Hi everyone!Can we talk cookies?
Did you know I was a Girl Scout? And not just a join Girls Scouts of the USA for one year and drop out, but I actually went all the way through Cadette level in 7th grade (until I discovered boys.). Somewhere in a box, I have sashes full of little round badges. I tried to find some pictures, in fact I made my mom dig through all of the albums at her house to see if she could find any, but we couldn’t find one. It was kind of a bummer. Two of my girls are also Girl Scouts now and it’s kind of fun to not only see them do similar things that I did, but how much things have progressed as well. For instance, there was no computer expert badge when I was growing up. I didn’t have computers until college. Funny, ha ha… I feel really old all of a sudden.
I am glad they are a part of Girl Scouts. I think it’s such a great way for them to learn to work together, get along with others and really broaden their horizons.
I think being a Girl Scout kind of gave me the head start to think outside of the box and be a little more resourceful in solving everyday problems in my life. I find I constantly like to try to come up with alternatives to regular problems, like house smells. I cannot stand it when I walk in my house and it smells gacky. Or, if I’ve cooked something and the cooking smell hangs around too long. And I don’t always like using those plug-ins with chemicals.
Here’s where I need an easy life hack!
One of my favorite life hacks is making my house smell like cookies when I am not really baking. It’s so easy too!
It’s so easy and non-toxic and most of the time I already have the ingredients I need on hand, so it’s free! I take 2 cups of really hot tap water,1-2 tsp of my favorite spice, and a tsp of vanilla, mix them together and add them to my mini-crock pot.
(If I need a quick odor cover over, I’ll put them in a pan on low on the stove, but I keep an eye on them so they don’t burn)
Once it warms up, the smell of baking fills the kitchen. And I can enjoy the yummy smell of baking all day long.
For different scents, you can also add any of these to the 2 C. of water:
For a more snicker-doodle smell, use straight cinnamon or cake spice. Use cinnamon, ginger and cloves for a gingerbread cookie smell.
You can also do orange peel and vanilla.
Or for a cozy, homey scent, 2 TBSP of coffee grounds and 1 tsp vanilla.
Or for a Thin Mints® scent 2 TBSP Cocoa and 1 tsp mint extract
It’s amazing how your family will walk in and ask what you are baking. 🙂
Because who doesn’t love the smell of cookies?
With two Girl Scouts in the house, when cookie time rolls around, it kind of gets whipped up into a cookie frenzy.
Between selling to our neighbors and friends and standing at the booths outside of stores… I don’t know how the troop leaders do it! Those women are amazing.
I’ve always had 2 favorites. Thin Mints® and Tagalongs®. My husband loves Samoas®, and my girls actually like Samoas® and Trefoils®, so it means we normally end up buying about 15 boxes of cookies. (Luckily we have a deep freezer, so any leftover cookies can go in there for a rainy day, though most of the time there really aren’t any left. 🙂 Especially when the kids break into my stash. ).
With some Girl Scout Cookies®. 🙂
Were you a Girl Scout? Do you have a Girl Scout in your family? I think it’s a really great experience! And I love me some Girl Scout Cookies!