Friday, January 20, 2017

Senior Locavore Badge

SENIOR LOCAVORE BADGE



Today my Senior girls earned the Locavore Badge. This badge is designed to introduce the girls to the concept of organic and local farm fresh foods. Per the GS River Valley website a "Locavore is someone committed to eating locally grown, seasonal foods. The efforts of locavores can be important and delicious steps toward healthful eating, helping the environment and supporting local farmers." (http://www.girlscoutsrv.org/volunteers/troop-leaders/senior-leaders/senior-planning-guide/ is a fabulous resource for all leaders.)





My troop visited a local farmer's market in Grapevine, TX. (CLICK HERE for website) Prior to the visit we had a discussion about organic foods. I posed several questions:

What does organic mean?
Why choose organic?
What are the advantages to organic?
What are the disadvantages to buying organic foods?
Why would shopping at a farmer's market include organic foods?
What are the benefits of shopping at a local farmer's market?

Here are the resource links I used to help answers these questions:



  • Difference Between Pico de Gallo vs Salsa                          
 http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-salsa-and-pico-de-gallo-230145 
  • 10 Reasons to Support Farmers Market                             
    http://www.cuesa.org/learn/10-reasons-support-farmers-markets
  • What does 'Organic' mean?                                                   



Next I had the girls shop for the ingredients to make 2 common items: Guacamole and Boiled Omelettes.  Every single item was purchased at the farmer's market and used in making our recipes.

Our Shopping List Included:

TX GUACAMOLE
  • 2 large tomatos
  • 1 fresh garlic clove
  • 1onion
  • cilantro bunch
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 7 avocados
  • Chachere's Creole Seasoning
BOLED OMELETTES
  • 2 dozen fresh eggs
  • fresh bacon
  • carton of mushrooms
  • cheddar cheese curds
  • used guacamole items as well to stuff our omelettes

The girls really enjoyed this badge and loved all the foods they made with freshly grown produce, eggs and bacon from local farmers.  Plus, they now know how to make 2 useful meals in college :-)



I have included the recipes:




GUACAMOLE

7 avocados
Pico de Gallo - 1 tomato, half of an onion, garlic, cilantro chopped
Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning
lime juice to prevent browning (or store in air tight container and fill with water to prevent air from touching guacamole, drain water before serving in the future - will store 3xs longer this way)


BOLIED OMELETTES

  1. Spray baggy with Pam.
  2. Crack 2-3 eggs into a baggy
  3. Add optional ingredients: bacon, onions, cheese, mushrooms,
    spinach, tomato... be creative
  4. Use spices if you want more flavor
  5. Mix well
  6. Cook sealed baggy in a full pot of boiling water for 15 minutes.                                                 7.   Slide onto a paper plate and enjoy! 

    Clean up is a breeze.  Great for sleepovers and Camp Outs! 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Senior Car Care Badge



This was a fun and WORTHWHILE badge for my girls.  I contacted the general manager at Auto Zone and asked if he would be willing to share his knowledge of cars with the girls.  He was eager and flattered by the opportunity.  Dean, was an older gentleman, who has raised two girls himself and he loved the idea of introducing girls to basic car care.  He gladly popped the hood of his own vehicle and explained the basics.  He was engaging and asked the girls lots of questions, adding a bit of science into the mix, including concepts of friction, heat, valves, axles, pistons condensation, batteries, fluid shifts etc.  He held every girls' attention for a full hour.  He approached the talk from a fatherly perspective and the girls really appreciated his time, effort and knowledge.  Dean discussed  safety and quizzed them with scenarios.  He also explained the importance of good car maintenance and how this could affect the warranty of a car.  I offered him an outline of questions which he basically covered without looking at my sheet.  All of this for No Cost, but I insisted he take a $10 McDonald's Gift Card.  

Remember leaders don't forget to look in your community for inexpensive ways to earn your badges.  There is an Auto Zone or auto parts store in nearly every town, don't be afraid to ask for help.  Often times people are excited and enjoy participating.  I sent a letter of appreciation to Dean's bosses and encouraged Auto Zone to offer a New Driver's Car Care class. This would be a great service to the community and a super way to advertise.

