Sarah Smiles (Awhile)

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No, thank you.

My favorites- Thin Mints and Savannah Smiles

I love Girl Scout Cookies.  

Thin Mints are my JAM!  I could eat a sleeve in under 30 seconds, easy.  Those suckers melt in your mouth, yo!  We also enjoy Savannah Smiles and Tag-a-longs in this house.  And I’ll buy them every single time they’re being sold.  I’ll buy them from friends whose children are in the organization, or I’ll buy them from a booth in front of a store.  Or both.  

(Okay, always both.)

I don’t care about their politics.  Maybe that’s because I’m pretty flippin’ liberal when it comes to just about everything in life.  I have friends and family who disagree with me on this, and that’s fine.  It’s one of the beautiful things about life – We can all disagree.

But the reality of the situation is that the girls in the Girl Scout organization aren’t in it for politics.  They’re in it to learn.  They’re in it to better themselves and their communities.  That’s something that shouldn’t be discouraged, it should be celebrated!

Unfortunately that’s not always the case.  I’d like to share with you my friend’s experience from a few weeks ago:

“On Sunday, my daughter’s troop was selling Girl Scout Cookies outside of a store. When a man approached the door, the girls politely asked him, ‘Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?’ His response was, ‘No, I don’t support abortion.’

My friend followed this fella into the store, and she let him know how disgusting his behavior was.

And really, could it be any more inappropriate to say something like that to a child?  Would he also tell a cheerleader who might be selling chocolate bars as a fundraiser for her program that he won’t purchase because he can’t stand the obvious lesbian undertones and subliminal messages of the Egyptian government displayed when the girls support each other in the shape of a pyramid?

Because honestly, that’s just as ludicrous as telling a 7-year old that you won’t buy cookies from her because you don’t support abortion.  She doesn’t “support abortion” either.  As a 7-year old child she probably didn’t even know what abortion was!  But she will now, thanks to him.

If you disagree with the politics at the top of the Girl Scout organization, that’s fine.  And certainly, you don’t have to support them financially by buying the cookies.  But you also don’t have to crush a child, introduce them to concepts they don’t know and possibly aren’t mature enough to understand even when it is explained to them, and make yourself look like a complete ass in the process.  In fact, if you come across some of these adorable girls somewhere, and you’re not interested in purchasing for WHATEVER reason, how about you just smile and say, “No, thank you.”

They’re working for something, learning important skills and independence, and they don’t need some random person’s fears and inadequacies put on their shoulders or in their heads.

“No, thank you.”  The end.


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Chicken Something

Chicken Something 1

(Updated on 3/23/14 to add the photograph!)


One of the things I struggle with in my life is dinner. What does everyone want? What do I want? Will I have to go to the freaking grocery store to get something for what I’m being begged to make or what I’m craving like a pregnant woman?

A couple of days ago I text my husband and asked he wanted for dinner, and I told him it had to be “chicken something” because that’s what I got out of the freezer.

He was of absolutely no help.

So I had no clue what to do with it. I didn’t have the stuff I needed for certain things, I didn’t want to fry anything, and I really didn’t want to go to the commissary for anything. So I decided that I’d just make something up with what I already have.

It turned out to be something that everyone REALLY liked. So much so that my husband, who only ever eats leftovers of one thing (Unstuffed Shells) took both remaining pieces of chicken for lunch today and actually ended up eating them for breakfast because he couldn’t wait. *winky face*

It’s nothing fancy, but just in case you’re looking for something easy, here’s the made up recipe.
(Sorry I don’t have a picture– everyone ate everything, and it wasn’t until after dinner that my husband suggested I post the recipe! I’ll update with one as soon as I make it again.)

So I basically borrowed some things from Betty Crocker’s Oven-Baked Chicken recipe, and threw in the rest because it seemed yummy and sounded good. I didn’t measure anything I added, so these measurements are guess-timates.  Just do what you think would work for your tastes.

Chicken Something

4-5 Chicken breast halves
1/8 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
4 Tblsp Garlic Salt
4 Tblsp Chili Powder
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs (I used Progresso Garlic & Herb)
3 Tblsp margarine or butter

  1. Put the butter into a 13×9 baking/casserole dish and place in the oven, melting the butter while you heat the oven to 475°F.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl large enough to lay a chicken breast into flat.
  3. Rinse and loosely dry the chicken, then place it into the bowl to coat it with the dry ingredients.
  4. Place the chicken in the hot buttered dish.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Turn chicken over and bake for 15 minutes more.

At the end my chicken was nice and browned, without a thick bread coating.  And it was a hit!  I served it with saffron rice and green beans.

Yummy dinner!

**If you try this, I’d love a comment letting me know how you liked it!**

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I figured I should start this off with a sort of introduction. But I’m terrible with introductions and talking about myself and all that jazz.

So this will be short.
And basically a copy of the ‘About’ page.

There is no rhyme or reason to this blog. It will likely rarely be updated and possibly less frequently shared. I have a terrible track record with blogs.
My intent is to simply put whatever I feel like it here. Some times that will mean a music review, sometimes cooking stuff and food porn, some times product reviews, some times personal stuff. Basically there is no particular theme. So like it or lump it.

And now, I’d just like you to know a little something about me:

My name is Sarah.  Obviously. That is why this blog is titled “Sarah Smiles (Awhile)”.

I tend to use the art (music, paintings, writings, etc) of others to express my own depth and individuality. o.O

I come up with extensive plans and ideas in the shower; which unfortunately happens to be the place where I can’t utilize pen and paper, or an electronic recording device to memorialize them. 😦

I am amused by comedy that presses an issue for an awkwardly long amount of time. 😀

I love Robert Downey Jr. ❤


So. There’s that. I hope anyone who reads this enjoys whatever else they might read here.