Thursday, June 11, 2009

Etsy shop love...

How is this for a whole lotta fun! A perfect gift for the steam punk lover in your life, young or just young at heart; Gun is plastic painted, aged, and treated with a glossy sealant for your destroying pleasure. Delight in seeing the faces of your foes go pale with fear and the knowledge of their certain doom when you whip out The Demoralizer. Small enough to stash away if the need arises yet powerful enough to take down an entire fleet of airship pirates...well...maybe a couple airship pirates. Also check out the Sassafrass 3000! Set your sights on your enemies and then disintegrate them to a fine dust with the Sassy's precision laser system. A converted water gun made of plastic. It has been painted, aged, and sealed with a gloss. The gun cannot be used as a water gun. The trigger has been treated so that it cannot be pulled as this could expose the original plastic on the trigger.
Click here for more info RiverWraith.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I love bread… So I tried a crazy recipe yesterday for a no knead recipe. Well it didn’t quite come out the way I wanted. So today I am trying something else a new recipe from Tyler Florence from the Food Network. The recipe is below; I will let you know how it turns out. Cross your fingers!!!!!!!
Frances ;o)

Wonderful White Bread
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
1 package (1 tablespoon) rapid-rising dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar or honey
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 egg whites, divided and slightly beaten
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

In a small saucepan, heat the milk with butter over low heat just until the butter melts. Remove from heat and add to the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook. Proof the yeast by adding it to the warm milk and butter. Add the sugar and stir gently to dissolve. Let stand 3 minutes until foam appears. This indicates the yeast is active. Turn mixer on low and gradually add the flour. When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium and add the salt and 1 egg white. Stop the machine periodically to scrape the dough off the hook. Mix until the dough is no longer sticky, about 10 minutes.

Turn the dough onto the work surface and knead for a minute or so by hand. Knead by folding the dough over itself and pushing out with the heel of your hands, not down. Rotate the dough and repeat. The dough is properly kneaded when you can pull it and it stretches without breaking. Form the dough into a round and place in an oiled bowl, turn to coat the entire ball with oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let rise over a gas pilot light on the stovetop or in another warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Test the dough by pressing 2 fingers into it. If indents remain, the dough is adequately risen.

Once the dough is doubled and domed, turn it out onto the counter. The act of turning out the dough naturally deflates the gas, so there is no need to aggressively punch it down. Handle the dough gently, overworking the gluten at this point will produce a dense loaf that is difficult to shape. *To form a loaf, pat the dough into a rectangle, fold the long sides to the middle then fold under the ends. Pinch the seams closed and place in a greased 9 by 5-inch loaf pan, seam side down. Make sure the dough touches all sides of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise a second time for 20 minutes or until the top of the dough is nearly level with the top of the loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, place a large pan on the bottom rack of the oven. Bring 3 cups water to a boil on the stove. Pour the hot water into the preheated pan to create a steam bath for the bread. This will make a crisp crust.

Slash dough down the middle of the loaf with a sharp knife to allow the steam to escape during baking. Brush the top with remaining beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake the bread for 30 to 40 minutes until crust is golden and internal temperature reads 195 degrees F when checked with an instant read thermometer. The bottom of the loaf should sound hollow when tapped. Immediately remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on a rack.
* Variation: To make Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread: after the first rise, press the dough out to a rectangle, sprinkle surface with cinnamon and raisins to cover. Roll up like a jellyroll, pinch the seams closed and continue as directed in the recipe.


We had a great time at FSC. Julie was a little shooked at all of the costumes, but it was fun. Pictures will be up soon. We are working on some new items that will also be up on the shop soon.
Frances ;o)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Florida Supercon Don't Miss out!

MindyandLola will be at Florida Supercon this weekend. Come by and say hi!

WHEN : JUNE 5, 6 & 7 2009
711 NW 72ND AVE., MIAMI, FL. 33126

FRI, JUNE 5TH FROM 3:30PM - 2:00AM
SAT, JUNE 6TH FROM 11:00AM - 3:00AM
SUN, JUNE 7TH FROM 1 1:00AM - 6:00PM

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Custom WOW characters...

Julie says:

Hey you WOW players out there... send me a photo of your character and maybe I will make you a custom doll!!! email photos to

Julie ;0)

Etsy shop Love...

YAVA Glass specializes in taking recycled beverage bottles with screen-printed labels and converting them into decorative glassware. They make great gifts for Father’s Day, for groom’s men or any special occasion. Check them out here!