Most importantly he told the girls if they ever had a light flash on their dashboard they could come to any Auto Zone and the store could diagnosis the problem with their computer program and in most cases fix the problem for them.  He advised them not to be intimidated by an auto parts store, he is there to help and just because it is a predominantly male visited store not to be afraid to visit if they ever needed help.  I felt this was valuable advice since my Senior Girl Scouts will soon be attending college and on their own.

Prior to Dean' Discussion, my troop met at Mc Donald's next door to Auto Zone.  We enjoyed lunch and talked about the importance of insurance and how to choose a first car.  To see how much they learned and to hopefully review the wealth of information, I created an online quiz which I am happy to share with leaders. 

Here is the link to pass on to your troop members: CLICK HERE
Copy and paste in an email to send to your girls

CLICK HERE to access the answers

Once they enter your email, you will receive all their responses

Notes:





Wednesday, June 8, 2016

JUNIOR JEWELER BADGE



My goal when choosing activities is to try and create not only a memorable experience, but a useful end product; something the girls would be proud to give away as a gift or use themselves.  Most importantly I love when an activity instills confidence, creativity and cost conscientiousness in the girls.  There is nothing I enjoy more than hearing, "I can't believe I made this myself!" 

I spent a great deal of time in search of a fun jewelry project ad was thrilled to find 2 on Pinterest which I modified to meet our needs and keep within budget.  Kendra Scott jewelry is all the rage in our area, but that comes with a hefty price tag so I knew if I could find a similar craft the girls would love it!
The girls were able to create a Faux Quartz Necklace, which is very similar to the Danay Platinum Crystallized Drusy Earrings and a Glitter Sparkle Necklace, which looks like the Layden Necklace in London Blue Illusion.


FAUX QUARTZ NECKLACE SUPPLIES NEEDED:
Pendant Bezels in any size or shape you like (Hobby Lobby $2.99/each)
Necklace Chain
A variety of metallic fingernail polishes
Mini Glass Mosaic Tiles (Hobby Lobby $3.99 - $5.99)
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (Hobby Lobby $6.49) (A Must for craft, a little goes a long way!)
Toothpick
paper dixie cups
Heavy Duty Zip-Loc Baggie
Hammer

Place mosaic glass tiles in a bag and crush with hammer.  You want to strive for a variety of sizes, but not too large.  I took care of this step for the girls.  I placed a small amount of glass tiles in paper dixie cups for the girls.  My parent helpers placed a thin layer of Mod Podge in each bezel.  The girls then poured the glass pieces into the bezels.  (I did caution them that they were handling glass and to use discretion).  Next, they used a toothpick to sort of place the glass as they would like inside the bezel. Then the girls applied one more layer of Mod Podge filling in gaps and sealing the glass in place.

Then we set these aside and worked on the Glitter Sparkle Necklace while the Mod Podge dried.(Ideally I would give this 2-3 hours, but we only had about an hour and it worked fine.)

When we returned to the semi-dried faux quartz bezels, the girls dotted the glass with their favorite combination of metallic fingernail polish using silvers, purples, blues, turquoises and pinks.  By far Silver seemed to be the favorite so have a bottle or 2 on hand.  I just asked my girls to bring any metallic fingernail polish they had and we had a plenty and a good variety!  The end results were STUNNING!  And the girls loved them.  Be sure and seal the fingernail polish with one last layer of mod podge.


GLITTER SPARKLE NECKLACE SUPPLIES NEEDED:
Round Bezels, any shape will work.  (I found at Hobby Lobby 30/$3.99 but these were too small, but cost efficient) 
Necklace your choice or yarn, rope etc
Glitter (Dollar Tree has the best glitter for this project) because the colors are nice and in small packages you can pass out and the girls can use individually with as little mess as possible.
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Toothpicks
coffee straws to blow out bubbles in mod podge

Pass out bezels with a thin layer of mod podge.  Have girls sprinkle in 1-3 colors of glitter.  Use toothpick to swirl for effect.  Add more mod podge to seal. Viola! Amazing results for very little effort.  This would be great as a ring or magnet for their lockers too.

Because the projects take a while to dry.  My parent helpers cut 2 vertical lines into the side of a dixie cup and placed the bezel in the cup and threaded the necklace chain through the cut lines in the dixie cup so the girls could transport them home.

They all wore them to school the next day and with 30 girls it was definitely a hot topic at school.  They were proud of them and their classmates could not believe they made them.  These would make wonderful Mother's Day gifts too.


 Resource photos: