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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It’s Cookie Time!

Girl Scout cookies, that is. Yippee!!! They sell my ALL-TIME FAVORITE cookie—the Samoa. I dream about Samoas.

I wouldn't eat coconut until I was in my 20s. Actually, I would, because I've liked German chocolate cake all my life. But no one told me there was coconut in the frosting because everyone knew I hated coconut. (Are you wondering just how smart I am? And how many other times I was/am tricked?)  All that completely changed about 30 years ago. That’s when I knew I was actually in love with coconut.

Suggestion: Crumble up two Samoas (they’re like round Twixes—with coconut—and are heaven in a little cookie!) in a microwave safe bowl. Zap them for 10 to 18 seconds. Put a BIG scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream on top. Gently stir around for a few seconds—let all that chocolate and caramel melt just perfectly. Then be ready. It’s remarkable.

I didn’t even realize it was GS Cookie Time until last Thursday. The small Texas town we live near is our County Seat, so we have a beautiful Courthouse and Square. Isn’t there something tres special about Courthouse Squares? They’re so charming and Americana. I had taken some paperwork into an office near the Square and was headed back to my car. There it was—on the ground. My eyes were drawn to it like a magnet—half a Samoa cookie. I actually stopped and considered, for about two seconds, picking that cookie up. There were no ants on it. It didn’t look smooshed or yucky. In fact, it looked delicious. Okay, okay—not something I should admit.

I came to my senses and moved on, vowing to find out where our local Girl Scouters would be selling my most favorite cookie. (I really kind of like that they set up “camp” at Walmart and other stores and locations now during their cookie campaign.)

“Camp” makes me think of “camping.” Something I don’t do. It’s the reason I was a Girl Scout for only a couple of years. When it came time to load up the sleeping bags and head to the woods, I was outta there—forever. I don’t know why I didn’t simply say I'd be at my Nana’s that weekend. I knew there was so much more to Girl Scouts than camping. There were COOKIES. TLC clearly inherited the “Nope—not doing that camping thing!” gene from me. Her Dad is an avid outdoorsman. Say the word “camp,” he’s packing his gear and loading his truck. Not moi. Not TLC. Not even in a RV.

Remember when you knew that someone at your or your spouse’s workplace would have a daughter that was selling THE cookies and they’d hit you up? And you’d actually be glad? Or, on a pretty Saturday in February, you’d answer your door and there she’d be: your neighborhood’s very own Girl Scout—smile on her face—hope in her heart—order form and pen in her sweet little hands—Mom in the background, praying you’d buy several boxes. I’ve had some “grandmother” friends ask me to buy cookies from their granddaughters. I do so love that full-circle-kind-of-thing. But I’ve found I can’t really depend on my cookie “dealers” to come to me any more—now I must track down my Samoas. Maybe that’s how it should be.

If you never saw the precious movie Troop Beverly Hills with Shelley Long (Remember her? Cheers?), you simply must rent it or go to Amazon and buy it! (I receive no cut from this recommendation. LOL.) It is a fantastic movie for all moms, daughters, grandmoms, aunts, sisters, nieces, cousins and females everywhere. You don’t have to have been a Girl Scout to enjoy it, though it is all about cookie sales, camping, and making new friends but keeping the old. It was released in 1989 and is rated PG. I even think most Dads and brothers wouldn’t mind watching it. What a truly super gift for any girl from the age of 7 to 77! Gettin' the hint, TLC?

Thank the Lord these cookies are only available for a couple of months each year. I can freeze just so many boxes before my husband starts getting a little annoyed. Even if several of them are Thin Mints. (Have you noticed most men LOVE the Thin Mints? Why is that?)



Anonymous said...

I have a tip, too: Thin Mints straight out of the freezer are extra yummy. And, Troop Beverly Hills is one of the best movies! "We're the girls from Beverly Hills. Shopping is our greatest thrill!" LOL.

Dinny said...

We have 2 GS in the family yet I will end up with a pantry FULL of cookies because I simply can't say NO.

Autumn said...

Oh Wow. Now I want some Samoas and Bluebell. Bad. And it's icy outside and I can't get out and hunt down girls scouts. Or get to the store for Bluebell. Thanks ELC.