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FREE Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags

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8 Free download Gifts Tags to choose from

8 Free Tags to help you meet new neighbors in an easy and comfortable way!Use these FREE Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags to meet your new neighbors!

Most of us find it a bit uncomfortable to introduce our self to someone we haven’t met before, or hardly know.  It’s….odd, right?

Have you moved and had someone stop by and make you glad you bought in the area?  It makes a huge difference in your attitude!

After 25 years in our home, handsome hubby Stan and I moved to a new-to-us home.

It’s an interesting experience at our age, without young kids to naturally help us meet people, reach out and find new friends.

Those who have invited us into their home, been friendly, dropped by with a treat and a welcome smile, have done more than they probably can imagine.

We feel it’s important to build a new reservoir of friends, as well as keeping a pool of friends that we already know.  

As I’ve thought about WHY helping new move-in’s in our neighborhood feel welcome would be important, here are a few reasons:

  • unity
  • safety
  • harmony
  • people can help each other in countless ways if they know each other

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to take a small gift or treat and say ‘HELLO’. 

After my experience of moving, a little ‘HI’, or a small treat, is truly one of the kindest things we can do.

To help make it easier, less expensive and more creative, I’ve created for you EIGHT FREE WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD TAGS  that are editable/fill-in so you can personalize them!  Download them HERE or free 

I’ve put together some ideas of how to use these tags, along with a few links of where to find a few of the items to check out if you’d like. 

But, most importantly, get out and meet those new neighbors by just saying WELCOME so they can enjoy your friendship! 

It’s important to learn who lives near you, practice meeting new people and you’ll be amazed at what you will become as a result!  A great blessing to many!!!

8 different Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags to put on various items as described in the post to make it really easy and comfortable to meet new neighbors

8 Free Editable/Fill-in Welcome Neighborhood Tags

Here I used dish cloths and dish soap.  Keeping some good quality dish cloths on hand like THESE to give a couple with the tag and soap would be a great welcome gift.

 

8 different Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags to put on various items as described in the post to make it really easy and comfortable to meet new neighbors

8 Free Editable/Fill-in Welcome Neighborhood Tags

Making quick bread in disposable pans and attaching with a bright ribbon would make anyone feel welcome.  I made my BEST Poppy Seed Bread for this and it’s always a favorite.

 

 

8 different Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags to put on various items as described in the post to make it really easy and comfortable to meet new neighbors

8 Free Editable/Fill-in Welcome Neighborhood Tags

This little package is not only fancy, but it’s very useful.  Wrapped individually are: 3 pack of toilet paper on the bottom, and on the top are paper towels and a box of tissue.  Not expensive, yet the new-move-in would feel very special as they ‘nest’ with this tag and it’s supplies. 

 

 

8 different Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags to put on various items as described in the post to make it really easy and comfortable to meet new neighbors

8 Free Editable/Fill-in Welcome Neighborhood Tags

Who doesn’t like chocolate right!  A brownie mix, hot pad, oven mitt and spatula round out this welcome gift and tag. The possibilities are endless with a kitchen tag: a whisk, any quick mix, measuring cups, kitchen scissors—the skies the limit with this tag. 

 

 

 

8 different Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags to put on various items as described in the post to make it really easy and comfortable to meet new neighbors

8 Free Editable/Fill-in Welcome Neighborhood Tags

A cleaner and a really good microfiber towel like THIS or kitchen towels with this tag.   Give a one or two of the towels with some cleaner and it would definitely be welcomed by anyone when moving in, since there is always cleaning to be done. 

 

 

 

8 different Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags to put on various items as described in the post to make it really easy and comfortable to meet new neighbors

8 Free Editable/Fill-in Welcome Neighborhood Tags

Any sweet will compliment this tag.  Simply attach a bag of candy, or a jar, or wrap with a ribbon if you’d like and head out to meet the new neighbors. 

 

 

 

8 different Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags to put on various items as described in the post to make it really easy and comfortable to meet new neighbors

8 Free Editable/Fill-in Welcome Neighborhood Tags

This tag is EASY to use with a bag of pre-popped popcorn of any kind, or a box of ready-to-pop.  It doesn’t matter, because you are making the newbies know you are so glad they moved it.

