Girl Scouts

Double Thin Mint Ice Cream

by Alyssa on February 11, 2012

in Cooking, Food

It’s that time of year again: Girl Scout Cookie time! Your coworkers try to sell them to you and you walk past them on your way into the store, but are they selling door-to-door anymore? I have my designated Girl Scout who I buy my Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas from and while these cookies are great on their own, there’s one sure way to make them better: put them in ice cream. I made this for a friend’s birthday using a recipe ¬†from Erin Cooks.

Yes, it is heartbreaking, but the first step is to crush a whole sleeve of Thin Mint cookies.

Whip up two eggs and then add sugar while whisking. Add heavy cream, milk, and peppermint extract and whisk together.

This is the egg and cream mixture churning into ice cream. As the mixture began to firm up, I added the crushed Thin Mints.

Finally, a great tip from Erin Cooks was to put a layer of ice cream in your container, then add chocolate sauce, a second layer of ice cream, then chocolate sauce on top. Doing this, rather than adding chocolate sauce to the churning ice cream, results in a chocolate swirl to your ice cream rather than chocolate ice cream. This recipe is very easy to make. It has an extra burst of mint flavor from the peppermint extract and the chocolate sauce makes it very decadent. So if you’re not completely satisfied with your Girl Scout cookie purchase, just turn it into ice cream!


Homemade Firestarters

by Alyssa on November 16, 2011

in Camping, Exploration

I loved being a Girl Scout as a kid. Camping trips, singing songs, making crafts, eating snacks, and even selling Girl Scout Cookies were all part of the experience and I loved all of it. Unfortunately, these days I haven’t retained much of what I learned in my seven years of scouting, but I do remember making firestarters.

I think the only reason I remember making these firestarters is because one primary ingredient is dryer lint, which I found unusual. Actually, I still find it very unusual because it means that dryer lint is really flammable and since it comes off the clothes we wear, this alarms me. So this past weekend, in anticipation of our Thanksgiving camping trip, I collected the lint from the dryers after we had finished doing our laundry.

I stuffed the lint into the pockets of an empty egg carton, melted some wax from candles that had long ago melted down, and poured the wax on top of the lint. When needed, you just tear off a pocket and set fire to it under your kindling. We’ve used them before and they’re great because they burn for a while, which is perfect if the weather has left your wood a bit damp. The forecast says that our camping destination has a 20% chance of snow the day we arrive, so we’re definitely going to need a huge blazing fire to warm us!