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Can she even cook OR why are blueberries so round? 
Jan. 30, 2012 6:54 pm 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2012 9:41 am
Greetings fellow peeps!  Strange title, hmmm???  I don't blog often and when I do, it's not usually about food.  You see, I feel like I am a very average cook, with no appreciable talents or tips in the kitchen that you could not get from someone far more knowledgeable than myself.  I have blogged about my family or get-togethers with some of the most wonderful folks here.
However, I have the honor of being in the AR Ambassador program this year.  Hence, "can she even cook?"  Well, yes, I can and do cook... regularly.  Nothing fancy, my DH likes his meat and potatoes.  He doesn't care for salads or fruits, and we rarely have a dessert in the house.  When I do bake, it is usually for the gang at work, otherwise a cake or pie would have 1 or 2 pieces taken out and then left to become a science experiment.
This month's AR Ambassador tasks for January included making faceless crockpot recipes.
I routinely use recipes from here at AR, but very seldom like to review them unless it's an absolute winner.  So many opinions, so many different tastes... who am I to decide whether something is "good" or not?  The pork chop recipe above?  Not so great, but some folks loved it! 
Some other AR recipes used this month:
The pork medallions from Marianne?  Absolutely wonderful.  Funny story I had to share with Marianne this month... I fixed the pork medallions, along with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and beautiful steamed brussel sprouts.  Actually, I should have taken a pic, since it looked so yummy.  The next morning my DH, who had a terrible cold, asked very innocently "What was that you fixed for supper last night?"  Uhh... he's had that same dish at least three times before.  I very slowly explained what it was and he said "couldn't taste or smell a thing...".  So I could have used the full amount of capers, lemon juice and balsamic.  He wouldn't have noticed whether it was tart or not.
Oh yes, the second part of the title of my blog.  Why are blueberries so... so... ROUND?  What do round things do when dropped onto a flat surface?  Yep, I'll bet you guessed it... they ROLL. entire container of blueberries got knocked off of the upper shelf, the container hit below and popped open, and every single one of the little round buggers scattered to the far reaches of my kitchen.  Thankfully, no cats were around to chase them.  I rinsed them well and even though my floors were clean, I just didn't feel right using them.  So I very carefully removed another container from the fridge for my Health Nut Muffins, a recipe I tweaked based on the original recipe from zopooh.  Not a light & airy muffin, pretty dense, but packed with the good stuff.
Let's just say I need to work on my photography skills...  DH looked at me rather strangely when all of a sudden I had gotten very friendly with my camera.  I hate taking pictures.  And.. I was taking pictures of his dinner, that all of a sudden had garnishes on the plate.  What's that?  Never mind, as I quickly whisk it off of his plate.  It's just a touch of color!
I will try to keep you posted on my AR Ambassador Adventures.  Wish me luck dear friends.  This could be an interesting ride.
Jan. 30, 2012 7:27 pm
My sweet friend you crack me up. I for one, think you have a ton to offer not only in the kitchen but just in general. I also think your food looks very good. Next time just tell the DH, the garnishment is just the window dressing. We eat with our eyes so whatever it takes to make it look pretty, is a good thing. And don't you just love that pear vinegarette? One of my faves for sure. The blueberries? Well how about if I say this.....stbicws!
Jan. 30, 2012 7:39 pm
Haha, Avon, I wondered if you had read the email. Too funny coming out of my son's mouth. And yes, I love the pear vinaigrette (and it's mine, all mine cause DH doesn't do salads.)
Jan. 30, 2012 7:43 pm
OK, Avon, what does that mean? Anyway, Mag, you are so funny. I love everything about your blog. Especially the recipes you chose! Yum! Love them all. My hubby is getting good at minimizing his sarcasm regarding my photo ops! He rolls his eyes. And then he wants to go through all the names of my buds here----I mean, Avon (ding dong), Lady Sparkle? Magnolia Blossom? Baking Nana? Mauigirl? Seriously. He needs to get a life just like I did!
Jan. 30, 2012 7:46 pm
Ah Marianne, remember the phrase STB? I believe it was posted in Avon's blog about our Oregon get-together, but it appears to be a Midwest phrase that just tickled the funny bone of the PNW gals. Sh** the bed is the phrase and I was talking to my son the other day and somehow the conversation took a turn to the humorous side and I said it must be a Midwest thing. He told me that a guy from Texas says the same thing except "Sh** the bed in clean white sheets." I had to share with the Oregon gals, so now you are in on the secret code.
Jan. 30, 2012 7:52 pm
Oh, shout out and thanks to Baking Nana who told me about doing just my pics on blogspot and doing the remainder here. Worked like a charm!
