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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SAVANNAH SMILES

Let's have a huge round of applause...and a drum roll, puhleez...
Ginger Knox, blogger, new friend, creative genius (in my eyes) and talented writer is taking over my blog today as guest host! 
Heeerrre's Ginger!

A HUGE THANK YOU
to PAT
That sweet lady who is 
in Arizona.

She is the kind of lady that immediately
seems "Like you have known her forever"

We have all used that phrase at one time or another.
With Pat, it is true.

Thanks for allowing me to visit with you today.

I have rewritten this post more than once today.
Boy, did I ramble.  I decided to just pretend I am sitting with Pat in her inviting home and let our conversation just evolve.

While we are enjoying your gracious offer of beverage let me say I will be telling you about a giveaway and the identity of the mystery item I talked about yesterday. 
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Did you know that the Girl Scouts Of The USA are in the midst of their national cookie sale just now? I am sure you already know Savannah, Georgia is the birthplace of the Girls Scouts Of America. Yes, this organization was formed 100 years ago by Juliet Gordon Low a highly respected young woman of the day.

Thousands of young girls and women visit Savannah, Georgia each year to visit the GSUSA Headquarters and to visit Low's home.

There's going to be a big centennial celebration this year.
IN FACT!
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IN CELEBRATION OF
THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY
OF 
THE GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA
FOUNDED IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
BY
JULIET GORDON LOW

SAVANNAH SMILES
HAS BEEN INTRODUCED AS A NEW COOKIE
JUST IN TIME FOR THE LONG AWAITED
"GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE SEASON"

"Savannah Smile"
The “Savannah Smile,” named after the birthplace of Girl Scouting in Savannah, Georgia, is a refreshing lemon cooler in the shape of the world-famous brownie smile.

Since these wonderful GSUSA cookies are only sold once a year "COOKIE ADDICTS"are encouraged to purchase extra cookies. It is said, they do very well if you buy extras and place your extra "STASH"
in the freezer to enjoy later!


Well, Pat, when I heard the advice about freezing the cookies, I had to chuckle. It reminded me of one of my stories on myself. You know, the kind where you pretend it is funny to keep from being the fool !


Well,  most of you know that SAVANNAH GRANNY
IS ALWAYS ahead of the game.  But, did you know that I hold the claim of being the original accidental"COOKIE ADDICT"?
Oh, it WAS ME alright! The first mother
to "MASS" freeze Girl Scout Cookies
way back in the early 1970"s
When I tell a story on myself,  you hear a tale of Lucy proportions.

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Our neighborhood in the early 70s was abuzz with young children, crossing back fences, jumping ditches, building forts and begging to stay outside longer.

On Saturdays, those same little darlings were ringing the doorbells. They sold donuts (Krispy Creme), candy, cards, wrapping paper, the whole nine yards. Normal occurrence, every Saturday. Saturday purchases were figured into the household budget. You had to purchase from those children so their parents would purchase from your children. I am sure it was some sort of conspiracy left over from the Cold War.

One Saturday in January, a friend's adorable twin Girl Scouts rang the doorbell precisely at 9:00 am. In this neighborhood there was no sleeping in. Commerce was afoot. 

Answering the door, still dressed in my housecoat, spatula in hand and a burning smell coming from the kitchen, I heard Donna and Debbie say in unison. 
"Messsssssssss Knox, would you like to buy Girl Scout Cookies from usssssssss?"
"Yeah, yeah, I yawned. OK, sweeties, I'll take a dozen from you and you. Huh? OK, OK, you choose." This was a close knit neighborhood, we paid upon delivery.  I scurried back to the kitchen and dumped the burned bacon and started over. Wow they sure looked happy!

Fast forward, next Saturday. Doorbell, 9:00 am sharp. 
My, I couldn't even see Donna or Debbie. 

When they set the TWENTY-FOUR (24) boxes of cookies on the porch Donna and Debbie were still wearing those HUGE smiles.
Shades of Forrest Gump, I WAS the first Mom to place Girl Scout Cookies in the DEEP FREEZE! While my children thought they had the greatest Mom in the world,  it took several years to live it down amongst my adult friends. Bob, however, says every January "Do you remember?"

MY MESSAGE TO NATIONAL
GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL

YES, YOUR COOKIES FREEZE VERY WELL!!
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Pat, you probably already knew what the mystery item was. Most people were correct. It is a kitchen tool for working with eggs. It is a versatile tool with many uses.
One can separate eggs, a popular use.  Whisk eggs for omelets, whisk eggs for meringue. Someone mentioned lifting eggs from water. I was thinking it would be fun to use this neat little vintage item for dying Easter eggs.
Then of course you could hang it on a wall, place it in a basket or crock for decoration.
It is available in my daughter Kim's and my Etsy shop, SAVANNAH SECRET CELLAR

Pat,  I really appreciate your purchase of the vintage aluminum "rose coasters". I know you will enjoy them.

