52 Weeks of Neighboring - 2/19

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Tip of the Week - Double your favorite recipe and share extra with a neighbor.

This week's tip is a simple way to neighbor. It's also a great way to "break the ice" with a neighbor you've never met before, because who can turn down free, home-cooked food? Not me.

There's something really great about sharing out of our own abundance. In the simple act of sharing food, we can start a conversation, get to know a neighbor, and maybe make a friend.

Here are some practical tips to remember when you neighbor this week:

  • Sharing food is a nice way to meet a new neighbor because it's pretty non-invasive.
  • Worried about how your neighbor may react? Just explain to them that you made extra and wanted to share. You can also tell them you won't be offended if they don't like it. 
  • If your recipe includes foods that are common allergens (like nuts), make sure to mention that. An allergic reaction would not be good for your neighboring endeavor.
  • Of course, there are other possible dietary restrictions. If your neighbor can't eat what you brought, just make a mental note of that and fix something they can eat in the future. 

Be prepared for any type of reaction, but don't let the fear of rejection keep you from reaching out with your yummy gift in hand. 

Throughout the course of the next year, we want to encourage you to share your experiences as you try these neighboring tips. This week, upload a picture to Facebook or Twitter of the dish you're sharing and use the hashtag #neighboringmovement. We can't wait to hear from you!