Jan. 30, 2012 7:54 pm
Excellent blog MB, I'm still laughing about the BBs rolling across your kitchen floor. I probably would've steped all over them and had a BLUE mess to clean up. And, we just love Marianne's Pork Medallions too. Avon made the Pear Vinegrette and brought to my house when Marianne came to visit. You'll have so much fun being an Ambassador and you'll get really comfortable cooking, reviewing and taking pictures. I'm very excited to see what you'll be doing each month.
Jan. 30, 2012 7:58 pm
Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake. I like that. I've got your sweet potato cupcakes saved, so I just might have to do that for next month.
Jan. 30, 2012 8:03 pm
Ahhh hemmmm....Marianne.....ding dong? Really???? REALLY????? Not only am I NOT the Avon lady, but I'm not a ding dong either...twinkie..maybe :D
Jan. 30, 2012 8:05 pm
Or perhaps you're just a cute little cupcake like Candice.
Jan. 30, 2012 8:10 pm
well quite possibly :D
Jan. 30, 2012 9:00 pm
My hubby doesn't know you yet, Avon! You'd have to understand his sense of "humor." He's quite jealous, actually. Remember. He had to stay at a retirement house for dinner while I got fed like a princess.
Jan. 31, 2012 5:09 am
Nice blog, MB. I am glad the photos worked well for you. My hubby laughs when I bring in a little plate of well plated food...."So, this needed a picture, Huh?" He is getting used to the little sprigs of parsley and cilantro. :) Last night he wanted to know if I could please move onto desserts.
Jan. 31, 2012 5:23 am
Magnolia-blueberries all over the floor, not a fun thing. I like your blog. I enjoy looking at other people's photos and reading about their cooking escapades. Thanks for sharing.
Jan. 31, 2012 6:15 am
I have 3 hungry kids - any food that gets dropped on the floor almost automatically becomes mine if my son doesn't beat me to it first. Fun blog.
Jan. 31, 2012 9:09 am
Nice Job! Thanks for the pictures. Tell hubby how much he is gaining from your new ventures on AR!
Jan. 31, 2012 10:28 am
Enjoying your blog as usual Magnolia Blossom, but as for those blueberries? Heed what we were told.""Just remember, you're alone in the kitchen, you can always just pick it up. Who's going to know?!""
Jan. 31, 2012 12:19 pm
I think your pictures look great! And I think you have every bit as much to offer as anyone and do it quite nicely. Rolling blueberries - oh I could just see my 2 kitties having a ball with them. Those muffins are calling out to me.....
Jan. 31, 2012 1:24 pm
Well BN, I was kind of wondering if everyone that took such great pictures actually served their food that way each and every day. I know you eat with your eyes first, but I didn't know I had to be a decorator to boot.
Jan. 31, 2012 1:25 pm
Thanks for stopping by Lela. Yeah, the blueberries went far and wide.
Jan. 31, 2012 1:26 pm
Thanks Mike! The photo thing is really a learning process, and believe me, I'm a slow learner at this one.
Jan. 31, 2012 1:27 pm
Glad you enjoyed Doug. Thanks for popping in.
Jan. 31, 2012 1:28 pm
Mamaw1, I warned the DH that he might be getting some unusual meals coming up (he absolutely detested that pork chop recipe above) and that I would no doubt be snapping pics before he gets any. Good thing he actually likes lukewarm food. If I photograph my plate, I have to stick it back in the microwave.
Jan. 31, 2012 1:30 pm
Guess-That-Mess - boy I really flip-flopped on that one. I picked them all up, my floors were clean and I rinsed them off really well, but I have cats and I just got a little squeamish about it.
Jan. 31, 2012 1:32 pm
BSM, thanks for the compliment. As far as the cats, thank goodness they were peacefully napping on my bed as opposed to wandering underfoot in the kitchen. And the muffins are good, but they are heavy and will sit with you for awhile. They are not meant to be light and airy.
Jan. 31, 2012 5:26 pm
Great Blog Magnoila, my family always go crazy when I take photos of their dinner, one of the reasons why you don't see many savory photos from me!
Jan. 31, 2012 7:55 pm
Thanks apple.strudel. I'm just not going to tell the DH that dinner is ready until the photo shoot is done.
Jan. 31, 2012 8:45 pm
My hubby is asking every night "what exotic food are we having tonight" I love your blog and I totally understand. Being an AR Ambassador is a real undertaking. I have been making tons of things that I would not have made except for being in this program. The biggest thing for me is that I am having so much fun. Seem as if you are too. Keep on having fun and sharing your stories with us. That is fun for all of us.
