"Whatcha up to, bro?" asked Nissy. "You workin' on some teleportation physics equations or somethin'?
"Actually, no," answered Seville, sounding somewhat distracted. "These are chemical equations, Niss."
"Really?" Nerissa looked at Seville's board and then glanced over at the kitchen counter. Seville had obviously been using several of the peep's mixing bowls along with a wooden spoon and a couple of spatulas. Nissy hopped up onto the counter to inspect them and found bits of sticky goop in the bowls and on the counter. "Looks more like cookin' to me, Sivvers," he said.
"Cooking, chemistry... All one in the same, Niss."
"Well whether you're cookin' or performin' chemistry experiments, you had best wash this stuff up. Ol' Peepers is not gonna be pleased when she finds this mess you've made and that's a fact, for sure. She's gonna freak."
Nissy lifted a paw and sniffed at the green, sticky goop he had accidentally stepped in. "Hmmm... Seville, this here goop smells like milk. Whatcha makin'?"
"Breath mints," answered Seville. "Feline catnip-flavoured breath mints."
"Interestin'..." and Nissy sniffed the goop again. "Nip breath mints for cats. Seville, you're a genius! A genius in disguise but a genius nonetheless. Why didn't I think of this? And what exactly made you think of inventing 'em?"
"No offence Niss but lately you've had a bad case of tuna breath. I heard Peep #1 mention it the other day."
"There's NOTHIN' wrong with havin' a little tuna on your breath," exclaimed Nerissa with indignation. "Nothin' wrong with that at all. Happens after you eat the tuna."
"Yeah, well it smells fishy to me," exclaimed Seville.
"That's 'cause tuna is fish! Mouses, Sivvers. If you're gonna start cookin' and whatnot, you've gotta know your ingredients. Besides, you like tuna, too."
"But I also like nip," began Seville, "and I'm thinkin' that a catnip-flavoured breath mint is the perfect thing to follow a plate of tuna. Havin' some issues with the equations though."
"Equations or recipes?" asked Nerissa.
"Same diff, Niss. Bottom line is, my mints aren't nippy enough. Do you think you could help me out?"
Nerissa jumped down from the counter. Heading over to the table where Seville was working on his equations, he stopped dead in his tracks. There on the floor sat two large clay pots filled with shamrocks. "Uh Seville, are these what you're using to make your mints?" Nissy pawed at something flitting about his ear. It was tickling his whiskers. Growing annoyed, he pawed at it again. "And what's this fairy doin' over here?"
"Oh her? That's Aoife. She came with the plants."
Nissy rolled his eyes. "Of course she did. Whatever was I thinkin'? Why else would a little green fairy appear in our kitchen? Silly me..."
"Enough with the chatter, Niss. I need some help over here. How can I get more nip in my breath mints?"
"Well for starters," and Niss picked one of the shamrocks from a pot. "These here plants aren't nip. They're clovers. MOUSES!"
Seville stared at his brother. "Do you think I don't know that?" He hopped down onto the floor and padded over to Nerissa and the gigantic clover plants. "You ever try to order nip plants in March? No one sells them. Everyone wants to sell you clovers. Shamrocks this and shamrocks that. Everyone is trying to cash in on the whole St. Patrick's Day experience and there's nothing to be found but clovers! So I figured I'd order up some gigantic ones and just make do."
Nerissa threw his front paws up in the air. "But.. Seville... But..." He was at a loss for words.
"I know what you're thinking, Niss. You're thinking, clovers aren't nip."
Nerissa continued to stare at his brother, his eyes growing wider.
"Well you might have a point there but hear me out. Clovers are green. Catnip is green. Clovers are a popular food with cows and cows produce milk and milk contains cream and cats like cream. Plus, with every order of two plants or more, they were throwin' in a free fairy. You did meet Aoife, right? She has magical fairy dust," Seville added in a whisper. "I think that's why these plants have grown so large."
"Well maybe she can use some of that magic fairy dust to turn these shamrock plants into nip!" Nerissa cried. "For mousin' out loud, Sivvers, these here plants are your whole problem. You can't make nip mints without the nip. You need nip!"
Nerissa turned to leave in disgust. "And I'm takin' back that comment I made about your bein' a genius, Seville," he added. "Any genius would know that clovers aren't nippy. MOUSES!"
"And what if I were to tell you that I have some essential nip oil?" Seville cried out. "Some nip oil to add to my mints."
Nissy swung around. "Now you're talkin', Sivvers. That's a totally different story. You have nip oil?"
"Uh, no," and Seville pawed at a recipe book sitting on the floor. "I said what if I were to tell you.." his voice trailing off.
Nerissa rolled his eyes and let out a big sigh. "Okay, Seville. You are my brother and I do love you so I'll see if we can figure somethin' out. Maybe you can use the shamrocks to make the base of your mints and then if we can get our paws on some nip oil..."
"I knew you could figure it out, Niss! I knew that if anyone could, it would be you. So I have my clover base. Tastes kinda milky like you noticed. That's due to the whole clover-cow-cream connection. Now to add some nippiness to the milky goodness that is the sticky goop."
"Speakin' of that, Sivvers, we need to work on the texture of your mints, too. I don't think breath mints are supposed to be sticky or goopy. They're not supposed to stick to your paws when you eat 'em."
"Yes, Seville, I think we do but perhaps Aoife can help us out with that. You said the fairy was magic? Oh Aoife... Come on over here. Let's see if some of that magic fairy dust of yours can turn some vegetable oil into the essence of nip. Now how do we do this? Do I need to make a wish?"
And with that, the boys started working on their next great invention, Catnip-Flavoured Breath Mints for cats.
