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Celebrating a Faceless Frenzy 
Nov. 4, 2013 8:01 am 
Updated: Nov. 5, 2013 6:38 pm

A Faceless Frenzy was planned for this past weekend. Perhaps you read about it on The Buzz or followed the Pinterest Board. It was a weekend to make as many or as few recipes as you liked (those that have no photo, or face) and put a photo to it. The frenzy part came about if you A) cooked a lot and had a messy kitchen, B) had lots of people known as "eaters" in your kitchen space, or C) had so many recipes going that you nearly lost your mind. I also discovered another possible reason for the frenzy.

I have a lot going on this year. Life is busy and hard. Plus my husband was on vacation just staying around the house this week. So I had decided I didn't have time to participate. I did no advance planning or purchasing or even considering twice (well, maybe I did consider it). Then it started. I read about it on The Buzz. I watched the Pinterest Board. I followed the Facebook page. AND I COULDN'T STAND IT! I HAD TO PLAY TOO! I quickly took inventory of my pantry and freezer. I scanned the newest non-photographed recipes on site. I made my list and figured how to adjust the serving size. I decided I wasn't going to fix anything terribly special, just food that we could eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Since I got started late on Friday and missed fixing new recipes for breakfast and lunch, I planned dinner and a little extra. We had SWEET DEVILED EGGS as an appetizer to hold us till dinner 

and then I fixed CUDDLE UP CHILI for the entree and PUMPKIN PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE for the "healthy" dessert. 

As I was looking once again through the newest recipes, I discovered COLONIAL HOLIDAY CUP and realized I had all the ingredients. Since the smoothie had been a bust, I decided to make us this warm, "fall in a cup" beverage. It was a nice, relaxing moment where my husband and I just talked. 

During this talk, I discovered that he wanted to scrub my kitchen tile and grout on Saturday. No way was I going to say no! I was just going to have to figure out a way to continue this faceless frenzy but be out of the kitchen during those critical hours. I decided that I could still fix breakfast, but lunch would be the problem. So back to the newest recipes I went and found SIMPLY DELICIOUS CHICKEN RICE SOUP. Tomorrow's lunch made, problem solved. 

Saturday morning I got up, went straight to the kitchen, mixed together PUMPKIN ALMOND MINI MUFFINS, and put them in the oven to bake. I was trying to use up the can of pumpkin I had opened Friday night for the smoothie. After adjusting the recipe, I still had a cup of pumpkin left! Well, I would think about that later and just stick it back in the frig. As the muffins baked, my house smelled like fall! The aroma of spices and pumpkin filled every room. I couldn't wait to try these little muffins, and they didn't disappoint. Delicious! I just wished I had a cup of that Colonial Holiday Cup to drink with them.

After breakfast, I put the dinner entree in the slow cooker while my husband got everything ready for scrubbing the kitchen floor. He worked through mid-afternoon and I managed to stay out of his way. 

With a freshly scrubbed, clean kitchen floor, I very carefully began putting together the evening's menu without dropping anything or making any splatters. The SLOW COOKER BARBECUE CHICKEN had been turned off a few hours earlier, 


After I put it in the oven, I put together DELICIOUS POPPY SEED DRESSING and made the green salad. 

Supper was a typical Southern dinner and turned out pretty good considering none of the recipes had photos and two of them had no reviews! 

After dinner, I started thinking about that left-over pumpkin. Back to the newest recipes to figure out what to do with it. I found a recipe for EASY BAKED PUMPKIN PUDDING and realized I could cut the recipe in half using up that cup of pumpkin and have dessert. 

So at the end of day two, I had prepared and photographed a total of ten recipes and had had fun doing it. Time to clean up the kitchen and go to bed!

Since Sunday is church day and my husband and I like to eat lunch out with friends, I didn't participate in the final day of the frenzy. I sure had fun watching the Pinterest board, though. Over 300 recipes were made and photographed, and I helped contribute 10 of those! And the upside to all my weekend cooking? I have left-overs for at least two nights this week!

