And I was BLESSED!
First of all, we woke up Saturday morning with my next door neighbors having a garage sale. Come to find out...they are moving. I am a little sad they are leaving before we can get to know them but I am VERY excited for the opportunity to welcome the new neighbors when they arrive. And guess what...I asked them point blank if she felt weird after what happened with the dog and Cati and she admitted she was! I marched right up to her sweet self, hugged her tight and told her I was so sorry she felt this way for the last month and we were not upset AT ALL. Details in this post. Cati had a slight incident with their Great Dane. She's fine.
While we were outside, our new friends from down the street came by with their kids for a hello and we all spent the morning outside getting to know one another. All the other neighbors were outside so I just took my basket of goodies and started saying hello.
It was amazing. People were so warm and sweet. I think it was just like a lot of you said. Our lives get busy and people are afraid to make the first move. But once I did this, the neighborhood stopped feeling cold. I suddenly knew names, asked about their lives, and it began to feel like a community. And I was so happy I did it because I now I understand sometimes if I notice something that may require initiative, God may call ME to make that first step. So be it. He has always gone before me and He won't stop now.
We even had our new neighbor friends over for dinner and we are excited to get to know them better. Actually, they cooked it at our house because um...I need to go grocery shopping.
Thank you so much for all your kind words and feedback. It meant so much to me that I could turn to you and ask your advice. ALL OF YOU! You wrote so honestly and openly and it felt like a community right here on my little blog. Soooooo...in case you would be interested, I will give you my scones recipe and the scoop about these simple treats and how I put them together. Here we go...
Chocolate Chip Scones
1 stick of butter (the original recipe I found said 6 tablespoons but one day I just threw the whole stick in there. Simple. Convenient. Yummy.)
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup of buttermilk (more if needed)
1 cup milk chocolate chips (but I like LOTS so I put more in)
1 egg slightly beaten
Combine dry ingredients and then cut in the butter until the mixture looks crumbly like cornmeal. I don't own a pastry cutter so I just pound it with my whisk. Buy another whisk after you do this. After you get back, make a little well like hole in the mixture and pour the buttermilk in the well. The key to a good scone is MINIMAL MIXING AND HANDLING. Mix, fold, whatever it all together until just combined and add chocolate chips. At this point, I am unconventional and do them easy by just dropping them by the spoonful on a baking sheet. Brush tops with egg..
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes until just golden. Eat em' or give em' away. :)
The Cutie Patootie and Oh So Simple Packaging
Clear Treat Bags: Wal Mart $1.50 for 20 (party section)
Red Scalloped Box: Wal Mart $1.50 for 8 (party section) I was able to fit 8-10 scones in the bag and box.
Ribbon: Wal Mart $2 for 15 feet.
Clothespins and Label Background: 4th of July scrap paper I had on hand and directions from this post.
4th of July Flip Flop Printable: Go here.*
4th of July Circle cupcake topper printable: Ahhh...I can not find it for the life of me. If any of you know please tell me so I can post the link*
*(I realize 4th of July is over but wanted to give links back to appropriate sources)
Total Cost to me: $5
I hope all of you had a fabulous 4th of July and none of your children were as traumatized as my Ella over the neighborhood fireworks. I believe she thought the sky was falling...the poor thing. So glad we decided to forgo the ACTUAL fireworks extravaganza and stay home.
Thanks for being great friends to me!