Friday, March 13, 2015

“Cookie Sticks" To Celebrate The Girl Scouts 103rd Anniversary!

Don’t forget to wear green this weekend, it is a celebration! Yes, you guessed it, The Girl Scouts of America, are wearing green as it is their 103rd anniversary! Oh wait, did you think I was talking about some other celebration wearing green. I can’t forget to mention that St. Patrick’s Day I will celebrate on next Tuesday the 17th. So make sure you come back for a “wee” little recipe or two. But in this post, I would love to write about the Girl Scouts and share my experiences with you.  

Juliette G. Low
The Girl Scouts of America started on March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga.  Her first meeting had 18 young girls in attendance. Juliette Low, who was called Daisy, encouraged girls to prepare for roles as professionals and for becoming active citizens in their communities. There were no exceptions, and called for all girls no matter what color, creed, economic status, or disability for over 100 years. The first African American troop was established in 1917. Today, the Girl Scouts organization says it is dedicated to developing girls in the 3 C’s - Courage, Confidence, and Character.
Juliette Low in the early years supported the organization with her own funds. In 1915 it is said, that she sold her exquisite pearls in order have some money to run the organization for another year. She agreed with the board of the organization to establish a membership fee and institute a fundraising plan. Her friend Mrs. Macy donated $1000 to recognize the power of the Girl Scouts as well as Juliette’s work. This is how the Girl Scout cookie fund raiser sales began, to help support the organization for the girls. 100% of the cookie proceeds stay with the girls and their local charities. Every cookie has a mission which is, “To Help Girls Do Great Things." 

I was 10 years old (1964)
In honor of the Girl Scouts, (3 yrs ago) the US Postal Service unveiled a stamp. In 2012, the Girl Scouts of America had a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults, spanning 90 countries. Nearly 60 million living women in the United States today are Girl Scout alumnae, and I am one of them. Many years ago, I was a Girl Scout in troop #41, in Queens, New York. I started out as a Brownie, a Junior, and then became a Cadet Girl Scout. Now they have Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and finally Ambassadors. I still have my sash which includes all the badges I earned and many pins of excellence. I remember when I was a Girl Scout our troop went camping in upstate NY. It was in May and I was going to get my Emergency Preparedness Badge. My friends and I were very excited to go on our trip. We planned on hiking, campfires, and having fun. 

My sash with all of the badges and medals
That year the weather did not cooperate, as a snow storm occurred in the month of May out of no where. I don’t mean just snow, I mean a blizzard! Now remember, we were dressed with shorts, light jackets, and camping gear. We all were freezing and had no means to leave the campsite, till the storm finished. So we had to endure with what we had. The pipes to the well water had frozen and there was no water to be had, so I suggested that we get every pot we could find and fill it with snow, which then we put it on the fire and it melted to which we used to cook with and keep ourselves warm. Needless to say, I earned my Emergency Preparedness Badge that year with no problems. But it will be a year that I never will forget. 

I bet you didn’t know that these women were Girl Scouts before they became famous: Vanessa Williams, Jan Davis (NASA Astronaut), Barbara Walters, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lucy Ball, Shirley Temple Black, and Bette Davis, just to mention a few.

My recipe this week is called “Cookie Sticks.” These are easy, heavenly, and delicious. But don’t’ forget to buy Girls Scout cookies and support your local Girl Scout Troop in your community. Enjoy!!!!

                                                    “Cookie Sticks” 

1/2 cup of canola oil
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - 1/2 cups of all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to sugar mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. On a greased baking sheet, shape each portion into a 15-in. X 3-in. rectangle about 3 in apart. Sprinkle chocolate chips over dough; press lightly. Bake at 375°F for 7-8 minutes. (Bake for 9-10 minutes for crispier cookies) All depending on your oven. Cool for 5 minutes. Use a pizza cutter to cut each section into 4 large pieces to make them easy to transfer to cooling racks. Use a serrated knife to cut the cooled sections into 1 -inch strips. Enjoy!

Till Next Time……….

