You might have heard that we’re having some extreme weather in New York, what with Hurricane Sandy barreling up the coast and wreaking general havoc and inconvenience in her path. Yesterday, both NYU and Parsons announced cancellations for today, and today they’ve already announced for tomorrow. While our hearts go out to anybody and everybody who might actually be affected by the storm in any way, I’m privately and very selfishly thrilled to get a couple days to lounge around and pretend I’m a rich housewife or an agoraphobe, both long-held aspirations of mine.

Yesterday we went to the grocery store and battled huge crowds and very long lines to stock up on “the essentials.” The great (or horrifying) thing about Brooklyn is that nobody really has any idea what the essentials are, so a pretty standard shopping basket tends to hold some combination of frozen pizza, ice cream, a six-pack of beer (or more), and maybe a can of soup and a gallon of water, just because that’s what everyone else seems to be doing. People basically treat this stuff like a city-wide mandate to just stay inside and smoke pot for a couple days, which is pretty cute. Brooklynites would probably be the first to perish in a zombie apocalypse, but they’d do it with style and probably while working on a puzzle, eating kale chips, and watching Twin Peaks.

Like the rest of the borough, we have no fucking idea what to buy. For non-perishables, we basically picked up a couple cans of beans and called it a day before turning our attention to something more important/delicious: baking. We very rarely bake but something about being stuck inside has gotten us into the spirit.

We started with the Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie (the recipe is just on the back of the chocolate chip package, or here). A delicious classic.

While Max was making Toll House magic, I moved on to my grandma’s oatmeal raisin cookie recipe! Max isn’t a fan of these cookies, but I love them. It’s a family recipe so I’d need to get permission before posting it, but I love me some oatmeal raisin.

I also tried my hand at Post Punk Kitchen’s vegan Marbled Banana Bread, which Anna made once while we were hanging out about two years ago. It’s a super delicious recipe and very, very easy to make.

I might need to make another batch, since one slice just really isn’t enough.

Otherwise, we’ve been hanging out, getting some work done, making popcorn and watching some trashy TV. Long Island Medium is my new very favorite thing in the world, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is really shitty, and we’re considering buying Safety Not Guaranteed on iTunes because Aubry Plaza. <3.

We bought the dogs their own little matching American Apparel hoodies yesterday (they’re only $16!) so they could get their cozy on, and it’s pretty adorable. They are not at all concerned or anxious about the storm and I think are just enjoying having us all hang out together for a couple days.

Be safe, everybody!


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  1. 10.29.12
    Elissa said:

    I just so happen to be watching Twin Peaks right now! Not in Brooklyn though-and no kale chips. Now I think I’m going to go bake something. Yum.

  2. 10.29.12
    Louis W said:

    Hurrah for being stuck a home, also using is as an excuse to catch up on home projects and trashy TV. We watched Moonrise Kingdom last night, but made another on-demand discovery which made me giggle (

  3. 10.29.12
    TRISH said:

    Hoodie dogs!! Adorable!

  4. 10.29.12
    Joy said:

    Matching dog hoodies!
    We opened my cafe from 6am-4pm today and it was PACKED! Apparently all of Park Slope/Prospect Heights decided it was a great day to hang out. Definitely ripe pickings in the zombie apocalypse.

  5. 10.29.12
    Kari in DC said:

    Glad you and the pups are doing well!

    We made carmel pecan brownies. My favorite cookies ever are my grandmother’s Raisin Nut Gems. The recipe calls for soaking the raisins in simmering water… so so good. If you decide to share your recipe, I’ll send you mine as well :)

    Stay safe!

  6. 10.29.12
    Mimi said:

    omg AA dog hoodies is a thing that exists?! i have to get a black one for Wrangler, my skinny hipster cattle dog, and after that he’ll just need a pair of vintage Wrangler jeans to complete the look…
    stay dry! (from the weather, not alcohol ;)

  7. 10.29.12
    LP said:

    I live in New Orleans so my advice for getting through a hurricane is…well, I’ve never actually been here during a hurricane. I’m sure y’all will be fine! you have DOGS IN HOODIES!!!

  8. 10.29.12
    karla said:

    Your pups are sooo much cuter than the models….you need to send their photos to American Apparel.

  9. 10.29.12
    Ashley said:

    Highly recommend “Safety Not Guaranteed.” Hope you enjoy it!

  10. 10.29.12

    Those dog hoodies are incredible adorable.

    Just for future reference. Hurricane supplies are pretty much like any emergency supplies; Bottled water and lots of it. If the water reservoirs are compromised you’ll need it to drink, cook and brush your teeth with (and possibly bathe). Canned food is good make sure you have a manual can opener and it’s pre-cooked because if the power goes out you can’t cook it (Listen up frozen pizza dudes), non-pershible foods, if you need to refrigerate it don’t buy it. Candles, flashlights and batteries are a must as well. Bonus points for taping up your windows in an asterisk pattern with painters tape. If your window cracks from a branch or stray rock the tape will keep the glass from shattering everywhere and kind of contain the mess.