 

8 different Welcome To The Neighborhood Tags to put on various items as described in the post to make it really easy and comfortable to meet new neighbors

8 Free Editable/Fill-in Welcome Neighborhood Tags

Pick up a house plant, vegetable or herb plant and this tag is ready to go.  If the container isn’t quite what you want to show off, trim a craft sack of any color to use as a cover.  HERE is a twine collection that should cover about any need. 

Make sure to download your  FREE Welcome To the Neighborhood Tags that are editable/fill-in to make it quick and relaxed so you get out to welcome your new friends.  

In this post are eight tags to attach to small gifts or homemade goodies

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019

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Hot Cocoa and Apple Cider Bar

EASY Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

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Hot Cocoa and Apple Cider BarEASY Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

You too can set up an easy Hot Cocoa bar — really you can! I will show you how.  In fact, you can simply have hot water and the dry mixes and that would be really fun too. 

Wondering when to have it?  It’s always a good time!  

Stan and I have done 30 Open House style Dinners I believe, but we decided to do a Hot Cocoa Bar this time, and it turned out fabulous, or I should say scrumptious.

So who do you invite?  

Well, you could invite your family, or your friends, or what about your neighbors?

We decided to put the word out there, but to make sure that every single house in our neighborhood – all 171 was invited.

Did people come?  YEP!

How did we do it?  We asked for help of course and you should too!  I’ll tell you more about that.

I’ve also included tips and recipes, just in case you might want them:) Click on any blue for easy linking

Let’s get this delicious party started:

To begin: we got hold of some really inexpensive Chinese take-out containers like these HERE

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa bar

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa bar

Then we filled them with my yummy White Chocolate Covered Corn Pops.  You can find the recipe HERE

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

We had some help as I mentioned, because angels always come to our rescue.  Natalie, who has a FB page HERE  made the adorable tags.  She  makes all sorts of cards and tags that are handcrafted, unique, each one extraordinary and always special gifts.  Make sure to check out her page!

 

 

Our neighbors, more angels; Bret & Teresa Cutler and their sons, helped us deliver almost all of them after Stan and I put them together.

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

For the BIG event I made my Crock Pot Creamy Hot Chocolate.  It’s so easy and you can find it HERE  I did make a change of part semi-sweet chocolate chips and part milk chocolate chips so it was not too sweet or too dark of a flavor for the add-ins/mix-in’s.  (See the notes at the bottom.)

This thermos kept the drinks perfectly warm and it didn’t pick up the taste of either the hot chocolate OR the cider either – at least not in my situation. 

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

eighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

And I also made my Caramel Apple Cider, the recipe is HERE

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

I didn’t want to exclude anyone, so I had hot water in the 2 thermos’s and Steven’s Milk Hot Chocolate which is gluten-free.

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

Now for the FUN part!  I had add-in’s or mix-in’s you may call them.   (You can click on the links for easy ordering) 

You simply can’t have a Hot Cocoa Bar without marshmallows!

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

For the paper products we found these awesome cups.  You can get some like it, WITH the little stirrers HERE

Don’t forget the Napkins!

 

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

And of course you MUST have Spray Whipped Cream in the can for the Caramel Apple Cider AND the Hot Cocoa!

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Bar

The drinks kept extremely well in the Igloo Jugs, which you can find HERE

Oh, and I mentioned, I use my fabulous thermos all the time to keep water and drinks hot, like I did for the party, or when we go out to events and activities – you will find one HERE

Now, to save you frustration and calculations, for a party of 75-85 people, and some people had both kinds of drinks; while others had many ‘tries’ of hot cocoa flavors too:)

  • I used only one bottle of all the syrups, the larger one of the chocolate
  • 3 bags of miniature marshmallows
  • 4 cans of spray whipped cream
  • 1/4 can of Stevens hot chocolate mix
  • 1 – 1/4 can bag of heath toffee bits
  • about 1 1/2 cups total of crushed candy canes
  • 1/4 cup approximately of Mexican vanilla
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of orange and almond extract

 

TIPS:

  • Put towels on the floor to absorb any drips from the Igloo jug
  • Garbage cans around to collect the empty cups, spoons and napkins.  We line 5 gallon buckets and have around the rooms.
  • Have a bowl of ice for parents to put in their kids cups if the drink liquid is too hot.

