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,
so I began making the KENTUCKY
GARLIC CHEESE GRITS.
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!