The Crazy Suburban Mom: A crown roast of frankfurters

Monday, January 13, 2014

A crown roast of frankfurters

The only thing I did consistently all last year was highlight the days as they went by in my Filofax...

good bye 2013

It's really bothering me and clearly there is a heavy dose of sloth DNA mixed with the human stuff...    I'm never going to be a high energy person but come on...  My only claim to 2013 fame is using a highlighter?

I'd really like to find something I can look at and feel proud about next January but I need to recognize the limits of my time, effort, and patience.  

Along those lines; has anyone ever done the 365 project?  A year in photos but not necessarily about the photography itself?   There are as many themes as there are people doing it so I can pick whatever jazzes me.

My thoughts on topics I might be able to maintain are:

1.   Cheap or free vintage button pictures, I have a lot of them.

freecycle button SCORE!

Bags full...

I love them but don't really do anything with them (beyond the obvious hoarding thing).  A lot of people seem to like them as well....

2. Tiny water color paintings in my Filofax...

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I'm not sure I can do one a day but I'd like to try.   And the great thing about doing artwork is (theoretically) my ability to do it should improve over a year and at some point I won't be embarrassed to post them.

3. Easy, cost effective recipes...

Pantry chicken recipe

Like  the sticky chicken recipe used to make these golden delicious wonders...

Recipes that are either very easy, have few ingredients, or are inexpensive....   Doing this daily might be a stretch too but I make something everyday pretty much, we rarely go to restaurants. This might be doable.

4.  Items I've gotten either for free or very little money...


Like this entire record collection from a garage sale...

The case alone is way cool but the records are pretty fab as well...  Check out a few:




See what I mean?

This topic is likely to be heavily slanted towards the vintage category but it would be a mix of new and old.

5.   A vintage ad or other image...


Like this old weight watchers recipe

Hot dogs recipes are always especially unfortunate, which makes them perfect.   

So what do you guys think about this?   Are any of these appealing or are these others that come to mind?

Help, suggestions, and thoughts appreciated....  I'd like to feel like I moved forward this year, even if it involves a crown roast of frankfurters....


Morag 1/13/14, 11:05 AM  

I love your watercolours - they are beautiful but I also need some recipe ideas so any of those two would make me happy. Now I'm off to try that crown roast of hot dog recipe lol!

Tracy Reinhardt 1/13/14, 11:16 AM  

Morag, been meaning to write you for days now!! I will get on it today!

Tracy Reinhardt 1/13/14, 11:16 AM  

Morag, been meaning to write you for days now!! I will get on it today!

mstraat 1/13/14, 11:35 AM  

I would say do what is the most fun for you--something where you get into it enough to not notice time passing. Otherwise it will turn into one more thing you *have* to do, and that will make you feel bad.

Morag 1/13/14, 11:35 AM  

Tracy, I am actually due you a letter and have just mailed it today so no need to write to me yet :).

Debralyn 1/13/14, 5:47 PM  

Those records are the bomb… I've been looking for "Denise Denise" on a 45 for 20 years. I've always wanted to place it in a memory box (frame) and give it to my sister.
Tracy, I love and look forward to your posts so much.

Susan Mac 1/14/14, 7:02 AM  

Don't sell yourself so short. You are one of the funniest people I've ever read; I believe I have gone back and read every single one of your posts. You bring laughter to people and that is a great talent.

SF 1/14/14, 8:48 AM  

Tracy - Susan is right. You have a great sense of humor. I love to see your watercolors, and what you are doing at any given time. You are SO talented in that area! But the crown roast of frankfurters, OMG! who knew??!!

Tracy Reinhardt 1/14/14, 9:07 AM  

Mstraat - That is so true about me - things that become a chore are really hard for me.

Debralyn - It was an amazing find to be sure. I'm never sure what to do with things like that that are so cool but I don't really 'use'

Susan - Thank you so much for your kind words - I do try and be funny.. sometimes it's easier then others but if I'm going to make a point, that is how I try to make it.

SF - It was originally a weight watchers recipe which is -- kind crazy! Old hot dogs recipes are so bizarre - for some reason they always stand the hot dogs upright which makes them even stranger!

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