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  1. What a great experience being a girl scout! I have never been one and i think I missed out. It is a very good and formative thing for children. You learn so much from it.
    The cookie sticks look so good... seriously good! My children would be mad about them as they are obsessed with chocolate.
    Here the weather is sunny and warmer and it makes you feel good! Hope you have a nice weekend dear friend xxxx

    1. Dear Alida,
      It was a wonderful experience especially for young girls. At that time in the 60's young girls didn't have as much self esteem. So this was a good thing. I know these chocolate chip stick are really easy and everyone loves them.The shape is different from the round ones. So glad that you enjoyed this post. Yes! Alida we are having sun and much warmer too. But it is making all the snow melt and that is really good. Thanks for visiting and your as well enjoy the weekend, it goes by so fast...
      Dottie :)

  2. Good evening Dottie ,
    What an awesome and great shout out for the Girl Scouts . My girls are in the scouts and so is my boys ... so you know we are pushing a lot of cookies .
    The tribute is great and you was a very pretty little girl scout , and thinking of using snow was a stroke of genius .
    I will try the cookie sticks , they sound deliciously good .
    Thanks for taking us down memory lane with you .
    Have a great weekend , enjoy . Nee :)

    1. Dear evening Nee,
      I loved the Girl Scouts when I was young. I had so many wonderful friends and we went to so many fun places. It sure was a fabulous experience. I am glad that your kids are in the Scouts, my brothers were also in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. They loved it as well. And you are correct the cookies are so amazing...I found a receipt for a box of cookies I sold in the 60's and the price was 50 cents a box back then. Now that makes me feel old, with the price they are now...
      Thanks for your comment and for visiting, I also think about the time in the snow, and I was always thinking of new ways to do things...The cookie sticks are so delicious. Plus I love the fact they are not round and the sticks are so different. It is my pleasure to take you down memory lane anytime. You as well dear friend, enjoy your weekend with your lovely family. Blessings...
      Dottie :)

  3. Dear Dottie, I was a Brownie and my mom was a cookie mom for the troop. We had boxes of cookies stacked in the playroom downstairs in my house!!
    That is some camping trip!! Good thing you all were o.k.. You certainly deserved the badge that you earned!
    It feels so cold that I would not be surprised with snow in May this year! lol
    Well, stay warm, safe and cozy. xoxo Catherine

    1. Dear Catherine,
      So glad that you were a Brownie so you know what the experience of being in the Girl Scouts is all about. Wow, all those cookies stacked up, your troop sold a lot of cookies...Yes, that is a trip that I will never forget, but yet with all that going on we had a lot of fun. So funny, my niece Emily is going to be 18 in April and she is still with the Girl Scouts. She was on Channel 12 news this evening with Antoinette Biordi who was telling the girls about newscasting. Emily is going to college next year and that is what she is taking. She wants to be in Journalism especially on Channel 12. The Girl Scouts are a terrific group for all girls. Thank you for your comment and stopping over...Yes, you as well, seems we are back to saying keep warm and cozy..have a blessed week dear friend.
      Dottie :)

  4. Why does it not surprise me that you were in the scouts, Dottie, lol??? I was too. It was a GREAT time to be a scout back then. I wonder if it has changed much:)

    LOVE these cookie sticks! I came so close to buying Girl Scout cookies a few days agao. I sure wish I had but, these cookie sticks will make Marion quite happy!

    Thanks for sharing, Dottie...

    1. Dear Louise,
      Yes, dear friend I was in the Brownies through the Cadettes. Many years of fun and I have great memories of those days. My niece Emily (will be 18 in April) is in the Girl Scouts now, and yes it has changed, more tech savvy. She has been in from the Brownies as well, now the last group is the Ambassadors. But one thing did not change and that is the "Cookie Time" The GS cookies are so yummy but a few have changed their way of ingredients, so they are not the same. My cookie sticks are a big hit in the family. They seem to love the shape instead of the round cookies, they like the long ones. Do try them, they really are delish! Just think Marion's Birthday is Friday the first day of Spring, and could you believe it we may have snow showers here.....Mother Nature get with the program!!...Thanks for your comment and for stopping over...Have a great week.
      Dottie :)

  5. I was never a Girl Scout :( but I love your Cookie Sticks idea! Very clever! :)

    1. Thanks Christina..They really are yummy. Have a good week...Dottie :)