I remember when my family moved to our first house.  We were just a few years into our adventures in the United States, still adjusting to the culture and traditions of our new country.  I must have been fourteen years old.  There was a knock on the door.  A couple, middle aged, was standing at the door, holding a plate of cookies.  “Welcome to the neighborhood!” they said.

Fast forward many years.  The Artist and I moved into our home.  A few weeks later, there was a knock on the door and another plate of cookies, with sprinkles.

Turns out that while we were on vacation, our neighbors moved away and we came back to a new family living next door to us.  They mowed a strip of our grass and asked if it was ok to use our driveway to move in their piano.  We exchanged a few words and our names.  I found out I have a Russian accent, as if I didn’t know that already.

And then, I baked a batch of Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Cherry and Oatmeal Cookies to take next door for our neighbors.  The tradition continues!

As a major side note, this was the first time I used my generous and beautiful birthday gift from some of my dear girlfriends – thank you!

For the cookies, prepare a batch of chocolate chip cookies according to the 12 ounce chocolate chip bag.  Mix in 1/2 cup of each: shredded coconut, dried cherries, and oatmeal.  Bake according to directions.

The extra cookies went to work with me and the Artist to share with coworkers.

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