Several years ago, or maybe like 15 years ago, I was stuck at home with my parents for 4 days; no electricity, no phones, no water, and no way out of our house. We were snowed in. The entire town was under a mountain of snow. The temperature was below 30, and those that know this part of the country – Chicago area and Northwest Indiana – will understand that it is almost impossible to live without heat for well over a week. I layered on as many sweaters and sweatpants as I could; It was unbearable. Some people, mostly older people, didn’t make it alive. Absolutely the worst weather disaster I have ever had to go through. On top of all that, I was a teenager stuck at home with my parents, making sandwiches and playing card games, instead of going out and doing some stupid teenagerish things.

With that said, I think that I, and many others, can somewhat relate to what our East Coast friends are going through these days, and I am so sorry that you are faced with this challenge. My heart goes out to all of you. I pray day and night for you, and you are continuously in my thoughts. Stay strong, stand together, and you will pull through this.

Nutella Panini #WeCare from Diethood

In search of finding something to do for the victims, or to help the victims of Sandy, few of my blogging friends and I thought that the best thing we could do is make others aware of how they can also help.

The American Red Cross has always been at the forefront of disaster relief, and they once again have proven to be the best at what they do. However, they can’t do it without our help. According to their website, financial donations make an instant impact and that is what they mostly need. Just a few of our dollars can mean food for one family, shelter for another… You can donate just $1 dollar! It will make a difference!

To make it a bit easier for you, all you have to do is click on this badge and you will be directed to their website where you can donate any amount that you want. You can also grab the code for the Red Cross Badge that is in my sidebar to the right, post it on your blog, if you have one, and encourage your readers to do the same. Together we will make a difference.

#WeCare Support for Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

As a side note, I would like to mention that if I was anywhere near the victims, I would be outside with my panini maker putting together Nutella Paninis for everyone.

Nutella Panini for #WeCare from Diethood

Nutella Panini
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Serves: Serves 2
  • 2 bread rolls, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened, divided
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons Nutella, divided
  1. Turn on the panini press.
  2. Spread one side of each bread slice with a coat of butter.
  3. Spread the other side of each bread slice with Nutella.
  4. Sandwich the bread slices together, and place onto the panini press.
  5. Allow it to grill for about 1 minute, or until lightly browned.
  6. Serve immediately.

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16 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jeanette November 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM - Reply

    What a wonderful idea you all came up with to help support those in need following the hurricane. I was only out of power for 8 days and I know there are so many that still have no power and have lost their homes – it really puts things in a whole new light and makes me appreciate all the luxuries we have with power.

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook November 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM - Reply

    This is one of our favorite! What a wonderful way to support. I do believe little things help especially if everyone contributes. Great post, Kate!

  3. mjskit November 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM - Reply

    Great choice of comfort food for #wecare! I think this is getting lots of support. Love your panini!

  4. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) November 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM - Reply

    What a wonderful thing you all did raising awareness this way.

    Your nutella panini are absolutely gorgeous. Loving all the pictures you share with us. Have a great weekend, Kate!

  5. Jenn November 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM - Reply

    A nutella panini sounds fantastic! But more importantly, thanks for sharing how to help out those affected by the hurricane. I hope we all can do our part to make a difference to those who need it most right now.

  6. Charlie Rioux November 8, 2012 at 10:39 PM - Reply

    So easy, yet so delicious ;).

  7. anna November 8, 2012 at 10:09 PM - Reply

    yes, i can’t imagine it. the longest i’ve been without power is something like 24 hours, and it was terrible! and some people are over a week now! awful.

    delicious looking paninis…:)

  8. PolaM November 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM - Reply

    Those panini would make me feel much better!

  9. Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 8, 2012 at 9:07 PM - Reply

    Yum, I’m all for Nutella in a panini!

  10. Faith November 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM - Reply

    A lovely post – your panini look divine! Everything I hear about Sandy’s devastation is just heart-wrenching…hope we’re able to do a lot of good!

  11. Diane (createdbydiane) November 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM - Reply

    Wonderful post and yes I’d be right there beside you making everyone food!

  12. Lora @cakeduchess November 8, 2012 at 9:48 AM - Reply

    Love Nutella and perfect in panini. So nice to spread the word with all of you on how to help Sandy victims.

  13. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite November 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM - Reply

    I love this nutella panini! Great post about Sandy!

  14. Ramona November 8, 2012 at 6:45 AM - Reply

    These panini would make anyone happy… :)

    Great way to show support to all those impacted. My heart is just breaking again since they just got devastated by a snowstorm. What’s going on Mother Nature?

  15. Liz November 8, 2012 at 5:57 AM - Reply

    What a delicious, comforting panini! And a great call for support for Sandy…I remember being snowed in with my family, too…talk about going stir crazy!!! Thanks, Kate!

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