Friday, November 30, 2012

Gratitude & The Nose of La Bruja That Bit You- Boogered Witches Noses

As the saying goes " You never miss something until it's gone", these words have never rang more true to me than they have in the the last few weeks.  Living in New Jersey I've always seemed to yearn for the fast paced life of style savvy and culture enriched New Yorkers, dreamed of waking up every morning to the warm California sun.

And even though I pride myself on being a quote, unquote " indoors type girl"there is something about the beauty of the snow covered rocky mountains in Colorado that had me thinking of packing up my pink North Face jacket and hitting the snowy trails of Denver.

 Living on the Jersey Shore does have it's perks: beautiful beaches, great boardwalks, casinos in Atlantic City in addition I used to think nothing ever affected New Jersey. We have no mudslides, snow avalanches, tornadoes, or devastating earthquakes,maybe a couple of hurricanes but they never amounted to anything other than a little flooding.

However, all of this was true until a few weeks ago when Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. This super storm virtually devastated and destroyed the coastline taking parts of Atlantic City, leveling Seaside Heights and destroying thousands of homes and leaving millions without power in the process.

I was among those millions who lived almost 9 days half-near frozen without heat, lights, phone, computer, hot food, and for a few of those days even without water ( water main break) going half loca from the isolation and wondering when life would go back to 2012. All the while I was praying for those who lost so much more than I and hoping that they receive the help they so desperately needed.

 Eventually the lights came back on and my family attempted to ease our way back into to normalcy ( it took me a while to reprogram myself from mentally categorizing foods that I could possibly eat semi-cold and one's that I would never touch frozen, to the realization that everything could be eaten piping hot again). When the lights came on  once again a lot of things that we suffered without were restored, but one thing I had lived so long with was gone forever.

 Twinkies.......I loved them as a young chica but after many years without them, a few weeks before the announcement I found amor with them once again.  I also realized their creative potential and decided to turn them into a ghoulish little, bright green witches'( or las brujas is how you call them in Spanish )noses with gummy, rubbery , slimy boogers all over them!

 Disgusting I know but despite the " grossness" of them they were pretty yummy and they went over pretty well with the neighborhood kids with whom I surprised with at least half a dozen of them out of nowhere!  I know Halloween is now well behind us yet another casualty of Hurricane Sandy......Too bad I couldn't predict that in the weeks to come, one single box of Twinkies would sky-rocket to the value of $70 or more on EBay, little did those kids know I was offering them a delicacy! ♥

Green Chocolate Wafer Melts
Paper Straws or Lollipop Sticks
Gummy Boogers ( you can buy some) here
Parchment Paper or Wax Paper
Melt Green Chocolate Wafers in microwave or candy melter, for the microwave make sure to lower power to at least 70 percent and cook at 30 sec intervals and stir until chocolate is completely melted
Next, unwrap your Twinkies and insert paper straws or lollipop sticks, now they are ready for the chocolate.
Once chocolate is fully melted, the Twinkies are ready for dipping, be sure to dip and coat each Twinkie one at a time and place on wax paper.
Sprinkle gummy boogers on each Twinkie as you go, so that the chocolate doesn't harden making it difficult for the boogers to stick.
After boogers are generously sprinkled on each Twinkie place them in the fridge to set for about 20 minutes than they are ready to package or simply enjoy!
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