July 4, 2010

I Did It! I Sconed The Neighbors!

You have no idea how so many of you were with me when I baked these scones and put these together.  Your comments encouraged me and I knew that your caring words are what gave me the courage to just go out there and do it. I even went back and read through your comments several times to remind me that what was important was to be an example of Christ for my kids and for my neighbors.  I was to extend love and expect nothing back in return.
So I did.  I stopped worrying if people would like me and just decided to love them.  Nothing more Christ like then that.

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

I loved this because you can do this with ANYTHING.  Hostess, thank you, anytime of the year or occasion kind of gift.  And it was inexpensive but looked great!

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!

17 comments:

  1. I love this post. You are an inspiration to me! I have been reading your blog for a while now but I rarely comment, I'm kind of a lurker! lol :o)
    I need to be more outgoing with out neighbors as well. We have lived her for a year and a half and I have no real sense of community or friendship. When you said, "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." That really spoke to me. I am in the process of getting to know God better, and this really helped me. I can't explain all my thoughts because they are kind of "all over the place" right now, but thank you so much for sharing your courage!!!

    Caitlin

    cohensmama.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh Jess. I love your post and I love the comment from Caitlin. See, see..... Ah, He is Mighty!! Can we see you this week. lIke, Thursday or Friday?

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  3. We stayed home too. Neighborhood fireworks were loud! The kids kept getting out of bed wondering why they couldn't watch the fireworks they were hearing. I took them outside for less than 2 minutes and they all ran inside holding their ears.

    Dinner was great last night, and the scones were even BETTER!

    Thanks for letting us invade your home!

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  4. aww Jess i am SOO proud of you!!
    no, really, like i cant stop smiling lol ..
    I just know the Lord will continue to use you and your beautiful family everywhere you go!
    :::Hugs::::
    Also, that packaging turned out super adorable!

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  5. Three cheers for you! I wrote a lengthy comment on your other post, and then hit delete... I need a course in short comments!You had the answer...listening to that nudge inside and going for it! Being who you were created to be! What cute little packages!!!

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  6. Good for you! Wish i was your neighbour those look so great Xx

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  7. I'm so happy for you! And I'm so going to use that recipe soon! :)

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  8. Wonderful! So glad you were able to reach out make friends there! You are such an inspiration, bless you!

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  9. Wow! I left a comment on your last blog before I saw this post. Yay!!!!! I may use your recipe too!! Be blessed!

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  10. Yay!!! Good job stepping outside your comfort zone.

    I love your packaging for the scones, absolutely cute and adorable. I am going to get to Wal-Mart and search out those cute boxes..I love them!!

    BTW, I've been catching up on some of your posts and I am over the moon excited you found a new friend in your neighborhood who loves Jesus. To me, that is a big hug from God.

    Hope you had a great 4th!!

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  11. good for you, you went above and beyond with all your cute packaging!
    I'm sure you made lots of new friends!

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  12. Ok, my favorite line that I forgot to mention was in the recipe. I'm still laughing. Can you have these for us on Friday? Remember, I'm inviting ourselves over.

    "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."

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  13. Jess, I'm so proud of you! Way to step beyond the comfort and do the Christ-like thing. Hope the welcoming of your new neighbors to be goes just as wonderfully as this round did. :)

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  14. way to go! it is hard to make the first move-especially being the "newby" neighbor. we live in a neighborhood that is so friendly, but we have a few "unfriendlies." i am always surprised when we wave and get no response...yet, we keep waving in hopes that one day they will respond :)

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  15. I am so proud of you for sconing everyone. It almost makes me ashamed I called them cupcakes. Almost. :-)

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  16. you are making me sooooo hungry for choc chip scones! pinning this for when I can do a bit of baking! thanks so much! :)

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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