Well, I'll tell you but before I do, did you know that the Girl Scouts recently had to face down a boycott of their beloved annual cookie drive? Seriously, they did.
I ask you , is that any way to treat this iconic organization dedicated to building "girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place"? I didn't think so either. Adding insult to injury this nasty affair exploded only just a few short months ahead of the organization's 100th birthday celebration.
What on earth did The Girl Scouts do to put spark to kindling and ignite such a fire alarm call for a national boycott of our beloved Girl Scout Cookie sale?
The whole nasty affair started when a troop in Colorado had the unmitigated gall to allow a particular 7 year-old child into their troop. This particular child happened to be born a boy who had always self-identified as being a girl. It happens. Inside of their community there was no drama here as this child had already been accepted as a girl. I can't claim to fully understand this type of situation or the challenges it must bring for the child and her parents but I can imagine what a blessing it must have been for her to be accepted into such a group. A group of her peers that welcomed her to participate in all the activities that have made the Girl Scouts great for a century.
Did the other girls in the troop have a problem with this? No. Did the parents of the girls in the troop have a problem with it? No. Did the local or national organizations have a problem with it? No, not at all.
And lack of a problem all around was a problem for a certain 14 year-old girl from California named Taylor. (More than likely it was her parent's problem too, don't you think?) She (or they) decided to make a YouTube video calling for a national cookie boycott in order to protest this troop's efforts to, um, build this child's confidence and character. They must not have thought she deserved to have any? (You can find the video yourself if you want to see it, I just refuse to link to it here.)
This is all it took to open up the flood gates for a national "piling on" of various unfounded accusations against the beloved Girl Scouts. Their members promise to do their best, to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, and now they were accused of everything from being a "radical group" promoting abortions and homosexuality to being a "tactical arm" of Planned Parenthood.
Uh huh. Yeah. The Girl Scouts. (What are they doing on those camping trips anyway?)
To be honest, I don't really know that many Girl Scouts. The ones I do know are the daughters of my friends, co-workers, and neighbors who stand outside our local supermarket every year or call me up to sweetly ask me if I would l buy a few boxes to support their camping trips, their council or their many charitable activities. I always do it gladly every year and then suffer through the deliciousness and bloat of my good deed.
Of course, I also love to see the young girls become confident salespeople while they work towards a collective or individual goal. These girls really didn't strike me as the "promoters of immorality" types that certain Indiana lawmakers might have you believe. If you ask me, politics has to be pretty low for its practitioners to start laying into this fine organization.
This boycott didn't sit very well with a few friends of mine either so we made a pact amongst ourselves to each buy $100 dollars worth of cookies from the first Girl Scout that approached us to make a sale. (Moms who do the dirty work and merely circulate sign-up sheets at work were disqualified!)
Only two days after making our pledge a work-mate of mine brought her young Girl Scout daughter into the office to sell to a captive audience. She commandeered one of the vacant executive offices with a large window in front and set up a "Girl Scout Cookie Store" where all who passed by could see. How is that for good thinking?
Boxes of cookies where set out on an empty bookshelf which made a very attractive retail display for the ever-popular Thin Mints. Other varieties were used to make up an "end caps" and teaser display on the desk where people would have to sit down to write their checks. This girl certainly has a future in merchandising. Once everything was just perfect she invited her customers into her "shop" by announcing on the PA that she was "open for business."
A shrewdly announced a "limited supply of Dos-Si-Dos" which caused an initial rush to her store lest any Dos-Si-Dos fan had to go without. "This girl is good" I thought to myself. I waited for a quiet moment before going on in. Once my moment arrived we exchanged a mild hello and before she timidly offered to help me make my "cookie selections". She was a definite "10" on the "adorable scale"! I played my part and started asking questions to make sure she actually knew what she was selling. (She did.) Which were her favorites? (Naturally it was one of the slow sellers she was trying to promote.) Which did she think I would like the most? Etc.
Finally, I paused for a moment and pretended as if I still had a question to ask or a decision to make. Finally I uttered:
"They all look so good. Hmmm... I'll take 25 boxes please."The smile I got in return wasn't worth one hundred dollars. It was worth much, much more. Priceless.
Causing such a smile was such a high that I quickly decided to do it all again and challenged my friends to re-up. They all had similar stories to tell so it didn't take much convincing to get them to part with more of their cash for a good cause.
This time around I ended up buying a $100 worth of cookies from a Girl Scout who was actually dressed up as a Thin Mint. She was standing outside my local Trader Joe's market.
"Mom! Mom! O.M.G. this man wants $100 worth of cookies!"Her friends, a costumed Trefoil and Do-Si-Dos started screaming and jumping up and down to share in her excitement. Admittedly under normal circumstances I don't much appreciate the sound of screaming girls one bit but this day and under these circumstances this particular noise that would normally crack a windshield sounded like a symphony. .
At $100 a pop it is was an expensive high so I had to cap it off right there.
So there you go. That is how I ended up with 50 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. I was tempted to hoard them all but I've been getting way too many smiles giving them away wherever I go. Just last night I took some boxes to the hospital nurses and med techs who are taking care of a friend. They appreciated my appreciation and I have the Girl Scouts to thank for that. I gave two boxes to the garbage guys this morning and a box to the security guard down in the lobby. Smiles all around and so easy.
So, the next time a cookie selling Girl Scout crosses your path, buy something. In fact, buy more than you usually do and give some away. When you buy and then give away a box you get two smiles for the price of one.
Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! Don't let the turkeys get you down. You are loved for all you do to
to serve God and our country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Thin Mint Cookie Scones
adapted from The Food Librarian as adapted from the Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet.
But hey, they're any cream scone recipe you have with chopped up cookies in them. Adapt your own!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 stick butter (cold, cut into pieces)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (very cold)
- I sleeve chopped Thin Mint cookies(Should be about 1 cup. I tried to separate my cookie 'chips' from the 'dust' so the scones didn't get 'cloudy'.)
- 1 egg for egg wash
- 2 Tablespoons sanding sugar (granulated will work too!)
Mix together dry ingredients in a big mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. My other scone secret is to always just use your fingers and mash the cold butter between your thumb and fingers flattening them so that the 'pebbles are no bigger than a dime and flat. This butter cooks from cold and steams the scones making them moist and flaky. There, now you have my two secrets. Keep them to yourselves please.
Add cream and cookie bits and blend quickly being careful not to over blend. I use my hands for this as well 'cause he, they're already covered in flour. Did I say not to overmix? Thats another secret. Just don't. But do be sure to mix in all the flour from the bowl. Shape the dough into an 8 or 9 inch round or a square and cut with a sharp knife into shapes. I cut squares and then cut them into triangles making nice smallish scones for my office audience.
Place on parchment or Silpat covered baking sheet. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 14-16 minutes (depending on your oven) or until golden brown.
|Packed and ready to take to the office for even more smiles! Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!|