If there’s one thing I know about the internet it’s things spread like wildfire. One day you’re sitting there, perfectly happy with life, you sign in to the social media du jour, and bam! You realize everything you’ve been doing is so darn yesterday.
But sometimes these trends confuse me. Why the need to reinvent things that were perfectly fine without all the reinventing?
1.) Food in Muffin Form
I admit I get sucked into these ideas sometimes. Because food in muffin form is just so.darn.cute. But, honestly? Lasagna in a muffin pan? As if it wasn’t enough work to layer the noodles, the sauce, the cheese, and the more cheese into perfection. Now I have to like, wrap the noodles and fit the stuff into a muffin tin? And maintain the proper ratio of cheese to stuff? For why?
Pot pies in muffin tins. Eggs-any-way-you-can-cook-’em in muffin tins. Rice Krispie treats in muffin tins. Apple pie. Crab cakes. Potatoes. Meatloaf. Pizza. Macaroni and cheese. Anything you can possibly imagine stuffing into a muffin tin and baking, you probably can.
The only thing it seems isn’t trendy: actual muffins.
2.) Things on a Stick
Another trend which seemed cute at first, but now makes me want to run away from the next skewer I see: pops. Cake pops. Brownie pops. Pie pops. Macaron pops. Rice Krispie pops. Grilled cheese sandwich pops (yes, I swear!). I’m all for small bites and cuteness. But please, the entire food universe does not need to be formed into a ball or cut into a shape and put on a stick. Let’s leave the stick food to county fairs. Corn dogs have earned their nitrate-filled, deep-fried right to live on a stick, OK? I cut my kids’ grilled cheese sandwiches into hearts for Valentine’s Day, but I draw the line there. No sticks. Besides, when a trend reaches infomercial status, you know it’s time to move on.
3.) Stuff Made Out of Pallets
You know, those wooden things warehouses and stores and places stack stuff on, thereby making the stuff easy to hoist with a forklift? Well, people are making all kinds of crazy things out of them. Planters, furniture, picture frames, porch swings, and art work to name a few. It seems like a grand idea–take something you can pick up for free or cheap or, like me, you might even have in your garage (leftover from when The Couch was delivered), and make something out of it. Upcycling at its finest. The problem? It seems pallets are full of nasty things you probably don’t want in your home. Like chemicals, mold, and roaches. Yeah, the creepy crawly kind. Ick.
4.) Keep Calm and…
Carry On. Sparty On (you’d understand if you went to Michigan State). Eat Chocolate. Go Shopping. Potter On. Harry Ron. Call Batman. Bacon On. OmNomNom.
Somehow, I don’t think this is what the British Ministry of Information had in mind during World War II.
Some of the sayings are clever, but when everything under the sun suddenly has a Keep Calm… poster, it loses effect. Of course, the rebuttals make me laugh. Maybe I should make my own poster, “Keep Calm and Snark On”?
5.) Arbitrarily numbered lists…
P.S. I totally made the eggs in a muffin tin recipe. It didn’t go well. It might be why I apparently have such strong feelings on these subjects…