 

I will give you the formula that I used for making large batches of the Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate and the Caramel Apple Cider.  I made it the day before, kept it cold and then warmed it slowly over the stove and poured it into the Igloo jugs.  The jugs kept the drinks much hotter than I expected, so warm it just a little hotter than you would drink it if it will be used within 4-5 hours.

This is what I needed with a little left over for 75-85 people, kids and adults included:

 

CREAMY CROCK POT HOT COCOA  

4 quarts or 2 half gallons half and half

8 cans sweetened condensed milk

3 gallons of whole milk

1/4 cup vanilla (I like the Mexican vanilla)

3 packages  semisweet chocolate chips

5 packages of milk chocolate chips

Full recipe instructions are HERE

 

CARAMEL APPLE CIDER 

3 recipes of cinnamon syrup*

9 quarts apple juice ( not apple cider)

6 envelopes dry spiced cider drink mix

1  1/2 cups caramel sundae topping (use one 14 oz. bottle and that’s perfect)

Follow recipe instructions HERE

 

I hope you get a chance to have family, friends and even YOUR neighbors over for a hot cocoa bar and maybe you’ll want the caramel cider too. 

Here are all my hot drinks so far that I have created that are family friendly and delicious. Simply click on the picture and it will take you there!

9 Fabulous Family Friendly Hot Drinks

 9 Fabulous Family Friendly Hot Drinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie Groneman’s recipes

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017

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2nd Sunday Dinner

2nd Sunday – Oct 2016

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2nd Sunday Dinner

I had my left knee replaced, making both with total knee replacements within a three week period and this Second Sunday was even more difficult than the last one….but our awesome neighbors came to our rescue!  I feel terrible that I didn’t even take ONE picture of the set up, or dinner – that’s how weak I was feeling, sorry folks. 

So, before the first surgery I had made Au Jus and purchased the deli style cooked roast beef to serve as French Dip Sandwiches.  Both were in the freezer along with a few batches of brownies and Circus Sugar Cookie bars.

However, the problem was sides/salads and more desserts.  I was not feeling well and Stan had his hands full of taking care of me AND getting the house ready.  Our son Derek came over Saturday night to help set up the tables, chairs and some other things (thank you a billion times over Derek!).  But, during the week, I was worried about it and just knew I couldn’t make anything….I wasn’t even making food for us, unless making a glass of chocolate milk counts.

So I put out a call for help on the neighborhood facebook page, and boy, everyone was so willing to help! In no time at all people volunteered to bring the food we needed and it was all set.  Stan and I are incredibly grateful to our friends-neighbors (same thing) who came to our dinner and help to strengthen our community in such positive ways. 

ANNOUNCEMENT:  We have a new grand baby coming in November and we are SO THRILLED! However, because this little one is not geographically close to us, we are on stand by and will be traveling as soon as we get ‘the word’ the baby is on it’s way:) This means that we will be taking a hiatus to our 2nd Sunday dinners for November and also through the holidays.  When we start up again, we will post and let y’all know!!!

Now for the dinner:

I served the BEST EVER FRENCH DIP SANDWICHES and you can get the recipe HERE

Au Jus and Beef Sandwich for French Dip

The BEST Ever French Dip Sandwich with Homemade Au Jus

Also CIRCUS ANIMAL COOKIE BARS and you can get that recipe by clicking HERE

Circus Animal Cookie Bars

Circus Animal Cookie Bars

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Second Sunday Dinner

August 2nd Sunday – Open House Dinner

 It was a FABULOUS 2nd Sunday Dinner with a large crowd of about 60 AWESOME people! I went with a Hawaiian Theme and here’s a few of the items on the menu:

Hawaiian Sliders

Hawaiian SlidersRoasted Corn Couscous

Roasted Corn Cous Cous

Pineapple Dream Bars

Pineapple Dream Bars

It was a crazy, busy week for Stan and me, but we still managed to get the house cleaned.  The fridge, pantry, fingerprints on walls, wood, etc., you know the deep stuff I normally don’t do with my regular daily cleaning. And of course cooking and getting everything ready to greet our guests.


The menu consisted of: 

Hawaiian Pork Sliders with Slaw and Sauce – click HERE for the recipe

Roasted Corn Couscous – click HERE for this recipe

Island Baked Beans, Mini Cucumber Bites, Pineapple Dream Bars – click HERE to get this recipe

Toasted Coconut Poke Cake – always a fav, click HERE for this one.

