I Made Mint Chip Ice Cream | Melty Melty Melt

This should be fun!

Ice cream is my favorite dessert – no, food – and it’s getting hot outside and it’s the perfect treat to cool you off.

You guys. I don’t cook. I can’t cook, rather. I burn everything, even things that should not physically burn. I do like baking a lot, though. I’m not sure where ice cream falls. But whatever. I made some, and if you would like to follow my incredibly uncomplicated (hehe) instructions, you can make some for yourself! (Or your family. Mine ate it all.)

For this recipe, you will need an ice cream processor. You can’t just put it in the freezer and expect it to do something. Haha.

I’m loosely following this recipe. Mint chip is my favorite flavor, and I’ve never made ice cream before, so we’re starting with something basic.

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Ingredients!

You will need 6 ounces of chocolate chips, a pinch or so of salt, a cup of heavy whipping cream, a cup of milk, six egg yolks (not shown, because we only had four eggs at the time and our chickens had make more eggs before I could get very far in the recipe, which resulted in the actual ice cream consumption being delayed by a day), 2/3 cup sugar, and either peppermint extract or food-grade peppermint essential oil.

Measure that milk and heavy cream . . . (they look the same lol)

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As well as the sugar . . .

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And the salt . . . and put it all in a pan.

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Stir stir stir! Combine it as much as you can.

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Put it on the stove and heat it over medium until all the sugar dissolves (this may take a little bit, be patient).

While that is combining, chop up your chocolate chips to whatever size you want. Just make sure whatever size they are will work in your ice cream processor. Mine won’t work with any add-ins bigger than the size of a chocolate chip.

Then pop those in the freezer in a plastic bag.

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Next, we’re going to whisk the egg yolks together. Ooh, pretty yellow color.

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Slowly pour the milk-cream mixture into the eggs. If you pour it in all at once, the heat will cook the eggs and then you’re going to have scrambled eggs and that’s yucko.

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Put it back on the stove and heat it up until it begins to thicken. It should coat the back of your spoon (preferably a wooden spoon, mine is not) and not run and be drippy everywhere.

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Get a bowl of ice water . . .

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And pull the mixture off the stove. Put it in the ice bath for about five minutes to stop the cooking.

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Now we’re going to add the peppermint! This is to taste, and if you’re using peppermint extract you’ll need more to get a miny flavor than if you’re using essential oil. Make sure your oil is food-grade! Some is and some isn’t. This Young Living Vitality peppermint essential oil is food-grade (not sponsored). I used five drops, but my mom said it was too minty so it’s really personal preference. I thought it was just right. You can taste the mixture to see if it’s the flavor you want.

Now, you’re going to either leave the mixture in the ice water for about twenty minutes – or put it in the fridge for a couple of hours, which is better. You just want it to be completely chilled.

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Now, process the mixture in your ice cream machine. Mine is this Cuisinart that I got for my birthday. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.

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Add in the frozen chocolate, carefully folding it in.

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Ta-da!

Now, leave the ice cream in the freezer in an airtight container (NOT the processor bowl –  that can damage it, apparently) for a couple of hours to solidify.

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My final product!

Guys, it tasted like legit ice cream . . . I’m honestly kind of surprised. The ice cream is pretty yellow for mint chip, it’s more of a vanilla-y color, but other than that, it’s real mint chip ice cream!

Would y’all try this ice cream? Have you ever made ice cream before? What’s your favorite flavor? Let me know!

XOXO,

Morgan

Homer’s Flowers

Happy Friday, guys! For those of you still in school (which I don’t think is many at this point), you’re basically at the weekend already!

I took these pictures summer before last while I was in Homer, Alaska (which is kind of like at the bottom of Alaska on the gulf, but not on the Aleutian Islands – look at a map maybe, I can’t explain it 😂). They’re really beautiful and I thought it would be nice to share some positivity on the Internet right now. Enjoy!

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This picture was my profile picture for quite a while. 😉

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This one is called fireweed – when it goes to seed at the end of summer, it turns gray and looks ashy from a distance (smoky, like fire). The amount of buds left at the top of the plant are said to tell how long you have before summer is over. (These pictures are from early August.)

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Alaska is a truly beautiful place in the summer – come visit if you ever get a chance!

Hey guys, I need blogging inspiration! I have ideas for some posts, but I want to post the content YOU want to see, also. Comment below something you would like to see on SS&SS!

XOXO,

Morgan

Freak Alley Photoshoot (Boise, Idaho)

Hey friends! As I mentioned in my last post, I went on a trip to Boise to surprise my friend M for her birthday. While I was there, we decided to do a birthday photoshoot at a place called Freak Alley, which is in downtown Boise. Every year, artists paint the walls of Freak Alley, street art style. I won’t be posting the birthday pictures for privacy reasons, but I took some others specifically for this post. Enjoy!