    I’m a native Floridian so this stuff is second nature to me. I was scoffing at the Northeast for being so hyped up over a Cat 1 but it looks like you guys are getting a ton of water which is never good for Manhattan. I used to live in Yonkers and was surprised how quickly it floods there and how dangerous that can be.

    Stay safe and stay inside!

  11. 10.29.12
    Lauren said:

    Safety Not Guaranteed is amazing. Amazing.

  12. 10.29.12
    Rainbeau said:

    Ha! I whipped up some Nestle cookie goodness yesterday, too. Though it’s been quite the opposite of hurricane weather here in LA. Hope you guys stay warm & dry.

  13. 10.29.12
    gardenbre said:

    stay safe … taking a page out of your NYC blogs – starting to stress bake – just rounded up ingredients for chocolate chip cookies – nervous energy – using it or losing it (storm-related outage maps up in Toronto already and it’s barely drizzling but it’s getting a little windy and it’s gotten really cold) … then some Mad Men & cookies/tea … take good care

  14. 10.29.12
    Chelan said:

    By all means rent Safety Not Guaranteed! Great movie :)

  15. 10.30.12
    Colleen said:

    Living on chocolate chunk pumpkin bread in New Hampshire! Watching bad zombie movies. Realized at some point that red wine would help pass the time. It’s a good day.

  16. 10.30.12
    Juliska said:

    I’ve been thinking about your little clan today, hoping the four of you were safe at home, staying warm and dry. Eat your good-looking cookies, have some tea, and cuddle the sleepy pups. This must be like the grown-up version of a snow day.

    To all the others in Sandy’s path, I hope you make it through safely. Be careful, stay inside. It’s 10:00 p.m. here in Santa Monica, so 1:00 a.m. back East. Go to sleep, if that’s possible, and let all the unimportant stuff wait out the storm. Good night.

    • 10.30.12
      Daniel said:

      Thank you! I think we can all agree that this is unfolding to be far more intense and sad and scary than we were expecting. It’s hard to go to sleep with all the uncertainty going on (and soooooo many sirens), but we’ll try!

  17. 10.30.12
    Elly said:

    Oo, Safety Guaranteed! I still want to see that, thanks for the reminder. Also, stay safe! Sounds like you guys have a rocking hurricane plan :)

  18. 10.30.12
    Catherine said:

    The photos of Brooklyn in the news look crazy! I hope you and your neighbors are okay. Also, what do you do when you have dogs and outside is a lake? Hopefully the water will kinda move along before you have to deal with that..

  19. 10.30.12

    hope you guys stay safe.

  20. 10.30.12
    Furpants said:

    Just wanted to say I hope you are all staying safe, and that your power and water stay on. <3

  21. 10.30.12
    Jenn said:

    How you doin’, Brooklyn? Still high and dry?

    (And ha! I just remembered you said you had roof… nothing like a little walk about… Flush the evidence! Woof!)

  22. 10.30.12
    Rosie said:

    I’m in the West Coast, I just found out about the storm… you all are in my prayers looks pretty bad from the pictures I’ve seen.

    Oh a funner note… those cookies look so good I can smell them!

  23. 10.30.12
    victoria said:

    HA! I just got Mr. Freckles a purple AA hoodie. He rocks it:

    Glad everyone is safe. xx

  24. 10.30.12
    Ryan said:

    Damn, boy! Great score.
    Stories like these make me equal parts relieved and jealous that we don’t have an Aussie Craigslist..!

  25. 10.30.12
    Ryan said:

    Oops. Commented in the wrong post. Damn iPad!

  26. 10.30.12
    Sandra said:

    According to the news, New York city is becoming the new Atlantis. Hopefully all of you guys are safe.
    I am writing from San Francisco but reading your post makes me want to curl up in my apartment and make cookies. I hope you can get an ok on publishing that Oatmeal Cookie recipe. I’ve been looking for a good recipe for a while now.

  27. 10.31.12
    Helena said:

    I’ve been seeing the news on tv and it was really bad and scary.
    Wish you are all well and safe.

  28. 10.31.12
    Amber said:

    Glad to hear you guys are safe. Love the hoodies. They are 30% off if you enter the promo code CHEAPTREATS by 11PM tonight. My pups love theirs!

  29. 11.2.12
    h said:

    the brooklynite shopping list cracked me up. being from coastal SC we are all OMGWTFHURRICANEPREPAREDNESSNOW so i can’t imagine casually stocking up on chocolate chips. so glad you guys made it through ok. unscathed but with time for cuddling and junk food is an ideal storm scenario.

    Linus’ hoodie was what compelled me to comment in the first place. Its just too adorable for me.

  30. 11.12.12
    Kath said:

    Good to know you guys are ok:) I love that you went on cooking for Sandy:) Keep on writing, I love reading whats new- and I adore your writing style.
    oh, and BTw, if you ever want to try out some easy crappy recipes, go
    ps. I am not a effing spammer. Although that could be an interesting career choice.