There's a lot of fun stuff over there. I hope our friends will pay us a visit.

That brings us to the 
"GIVEAWAY"


To promote our new shop I am giving this lovely set of
"Erasable Ceramic Place Card Easels" They are new in a pretty satin lined box. The easels can be used for setting an awesome tablescape or they can be used to identify dishes on the ultimate buffet table.


There are SEVEN ways to rack up entries!
You can use TWO or ALL of the entries. Your choice.
In order for EACH entry to count, you MUST come back here and tell Pat and me in a separate comment.
EASY, PEASY!

Entry 1.     Follow Growing Old With Grace (required)
Entry 2.     Follow Savannah Granny (required)
Entry 3.     Like Savannah Secret Cellar on Facebook
Entry 4.     Add Savannah Secret Cellar to your Etsy
                   Circle
Entry 5.     Promote the GIVEAWAY on your sidebar.
Entry 6/7.  Promote the GIVEAWAY IN A POST 
                            (COUNTS AS TWO) Comment twice.


Giveaway Ends Wednesday, January 25th at midnight.

Pat, I have had a ball! Next time you are visiting me. You are the greatest for entertaining me in such a kind manner. Thanks for helping promoting our new venture.

Hugs,
Ginger

78 comments:

  1. Ginger, I bet it not only took years to live down the cookie freezing story, but several years to eat them all! LOL! Thank you so much for being my guest host today (Thursday). Your post is entertaining as well as educational! I am honored to call you my Friend!
    Hugs & Smooches,
    GraceinAZ (Pat)

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  2. I love the Girl Scout cookie story, I was a GS back in the day. I had my entire family involved selling cookies so I could win a trip to Disneyland! I came in second place and stayed home. I am a happy follower of both Savannah Granny and Growing Old with Grace. xo

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  3. I love that egg whipper upper tool, and those ceramic place cards are really special too.

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  4. What a great post. I have quite a girl scout cookie story that I should share one day. I am signing up as the newest follower here. Gotta love a gal that has a blog named Gtowing Old With Grace...something many of us aspire to do...but don't always achieve. xo Diana

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  5. Years ago my husband produced a movie called, "Savannah Smiles." The new cookie name makes me smile. Cherry Kay

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  6. Fun post Ginger! I do love Girl Scout cookies and freeze them all the time! Great giveaway! I already follow Growing Old with Grace! hugs, Linda

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  7. What a great GS cookie story, yep I sold them when they were .50 a box! I still love them, fabulous giveaway

    Carol

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  8. Dearest Pat & Ginger,

    Wow, you made me work overtime... After posting myself I was thinking, oaky a quick visit and read their post. This is a novel and at the end lots of home work to do! I got most of it done and will post about it later!
    It was a pleasure and I leave my love to you both,

    Mariette

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  9. I am a Savannah Girl! Never was in the Girl Scouts but I do admit to eating a few of the cookies. No matter where I live, Savannah is my home.

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  10. I'm already a happy follower of Growing Old with Grace!

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  11. I already follow the lovely Savannah Granny!

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  12. I already like Savannah Secret Cellar on facebook. This is an awesome giveaway, by the way!

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  13. I've added Savannah Secret Cellar to my etsy circle!

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  14. I look forward to trying the new Girl Scout cookies! :D Ginger did an excellent job with the guest post. I am one of your followers, and I think the giveaway is so generous!

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  15. Hi lovely lady.
    I do follow Growing old with Grance.
    She have a lovely Blog.
    XXOO Diane

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  16. Hi lovely lady.
    I also follow sweet Savnnah Granny she is a sweet heart.
    XXOO Diane

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  17. Hi lovely lady.
    I also follow Savnnah Granny on face book.
    XXOO Diane

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  18. Hi lovely lady.
    I love this Beautiful Give-A-Way...
    xxoo Diane

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  19. Hi lovely lady.
    Im going to promote the Give-A-way on my Tablescapes.
    XXOO Diane

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  20. Hi lovely lady.
    I just put your Button on my Blog. I love this giveaway.
    xxoo Diane

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  21. Yes I have clicked the LIKE button on FB!

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  22. And I am already following Savannah Granny!

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  23. Of course I'm a follower of SG!!!

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  24. I've added you to my etsy circle! I'm Kensington Cottage Creations on etsy.

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  25. Great post, Ginger! I must confess I was a terrible Girl Scout, as I was very shy and hated ringing doorbells to sell cookies. My sales pitch was, "You wouldn't want any Girl Scout cookies, would you?" LOL!

