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by Creative Culinary on February 27, 2015

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time! Not that this news is surprising to anyone I’m sure; it is their time of year to swarm. I do wish the Girl Sprouts (my personal term of endearment) would give us a pin that says, ‘I bought’ much like those we get during an election that say ‘I voted.’ I buy from girls I’ve never seen that come door to door in my neighborhood and then feel compelled to buy a couple of more times when I’m at the grocery store. I’ve been there. I’ve been the girl selling those cookies and I’ve been the mom of the girls selling the cookies and I’ve even been the Troop leader of those girls and I know all that is involved. So I’m supportive but there is a crux. There can be a glut of cookies if I’m not careful!

Have Another Sip…


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