Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Crowd to feed, but only one snack

I love our twin daughters.
I love them so much that I volunteer with a group of a dozen eight year old Brownie Girl Scouts as their leader.
I love them so much that when they say, “Mom, how come we don’t learn much about really interesting things at Girl Scout events?
Scientific stuff, like Bugs and Butterflies?”
I respond by volunteering to run a service unit event, for the entire service unit of 20+ troops.
Yes, I know I’m a bit crazy. But science is so important to these girl’s future. The earlier they get interested, the better.

Today, I coordinated and facilitated the Bugs and Butterflies Try-It Day.
Try-Its are the badges a Brownie earns when they have covered a particular subject, learning all about how it works, and in the case of animals, how it grows.

It was a LID (Learning in Development) day in Bellingham, so no school for the kiddos.
A small group of fellow Girl Scout leaders and I had the group of 40 girls gathered together from 9-3 inside the gym of one of our local elementary schools.

We had a wonderful time, learning and exploring the worlds of these creatures.
We explained the differences between bugs, insects, arthropods and arachnids.
We mixed it up with crafts, is there a Girl Scout event without crafts?
We made up crazy songs, played Bug-O (like bingo but with bug pictures on the cards) and of course had a snack.
Or more correctly, two snacks. One in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Lunch was brown bag brought along by the girls.
Ok, here is my bias in full force.
My twins are gluten-free and so are a number of the other girls there.
Since I was the one figuring out the details all about the snacks, guess what I did?

Yup, the entire event was gluten-free!
Do you think any of the kids noticed?

Ants on a Log
We just worked with familiar and popular whole foods, did the ever so classic ants on a log recipe.
Organic Peanut butter (only peanuts and salt) and organic Celery with mini chocolate dark chips (OK so not all organic, I couldn’t find organic mini chips), currants and sunflower seeds.
For the girls who couldn’t have peanuts we had along organic cream cheese and SunButter (sunflower butter) as options.
The girls ate them up and wanted more.

In the afternoon, I invented a new treat.
Apple butterflies.
We took whole apples and using a wonderful hand cranked
Peeler, Slicer and Apple Corer
created the wings of the butterfly. It probably didn’t hurt that they got to run the peeler.
Then we took two Gluten-Free marshmallows and cut them in half across their middles to form the circles of the thorax, abdomen, and head. The last half became the antennas.
Mini chocolate chips for eyes and the girls were happy.
For once everyone could eat the SAME snack!
Maybe it helps that I counsel people for a living on making good food choices.
Maybe, I just can see fun in food.
All I know is, my girls had a wonderful time.
And all their friends only had a bit of sugar today and a lot of decent nutrition, and no one felt weird or special because they had to have a different snack.
I’ll post a picture as soon as I make another one.
The girls were eating them too fast to take one today.
Gluten Free Girl Scouts


Prep time
1 min
Cook time
2 mins
Total time
3 mins
There are so many variations on this classic snack.
Author: Jean Layton
Serves: 1
1 celery stick
1 tablespoon organic peanut butter or cream cheese or SunButter sunflower butter
1 teaspoon organic raisins
spread celery stick with spread of your choice inside the u shaped cavity
sprinkle with raisins
cut into serving pieces or leave whole
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