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Martha Stewart Puts Out Welcome Mat for Girl Scouts

May 18, 2012

TV’s favorite domestic diva Martha Stewart hosted Girl Scouts for a special episode of her Hallmark Channel show on May 7. GSUSA National CEO Anna Maria Chávez was featured on the program, along with girls from Martha’s hometown of Nutley, New Jersey, and councils from Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, and Girl Scouts of Central New Jersey. In fact, the entire audience was made up of girls in their uniforms!

The girls opened the show by reciting the Girl Scout Promise. They talked with Martha about making swaps (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) and how they exchange the keepsakes to make new friends. For their segment, Martha and Anna Maria made special badges as swaps for each other. Anna also talked about the GS cookie program and how it teaches girls to be entrepreneurs. She thanked all cookie buyers everywhere for investing in the future of girls. Martha, who said she earned numerous badges during her time as a Girl Scout, had a few girls help her with cooking (yummy Thin Mint cookie ice cream) and crafting (a cool faux-agate pendant) projects. There was also a display of Girl Scout uniforms through the past 100 years.

In another segment, Martha prepared healthy trail mix. Brownies working toward their Hiker badge know how important it is to pack a snack for energy. They should also remember to bring bottles of water, fresh fruit, sunscreen, and a map! To try Martha’s recipe for your next hike, see below.

Recipe: On-the-Go Trail Mix

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit, such as cranberries, apricots, cherries, raisins, and apples

1 cup pecans

1/2 cup candy-coated chocolate

1 cup pretzels (optional)

Directions

• In a medium bowl, combine dried fruit, pecans, chocolate, and pretzels (if using).

• Divide among six resealable plastic bags.

Store at room temperature for up to one month.