Gold Award Ceremony

girl scout gold award ceremony 2016

On Thursday, I received my Girl Scout Gold Award at a nice little ceremony at The Mill in Spring Lake, NJ! It’s the highest honor a Girl Scout can get, and I am so proud that I was able to complete my project. As I’ve said, this blog is a big part of the project, and I have enjoyed it immensely—even more than I ever thought I would.

So of course, I’ve got to talk about the food that was served at the ceremony! I’m always a little nervous going into banquet type events because I don’t know if they’ll have anything for me to eat. So we called ahead of time and were told that they didn’t have the menu for the night on hand (the woman on the phone couldn’t get a hold of the catering manager), but they would definitely be able to serve me something that would be gluten free. I was also extra comforted by the fact that on their regular restaurant menu they have plenty of gluten free options marked. So even if what they were serving at the dinner wasn’t gluten free, they would have the resources to make me something.

the mill gluten free salad

So while everyone was still arriving and checking out the project displays (you can see mine in the middle picture of the collage up at the top), the servers started bringing out salads to every table. At this point I hadn’t spoken to anyone yet to make sure I got gluten free meals, so I asked a server who then went to confirm that the salad dressing was gluten free, and it was! So I sat down and enjoyed my little salad with what I assumed was some kind of raspberry vinaigrette. I liked it, it was tasty, but just a salad. I found it strange that the pieces of cucumber were so tiny. My mom and I were joking that it seemed like they ran out of cucumber and had to cut it up really small to make sure every plate got a little bit. It made me sad because I love cucumber and I like having big rounds of it in my salad. Otherwise, a nice salad.

the mill gluten free stuffed pepper

The main course was where my concern was. There were three options: chicken, tilapia, and a stuffed pepper. And it turned out the stuffed pepper was gluten free, so no need for a separate meal! Yay! It was a roasted red pepper stuffed with quinoa and served with vegetables. It was delicious! I initially looked at it and thought it was weird that there were golden raisins in the quinoa, which I don’t really like, but as I ate it I didn’t even taste the raisins. Overall, the pepper was awesome. The vegetables were also really good. Only complaint: the carrots were pretty undercooked, some of mine even tasted raw. But the zucchini and yellow squash were very well cooked and very yummy. This was a pretty successful meal.

the mill gluten free dessert

Dessert is always the part of the meal that I expect to just have to skip. But when we were being called up to receive our awards and the cake was being served, I asked my waiter if he could find me something gluten free. He came back with this cute little glass of strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. It was so nice! I refrained from eating it until after I was called, because I had this vision of me having berry seeds stuck in my teeth as I’m smiling nice and big for my pictures. But once I got back, I very much enjoyed my little berry glass.

Overall a successful meal and a very successful night.  I feel so honored to have received this award. I’m so excited that all the hours and hard work that went into my project has paid off and I can’t wait to keep it going in the future! I also want to say thank you to all of you who have followed my blog and supported me, and I hope that I have been able to help you all in some way. 🙂

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Girl Scout Toffee-tastic Cookies

girl scout gluten free toffee-tastic

Ah, Girl Scout cookies. Everybody loves them. Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints…I miss them dearly. As mentioned in my “About Anna” page, I am a proud member of the Girl Scouts (and recently got the official notice that I earned my Gold Award, yay!!), so that means for years I have been selling cookies, as well as buying cookies from myself. So when I heard that there were gluten free Girl Scout Cookies, I had to buy them immediately. If I’m being honest, if I could choose from the whole list of GS cookies, I would not choose these Toffee-tastic cookies. But since they’re my only choice, I went with it (although I read on this site that there is another kind of gluten free cookie called Trios that’s “made with real chocolate chips, real peanut butter and certified gluten free whole grain oats,” which I would probably prefer, but they weren’t available).

girl scout gluten free toffee-tastic

So the description of these Toffee-tastic cookies is “rich, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits bursting with flavor.” They were pretty good! The flavor was kind of like a shortbread cookie. I am a soft cookie kind of person, but this was more of a crunchy, crumbly one, which isn’t necessarily bad—that’s how a butter cookie should be. The toffee bits were tasty too. The only problem I had with them was that it’s the kind of thing that gets stuck in your teeth, but the flavor was worth it. I think these are the kind of cookies that would taste really good if you crushed them up and put them on top of ice cream.

Overall, these Toffee-tastic Girl Scout cookies were pretty good for a gluten free cookie. Obviously they cannot compare to the delicious, gluten-filled alternatives, but I will take what I can get. I really hope next year I can get a hold of the other gluten free GS cookies, Trios. They sound very appealing to me. But until then, I will wait and eat my Toffee-tastic cookies.

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girl scout gluten free toffee-tastic