Why Buying Girl Scout Cookies is More than Just Eating Cookies

This post is sponsored by Girl Scouts of Orange County.

I was a Girl Scout for seven years, and the thing I remember most about it was selling cookies door-to-door out of my little red wagon. I also remember my mom buying cases of cookies and filling up our freezer so we would be stocked up with cookies months after cookie sales ended. If we had any left once summer came, we would make s’mores with them. YUM! Those were the days! I can’t wait to make those same kind of memories with my little girl.

(Make sure to read to the end to enter to win some Girl Scout Cookies!!!)

Good news! Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing here in Orange County – you’ve probably seen a cute Girl Scout or two selling them either door to door, or at your local grocery store. So if you have been craving a box (or two or three!) then you better hurry and stock up now, because cookie sales end March 8th!

Why You Should By Girl Scout Cookies.

Buying Girl Scout cookies goes beyond yummy cookies in your tummy. The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, is the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurship program. Nine in ten Girl Scouts say the cookie program has built their entrepreneurship skills and their interest in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path! How cool is that. Every cookie purchase is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls to develop five essential life skills – Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.

Girl Scouts all over the Unites States are busy selling Girl Scout cookies to raise money for their troops to do fun learning and enrichment activities! Each individual troops works together to decide how their troop’s proceeds will be spent. Plus, when you purchase cookies within the OC, all that revenue stays within Orange County to support life-changing programs for nearly 20,000 girls.

The Deets Girl Scout Cookies!

Now that you are probably in the mood for some Girl Scout Cookies, you probably want to know what kinds are available and how much! Girl Scout cookies in Orange County run $5.00 per package. The gluten-free are $6.00 per package.

This year you can get all your favorite flavors. Regular flavors include Caramel Delights, Shortbread, and Peanut Butter Sandwich. Vegan cookie flavors include Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties & S’mores. The gluten-Free are Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies and a limited in availability.

Can’t Eat Cookies? You Can Donate Them…what?!!!!

Did you know that Girl Scouts has a Cookie Share option? If you don’t eat them, treat them! Customers can buy and donate cookies that are then distributed to our nation’s military and local food banks. Just let the Girl Scout know that you want to purchase for a charitable cause and they can help you right there at the cookie booth.

I think that the Girl Scout program is super awesome and really wanted to help support these girls during cookie season. So that is why I wrote a whole post on just Girl Scout Cookie sales. Plus, we really LOVE Girl Scout Cookies! Our favorites are the Caramel Delights and Thin Mints.

If you are having trouble locating cookies, use the Cookie locator to locate a Girl Scout selling cookies near you. You can also have a chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie Prize Package below…

Girl Scout Cookie GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!

Here is your chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie Prize Package!!! Just enter via Rafflecopter below or on Facebook and you could win a box of all the Girl Scout Cookies available in Orange County. Contest ends February 24th at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen randomly and must be 18 years or older and a resident of the United States. Good luck!!!!

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Easy Vegan Curried Vegetable and Lentil Soup Recipe

This easy Vegan Curried Vegetable and Lentil Soup is full of veggies and packed with a lot of flavor. Living in Southern California, it’s easy to forget that soup makes a great meal. It doesn’t get very cold here, and usually you think of making soup when it’s cold. But it’s been cold and a little drizzly lately…the perfect time to make all the soup. Because we all know it’s not going to stay cold very long. So here’s a new soup recipe to add to your list.

You only need one pot to make this comforting healthy vegetable lentil curry soup. It’s a vegan soup that even meat eaters will enjoy. It’s an easy, hearty and satisfying soup with a mild curry flavor. The great thing about this recipe is that the prep time is only about ten minutes. Then you put it on the stove to cook and simmer for about an hour and half.

To begin making this recipe, you will need olive oil, onion, curry powder, cumin, tomato paste, vegetable stock, green lentils, broccoli, carrots, parsnip, celery, parsley.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, curry powder and cumin for about 4 minutes or until onion softens. If you prefer spicier dishes, more curry powder can be used.

Stir in the tomato paste and vegetable stock and bring to a boil stirring occasionally.

Reduce the heat to low and add the lentils. Cover the pot and simmer for 40 minutes.

For the finally cooking period. add the broccoli, carrots, parsnip and celery.

Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.

Finally, stir in some fresh parsley. This adds a pop of fresh and makes the flavors so vibrant. Now you can serve it up! Just add a side of crusty bread and you will have a warm and hearty dinner the whole family will love.

