Our new neighbors moved in while we were away in Nantucket. I remember when we moved in, our sweet 87 year old neighbor stopped by with gingerbread cookies as a way of introduction. It was such a sweet gesture, so I knew I wanted to do something similar for our new neighbors.
As any mom knows, a trip to the craft store, grocery store and a quick side trip to a Target or Wal Mart isn’t always possible, so I had to use what I had on hand. Luckily, I have a lot of crap just hanging around the house. Not as much as some other bloggers, but I’ve got some basics. Would I have preferred a burlap and twine accouterment? Sure. But I also appreciated not having to plop the kid into his car seat and take a 25 minute jaunt to pick up supplies.
I used a mason jar (I ordered a case of these just hoping I would find some craftastic use for them….and here we are), some Martha Stewart paper tape leftover and baker’s twine leftover from wrapping Christmas presents, and I repurposed a striped candy bag from Colin’s first birthday party.
I put together the mason jar with the candy bag and covered the top with the paper tape to provide a little contrast, layered some baker’s twine around the cap and added a little note:
And finally, I popped some Tollhouse Cookie break and bake into the oven and then loaded the jar with “homemade” cookies, Kate-style. In my humble opinion, Tollhouse is the best. And sure, I could bake it from scratch, but the ready made dough is quite tasty delicious, so why fix what’s not broken. Also, when I want cookies, I want them. YESTERDAY. I know you feel me on that.
I brought them over last night and got a chance to meet our sweet new neighbors. They really are lovely and I am happy to have introduced myself and Colin.
Have you ever welcomed new neighbors? Or is this becoming a thing of the past? That would be a shame really. Everyone loves cookies, right?