Catching up – Hurricane Sandy


Let me start by saying I was SO proud of myself this week for making myself a posting schedule.. and then Sandy came. Tuesday morning I went to work knowing I probably wouldn’t be there the entire day. I walked in the door surprised to see that the majority of my other coworkers had shown up as well. We spent the morning prepping for the storm, hiding tender plants, tying things down and unloading a last minute truck that raced up the coast from Florida to beat the hurricane. Around lunchtime when the rain and wind started we all headed home to safety. Tuesday and Wednesday were a mess. We lost hundreds of trees, power, phones, and so on.
I live in northwest New Jersey, so the destruction that we see here isn’t nearly what others did, but it was still bad.

So since I missed my Wednesday photo post due to no internet and no power I’ll share my aftermath photos today…

This would be my road.. the day after the storm. Cut by angry neighbors who don’t need tree chippers to clear their roads:

The day after the worst of the storm, my parents and I went on a drive to the next town over. We wanted to look in on my grandparents and check out the damage. On the way home we stopped at the grocery store to buy some quick ingredients to cook for our tired, cold neighbors (we have a generator).

Its extremely weird to shop in a dark grocery store! They have a generator but its only enough to run emergency lights and registers. We were there the first day that they had no power, but Im sure they had to throw most of their produce away.

My mom made a huge pot of her own chicken soup, and a huge pot of a new potato leek soup recipe that she wanted to try. We invited over some neighbors, let them all take hot showers, and fed them hot food.

Our giant family dinner

How did you weather the storm?

A few of my favorite things…

Back in April I did a post about 5 things that I love… and on this dreary, windy, hurricane day I decided to write about some things that make me happy and comfortable. The wind is ripping through the trees right now and rain is pelting my windows. Luckily, we have a huge generator that runs our entire house. My moms cooking and doing laundry while everyone else watches tv and I sit at my computer. I guess it could be worse, huh?

Its still miserable. I probably wont work tomorrow…. and I can’t sit in the house for long periods of time without much to do. So I decided I’d share a few things that I just cant get enough of right now to kill some time. Here we go.

Jasmine Green Tea

I always love green tea. Hot tea seems to just soothe everything. There is something very addicting about Jasmine tea to me though. It calms me, its tasty, and it makes you feel good. Yum.

Spicy Food

Its a pretty general statement butĀ in generalĀ I love spicy food. I’ll put hot sauce on almost anything and I’ll mix chile sauce into almost anything. Have you ever had spicy hot chocolate??? Incredible. I’ll have to post a recipe for that one. Spicy food is also extremely good for you. Hot peppers are full of vitamin c, can ward off parasites and colds, and can raise endorphins. So eat up and sweat it out! : )














I love lemons. I rarely drink water without a lemon in it. It just feels so refreshing to squeeze a lemon into cold water. But I also love lemons when I cook… I can’t eat seafood without some kind of citrus, and I usually add extra lime to guacamole. I’ve noticed that if you are cooking and you feel that your dish is missing something, a sliver of lemon can usually finish it off. I also feel like I’m always adding a boost when I use a little bit of a lemon for flavor because its such a great detoxifier.

My Betty Crocker “Hearthealth” Cookbook

This cookbook got me through college. My roommates and I had a deal that we would each cook dinner one night a week, and scheduled it depending on our class situation. This forced us to be creative and not eat the same-old-college-kid-dinners every week. I found some of my favorite recipes in this cookbook (including a pad thai recipe that has topped the rest, which I plan on sharing sometime in the near future!). The book also has a lot of tips and tricks in it, and teaches the basics for those who may not be so savvy in the kitchen.

Chilly, sunny days

Almost everybody loves fall, but the cold, gray days are the worst. I love those days when its crisp and cold but the sky is as blue as it can be. Those are my favorite days. September was full of them but now that we are really getting deep into fall the grayness is starting to last longer.. and the hurricane isn’t helping!

Ps. These photos today aren’t mine. Not usually something I do, but I borrowed them all from Pinterest.

Have a warm, dry day and be safe.