“Surviving” Hurricane Irene

The big story of almost anyone on the East Coast this weekend, was Hurricane Irene.

Adam and I did what any normal people would do … Friday night we stocked up the house. And because it’s Manhattan,  we waited over an hour in line to pay for our water, cereal and peanut butter. It’s amazing what city dwellers consider hurricane essentials!

Supermarket Line - That woman's face cracks me up (sorry woman if you're reading))

I also went with my sister to capture our adorable grandmother and bring her into the city. She lives too close to a zone A for comfort, and we all wanted to make sure she was away from any flooding areas. She however, was a little feisty, saying she survived kristalnacht – she could survive a hurricane. It is hard to argue with that. I love that woman, but nonetheless she came into the city to party at my sisters.
Saturday morning before the storm, Adam and I waited again in an hour-long line. This time, for apocalypse bagels. Again, it’s amazing what New Yorkers consider essential, and bagels is definitely one of those things. Bagel Works typically has some sort of line, and has amazing bagels, but it’s never this long …


The rest of the day was spent held up waiting for the storm –  I got bored with the ABC Family and Criminal MInds (weird combination, I know) marathons … and so did the cats, but we created our own party

Is it over yet?What is that whirling noise?

Over Christmas, Adam bought a funnel cake kit for like two bucks at Bed Bath and Beyond. And we love it! (Seriously, though, you can make your own, with a funnel and a pan) It’s actually very yummy, and guests love it – an amazing party trick! Since they’re horrible for your waistline, we typically only make the delicious treats for very special occasions – we figured the NYC hurricane, was special enough.

Funnel Cake! Look at ALL that powdered sugar!

Today we woke up to …. nothing! Which is great, we totally survived the hurricane sans any damage. Our street did not have any downed trees, and was not flooded woo-hoo!
We were even able to venture out to one of our favorite Sushi places around lunch time. Fuji is good place for cheap sushi in Manhattan – and they were open, which makes them even better. Take that Hurricane Irene! We decided to avoid seafood based food, just in case it was left over from Friday.
What did you do while waiting for Irene?

Sweet Potato, Avocado, Rice, Soy Sauce, what could be better post - hurricane?


Easy Healthy Ideas for Cake Mix!

Earlier this week, I was left to fend for myself when Adam ventured off with friends to Jones’ Beach to see White Snake. While, I’m a huge Journey fan, I chose to take a pass on White Snake and bake …. a diet coke cake!

A friend of mine mentioned that you can add a can of diet coke to any cake mix, bake it as per the box directions and you get healthier version of an easy dessert. I didn’t believe and decided to try it out for myself. 

Mix it all together!

I really love yellow cake mix, but was concerned that adding a dark-colored soda to the mix, would make the color less than inviting. I decided on adding some ginger ale, a four-ounce container of  apple sauce from the Healthy Living Summit  and a sliced apple to the mix. It was delicious!

Literally this is too easy to type out the step by step instructions. I trust if you’re reading this blog, you can read the instructions on the box. If I can do it – you can do it, I promise!  Slice the apple in bite sized piece, mix in 8 ounces of the soda, and four ounces of the apple sauce and bake (follow instructions on the box)

Looks just like a "normal" yellow cake, pre-oven

While the cake was baking, I made a variation of my veggie pizza by using a sandwich thin, and mixing chopped spinach with garlic gold nuggets that I also got in my Healthy Living Summit Swag bag (my diet has been very HLS swag oriented this week). I will definitely be purchasing these nuggets – We love garlic,and while fresh is the best, they were so potent, that it felt like I was getting a real garlic flavor!

Spinach and Garlic Gold Pizza YUM!

The cake turned out great – I’m dreaming up my next diet soda adventure …maybe it will be a chocolate cake with a diet Dr. Pepper – Can’t wait!