R5F – October, Crock Pots, Coincidences and Songs

It’s Friday (whoo!) It’s random (whee!) It’s October! (yay!) Here are 5 randoms from this corner of the globe:

1 Hello October!  Next to September, this is my favorite month …. colors, smells, sights,  cool air, crisp nights, crock pot dinners, windows cracked, cozy blankies, time to cozy up and read … ahhh.

2 doors down & Taken on my cell phone. An Emjayandthem(C) Photo.

2 doors down & taken on my cell phone. An Emjayandthem(C) Photo.

2  Speaking of crock-pots, a friend just bought her very first one.  First. Crock Pot. A Midwest girl who never owned a crock-pot?  Guess you hear something new every day!  🙂 My newest favorite recipe is this one: salsa chicken.  Ready?  Dump 6 large frozen chicken breast in the crock pot, season with whatever you like (I use Mrs. Dash Onion {salt free} and a bit of fresh garlic) then pour a medium-sized jar of salsa (about 10 oz) of mild, spicy, whatever over the chicken.  Put the lid on, turn the crock pot on low, and leave for the day. That’s it.  6-8 hours later you’ll have tender, juicy and tasty chicken that is easily shredded for Tacos, wraps, poured over rice, topped on salads, etc.  Extra tip? When fully cooked and shredded, stir in 2 tbsp of cream cheese for creamy chicken goodness.  Yumm-o!

salsa chicken over rice

3  Earlier this week, one of Mom’s cousins (whom I’ve never met) sent me a friend request on Facebook.   She grew up in British Columbia, Canada, but lives at the Easter shore of Virginia.  When I looked up where she lived, I could see that she’s pretty close to my Virginia friend  Dianna – whom I met through this blog.  Sometimes the world just isn’t that big is it? 🙂


4  Tomorrow I’m going to visit a friend who recently had surgery; she had been told one thing about the recovery time then found out the healing time will be much, much longer.  I remember the same happening when I had foot surgery- and that feeling of being “stuck” inside.   I know she’s a reader and we both love coffee – so I have huge bags of magazines and books, coffee and chocolates and more – because when you’re laid up and bored, sometimes the very best therapy is coffee with a girlfriend and a healthy dose of chocolate!

a glimpse of heaven

5   Leaving work closer to 7 than 5 the other night, I reflected on the day, the pace, the craziness that is my work life right now.  I still love what I do, but I’m just as happy to get in the car and crank up the tunes – this one came on and it’s funny how, two days later, I’m still singing a song …. You?


What do you love about October?  Are you a crock-pot user?  What’s your “go-to” fall recipe?   What plans do you have this weekend? Any visits in your future?





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12 thoughts on “R5F – October, Crock Pots, Coincidences and Songs

  1. Happy October, MJ! I just LOVE the coincidence that your Mom’s cousin lives “not too far” from us. I know Facebook has its critics, but I just love how it brings so many folks together.
    Looks like a yummy crock pot recipe. Yes, I have one and have used it, but probably not as often as I could/should!
    I’d say your girlfriend is a lucky gal to have you coming to visit – and bearing reading material, coffee, chocolate, etc. She will definitely be cheered by your visit!
    Happy weekend, my friend!

    • I agree, Dianna, the fact that you are close by is a great comfort to me 🙂

      My friend and I had a nice visit; I also cooked her and her husband some soup/dinner etc b/c I know what it’s like to be “out of commission” in the kitchen. He was as delighted as anyone – we had a great chat and I felt blessed to be able to bless her.

      Off to a bday party – happy Sunday! MJ

  2. Right on schedule, we have 67 degrees this morning! And it’s only supposed to get up to 85 or so. This is what passes for early autumn around here. The crockpot recipe sounds good. I bought one (never had used one, either) but that was three or four years ago, and it’s only been gathering dust on the dryer. I think this would be a worthy first attempt with it. We’ll see how it goes.

    • This is an easy recipe to try out – and you can add black beans, corn and more seasoning when it’s cooked — great over a salad or in soft shell tacos 🙂 Yum!! Happy Fall! MJ

  3. That recipe sounds yummy! Today’s crockpots cook faster than the old ones. Starting with frozen chicken must keep it from overcooking. Our trees are still green, well, maybe one colored leaf but that’s it! You are a great friend. Coffee, chocolate and magazines are wonderful. Sometimes when I’m recovering I like the easy read of a good magazine (although good ones are hard to find these days. They all have the same stuff in them and they are like 20 pages long.) I’m retired. I loved my job but was ready to move on. I recently missed it for the first time in four years so I think I made the right decision at the right time. Enjoy wherever you are in life!

    • Yes, starting with frozen chicken keeps the chicken very moist — my friend and I had a great visit. She is a lot like me, works and takes care of everyone, and I know it isn’t easy for her or her nature to ask for help. So sometimes you just have to show up with stuff; I brought candy, chocolates, coffee, magazines, books and a few meals. Light magazine surfing and a word search book might be all she’s up to doing right now and that’s OK.

      When I retire I will still work but not at what I’m doing – I think I’d like to stay active by teaching adult learners. To your point, yes, bloom where you’re planted! MJ

  4. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Happy fall MJ! That tree is beautiful, it;s a shame it will lose it’s leaves soon. I love fixing meals in the crock pot, so easy. What a good friend you are to be there for your friend! I know she will appreciate it greatly. My husband made our first pot of chili of the season tonight, boy was it GREAT! We love soups and chili in the fall & winter. Looking forward to enjoying the fall events.

    • I love that tree, it’s just glorious!! I made chili last night, too, and it hit the spot — just enough zip to warm you up!! Looking forward to fall myself – have a great Sunday Shirley!! MJ

  5. MJ, you always bring something uplifting to your posts. That song was just what I needed to kick start my day. Thank you!

    Fall is my favorite time of year too. And crock pots? They are how I do most of my cooking throughout the colder months. I currently own … I don’t know … four or five of them, in various sizes. Thinking about replacing my main one with one of those programmable ones. I can’t imagine NOT having one!

    • That song gets me going every time! Hope things are moving forward with your Dad’s care; I’ve been thinking of you.

      Try out the salsa chicken recipe and let me know what you think 🙂 MJ

  6. What a great friend you are, MJ. I know your friend was blessed. Recovery always seems to take so long. I have a Crock Pot, but don’t use it as much as I’d like. This is the perfect time of year to get reacquainted with it. Music has a way of transporting us to a happy place. Have a great week! We expected a visit from Joaquin, but are delighted he’s taking a different track. We’re still cleaning up from a nor’easter.

    • Thank you; I remember friends bringing us meals after my foot surgery, and it was such a nice treat. That and the books and snacks!! 🙂 I use my crock pot, not all the time, but probably 3 x a month at least.

      I hope you stayed dry after all that mess, sure do feel for everyone affected.

      Cheers! MJ

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