Friday, March 11, 2011

Loch Ness Pudding Snack

It turned out every book on the Loch Nech monster was checked out, or missing from the shelves of our local library, so I put a few on hold from partner libraries, and dashed to the video store to rent The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

In our YouTube searches, we'd seen a news clip of a Loch Ness monster expert being asked if he hated the movie. But, he had said it was a good story, because it's for children, and because it ties into the ancient legends of the water horses, that were around long before the monster in the loch.

The children liked the story, well enough. It's rated PG for some scary bits, though nothing bad actually happens, so they made it through. It's a lot like Free Willy, but set in WWII Scotland.

To go along with the movie, I made the children a Loch Ness pudding snack of vanilla pudding, mixed with a few drops of blue food coloring, for water...



...with banana, grape, and chocolate chip monsters peeking out.


I found the idea for a banana Nessie from Yummy-Toonies (click the link to go there), but there is also a bagel-type sandwich monster, at Funiacs.com, and I understand, that Sarah Schuette includes a Loch Ness breakfast suggestion in her book, A Monster Cookbook: Simple Recipes For Kids.

We'll probably be trying out a few more of these snacks, this summer, since we've learned that nearby (by Montana standards) Flathead Lake is also reported to have a monster. It was first spotted, and shot at (just so you don't get Montana, and Scotland confused) in 1889.

Some say it's just an overgrown sturgeon, which would still be pretty neat to spot. But, how interesting would it be to find a plesiosaur type animal in our own back yard!

We won't hold our breath, but we might make a couple of road trips for a lake side picnic, or two. And, who knows, maybe we'll run into Big Foot on the way.


It's great to be a homeschooler.

12 comments:

Christy said...

Good snack!

I remember from our Vermont studies that Lake Champlain also has a "monster" and they call him "Champ" or "Champy". I wonder how many of these "creatures" are purported to exist!

Phyllis said...

That is adorable. Christy, the Chesapeake Bay has Chessie.

Debbie said...

What a cute snack!

arrowsinourfist said...

I love the snack idea, definitely going to borrow that one!

Mike Venezia and George Berlin said...

Okay, sorry to bug you again, but I have to say that Loch Ness pudding snack thing was awesome!

Made a similar thing with Wizard of Oz as a kid- flying monkey muffins!

George

Raising a Happy Child said...

The monster looks yummy. I have never heard about the movie, but just from the cover I can tell that it won't be well accepted here :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Raising a Happy Child - No, I think it would be too scary for Anna. C, made it through, but only because all her older siblings were nearby, and I kept assuring them nothing bad was going to happen.

Kendra said...

The Waterhorse movie is great, but the book is a completely different, but equally delightful, story. Such an awesome book!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Kendra - Good to know! I'll add it to my hold list :)

Ticia said...

There's also a cute book by Stephen Kellog called "The Mysterious Tadpole," and it grows up to be a Nessy type creature.

Love the monsters.

Elle Belles Bows said...

Very cool snack! Great job!

Kerri

Joyful Learner said...

Love it! That's easy enough for me to make. But we don't use food coloring so maybe blueberry yogurt will do?

We just watched Host which is a Korean film about a monster in the Han River. Not for kids though.