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How to give your new neighbors the sweetest welcome


The smallest gestures of hospitality -- and a great recipe -- can forge a friendship for life.

Do you have new neighbors? Will any of your friends or family members be moving? Don’t just peek at the new neighbors from behind your window. Give them a hand with the move or bring them a small gift to make them feel at ease in the neighborhood.

Remember how hard it was the last time you moved? Do you remember the tiredness, the stress of having to figure out where everything is, the house full of boxes, and in some cases, the discomfort of not having all the services connected yet?

For a first approach to your new neighbors, we propose the following ideas to help you to start off on the right foot. For example, you can give them a lot of useful information, such as:

  • The times of the garbage collection and any special recycling rules.
  • If they have children, the scoop on the local schools and where they can find sports, art, ballet, karate, and gymnastics classes.
  • Neighborhood or crime watch boards, or some similar neighborhood security program.
  • Frequent or traditional special neighborhood events during the year.
  • If they have children the same age as yours, introduce them to your kids. This would help keep them entertained while everything is still a mess.

And here are the gift ideas:

Welcome Planter
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  • A magnet or box with local emergency numbers for their refrigerator.
  • A basket with food.
  • A plant for their garden or balcony.
  • A spa and relaxation gift card.
  • A good wine.

Or you can prepare a simple plate of food. And here’s a hint: sweets and cookies never fail!

Some sweet welcome recipes

Chocolate Churros with Custard Sauce

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Les paso los churros que publicó Maxi @cookvanoyen en su instagram imperdibles La FATALITY de los días grises, CHURROS de CHOCOLATE con PASTELERA!!!! @cookvanoyen . Si no te pones a hacerla y avisarle a todo el mundo es por que tenes atrofiado los dedos. Para la masa de chorros necesitas: 1 y 2/3 taza de agua  2 y 1/4 taza de harina 0000 1 cda colmada de cacao amargo 1 cdta de levadura seca 1 cdta de sal fina Poné a hervir el agua y volcá todos los ingredientes de golpe, revolve con una cuchara de madera hasta que se despegue en forma de una única masa. (3 minutos aprox) Con un batidor bájale la temperatura moviéndolo un toque y vas a agregar en total 4 huevos normales jajaj , pones el primero y parece que oso se va al joraca, pero de golpe se incorpora perfecto. Hace lo mismo con los tres y mete la masa en una manga a churrera. Lo único que queda es freír, espera que la masa de enfríe para freírlos. Ahora la pastelera es así, en una olla pone 500 cc de leche con 75 gr de azúcar y media chaucha de vainilla si es que tenias dólares ahorrados, sino le pones un chorrito de esencia al final. Por otro lado mezcla 2 huevos con 50 gr de azúcar y 50 gr de harina 0000. Cuando rompa hervor volcalo a la mezcla de los hechos y de vuelta al fuego. Cuánto tiempo, hasta que espese un toque. (2 minutos de hervor) Si queres los pasas por azúcar y cacao al final!! A COMERRRRLLAAAAAAAAAAA!!! #osvaldogross #PASTELERIA #PASTRY #PATISSERIE

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For the churro dough, you need:

1 2/3 cups of water
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 tbsp full of bitter cocoa
1 tsp of dry yeast
1 tsp of fine salt

Bring the water to a boil and then mix all the ingredients together. Stir with a wooden spoon until it comes together and is fully mixed (3 minutes approximately). With a beater, lower the temperature by stirring it up a touch and then add in a total of 4 regular sized eggs, one at a time. Don’t worry, the eggs will mix in! Then put the dough in a churro sleeve to give it the right shape.

All that is left is to fry it. Wait for the dough to cool before you fry them.

For crema pastelera, or custard sauce, fill a pot with 1 cup and two tablespoons of milk, and add 2/3 cup of sugar and a splash of vanilla extract at the end. Heat the mixture to boiling over medium heat, stirring to keep it from burning. Separately, hand mix 2 eggs with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of flour. When the milk mixture boils, stir in the egg mixture and put the pot back on the burner. Keep it there until the custard thickens a bit (2 minutes of boiling).

If you want, you can roll the churros in sugar and cocoa powder at the end! And now… DEVOUR!

