Wednesday, December 17, 2008

some visuals (and a treat)

The heavy ice just brought trees and limbs cracking down all through the night and day.There are wires still down and snaking all over the roads
Look at the limbs hanging on the wires!
Since this is what we're still living everyday (minus the beautiful ice crystals now--although snow is on the way!), I thought I'd give you a glimpse into some of the wake of this storm. It's impressive. The clean-up is massive, and everyone is just trying to work together to get debris cleaned up, wires put back, and restore the power to those STILL without... It's humbling.
The newscasters are correctly reporting that there are still more residents here who are WITHOUT power, than those who have had it restored.
(And thanks to my friend Marilyn, since these pictures are from her camera)
We ran into some friends in town at the store, and they still are without power...
It was hard to feel so happy about having power back when your friends don't.
Food always helps.
Here is a MUST bake for your friends, or a holiday brunch:
I doubled this last night, and made two.
Southern Apple Cake
cream together:
1 1/2 c. canola oil
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
then add:
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
then add and mix just until combined well--
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. chopped pecans
3 c. peeled and diced apples
mix well. Batter is thick. Put into greased bundt cake pan.
Bake at 350 for one hour.
Do the toothpick test. It will be done, but slightly moist. The pick should come out clean.
Right away while the cake is hot, mix the glaze and pour over cake in the pan.
Let sit 2-3 hours to cool and set.
Then invert the pan and either serve that day or cover and let sit on the counter til ready to serve. You can easily make this 1-2 days ahead. It aso freezes well.
melt and boil one minute
1 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. milk

YUMMY! Don't skip this one!


Marilyn said...

That looks really good. Wish I had an oven to cook it in! Great pictures, Michael just walked in and said, "technical theft"!

Schenewarks said...

I heard you were taking your children around to help clean up trees, good for you. It will be a Christmas they never forget. Great idea to bring a cake!

Becky said...

unbelievable. it was hard to picture how bad it really is. thanks for the visuals. it really IS that bad. not that I was doubting, just amazing to actually see some of it. you are a great example...taking your kids on a daily 'good deed' tour around the neighborhood. i'm sure your help is appreciated and very much needed.

Joy said...

Sorry so many as still without power. It is amazing how dependant we are on some things. Its made Ben and I realize we need a alternative heat source in our home.

Jane said...

My friend in Ashburnham has 100's of pictures on facebook. That storm was amazing...I can't even imagine!! It was so cool to see all of the pictures she took of the area. Wow did it make me miss our cute and quaint little town. (not missing the ice and cold though, didn't want you to get the wrong idea there)

I am so glad that you are with power what a huge blessing!
And I got such a cute card in the mail.. love the family picture.