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Saturday. A storm, a baptism and a visit to ShopRite (aka ShopShite).  As a foreigner who had always believed that snow was just beautiful, I found it HARD to believe that this winter wonderland could turn into a blended winter disaster!

So this year, on the American Tick a Box list we have survived: a hurricane, an earthquake and now, a snowstorm.  Anyway all bad things bring something good and it may sound crazy but having 14 people for dinner every night for a week brings great joy!  There's something special about an adhoc, totally unplanned, empty-your-fridge-and-pool-your-food kind of meal.

I LOVE power, I've bonded with my washing machine and my children (well they did miss a week of school with no electrical devices to entertain them) and I ADORE my dishwasher but I do MISS the 'pop - ins' and the camararderie of last week's communal dinners.

The last LIGHT, WARM MOMENTS...

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The Sangria that got us through Night Three, four and five...


[Out of a bottle, we cheated, but it was all the way from Spain!]

We did chop up fresh fruit- were limited here, with no stores open, frozen PINEAPPLE and APPLE... 


Frozen Edamame topped it off nicely!

Roast Veggies to feed 14... Roast potatoes, pumpkins, whole garlic cloves, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper @ 400F, for an hour.  15 minutes before the end of cooking. add a cup of fresh cranberries (which shouldn't be nibbled on before cooking, as Nikki discovered) and a bunch of asparagus...Cook until cranberries soften and burst... 

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Halloween, the year the snow stole Halloween...


Headed to 'Raymonds' in Montclair for some Halloween cheer and kid entertainment... Look what we made with the place mats...Who needs to spend 3 hours at Party City and $50  on a once a year outfit, that you then use to decorate your tree the following year?! (Check out scary fir tree in photo above, costume circa Halloween 2010...)

The chocolate chip cookies we baked to feed 20 little people, hiding somewhere in my house! 
I do miss the madness xoxo