Quince Pastries

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Para la manana tarde y noche…..las masitas mas ricas de la panaderia PEPITAS 125 g azúcar 125 g manteca 1 huevo 1 yema Ralladura de medio limón. 1 cucharada esencia vainilla 280 g harina 1 cucharadita de polvo para hornear 200 g dulce de membrillo ( o dulce d eleche o crema pastelera) Batir la manteca con el azúcar, la ralladura y la vainilla. Agregar huevo y yema. Unir la harina tamizada con el polvo de hornear . Formar una masa tierna. Dejar reposar en la heladera pro 30 minutos. Envuelta en film. Hacer cilindros con la masa. Cortar de 1 cm de espesor. Apoyar las masitas sobre una placa enmantecada. Hacer un hueco en le centro y colocar una cucharita de dulce de membrillos. Hornear a 180°C ( H. moderado ) por 10 minutos aprox. #OSVALDOGROSS#FOOD#PASTRY#azucarchango #patisserie#pepas #membrillo @osvaldo_gross @mgimenezpastry.

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You’ll need:

1 cup of sugar
1 cup of lard
1 egg
1 yolk
zest of half a lemon
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup sweet quince (or dulce de leche or custard)

Beat butter with sugar, zest and vanilla. Add egg and yolk. Combine the sifted flour with the baking powder. Make a soft dough. Wrap it in plastic wrap. Let stand in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Form the chilled dough into cylinders. Cut the cylinders into rounds 1 cm thick. Put the dough rounds on a buttered baking sheet. Make a thumbprint (a shallow hole) in the center of each round and fill it with a teaspoon of sweet quince (or dulce de leche, or custard). Bake at 350° F (moderate heat) for approximately 10 minutes.

Apple and coconut cake

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Sigue el friooo. Torta de manzanas con un toque de coco . Si no encontrar leche de coco usa yogur entero de vainilla o crema de leche en igual peso. Manzanas o peras !! Riquísima. #osvaldogross #pastry #PATISSERIE #cake #manzanas #apple#pommes. TORTA DE MANZANAS Y COCO 6 manzanas verdes o golden chicas Caramelo liquido c/n Jugo de manzanas MASA. 125 g manteca//mantequilla o aceite de coco 120 g azúcar orgánico 2 huevos Esencia de vainilla c/n 220 g harina 2 cucharaditas polvo leudante 50 g coco rallado 100 cc leche d e coco Pelear las manzanas cortar en mitades y despepitar. Trazar cortes en el domo Ponerle caramelo y el jugo en una sartén poner las manzanas y cocinar 5 minutos Escurrir y enfriar. Masa.  Batir manteca con azúcar y vainilla. Agregar los dos huevos. Unir los secos y la leche de coco. Colocar en molde de 24 a 26 cm enmantecado y enharinado. Poner la masa. Ubicar las manzanas escurridas. Hornear a 175 C por 40 minutos La retirar pincelar con jalea o bien con azúcar impalpable y leche de coco en caliente.

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Apple cake with a hint of coconut. If you can’t find coconut milk, use whole vanilla yogurt or cream in equal weight. Use apples or pears!! Very delicious.

You’ll need:

6 small green or golden apples
liquid caramel as needed
apple juice

For the batter, you’ll need:

2/3 cup lard or butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup and 1 tbsp sugar
2 eggs
vanilla extract as needed
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup 2 tbsp shredded coconut
1/3 cup coconut milk

Peel and core the apples, cut into halves, and take out the seeds. Lightly score the outside curve of the apple halves several times with a knife. Put caramel and apple juice in a frying pan. Add the apples and cook 5 minutes. Drain and cool.

Next, the batter: Beat butter with sugar and vanilla. Add the two eggs. Combine the dry ingredients and the coconut milk. Place in buttered and floured mold of 24 to 26 cm. Top the batter with the drained apples. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. Remove from mold. Brush with jelly or with sugar and hot coconut milk.

(Recipes from Pastry Chef Osvaldo Gross)

Surely with some of these gifts, your new neighbors will feel your warm welcome!

This article was originally published in the Spanish edition of Aleteia and has been translated and/or adapted here for English speaking readers.


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