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NaBloPoMo 2012: November 4th- Sandy set me back about 50 years

So this past week Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Like any good worry-wart, I was fairly stocked up on batteries, tissues, water, tylenol, booze, and baking supplies.

Now, the last one would make perfect sense if it weren’t for the fact that I have an electric oven.

So, on Monday night, in the hours before Sandy was supposed to hit, I was cooking mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and hurricane cookies.

Yes. Hurricane cookies.

I mixed up some sugar cookie batter and added blue food coloring to it. While the cookies baked, I decided they needed icing so I made homemade icing which I anticipated looking like a fluffy white vanilla. It didn’t. So, after everything cooled, I iced half of the cookies and then used food coloring gel to draw hurricanes on the cookies. (At this point, the storm hadn’t hit and I was trying to soothe my nerves by baking.)

Then, immediately after I finished baking, I lost power. Womp womp.

When I gained power back two days later, I realized it was dangerous to drive to the store, and that the store would probably be empty. My family came over to use my electricity and stay warm, and I was devastated that I couldn’t celebrate Halloween. I then baked pumpkin bread.

The next day, I was really craving chocolate. However, I didn’t have chocolate. At all. So I decided to bake some sort of sugary treat. I looked up a bunch of recipes (Yay internet access!) and settled on making peanut butter fudge.


Mmmmmm. Tasty.


Boiling peanut butter fudge batter!


The finished peanut butter fudge product was DELICIOUS. Seriously.

After the fudge, I took a day off. I was sick and needed some beauty rest.

Then I woke up around 6:30pm and decided I wanted quiche. I had a bunch of leftover veggies from veggies & dip, and a bunch of eggs, but I was lacking a quiche pan. I found a quiche casserole recipe online, tweaked it, and by 10pm I was eating quiche for dinner. (Nobody ever warns you how long it takes to chop baby carrots. Ugh.)


stirring the veggies with vegetable oil, salt, and Lawry’s seasoning salt


mix it in with the flour, baking powder, salt, dill, parsley, and more


poured it into a casserole pan, sprinkle cheddar jack cheese on top


The finished product!


Seriously. This was AWESOME if I do say so myself.

I became very reflective over the Week of Sandy, and I realized that that biotch of a hurricane turned me into a 1950’s housewife…minus the “wife” part…and I guess minus the “house” part as well since I live in a studio apartment. Let’s rephrase this: Sandy turned me into a homemaker.


I totally dress like this during all hurricanes. Don’t you? (This is from a “TV party” my freshman year of college. I was Lucile Ball.)

Sandy made me very grateful to have my health, a roof over my head, and the love and support of my family in everything I do. (I’m also really glad they’re all okay!) Sandy also made me realize how much I love cooking, and how awesome it is to play the role of Susie Homemaker once in awhile. Maybe I’m meant to be a 1950’s housewife afterall…

Update: NaBloPoMo Day 2 follow up

On day 2 of NaBloPoMo I wrote about how there’s no place I’d rather be than Jersey. After all, I am a Jersey girl. I even wrote about Bon Jovi, and how his song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” summed up how I feel about Jersey.

Well, the “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” benefit concert aired on Friday night. Jon must have been feeling the same was I did, as he performed a beautifully haunting rendition of the song, as well as “Living on a Prayer.” I encourage all of you to watch the video of his performance, and to enter the GingerSass Halloween Costume Contest Raffle and Sandy Relief today.

Stay safe, loves. <3