Cookies, Cookies, Cookies

I’m not so sure that the person that decided we should sell Girl Scout Cookies in January really thought this through. Why on earth would you choose to sell these yummy but… hmmm…  not-so-flattering-on-the-figure cookies in January. This is the month that that everyone is wrestling to keep their New Year’s resolution to be healthy. Why tempt them? Why not wait until March? By then, most of us have either given up, or have lost a few pounds and could stand to eat a couple boxes of these tasty cookies (all for a good cause, of course).

I love the Girl Scouts and pretty much everything they stand for. My girls and I have made some great memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Camping, volunteering, learning… There are so many opportunities for me and my girls.

Haleigh helping out with breakfast at Camp Occoneechee.

But these darned, deliciously addicting cookies… The tradition began in 1917 when girls actually baked them at home, with their mothers’ guidance, and sold them to raise money for their troops. You know – a bake sale. Remember those? I’m not certain, but I think they are a thing of the past. I would so prefer home baked cookies made with real butter over the current ones. Why has America become so afraid of home baked goods? Is it germaphobia?  Many public schools even ban them! Sad really. So, I’m curious and noticed that there is a neat little feature in WordPress that allows you to create a poll. I’ve been wanting to try this, so here goes:

I’m sure logistically, home baked goods would be impossible given the current fear of foodborne illnesses, allergies and lawsuits. There are probably even rules and laws or at least policies against this sort thing (again – sad). I would prefer home baked goods over the processed ones any day.

That said, there is a great option for those of us that want to support local Girl Scout Troops and military troops, but don’t want to support another 2 or 3 pounds in the thigh area (or buttocks, belly, knees, wherever). I did buy a couple of boxes for the girls, but most of my boxes are going to be donated to military troops. These guys are active enough that they can stand the extra calories in exchange for a little taste of home, right? Win-Win-Win! If you want all or some of your order to go to the troops, just let your Girl Scout know. They’ll take care of the rest. Here’s an excerpt from hugsforsoldiers.org:

A Soldier serving in Iraq wrote to us:

The 988th Military Police Company Headquarters platoon out of Fort Benning, Georgia, would like to Thank You for the Girl Scout Cookies.  We have enjoyed getting a Taste of Home.  Our platoon enjoys the cookies on our down time after work or for a snack during our long days.  When we receive these gifts, we are grateful that people think about us and share with us the pleasures of the simple things, such as Girl Scout Cookies.  We appreciate your support.  It is a wonderful moral boost when you take care of us  The platoon has enjoyed the cookies and we all thank you for all your support.”


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About Michele
Wife and Mom of three girls doing her best to lead the family into a healthier lifestyle and evolve gracefully.

2 Responses to Cookies, Cookies, Cookies

  1. Lisa Hayes says:

    You KNOW as soon as i got this email about your updated blog i KNEW it was about GS Cookies!!! lol – i couldn’t agree more with you. However, i am a germophobic….and honestly if some kid came to the door with home baked goods i wouldn’t buy them if i didn’t know them from Adam’s house cat. It’s sad and unfortunate that you don’t know who you can trust these days. You don’t even want to know how many i ordered, but i will be donating! 😉

    • healthymamma says:

      Lisa I totally get that. Most of the people we sell to are friends and family, but I wouldn’t blame a stranger. I don’t know what I’d do. I guess I’d take a look a the kid (and maybe the mom too), the cookies and the packaging and make an assessment. Does the kid look like a dirty nose picker? How about the mom? Does she look like she’s got it together? I’d be looking for some quality control too. You know – I wouldn’t want 12 crumbly cookies in 12 different sizes and shapes wrapped loosely in plastic wrap. ; )

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