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This was my favorite piece of art!

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Freak Alley is an awesome place to visit if you ever find yourself in Boise in July or August. People are so creative, right?

Have you ever been to Boise? Do you like street art?

XOXO,

Morgan

 

FLYING SOLO| Storytime with Morgan

Flying Solo - Storytime with Morgan

Hey friends! Happy August!

I recently returned from a trip to Boise to surprise my friend M for her birthday (it was a huge success), and it was my first time flying unaccompanied. Traveling by yourself, as I found, is a fantastic experience. Navigating airports by yourself can be a bit tricky, depending on their size, but is very rewarding to do it alone for the first time. And, of course, traveling brings new experiences and fun stories.

I thought it would be cool to share the experiences I had on this trip, and also post some pictures from Boise sometime next week. Enjoy!

This story takes place as I flew from Portland, Oregon to my home city in Alaska.

I sat down at my gate at PDX and opened the sandwich I just bought. Taking a bite, I watched the people around me. A young couple sitting a few seats down, a group of teenagers, and an African-American woman with extremely curly blonde hair filled the seats. Sitting across from me was an elderly woman and an elementary-aged child. The girl was dressed in a coloful outfit and a large black suitcase at her feet. The older woman, who I presumed was her grandmother, smiled at me. I smiled back.

When the gate agents began boarding, the older woman with the girl got up first and boarded the plane. Fifteen minutes later, my boarding group was called and I stood up to get on the plane. As I pulled my carry-on bag down the Jetway and throught the narrow aisle, I scanned the numbered rows for the one that matched my seat number on the boarding pass in my hand.

I soon located it, and realized that the elderly woman with the little girl were going to be sharing the row with me.

“Oh, you’re sitting with us!” exclaimed the woman, giving me a smile smile.

“Yeah!” I replied, waving at the girl sitting in the middle seat before trying to push my bag under the seat in front of me while simultaneously plopping down in my seat to let other passengers through the aisle.

Shortly after the plane boarded completely, the girl turned to me. “Want some?” she asked, holding out a small bag of popcorn. I smiled and took one. “Thanks.”

“Do you know how to do your own hair?” was the next thing out of her mouth.

“I do, actually,” I answered. “I can do braids, buns, ponytails, and a few other things.”

“Me too!” she said with a grin. “I can do a low bun, see?” And she pulled her hair into the elastic.

“Wow!” I exclaimed, exchanging a grin with her grandmother. “That’s super cool, did you teach yourself?”

“Yep,” said the girl.

“So, what’s your name?” I asked the girl, realizing that if we were going to talk about hairstyles, I should probably know her name.

“I’m Catrina,” Catrina informs me.

“I’m Morgan,” I told her. “Nice to meet you.”

“Nice to meet you too,” she returned.

I pulled out my phone to text my mom.

ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL SITTING NEXT TO ME WITH HER GRANDMA. HER NAME IS CATRINA.

NICE. ARE YOU GOING TO WATCH A MOVIE?

YEAH. SPIDER-MAN, PROBABLY.

IS THAT APPROPRIATE FOR HER? SHE CAN SEE YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN.

IDK HOW OLD SHE IS.

I turned to Catrina. “So, how old are you?”

“I’m eight.”

“Nice. I’m **.”

I retuned to my phone.

SHE’S EIGHT.

HMM. MAYBE NOT APPROPRIATE THEN.

IF I HAD AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CHILD, I WOULD LET HER WATCH SPIDER-MAN.

YOU WOULD NOT.

SURE I WOULD.

(Leave a comment below, would you let your eight-year-old watch Spider-Man?)

The plane took off shortly after, and I popped in my earbuds and started reading (Tell Me Three Things, if any of you know of that book). 

Once we leveled off, a felt a tap at my shoulder. I pulled my earbuds out and turned. “Yeah?”

Catrina looked up at me. “Would you like one?” She held out a bag of Hershey’s kisses.

“Oh, no thanks, I’m good.”

Catrina shrugged. “Okay.”

A few minutes later, I pulled out my own snack bag. A bag of Twizzler bites sat inside. I popped one in my mouth and offered one to Catrina. She took it happily.

And that’s how it went. We shared our candy and Goldfish and popcorn.

When Catrina’s grandmother ordered a Kid’s Pack meal for her, Catrina pulled out the Wikki Stix. “Wanna play with me?”

I smiled. “Sure!”