Feb. 1, 2012 5:21 am
Hi pelicangal! Oh, the ideas, they are flowing. My DH has no idea what he's in for. He should just remember the "for better or for worse" part of our vows.
Feb. 1, 2012 5:30 am
Loved the blog! I've seen you cooking in my very own kitchen so I know you are more than capable :) and I agree with Avon you have tons more to offer than just cooking skills!! Pear viniagrette, hmm might have to try that this fall with. How did you like the jamaican turkey? The first time I took a picture of dinner, I got some remarks for the DH. Now, he asks where the camera is :)
Feb. 1, 2012 10:15 am
The Jamaican Turkey was pretty good. On the sweet side with the pineapple juice, so I jacked it up a little bit with some chipotley tabasco sauce and would probably add more the next time to give it a little kick. DH doesn't care for sweet stuff, so he passed on it. I would definitely do a turkey breast in the crockpot again.
Feb. 1, 2012 7:00 pm
Well done! Love the part about the pics!
Feb. 1, 2012 9:16 pm
Thanks KGora!
Feb. 2, 2012 11:27 am
LMAO!! Blueberries everywhere and Avon giving out secret codes!! LOL! Thanks for tickling my funny bone MB! :)
Feb. 2, 2012 3:03 pm
Welcome Gitano! We share our secret code with everyone.
Feb. 2, 2012 3:57 pm
Had to laugh. I've done that blueberries thing with my Poppy. Only it was quite urgent for us. His kitchen frig is right next to the living room carpet (light aqua). So when the frozen blueberries scattered everywhere after jumping out of the freezer. We had to do a fast serious search. They defrost quick. Didn't want blueberry spots on the carpet! We giggled . Escaped blueberries!
Feb. 2, 2012 4:51 pm
Could you share your recipe for the healthy muffins?
Feb. 3, 2012 9:19 am
You are such an adventurous lady that rinsing off the rolling berries and baking them in your muffins seems like a walk in the park. Note to all here.....if my blueberries take a a quick stroll on my kitchen floor, they will be promptly rinsed and baked in my muffins or pie. As far as the photo thing......Sparky has come to accept the squired away plate for a shot :) You truly fit the bill for the Ambassador program. You have traveled the country as an AR ambassador more than anyone I know:) XO
Feb. 3, 2012 10:28 am
Here's the link to my custom recipe:
Feb. 3, 2012 10:29 am
Hey mg! I would probably have used them too, but even though my floor was clean, some of them rolled into tight areas, and even with rinsing... not sure about the cat hair.
Feb. 3, 2012 3:01 pm
Redly, gotta laugh at those rogue blueberries!
Feb. 5, 2012 2:17 am
I am new to the site, but wanted to let you know that your blog is quickly becoming a site favorite for me.
Feb. 5, 2012 6:40 pm
Hi chritianleanne, what a compliment! Stay tuned for upcoming blogs. Hopefully they'll continue to put a smile on your face. And welcome to AR. If you haven't checked out "the buzz", that's a great place to ask questions or post comments.
Feb. 6, 2012 6:31 am
Such a wonderful way to start my day; a steaming cup of coffee, a leftover tiny almond-amaretto blondie, and a great blog that put a big smile on my face! BTW Magnolia, I am a firm believer in the 5 second rule...please don't tell anybody else!
Feb. 6, 2012 10:08 am
Glad to make you smile WD! Wait a minute, any of the almond-amaretto blondie left? Sounds yummy!
Feb. 6, 2012 3:46 pm
Ha! Wyatt beat me to it, the 5 second rule goes here too. Wash the hairs off and use them blueberries!
Feb. 6, 2012 5:48 pm
Mags!!!! As a blogger - you are "The Bomb!!!!!" - - great job Mags! You can always blog about your little adventurous trips - - you and Sparkle Britches - - ya'll are the original Thelma and Louise!!! I still have my bail money in hand, a jet on stand-by and raw cookie dough for a snack!! LOL - - What a treat for us that you are an AR Ambassador - can't hardly wait for the next chapter of your bloggertunity cooking adventures - - you make me smile!!! I am sooooo looking forward to seeing you in Vegas!!
Feb. 6, 2012 8:32 pm
Hmmmm... somehow I'm going to have to work raw cookie dough into one of my bloggertunities. Love the new phrase!
Feb. 6, 2012 8:35 pm
Oh and keep that bail money handy!
Feb. 6, 2012 9:06 pm
sassy, I've got to confess, I nearly used them. But since I knew it was too good of a story to not share with you, I figured I would take some heat for it if I did.
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