I mentioned to my friend Diane at RecipesForOurDaily Bread I was doing a Hawaiian theme and she said she had a recipe she had that would go perfectly.  I asked her to send it and I will tell you, that it was so unique, that I could not even imagine what it would taste like.  Our friends that join us for 2nd Sunday Dinner are very adventurous (I try to introduce at least one food they may not have had before) and thought this would be a great time to try this.  I made a triple batch to fit in my over-sized pan, and people were scraping every little bit out and asking for the recipe before they left.  Can you imagine what it would taste like to mix pineapple and cheese together, then top it with butter and Ritz crackers?  Well – this is what the people were asking about and rushing the serving counter for.  Head on over to Diane’s place to snag the recipe for Baked Pineapple Cheese Casserole and see it for yourself.  Click HERE for her recipe.  Second Sunday Dinner

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

 




2nd Sunday Dinner Open House

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It was 2nd Sunday and we had one of our largest crowds ever, which made Stan and me so happy.  Neighbors brought people to meet new friends, and it was really a wonderful time.

I have been asked many times how & why we do this dinner every month, here’s a few of the reasons

  1. We feel very strongly that we are to host this dinner.
  2. Miracles happen every month.
  3. The people that come are wonderful and become friends

Here are a few of the latest miracles:

When our grand daughter was born a few days before 2nd Sunday, and struggled with life for several days, we had the energy and strength to help with the other grand kids, keep up my blog responsibilities & Stan his work, deep clean, cook, prepare and still hold the dinner.

I have a small budget set aside for this event and, without fail, miracles happen, for example –

One month I really wanted to make my Asian BBQ Chicken, but the meat alone would bust my budget. As the day came closer I felt impressed to go to a local store. Of course I did, and found they had exactly what I wanted at marked down prices!

This month I wanted to make the Beef Bourguignon I posted, but that particular cut of meat would be much more than a few months of my set-aside-funds for the dinner. Again, I felt to go to a certain store, and found the butcher was marking the meat down to about the cost of hamburger due to the upcoming marked date!

It is not an easy task to pull off every month, but it is so worth it and we relish in the feeling in our home as we get ready for and have the dinner.

 

Now for this month’s menu:

  • Beef Bourguignon over Chunky Masked Potatoes (click HERE for the recipe)
  • Strawberry Mousse   (I am so sorry my neighbors who I said I would have this recipe up – I forgot to take pics and write down what I did! I’ll make it again next month and put it up then)
  • Rolls & Butter
  • Green Salad & Dressing
  • Sugar Bars with Cookie Butter & Chocolate (recipe coming)
  • Stuffed Angel Food Cake (recipe follows)
  • Chocolate Cookies
  • Carrot Sheet Cake

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DSC_0663Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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2nd Sunday Open House Dinner

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This 2nd Sunday was a bit of a challenge with my granddaughter having problems and in the NICU. Luckily Stan and Dallin were a tremendous help with the grandkids, deep cleaning the house, shopping and cooking.

We really look forward to 2nd Sundays. It is a day we open our home to the neighbors to come, bring friends and eat great food. We never know who will come, or how many will drop in, so it is an exciting adventure every month. Stan and I are always amazed and thrilled at the experience we have in our home because of this event.

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My challenge is making food that is delish, affordable and easily done mostly ahead of time. This month I served:

  • Sloppy Joes*
  • Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing and Olives
  • Spinach Salad with homemade dressing, mandarin oranges and fresh strawberries
  • Pickles
  • Chips

 Dessert:

  • Homemade Oreo Cookies*
  • Peanut Butter Bars*
  • Key Lime Poke Cake

*These recipes are in my cookbook, Carrie’s Cooking For Keeps

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

2nd Sunday Dinner

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It was another GREAT 2nd Sunday dinner!

DSC_2024This is the time we open our home to friends and neighbors to join us for food and good company. DSC_2025The menu this month included: Sloppy joes, tortilla chips and nacho sauce, my homemade creamy potato salad and my festive baby green salad with amazing homemade cranberry dressing. For dessert, it was apple pie. Recipes follow. DSC_2029Thanks to all who came and visited.  It was a wonderful evening. DSC_2023I know of TWO other families who are now doing a Sunday dinner/open house after seeing how we do it at my house. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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