because we ALL need it at the end of the week
… friday funnies …
these images will def warm your heart and brighten your day
faith in humanity = restored
if there was any doubt in my mind about the compassion that existed in others, it has been proven this past week, by leaps and bounds
it’s truly heart warming to see first hand all of this coming-together-ness going on
help has come in from near:
local families, friend and groups getting together to volunteer at shelters, collect donations, hand out a warm meal, clean up homes, or maybe just to lend a shoulder to lean on
and help has come from far:
troopers from 11 states were sworn in yesterday to assist the police force, power companies drove in/flew in from states all over the country, national guard and federal support, donation packages from out-of-staters who have family/friends in the area, and that’s naming just a few
it still breaks my heart when i see another slideshow or photo gallery of the aftermath of Sandy to our area.
the homes destroyed.
the families displaced.
the landmarks that will forever be tainted.
but at the end of the day, we all still have each other.
we WILL get through this.
and we’re getting through this because of the immense support system out there.
KUDOS to everyone who is making a difference and lending a helping hand!
WOW… I’m a little bit back to reality today. I was able to catch a bus into the city to flee the no heat, no power, no cell service on the home front for a solid 8 hours today.
walking to the bus stop with a flashlight in the pitch dark + standing in the cold for 20 minutes with a wet head of hair = priceless, to feel the warmth of the bus once it finally came!
my heart goes out to the members in my community who lost so much in the wrath of Sandy’s path. they say “the Jersey Shore will never be the same”, but we true JS folk know what’s up. we come together and rebuild in ways that other parts of the country could never think as possible. it may take some time, but it’ll all be back, better than ever too.
if you are anywhere near the north jersey shore area and have clothes or supplies (or gift cards) to donate to families who have lost everything they had, inbox me on facebook, send me an email, or comment here. i know of many MANY families who evacuated their houses with a small bag of their belongings and now don’t have a home to go back to.
Stay strong New Jersey Shore and the other communities hit by Sandy!
We survived, we’ll rebuild and we’ll be telling stories about this storm for the rest of our lives.
i thought id tried every variation under the sun of cooking a potato… until i stumbled across a couple of recipes for hasselback potatoes!
they seemed kind of like a mix between a baked potato and scalloped potatoes. top em’ with some bacon bits and you could serve these babies up as your main course. they have the looks of being prepared by a skilled hand, but a pair of chopsticks will have you mastering this recipe in no time
russet potatoes, thoroughly rinsed
bread crumbs (i used a GF version)
shredded cheese (i used daiya rice shreds)
1) Heat oven to 450*. Place chopsticks on a cutting board on either side of the potato and cut thin slices all the way down the length of the potato. Be careful to not cut all of the way through it!
2) Place potatoes in a roasting pan coated with a thin layer of olive oil. Drizzle olive oil over potatoes and bake for about 45 minutes.
3) Once they’re done, remove the pan from the oven. Mix some cheese, olive oil and breadcrumbs in a bowl (enough to cover however many potatoes you’re cooking) and spread onto potatoes, making sure to get the mixture into the cracks. Top with some salt and pepper and place the pan back in the oven until the cheese is melted.
“master of trickery” should be added to my list of qualifications :0)
i felt like a food ninja the other night by hiding the spaghetti squash from the veggie-hating hubster… i was quasi successful
JC: what’s for dinner?
M: pork chops and potato pancakes
JC: ooh, sounds good
…about an hour later…
JC: umm, these don’t look like regular potato pancakes
M: did i say potato? i meant squash (insert devilish grin here)
JC: what a shocker
he DID eat them, some of them, not quite like the good ol’ fashioned potato pancakes, but a fun twist on the traditional dish! these had a nice little zing to them from the jalapeno and ginger. i changed up this recipe to make it allergy free
SPICED SQUASH PANCAKES
1 T. olive oil
3 shallots, minced
2 small jalapenos, seeded and minced
3 T. minced peeled fresh ginger
3/4 t. ground cumin
3/4 t. ground coriander
salt and pepper
3 c. roasted spaghetti squash, patted dry
2 eggs worth of egg replacer
1/4 c. GF flour
1) Preheat oven to 275* degrees. In a large nonstick skillet heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots, jalapenos, and ginger, then cook until softened. Stir in the cumin and coriander to cook for a minute, then season with salt and pepper and let it cool slightly.
2) Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the squash, eggs and flour. Heat skillet to medium heat and cook batter in 1/4 cupfuls until golden brown. Transfer these to the oven to keep warm while you cook the rest of the batter.