Best of all, if you have leftovers, you can store this soup in the fridge for up to 5 days. It tastes great..maybe even bet reheated. Make sure to add a dash of fresh parsley…because YUM!

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Easy Curried Vegetable and Lentil Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cup green lentils
  • 3 cups broccoli flowerettes
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 parsnip peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the onion, curry powder and cumin for about 4 minutes or until onion softens.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and vegetable stock and bring to a boil stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the lentils.
  • Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli, carrots, parsnip and celery.
  • Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in parsley and serve.

Notes

This is an easy, hearty and satisfying soup with a mild curry flavour.
If you prefer spicier dishes more curry powder can be used. If you have leftovers store this soup in the fridge for up to 5 days – it tastes great reheated!

Fun Disney’s Frozen 2 Recipes with Dole

This is a sponsored post. I am an official ambassador for Dole. Dole provided me with compensation for my time. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine.

It might look like I am holding just a regular delivery pizza, but what if I told you this is a healthier pizza that I made?!!! Last month, I was able to attend the Dole Fall Blogger Summit and was able to try out some of their new nutritious…and super yummy recipes. I also got to learn more about how Dole and Disney have come together for “Powering the Hero Within” initiative.

The Powering the Hero Within initiative pairs the excitement of Disney characters with Dole produce to help parents encourage no-worry nutrition in their families. It’s all about including and adopting a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, plus, working with its registered dietitian, Dole has created family-friendly recipes themed to Disney movies. How fun is that? And if you’ve ever tried any of Dole’s themed recipes, then you know how yummy and fresh they taste! Whenever I make one of these AH-mazing recipes for my family, my children rave about it.

As you may know, Disney’s Frozen 2 is coming to theaters November 22, so the theme of the Dole Fall Blogger Summit was Disney Frozen 2.

I’ve loved working with Dole for many years and am impressed with the great steps they have taken to make eating healthy easier for families. So I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Dole again, this time sharing that their next set of recipes are Disney Frozen 2-themed!!!

We go to preview a few of the Disney Frozen 2-themed recipes. Check these out…

Make-Ahead Frozen Brr-eakfast Sandwiches

Sven Sleigh-Pulling Power Smoothies

Olaf Carrot Smoothie Bowls

we made our own Dole Snow-flower Pizzas! These pizzas are jam packed with fresh roasted veggies on top of a cauliflower crust. When you are using fresh Dole products, this is what your cooking experience looks like. So healthy, so good, and it taste is so fresh.

And what about dessert? Dole has you covered. Check out the Frozen Banana Split Cups we made. These were so simple and would make a simple treat your kids and friends will love.

All these recipes and more are available on the Dole website. Currently there are 11 Disney Frozen 2 inspired recipes, and 11 more are coming soon. A total of 22. Just in time for the holidays! (hint…they have a holiday twist.)

As I mentioned, Dole also has added Disney’s Frozen 2 to some of their produce. I just recently wrote a post about DOLE® Bananas and Pineapples featuring images of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff. They are currently available in the produce departments of supermarkets throughout the U.S. and Canada. There are 20 different DOLE® Banana tags as well as a Dole® Pineapple tag featuring Frozen 2. Disney and Dole fans can participate in the DOLE® Banana Sticker Peel and Play Game by downloading the official activity sheet on www.dole.com/Disney. You can collect the entire blizzard of 20 Disney’s Frozen 2-inspired stickers on DOLE Bananas across North America.

Dole’s specially branded fruit and activity sheet are part of “Empowering the Hero Within, a three-month healthy-lifestyle celebration of Disney’s Frozen 2 which will continue through January 2020.  So be sure to head over to the Dole website and check out the flurry of healthy family fun including exclusive Dole recipes inspired by Disney’s Frozen 2!

And be on the lookout for another fun Dole and Disney Frozen 2 recipe post coming from me! It’s in the works and will feature more Dole recipes and health tips inspired by Disney’s Frozen 2.

Disney Frozen II Prize Giveaway

Excited for Disney Frozen 2? I have a FUN giveaway to celebrate! One lucky reader win a Disney Frozen 2 prize bundle (Retail value of over $200). Just enter via Rafflecopter below! Giveaway ends November 23, 2019. Open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!!! 

*This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Disneyor Dole. The giveaway is solely owned, administered solicited and operated by me.

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More Dole X Disney Recipes!

Want to check out some more Dole Disney inspired recipes? Check out this post I wrote here! 