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  26. I am a follower of GOWG!.. Awesome giveaway.. Thanks so much!!

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  27. liked Savannah Secret Cellar on facebook.
    www.facebook.com/rufflesandrelics

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  28. I've added Savannah Secret Cellar to my etsy circle!

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  29. Hi Pat! So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by. Ginger is one of my favorite bloggers and I am already following her. Now, I am following you too....Christine

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  30. Those are rally cute!! Happy VTT!! And you are having a great giveaway

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  31. Please note that it's the Girl Scouts of the United States of America or GSUSA, not GSA! This year is the 100th Anniversary of GSUSA! Juliet Gordon Low started it all those years ago and we're still going strong! My mother-in-law was a Girl Scout in the 1920s and the troop baked their own cookies to sell!

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    1. Annie, Thanks for the good eye. Being from Savannah, I certainly knew better. Says a lot about preparing a post when you are tired. However, no excuse for this Georgia girl.
      I did go back and make corrections, Thanks again!

      So neat that the early troops baked their own cookies. Did they all bake the same recipes or did each troop use Mama's recipes?

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  32. Great post! Shall I admit it took me 10 yrs. to use up all the chili powder I bought from a neighbour girl! I thought it was rather expensive before I saw how much there was. It never lost potency so I guess I wasn't all that stupid! haha ~ Maureen

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  33. This is when I have to hide myself in the corner and try to overcome my Girl Scout Cookie addiction! But, it really doesn't do any good because the hubby can not pass by a Girl Scout cookie stand anywhere and not come home with at least 6 boxes! Fun post! Thank you for joining TTF and have a great weekend!

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  34. Oh, please enter me in this wonderful giveaway! Those place cards are beautiful! I am a follower of Growing old with Grace!

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  35. And I liked and commented on SSC on facebook!

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  36. Popping in from The Thrifty Groove Thrifty Things Friday party. I just love the title of your blog. And the story about the Girl Scout cookies. It kind of reminds me of something I heard Shecky Green say once. He was talking about Funerals. He said If you don't go to theirs, they won't come to yours.LOL! I'll be back to check out your blog at a later time. I have so many post to check out over The Thrifty Groove, I think it will take me awhile. I enjoyed my visit here!:) ~Ames

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  37. Added Savannah Secret Cellar to my Etsy Circle

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  38. I follow dear Savannah Granny and would dearly love to be the winner of the name table ceramics.......so perfect pour moi, s'il vous plait!
    Joyfully,
    ~Sylvia Faye

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  39. Put a clickable button on my sidebar about Giveaway from Savannah Secret Cellar

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  40. By midnight my post will be launched about SAVANNAH SECRET CELLAR GIVEAWAY
    Trying hard to be a good neighbor...

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  41. Dear Growing Older With Grace,

    That is certainly moi as it is the best way to grow whether young or old.
    Love you title~

    I am a new follower and would love to win this sweet giveaway of Savannah Granny..

    We went to the baptism of another great-grandson last evening in the bitter cold winter day ... this sweet babe became a child of God.

    Joyfully,
    ~Sylvia Faye

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  42. I follow you both xo
    I was a brownie, a junior, a Senior and a Leader in the girl scouts some of my best memories are from scouting. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop at Katherines Corner. Hugs and smooches and wishes for a wonderful weekend

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  43. I follow Growing Old With Grace now.

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  44. And i'm following Savannah Granny now. I will also make a link on my blog...
    May the most lucky one win.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs Bianca

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  45. I liked Savannah Secret Cellar on Facebook!

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  46. I posted the giveaway on my sidebar!

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  47. I am following Growing OLD WITH GRACE

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  48. I have been following Savannah Granny for awhile now!

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  49. Following, following...and I ordered my cookies last week. :)

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  50. Promoted the giveaway on my blog....hope I get new visitors!!!

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  51. Hi Ginger,

    I am a follower of Savanagh Granny and was good to meet Growing old with Grace, so will follow you now here.
    I enjoy Girl Guide biscuits and always stock up every year.
    These place tags are so lovely and what a kind giveaway.

    Happy Sunday
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  52. Following GROWING OLD WITH GRACE. Oh my...this is one beautiful giveaway...would love to win....so please count me in.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  53. Follow Savannah Granny:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  54. Great giveaway. I've been following Pat for some time now. Thanks.

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  55. I am a new follower of Savannah Granny!

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  56. I follow Growing Old with Grace

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  57. I follow Savannah Granny. Great giveaway ladies!

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  58. Your twin Girl Scouts are circa 1970's by the uniforms. I had the same uniform! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  59. Twenty-four boxes of cookies! Oh my goodness! But my hubby would be in heaven if I made such a mistake. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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