Nov. 4, 2013 8:13 am
Wow Paula…for somebody who didn't plan on taking part you sure out did yourself! I really appreciate all the faceless frenzy efforts to provide photos for recipes…I am very visual and photos inspire me to try new things. Your photos are wonderful… THANKS!
Nov. 4, 2013 8:15 am
Wow, for a gal without a plan you sure kicked out a lot of recipes. I just love that chicken soup picture. Perfect! I got derailed Saturday afternoon, unfortunately it wasn't because someone offered to clean the grout! Well done, Paula!
Nov. 4, 2013 8:17 am
Great blog! I would have liked to do "the frenzy", too, but haven't ever tried uploading pictures...and have some pretty bare cupboards right now to boot. (MUST shop soon!!) I really enjoyed watching, though, and congratulate you for completing so many!
Nov. 4, 2013 8:29 am
Just imagine how many you could have done if you had a plan. Great job.
Nov. 4, 2013 8:49 am
It was such fun wasn't it? Glad you played. Ready for one next weekend? lol
Deb C 
Nov. 4, 2013 9:07 am
For someone not planning on it, you sure jumped into the frenzy! Because life got in the way, I wasn’t able to participate as much as the last frenzy, but I was able to get a few in. I loved watching the Pinterest board explode with enticing pictures though. I even made one of them this morning. BTW – please send you hubby to my house. :)
Nov. 4, 2013 9:40 am
I like your way of planning. I really didn't shop for any ingredients. I just used what I had on hand. I made 16 recipes with what was in my pantry. It was fun, except for a few set backs-burned my hand, my hubby put my food processor in the dishwasher-it melted, and my knee swelled up.( Due to knee surgery a few months back.) So I am icing my knee and I sent my hubby in the store to buy a new food processor. The best part is, I am sitting here enjoying doing nothing.
Nov. 4, 2013 12:33 pm
Wonderful blog Paula, your photo's are lovely.
Nov. 4, 2013 12:51 pm
Terrific job Paula, and I think a few people were pulled in that didn't intend to participate. I didn't have a car on Friday after my husband left for work in the morning, so I had fun searching and finding stuff to make with what I had in stock. We were pretty busy with other plans on Sat. and Sunday, but I managed to find two faceless dinners and even fed one to our unsuspecting dinner guest, and let them be the judge to rate the recipe. I just want to dig into those cheese garlic grits...now why didn't I find that one? :-)
Nov. 4, 2013 1:21 pm
Wow! Beautiful pictures and you didn't even plan all that!! Amazing! I wish my hubby would offer to scrub my floor!! Lucky you.
Nov. 4, 2013 4:54 pm
I'm looking forward to the day when I can do what I want to do, not what I have to do! Wish I would have had more time this weekend to do more faceless recipes . . . but I know that feeling that you felt, where you just can't sit back and NOT participate!
Nov. 4, 2013 7:13 pm
Thanks for the kind comments, Everybody. I did have fun this weekend. I love this site. Making and photographing my food has become a fun hobby for me.
Nov. 5, 2013 3:43 am
Great blog, Paula! As Baking Nana said, you did an amazing job for someone without a plan!
Nov. 5, 2013 5:44 am
Wow Paula! You are an amazing woman. Even WITH a plan, I only made two "faceless recipes" and posted just one of them. I think you are a very organized person. Fantastic job and a beautiful blog.
Nov. 5, 2013 7:35 am
That's pretty ambitious! Don't you get tired after all that cooking? Maybe I'm lazy, but after making two or three dishes, I'm ready to take a nap. ;)
Nov. 5, 2013 6:38 pm
Cynthia, I don't usually get tired of cooking. It's something I really enjoy...a hobby, I guess. I don't cook every single day, though. Lots of times I make enough for left-overs for another day. I also have a very appreciative husband who will eat pretty much anything I serve. The fact that I'm not cooking for picky kids makes it even more enjoyable.
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I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
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I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
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Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
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Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
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A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
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