Yummy Dole Recipes to Celebrate Disney Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary

Fun Disney’s The Lion King Recipes with Dole

DOLE® Bananas and Pineapples featuring Disney’s Frozen 2

Disney’s Frozen 2 is coming to theaters November 22, and to celebrate there is a Frozen Fanfest happening right now! Head over to your favorite social media channel and follow hashtag #FrozenFanFest to see creations from artists & brands around the world featuring Disney’s Frozen 2!

I am honored to be among the first to reveal Dole’s partnership with Disney’s Frozen 2. There will be 20 different DOLE® Banana tags as well as a Dole® Pineapple tag featuring Frozen 2. You should begin seeing DOLE® Bananas and Pineapples featuring images of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff on October 4th. Look for them in the produce departments of supermarkets throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For even more frozen family fun, Disney and Dole fans can participate in the DOLE® Banana Sticker Peel and Play Game by downloading the official activity sheet on www.dole.com/Disney. You can collect the entire blizzard of 20 Disney’s Frozen 2-inspired stickers on DOLE Bananas across North America. This exclusive download will be available starting October 15, 2019!!!

Dole’s specially branded fruit and activity sheet are part of “Empowering the Hero Within, a three-month healthy-lifestyle celebration of Disney’s Frozen 2 kicking-off Oct. 15 and continuing through January 2020.  The campaign will feature a flurry of unique activities designed to make healthy eating fun including 20 Frozen 2 character recipes, family meal-planning and tips.

So be sure to head over to the Dole website on October 15th and check out the flurry of healthy family fun including exclusive Dole recipes inspired by Frozen 2!

{ Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was given exclusive images to share with my readers since we are big fans of Dole® and Disney’s Frozen! }

Easy Tomato, Egg and Hummus Breakfast Sandwiches

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I have written about our family’s love for Bays® English Muffins before. We’ve been hooked on them, and now will only buy Bays English Muffins. They have such a great fresh taste and once toasted, they are filled with crispy edges that are so good…especially when filled with melted butter.

If you aren’t familiar with Bays English Muffins, don’t go looking for them in the bread aisle. Look in the REFRIGERATED DAIRY CASE NEXT TO THE EGGS AND MILK. There are sourdough, multi-grain and cinnamon raisin varieties of Bays English Muffins, so the options are endless.

Lately, my youngest has been demanding Bays English Muffins for every meal. So I have been trying to change things up and create new recipes to enjoy them with. They are perfect for on the go…and can be filled with anything you’d like. My last post about Bays English Muffins included a recipe for Egg Cloud English Muffins. It isn’t difficult to make, but does take some time. For this post, I wanted to share a super easy on-the-go recipe.

check this out…

Easy Tomato, Egg and Hummus Breakfast Sandwiches

We go to the farmer’s market every week and there is always fresh hummus for sale. So many different varieties, that I end up buying at least three different flavors. I am always looking for ways to use up all the hummus we buy. You can use any flavor you’d like with this recipe. We also get tomatoes at the farmer’s market which are especially tasty! Soon we will have our own ready to pick in our garden.

To make these east tomato, egg and hummus breakfast sandwiches, you will need to start by toasting and buttering one Bays English Muffin. This will make two open faced sandwiches. Not going to lie…I can eat them both!

Next, spread hummus on each half of the English Muffin. Top each half with a tomato slice or cherry tomato halves.

Cut the hard boiled eggs in half and place two halves on each English Muffin.

Finally, garnish with salt and pepper and chopped cilantro. Everyone will love them!

Trust me, Bays English Muffins are worth a try. Next time you are getting some eggs are milk, check your grocery dairy case and try a pack. You’ll have to try all the Bays English muffin varieties. While I prefer the plain, my youngest is cinnamon raisin all the way.

And in the meantime, here is the printable Easy Tomato, Egg and Hummus Breakfast Sandwich Recipe and a short video at the end.

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Easy Tomato, Egg and Hummus Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

Makes 2 open faced sandwiches.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Bays English Muffins
  • 2 Hard boiled egg per sandwich
  • 2 Tomato slices or 5 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 Tbsp Hummus
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chopped Cilantro

Instructions

  • Toast and butter one Bays English Muffin. N
  • Spread hummus on each half of the English muffin.
  • Top each half with a tomato slice or cherry tomato halves.
  • Cut the hard boiled eggs in half and place two halves on each English Muffin.
  • Garnish with salt and pepper and chopped cilantro.
  • Enjoy!

Check out this Easy Egg Cloud English Muffin Recipe Video…the then head over here to make these too! Egg Cloud English Muffins

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