Can I put my order in now?ReplyDelete
You bet! As soon as we figure out how to make the nip oil and get rid of this goopy texture, we'll send you some nip mints, for sure. purrsDelete
Me too would like to put my order in right away :)ReplyDelete
You bet! Looks like these nip mints are gonna be popular, for sure! purrsDelete
Hahaha! "Feline catnip-flavoured breath mints" with shamrock gloopy wotnot !! Works for me!!ReplyDelete
BTW Mum and I loved reading your story in Rescued - we won a copy from Brian - it was great and we will blog about it soon :)
What a lovely thing to say. Thank you! My rescue's month is next month, April, so I'll be bloggin' more about the book then. purrsDelete
Maybe the folks making marywanna oil could help out with the nip oil production………..
Hmmm... Interestin' though. Very interestin', indeed! purrsDelete
What a cute posty. Good luck wiff yous nip bweff mints. Mommy sez ifin yous succeed, weez'll buy sum. Sissy dusn't hav da bestest bweff wound eevew. MOL And we don't know ifin yous know or not, but Priscilla's sells gwo yous own an ifin yous sign up fur their emails, yous get 50% off yous furst order wiff furee shppin'. http://www.priscillaspetproducts.com/shop/product/400-502.html Hope y'all hav a pawsumly blest Sunday.ReplyDelete
Dezi and Lexi
Interestin'. Thanks so much for the information! purrsDelete
Where's the Buy It Now button?ReplyDelete
The Florida Furkids
Tryin' to install it now. Gosh I need better IT support. MOUSES! purrsDelete
With it being saint me day as Pat likes to call it, we should be getting enough free nip to pass around to the entire cat nationReplyDelete
You have your own day? And you're gonna celebrate it with nip? EXCELLENT. purrsDelete
Now that's gotta be the next big thing pal!!!ReplyDelete
Yup. Way better than sliced bread. purrsDelete
I'd like to make an order too!ReplyDelete
Got you on the list! purrsDelete
Wishing you a lovely St. Patrick's day!ReplyDelete
Hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day, too. purrsDelete
Hey Nerissa, wes would LOVES Catnip flavored breath mints! Does yous think yous would trade some for Garlic Powder? Mommy's been maining it non-stop before all the garlic starts growing!!ReplyDelete
Garlic powder? MOUSES! You're gonna need the mints after that, for sure. purrsDelete
Those sound DELICIOUS! You are BOTH geniuses. Let us know if there's anything we can do to help!ReplyDelete
Will do. Thanks! purrsDelete
Oh, we SO want to put our order in, too! You kitties are brilliant!ReplyDelete
You betcha! You'll be on the list, for sure. purrsDelete
I LOVE the idea of catnip-flavored breath mints!ReplyDelete
I'm thinkin'.... BEST FLAVOUR EVER. purrsDelete
Wow Nip bear sounds fab, Nip fresheners would be awesome too especially after a smelly camembert! Nip flavored Camembert could work? Peep says if you distill Nip its the best ever mosquito deterrent too, fresh breath & no mosquitos. purrsReplyDelete
Cheese on nip pizza is delish. Bet that cheese could be Camembert, for sure. purrsDelete
Brilliant idea! Nip-flavored breath mints (and while you're at it - why not make some for humans too!)..........seems like a good idea to me. As for the human angle, I'd much prefer that aroma issuing forth from Mom's mouth when she gives me a kissy face than coffee or garlic or something like that!ReplyDelete
Nip breath mints for peeps... BRILLIANT! That's a whole new market, for sure. purrsDelete
You are amazing with all these inventions. Good luck!ReplyDelete
I LOVE inventin' stuff. Sometimes words and sometimes things. Inventin' is fun, for sure. purrsDelete
Hehehe,this sounds quite tasty Nissy ,good luck with the recipe my friend,mum said if you need any tips give her a shout,xx SpeedyReplyDelete
Will do! Thanks so much. purrsDelete
Looks like you have a great product planned- we want to purchase some too :)ReplyDelete
You betcha! You're on my list, for sure. purrsDelete
only Seville would think of such a thing and only Nissy would be terrorized by learning that catnip flavored breath mints for cats contain NO nipReplyDelete
My nip breath mints WILL contain the nip. That was the flaw in Sivver's recipe, I think. purrsDelete
Nip oil ? We would love to order some of your nip products ! PurrsReplyDelete
Yeah, I should sell the nip oil, too! BRILLIANT idea, for sure. purrsDelete
*raises paw* Where to we order, again????ReplyDelete
Soon as I get better IT support to install the order button.. Hmmm... Might be a while yet. All I've got is the peep and really, she's not very good. purrsDelete
We want in on this great invention of you all. What a great St. Patrick's story. We liked that a lot. So get busy now and get that Nip oil going.ReplyDelete
We've added the fairy dust to the vegetable oil and are waitin' for it to turn into nip. purrsDelete
Did we hear that the nip mints will be ready soon - can we place an order please?ReplyDelete
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
You bet! Got you down on the list, for sure. purrsDelete
Save some for us! Happy St Pat'sReplyDelete
Will do! You have a good St. Patrick's Day? purrsDelete
Count us in for an order. Happy St. Patrick's Day.ReplyDelete
Truffle and Brulee
Got you on my list! Wonderful. purrsDelete
Sign us up for an order of those! Mom bean says she can hardy wait.ReplyDelete
Sasha, Sami, & Saku
She's gonna have 'em too? EXCELLENT. purrsDelete
Hope you had a fabulous St. Patty's Day!ReplyDelete
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
We did! St. Patrick's Day was lots of fun. Hope you had a good one, too. purrsDelete
Catnip-Flavoured Breath Mints, nip oil, plant fairies...you two are onto something big! Awesome post, hope you had a fun St. Paddy's, kitties!ReplyDelete