Monday, November 12, 2012

The Hurricane (& Zeppoles~ Hurricane-Style)

Hurricane Sandy
Nor Easter Athena 
(yeah, apparently they're named now too?!)

We here at the DeMarias were very, very lucky. 
We live in a town called Bayonne, NJ, on the water. It is a peninsula that connects NJ to NY; Bayonne to Staten Island via the Bayonne Bridge. And Staten Island, NYC was hit horribly bad.The hurricane really was terrifying. We lost power that night, quickly & the hubby & I sat the night out in darkness, listening to the unearthly wind howling, seeing the flashing lights of the First Responders-God bless them, hearing their sirens. Our tot, Gabriel fell asleep before the worst & slept through & I am grateful. We only sustained minor damages & I am grateful. We were in the dark, without power for 5 days. We were lucky. 

I cried when I saw the first newspaper. 
The images were incomprehensible to me. I have been adopted by NJ. I grew up in Florida with hurricanes. The photos didn't.seem.real. The roller coaster we love Sitting in the ocean adrift. The homes destroyed. Then I read an account from Staten Island about a mom, a nurse, who lost her two boys, a 2 year old & 5 year old. And I started bawling. We didn't get our Directv back for 2 weeks (the satellite was buckled, the bolts torn off, half hanging from our roof. Scary stuff.


Please, if you can, 
give to the relief effort. 
The Jersey Shore is decimated. We have had wonderful times on the Boardwalks, the beautiful beaches- Seaside, Pt. Pleasant, Ocean City... NYC's outer burroughs are hurting bad- Staten Island, Breezy Point, Rockaways... Money is what is needed most now or gift cards. 

NJ Governor Chris Christie set up a reflief fund here:
To contribute to the effort donations can be made online at or mailed to:
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, PO Box 95, Mendham NJ 07945-0095.
You can also text NJ to 41444 to donate today.

This story about Zoe & her siblings touched me personally, so I'd like you to take a moment to read it:

And, of course there's also the American Red Cross.

We were without power but we have a gas line & could light the stove with a match. We tried to make the most of it. We ate meals together, combined fresh foods & came up with good dinners. I made these one night for the family & my in-laws for dessert (to use the crescent rolls) & they were loved!
<3 Lishie

Zeppoles~ Hurricane-Style
1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
canola oil
powdered sugar, to sprinkle

Heat the oil in a deep pan. Cut the crescent roll dough into small 2" pieces. Carefully add them to the oil & cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side, carefully turning them with a spider utensil. Take from heat & place on a paper towel. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to serve.

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