March 21, 2016

girl scouts & chick lit

If you've been following my social channels the past week, you've probably noticed my books featured with a certain delicious treat.

I'm a proud former Girl Scout. I participated in Brownies and Juniors—and they were some of my favorite years growing up. As I mentioned on my Instagram and Facebook channels:
"Being in Girl Scouts was an important part of my childhood, though I didn't realize it at the time. It encouraged me to set goals, be creative and independent, learn to work with others, and have confidence. The cookies were just a bonus."
This weekend my friends and I had a wine and Girl Scout cookies tasting. While I was getting into the spirit of things, and reminiscing, I thought, why not pair the cookies with my stories for a little fun? I mean, I'm fairly confident none of these stories would have come to fruition if I didn't have those skills and traits that being a Girl Scout instilled in me.

Here's what I came up with...

Hard Hats and Doormats
Pairs well with Caramel deLites/ Samoas

With Lexi Burke making a life for herself on the Gulf Coast, which includes girls' night outs complete with margaritas, we needed a sassy yet classic cookie. Look no further than the Carmel Delite or Somoa. With a crispy wafer coated in caramel, coconut and chocolate, I can't think of a cookie that tastes more like a hot, subtropical night.

"Twelve Drummers Drumming" in Merry & Bright and "Oh Baby" in A Kind of Mad Courage
Pairs well with Shortbread/ Trefoils

Shortbread is one of my favorite Christmas treats, which makes it perfect for "Twelve Drummers Drumming." And considering that Autumn is expecting in "Oh Baby," well, it seems like something that would go well under those circumstances.

The Marrying Type
Pairs well with Lemonades

Set in Charleston, South Carolina during wedding season--which coincides with the heat of summer--I can't think of a better way to read this story than to sit on a porch sipping lemonade. It's March in Nebraska, so curling up with a lemon cookie seems like a happy alternative in Nebraska.

Making Christmas in All I Want For Christmas
Pairs well with Thanks-A-Lots

Thanks-A-Lots seem like a great cookie to enjoy with a cup of coffee. And there's a lot of coffee-having in Making Christmas. Plus, shouldn't we all give plenty of thanks for all of our blessings during the holiday season?

The Cranberry Citrus Crisps would also pair well with this story--they're so festive.

First & Goal
Pairs well with Peanut Butter Patties/ Tagalongs

Harper is an accomplished baker who has probably never met a Pinterest recipe she didn't like. And Peanut Butter Patties seem like the kind of cookie you'd find a Pinterest aficionado's "to-bake" list. You'd start with some sort of crispy cookie, cover it in peanut butter, dip it in chocolate and presto. At least that's how I assume it works. I was too lazy to look up a recipe. Plus, I'm happy with how I imagined it.

What Happens at Midnight in All I Want For Christmas
Pairs well with Thin Mints

Natalie, the junk food enthusiast is What Happens at Midnight, is a sucker for mint chip ice cream. And since Thin Mints are basically mint chip in cookie form, this seems like the perfect pair to this story. Plus, there's just something about minty flavors that makes me think of the holiday seasons.

Going for Two
Pairs well with Peanut Butter Sandwiches/ Do-si-dos

Coach Brook isn't big on sweets, but if he had a favorite cookie, I'm pretty sure he'd go for the Peanut Butter Sandwich. And with more Coach Brook in Going for Two, it's a match made in book/cookie heaven.

And in case you're curious about how we paired our Girl Scout cookies with wine, here's a rundown:
Thin Mints with Pinot Noir
Caramel deLites with Malbec
Peanut Butter Patties with Old Vine Zinfandel
Peanut Butter Sandwiches with Merlot
Thanks-a-lots with Rieseling
Shortbread with Chardonnay
Lemonades with Moscato
Cranberry Citrus Crisps with Sparkling Wine

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