Happy Weekend! Raise your hand if you have been munching away on Girl Scout cookies this week. Oh yes, I see you! (And I am just as guilty. 🙂 ) Our family is split between Thin Mints and Samoas for favorite cookie. Since the founder of the organization, Juliette Gordon Low was from Georgia, we think she is kind of a big deal. (You can tour her birthplace in Savannah.)
Did you know this year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout Cookies? In 1917 the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma was the first troop to bake and sell cookies. This was a service project to raise money for their activities.
Word spread, and in 1922 a recipe was shared in the official Girl Scout’s magazine, The American Girl. These cookies were baked at home, but by the mid 1930’s the organization began to use commercial bakers for their cookies. You can see the recipe for the original home baked cookie here. If you have any of the original boxes like those pictured above you have a very collectible item! And if you have any of the vintage Girl Scout clothing like that in the photo below, you also have something quite valuable. 🙂
A sweet reader sent me a recipe for making Girl Scout Thin Mints at home. (Thanks Katrina!) It is a simple recipe using Ritz crackers, two different kinds of candy coating, and some crushed mint candies. Sounds yummy to me!
I also ran across this recipe that is even easier using Ritz crackers and Andes Mints. (Of course you will want to support your local troop and purchase from them during the “cookie season,” but when you run out, these recipes will work in a pinch. 🙂 )
And did you know the Girl Scouts introduced a new cookie this year? It is their S’more Cookie. (Wonder why they didn’t make them long ago…seems like a logical choice to me!) Anyway, they come in two different styles depending on where you live.
While we are talking about Scouts, isn’t this print by Lindsay Letters just precious?! And in our country today, it does seem we have to not only be good, but also look for the good in people and circumstances….scout for it….often hard to do with so much negativity in our world and in the media. But goodness IS there if we look hard enough. Don’t give up hope. Okay…enough of my sermon for today. 🙂
Back to cute now…how cute is this gift wrap from the sweet girls at The Grove Street Press?!
I also ran across some very interesting fabric by Robert Kaufman.
I had no idea anything like this was made!
Now let’s talk houses for a minute. All this info about Girl Scouts (and all the Thin Mints that I have eaten!) have me looking at rooms done in what I call Girl Scout Green. (Not a real paint color….just my interpretation of a particular shade of the color. 🙂 ) Aren’t these green kitchen cabinets just beautiful?!
The next one is a little more subtle since it does not have green upper cabinets. source
And even this tiny one has cabinetry that makes a big impact with its green color.
And how about this bathroom?
Green cabinets, beautiful brass hardware, and copper sconces.
It would certainly wake you up in the morning!
This bedroom is not quite the Girl Scout shade of green, but I really like how they used the green on one wall and the headboard as an accent color.
If that is just too much for you, that pretty shade of green can brighten up an old bench….
or a pretty dresser….
or the frames on a gallery wall…
(and the floor!)
or some wonderful cookware….
or even two pretty stools in an otherwise all white kitchen. 🙂
(Be sure to check out the whole house that goes with this one.
I think you’ll like it.)
And of course, I love wicker that has been coated with Girl Scout green too!
That brings us to the end of our weekend conversation today. Hope you are having a good weekend…a good loong one! (and that you have boxes of Girl Scout cookies on hand for all your snacking. 🙂 )
Until next time….