Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fancy Flours, Simple Pleasures

We've been together a long time and you are only now seeing the street where I live.

Embarrassing, really. Not so much my street, but the fact that, of the nine other families living on my Harvestwood Court, I only know the names of three other families. And one of the families is my in-laws who live across the street and up three houses (Picture "Everybody Loves Raymond" live and in color).

I grew up in Douglaston, New York - a neighborhood where everyone knew everyone else and, more importantly, people made time to involve themselves in the lives of one another. It was a neighborhood in the truest sense of the word and one of life's greatest simple pleasures.

Nine total families on my street and November marks two years since we moved in. Let's just say, I'm not shining in the Good Neighbor Department.


September 28, 2009 marks National Good Neighbor Day and I am determined to use the holiday as an occasion to break the cycle - to stop the madness.

You see the writing on the wall, I hope.


Let's get straight to the business of the day. We have monthly activity going. I pick a holiday worth celebrating and you pick a cookie cutter that I must use to bake a treat worthy of celebration. Fancy Flours is the company of our choice because they have a CRAZY BIG selection of cookie cutters and their gift wrapping is fabulous!

The contest is made more fun if you pick a cookie cutter you think will be true challenge for me to build into the holiday theme. Kind of like Earth Day and porcupines, Bass Fish and Backyard Games Day; Mermaids and my husband's birthday; airplanes and National Ice Cream Month, and yes... an ear of corn and Freshmen Orientation. I'd say this group has the hang of it.

Consider yourself a novice? It's easy. Click here. Find the cookie cutter you consider least related to National Good Neighbor Day. Visit the comment section to cast your vote, then tune in on Friday to find out the winner. Check back on Monday, September 28 to see what creation we've come up with (and to take a crack at winning your very own)!

Done, done, and done.

Signing off until tomorrow...


Claudia said...

I'll get the ball rolling, since later today I am leaving for a short trip and I won't be able to check in throughout the day.

I went to page 10, item number 7. It was the Dino T-Rex.

How about you?

Robin said...

The fire hydrant.

cassie p said...

oooh i second the fire hydrant. thats fun!

cristine said...

Here are the choices from the Struble family (minus big Matt)
William: Elephant 2
Matthew:Apple with worm -
Cristine: weasel

Kat said...

I like the question mark on page 12!

heather said...

I'll second Cristine's vote for the weasel!

lindsaymarie said...

i choose the helicopter!

Katie K said...

My vote goes to the Gargoyle!

b.k.root said...

I'm voting for the Insects.


Hello, all... I'm finally starting to get a little settled in down here at my new job in Virginia. I've been meaning to drop in and say hello, and to thank the HLA ladies for the awesome, giant postcard that was sitting on my desk Monday.

Cheryl said...

So far we have:
Dino TRex
2 votes for the Fire Hydrant
Apple with Worm
2 votes for the weasel
question mark

I will reserve my vote until later.

Glad you're getting settled in Brian!!

Chaotic said...

Page 2, 18th item

Claudia said...

Last chance to check in before ducking out for the day. Fun votes. Can't wait to see what we end up with.

Brian. So good to have you back. Your presence has been missed.

Peggy said...

Cookie Cutter Guitar String (don't understand the name) but it's the cute guitar.

Cheryl said...

I'm going to vote with Peggy's guitar.

so that puts it 2 for the Fire Hydrant, 2 for the weasel, and 2 for the guitar.

Leah likes cookies. said...

I like the guitar too.