Recently, Baking Nana suggested we all participate in a Faceless Frenzy. The date was set for this past weekend. If you haven't been on The Buzz lately, you may not know what a Faceless Frenzy is. Actually,
it's quite an addictive activity! It's putting photos to those recipes that have no photo. We were to make as many as we could in a 48 hour period and then review and post the photos.
I knew I needed to set some parameters for this activity: I would only make food that we would eat, I would scale down recipes considerably using the "change servings" option, and if I was going to make
very many different items, I was going to have to invite people over to help me eat it. As I started looking at recipes, the first few I came across used cream cheese, so I decided to have a tea party.
Now, anybody who knows me knows I love tea parties. I love drinking Earl Grey tea...eating tiny little sandwiches...slowing life down long
enough to laugh and talk with good company...and using my pretty china, crystal, and cloth linens. I see no sense whatsoever in
hiding the wedding china and crystal in the china cabinet and saving it for kids who don't really want it. I want to wear mine out!
I invited a good friend, my sister, and her good friend. They accepted the invitation with the understanding that I would be making 15 recipes I had never made before. They knew of my obsession with Allrecipes
and understood I would be making these recipes with the intention of taking photos of them. They also came to help with the last minute tasks.
The morning of the event, I awoke at 5:00 a.m. eager to get started. I got most of the food made, but I didn't want to put the sandwiches together until closer to lunchtime. Also, a couple of things needed
to cook in the oven, so they had to wait, too. My good friend arrived an hour early to help me assemble the sandwiches. She was also my lighting assistant for the photography sessions :) My sister and her friend arrived at the time I had set for lunch, but
it took all of us working at least another 30 minutes to complete things.
I took photos of every recipe, but forgot to take any of the pretty table once it was all set or of my guests! I was on a mission and once that was done, I guess I just blew out a big breath and sat down
to relax and eat.
The soup I chose to make was Butter Bean Soup.
Now normally, I wouldn't serve a soup this hardy for a tea party. But I had an ulterior motive. I knew my husband would want dinner that night and I wouldn't. So this would be a filling, meaty soup for him.
These are Pepperoni Cheese Balls. I made them
smaller than the recipe recommended and served them with Ritz Crackers.
I made five different types of little sandwiches. These are Ham
and Egg Salad Sandwich Spread. I have never cared for ham salad, but these were really good.
These Tropical Sandwiches were quite good. They
had a cream cheese and pineapple base, but the banana and coconut added considerable depth of flavor.
What's a tea party without cucumber sandwiches? These Summer
Time Cucumber Sandwiches were perfect! Ranch Dressing flavored the cream cheese, and the cucumbers were enhanced with dill weed.
These Fruit N' Nut Sandwiches were also cream
cheese and pineapple based. They were then topped with almonds. By the way, just as a side note, this filling on a piece of toasted homemade bread makes a fabulous breakfast!
Aren't these pretty? These Creamy Strawberry
Sandwiches were supposed to be topped with another piece of bread, but I thought they were too pretty to be covered up.
This is your typical cream cheese and pineapple cheese
ball. I was really surprised at how different all the cream cheese/pineapple items tasted. This was like the basic recipe. Then one sandwich had almonds on it, and the other had bananas and coconut on it. And, yes, the taste was surprisingly different
enough to not be boring.
These Sausage Cheese Balls were so different!
I was expecting just the regular holiday sausage ball, but the onions, celery, and garlic powder really amped up the flavor.
Everyone's favorite food at the tea party was Crabmeat
Toasts. The reviews mentioned that they were way too salty, so I reduced the seasoned salt by half and used garlic powder instead of garlic salt. Definitely a keeper and a repeat.
I served Earl Grey Tea...lots of Earl Grey tea, but I also served Kelly's
Super Simple Shower Punch. It was only two ingredients, raspberry sorbet and Sprite. Easy and good.
Monica's Baptist Sangria is
another beverage I served. I made 15 new recipes, and I suppose if all turned out but this one, that's not too bad, is it? This was terrible! There was entirely too much tea powder for the amount of Sprite called for.
I've seen similar recipes to Candy Bar Salad and
have always wondered about them. This is Cool Whip, vanilla pudding, apples, bananas, and.............a Snickers Bar! Sounds more like a dessert to me, so that's what I made it. Just a tiny little dessert.
My final faceless frenzy was a two-fer. Both the pie and the crust were without a photo. Grandma's
Very Easy Pie Crust was really easy to make, even if it was a little skimpy. Sugarless Pumpkin Pie was what I made to fill this crust. It wasn't quite as sweet as the regular
pie, but I'm sure a diabetic or a weight watcher would welcome this treat.
My tea party was a huge success with everyone suggesting I should do it again next month. My feet, legs, and back begged to differ though. Maybe they'll reconsider with 30 days to rest up.