Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Howdee, New Neighbors!

Time to welcome more new neighbors into our 'hood...My daughter helped me bake chocolate chip cookies while my son napped. Ya know, she is such a good helper ... once she knew we were not giving away ALL of the cookies, that is!! We picked out a dozen of the "prettier" ones and tucked them into a big parchment paper envelope. I punched a hole in the top and held it closed with a curly ribbon and an enormous homemade "Welcome" tag. Added our names and phone number to the back and away we go!

Please share your fun ideas for welcoming new neighbors in the comments. Last summer when ... coincidentally ... we welcomed a different family into that same house, I posted about the muffins I brought and Barbara left some superb ideas in the comments! In this new case, the family has lived in our town longer than us, so I don't have too much advice for them! :-)

Chocolate chip cookie recipe:
I believe this recipe came a van Houten bag of chocolate chips a LONG time ago ...
makes ~5 dozen; oven 375.

Ingredients:
1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/3 cups unsifted flour (I now use whole wheat flour - as if that's a "healthy" choice with all that sugah! - which does seem to make the cookies flatten more)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
12 oz. pkg semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts (optional)

Cream together: butter, sugars, eggs & vanilla 'til fluffy. (personally, I think the people who don't do this and just mix everything at once {KM!} get the super flat cookies ... But I'd eat them either way!)
In a separate bowl combine dry stuff: flour, salt & soda.
Stir into creamed mixture.
Stir in chips (and nuts if desired.)
Drop from teaspoon 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. (I do about 8, depending on my oven as we prefer them super soft and ooey gooey!!)
Fill a glass with cold milk & dig in!

12 comments:

arkie said...

What a cute way to wrap a gift of cookies! A great thing for a neighbor to do.

Audra said...

Thanks so much for stopping by today... and for making me hungry!!!

Audra

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

oooh, I can almost smell those through the screen. yummo! Stopping by from SITS

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

What a lovely idea! And what a lovely gesture. I still don't know some of my neighbors so I probably shouldn't be handing out advice, haha.

A Touch of Country said...

how sweet and thoughtful.

They look so ooey gooey I am drooling here!!

Sherrie said...

YUM! I love the idea of a parchment envelope!

Christina said...

Those look so yummy! And that's such a lovely way to welcome a new neighbor. I'll have to keep it in mind.

Livin' the Yeh Life! said...

Thanks again for inspiring me! We have new next-door neighbors who should be moving in shortly!

Serendipity Handmade said...

Just wanted to say the same...a great idea...and such cute wrapping!

The Sideshow Scrapbook said...

Ooooooh yum yum I want those cookies - I think I might make some today.

Laura dropping in from SITS

www.sidestreetstyle.com

Gabrielle said...

Beautiful blog, I love it. Happy Sharefest Saturday! It's still Saturday, right? :)

Rae said...

A new neighbor just moved in this week and my 8 year old is begging to go over and bring them some goodies. I am totally stealing this idea!!!

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