Catrina made a doll out of the wax sticks, and I created heart shapes and flowers. Turns out, Catrina had a lot more artistic talent than I did. Once I gave up and handed my sticks to her, she made a pair of glasses that actually fit on her face. Her grandmother and I laughed.

Towards the end of the flight, Catrina was getting restless. “How much longer till we get there?”

“About an hour,” I answered.

I too was getting bored, and started playing a game on my phone. Through my peripheral vision, I could see Catrina watching over my shoulder. “I bet I could play that.”

“You think?”

“Yeah.”

And that’s how Catrina wound up playing games on my cell phone for an hour and a half.

Once our plane landed in Alaska, I wished Catrina and her grandmother a safe flight to their home in another part of Alaska.

“Thanks,” Catrina said. “Have a safe drive to your house. Once, my family got into a car accident!”

“Oh no,” I replied. “That must have been scary, huh?”

“Mmhmm,” she answered.

Her grandmother explained the rest of the story. “Some guy wasn’t watching where he was going.”

“Yeah,” Catrina added. “He didn’t look left and right and left.”

As soon as the flight attendants turned the seatbelt sign off, I got up and Catrina gave me a hug. We exited the plane shortly thereafter and I waved to my new friends. Catrina and her grandma waved back.

I grabbed my suitcase from baggage claim and met my mom and brother outside the airport. After a wonderful five-day vacation in Idaho, it was great to be back . . . and with many great new stories, memories, and friends. ❤️

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Sorry, guys, that got a bit long, but hopefully you enjoyed. If you want to see more Storytime posts, let me know in the comments below. Have a fantastic day!

XOXO,

Morgan

A Little Summer Reading| Why Does Europe Have Better Books Than We Do?

Hey friends! I’m taking a small break from compiling Europe pictures (I have them on four different devices, so it’s a little challenging to get them all into one post) to do my first book post!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of libraries and borrowing books instead of buying them, but I couldn’t help myself . . . I came home from Europe with seven new books in my suitcase.

Hold on, hold on – one is a gift for a friend.

So it’s actually more like six. And in my defense, European bookstores are so much more interesting than American ones. You can tell they took time to carefully select their merchandise, instead of mass-ordering popular books to stock their shelves. *cough cough* Barnes & Noble *cough cough*

And then I came home and bought a couple more at a used bookstore. I haven’t read all of them yet, but I will show them to you and review the ones I did read.

(None of these are my images)

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Again, but Better

I read this one as an ebook while I was in Paris and it’s definitely something that you could start a fandom about (on second thought, there probably already is one). This book was perfect for my trip, as it’s about a girl who goes to London for a study abroad. The story was a little cringey in the beginning, I’m not going to lie, but it got better in the middle. Christine Riccio, the author, published this as her first novel . . . and it was something I could tell just by reading the first few chapters. The story overall is very cute, and has time travel for those interested 🙂 9/10 would recommend, ages 13+.

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The Way I Used to Be

I read this on my ereader as well in just one day. The story, though fairly dark and depressing, drew me in and I could not put it down. Because the story involves sexual violence, however, I would not recommend it to someone under the age of 15 or sensitive readers. It is sooooo good, though, and a very emotion-producing read. 8/10 would recommend.

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Hope and Other Punch Lines

I read this book while I was in England after purchasing it in France. The book centers around the event that occured on 9/11, and two teenagers who were heavily impacted by it. The synopsis on the back cover really grabbed me, but once I started reading the book, I noticed that the story was a little slow. The characters were adorable, though, and I ship them 100%. *squeals excitedly* 8/10 would recommend, ages 12+.

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The Third Twin

The Third Twin is advertised as a thriller, as you can tell by the front cover, but it was definitely NOT. In fact, the whole plotline seemed basic and boring, an average story about twin sisters who get into all sorts of trouble . . . however, the plot twist at the end was exciting. 5/10 would recommend, ages 14+.

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The Names they Gave Us

I bought this at the bookstore Shakespeare + Company in Paris solely for the gorgeous cover. I’m in the middle of it right now, and it seems to be a great story so far. The main character is a pastor’s daughter whose mother is fighting breast cancer. I may do a bigger review on this once I’m finished, we’ll see. Can’t give a recommendation or age rating yet, though.

 

Other books I purchased that I have yet to read.

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Lastly, we come to Chain Letter – I started reading this book but couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters. The book seems so dated, like it was set in the 70s, but was written about seven or eight years ago and is set in modern time. That kind of threw me off. Don’t let the cover fool you, either – the book is not as exciting as it looks. Would not recommend this.

That’s all for now . . I hope you enjoyed this summer reading review.

Have you guys read any of these books? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

XOXO,

Morgan