Well, it has been quite a week. I had a great trip to Chicago to become a Verizon Savvy Gourmet Blogger. I fell in love with Chicago, and need to get back there STAT to fully explore. While I was making my way back to NJ, my husband called to tell me that my mom’s house where we are staying was a casualty of a crazy storm. To make a long story short, we are very lucky that everyone was safe and even though we lost some rather large trees, the house has little structural damage. My neighbors, well, that rather large tree is still sitting on their roof.
It could not have come at a better time that I have started working with Verizon. While I was in Chicago, I was lucky enough to be given a Motorola Droid Xyboard. One of the things I learned while meeting with the Verizon people is that in most emergency situations, Verizon devices do not lose their signal. I was not comfortable staying in the house with the kids, I could rough it without power, but there were so many lines down, that it made me nervous. So I put the kids in the car and headed to my best friend’s house in Connecticut. At this very moment, my Xyboard is my own personal hotspot! It is the most amazing feature. I am able to use all of my devices and not have to worry about finding a wi-fi connection, because I have one of my very own. Amazing. And this week, it has truly kept me in touch with my family who are semi-homeless until the power is restored (hopefully by the 6th) and we can all move back in. I even got to go around the annoying hotspots that airports have that try to charge you to check your email while waiting for a flight. Even better still, my friend who I am staying with moved into this house a week ago, and has no Internet connection yet, but because of my Xyboard and my amazing 4G LTE connection, we are all connected to the Internet. I am grateful to have friends that are willing to take in me and my 3 crazy children while we wait for the lights to go back on. In the meantime, I am grateful for the workers in NJ that have been working around the clock trying to get our power back.
It is hard to even call this a recipe it is so easy, but it is the thing that I have made the most lately. After the success of my roasted strawberries, I got the idea to save some berries that were looking less than perfect. I had some black raspberries, red raspberries, and blueberries and did nothing more than sprinkle some sugar on them and add a vanilla bean before I put it in the oven. After an hour the house smelled amazing, and the berries had softened and made a thick syrup. I served the berries in a pretty champagne glass and added just a touch of vanilla ice cream. When I say a touch, I mean a touch, and if I say that you know that these berries are wonderful all on their own. The ice cream melts over the warm berries and everyone at the table is happy. If you should have any leftover, this was heavenly over my waffle the next day. And I think that it would be a beautiful thing to stir into some yogurt or add to a smoothie. Seriously, don’t toss the berries, roast them.