I can’t tell you how glad I am that this stressful week is over.  DC was lucky to escape the wrath of Hurricane Sandy though several of my local friends are still without power or just now getting it back. I have a lot of family in New York and we haven’t been able to reach everyone.  But things are such a disaster there that it’s entirely possible they’re still without electricity and saving their cell phone charges. If you live anywhere near New York, the best way you can help right now is to donate food, clothing and blankets to those who lost everything.  If you don’t live in the area, this article lists charities working directly with New York, New Jersey and other locations dealing with the aftermath. Donating to any of these organizations will be a huge help.  Please give what you can.

One of the things that kept me sane this week was getting my hands dirty in the kitchen.  I made muffins, cookies, popsicles and a few other treats I’ll share with you next week.

Something else that kept me sane?  Reading beautiful recipes from food bloggers:

Cheers to a new week.

UPDATE:  Everyone is ok!  No power, but all houses are in tact and everyone is safe.  Thanks for the kind words.

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  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    I’m so glad you stayed safe. I hope you reach your loved ones soon. Baking always relaxes and keeps me busy when I’m stressed too.

  • http://www.kitchenriffs.com kitchenriffs

    That was one nasty storm – and I speak as someone who used to live in Florida, and have extensive experience with hurricanes. Glad DC weathered the storm well, but the poor New Jersey shore!

  • http://tutti-dolci.com/ Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Glad you are safe! Thank you for including my brownies!

  • http://www.tablefortwoblog.com Julie @ Table for Two

    I hope you’re able to reach all your family soon. Thank you for including me in your roundup! Hope you’re having a great weekend :)

  • Kate@Diethood

    Glad to hear all is well! I pray that.things will get back to normal for everyone …ASAP. Stay safe and take care.

  • http://www.thelawstudentswife.com Erin@LawStudentsWife

    I hope your family is OK and that you can reach them soon! Thanks for sharing these lovely recipes too. I can’t think of a better way to stay sane (outside of running to my kitchen rightthisinstant and making every single one of them!)

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Thanks! I finally found out about everyone tonight- all are ok but still without power. I will sleep better tonight.

  • http://www.tartineandapronstrings.com/ Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings

    I got to check out most of your roundup features! They are awesome!

  • http://thespicedlife.com/ Laura

    Wow I am glad I got the update first! Thank goodness!

  • http://www.noblepig.com cathy @ Noble Pig

    Thanks for including me in the round up!!