one in the castle. It doesnt have th fancy chimney like the rest, but it definitely would have been awesome all lit up. 

Tucked off to the side of the kitchen is another dining room, also lovely. This one, if I remember correctly, was used for the higher up servants, such as ladies maids, butlers, and the like. 

It’s not as grand as the crazy rooms in the upstairs of the castle, but the staging and fresh flowers really gave it a calm and simple charm…minus these flowers…

What did they do? Why are they locked behind bars? Did they misbehave, try to sell some black market fertilizer to the other plants? 

The world will never know!