Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Do you know your neighbors?

When I lived in Chicago, I rarely interacted with my neighbors. In the Lake Shore Drive highrise, I would see people on my floor only once a week! Sometimes, I would ride the elevator down with my across the hall neighbor. However we would speak few words if any and just stare straight ahead on the seemingly long ride down. When I moved to the courtyard building in Wrigleyville, again I rarely saw my neighbors. When I did, it was just the quick hello and nod.

Fast Forward to condo in Florida. A few weeks after moving in, our neighbor came over to introduce himself. He came bearing a bottle of champagne to boot. It was so friendly and so unexpected. I had some baked goodies that I had made with my bf's mom. I assembled a little plate and sent the bf to bring them over the next day.

Last weekend, I got the urge to baked Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Being the Semi-Homemade girl that I am, I used boxed Red Velvet Cake mix (Duncan Hines). However I made the cream cheese frosting from scratch -- an activity that ended up being fun! Of course I make way too many cupcakes. I decided to bring some over to our new neighbor that moved in. We weren't sure exactly when she moved in, but we did notice she would always park in my bf's beloved parking space. :) Anyway, I packed up 2 cupcakes and hopped over to her door. I thought I would just drop off, say a few words and leave. I ended up chatting with her for like 15 minutes. She lives there with her husband. She's very friendly and was floored that I brought her cupcakes as a "welcome to the neighborhood" present.

I headed back to our place. I wasn't there more than 10 minutes before we got a knock at our door. It was said friendly neighbor who gushed about my cupcakes--especially the frosting. It was boost to my day! The next night, the BF's friend is in town and we had just finished dinner. BF was being the good BF he is by taking out the trash. He ran into said neighbor and next thing you know, they are coming up the stairs to get more cupcakes! Evidentally she told him how much she and her hubby liked them so BF invited her up to get more. Thank goodness because I was about to eat them all myself :)

For the few blogging friends I have, here is a picture of the cupcakes!


Single Girl said...

Mmmm... cupcakes! Homemade frosting too! Sounds yummy! I baked homemade apple pie the other night and can't wait to eat more tonight!

Anonymous said...

I love cupcakes!! Those are amazing looking! It's so funny how a look like that can bring back memories from years and years ago!


acaligurl said...

cupcakes look lovely... and hey i have those plates!!!
luckily i have good neighbors across the street from me and on either side of my house. phew... its nice to have a happy neighborhood.

The Working Girl said...

Hey Neighbor! Things sound nicer on your side. The only time a neighbor ever knocked on my door was with the police to complain about my dog who barked when the doorbell rang. No wait, I take that back - I do have another very fabulous neighbor who I recently learned works at Twisted Martini. We will have to go be neighborly over free drinks sometime.

The Working Girl said...

I also have cute neighbor boy with dog ... I've yet to work up the courage to talk to him though. Maybe I need your cupcake recipe.