A mere 14 days until Christmas & I'm reflecting on the joys of holiday shopping. Although I started shopping a month ago I've already missed the boat on the oversize sock monkey that my daughter saw in a Black Friday ad. Which has now lead me to scouring Craigslist for a used ipod.
As a buyer, Craigslist can be a gamble. In the past I've replied or called on items never to receive a phone call back. Last night I left a message and heard back within 10 minutes. But its always an awkward call. The seller fishing for info to see if you're a flake & the buyer asking all the "right" questions and hoping that one is not talking to a criminal.
I'm guessing that she won't miss the grande sock monkey once she opens up the ipod that I overheard her brother telling her that she probably won't get this year. He can be such a realist & in some ways he was almost right. She was just a sock monkey away from the ipod.
All good monkeys eat their soup & today I offer a west coast version of Jambalaya
Crock pot/ Slow Cooker Jambalaya
- 2 cups black eyed peas (I used frozen)
- 14 ounces sliced beef sausage
- 2 cups mixed veggie (I used frozen)
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 12 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoon basil
- a few dashes of hot sauce
- 4 chicken thighs
- 8 cups (cooked) brown rice
Mix all ingredients (except rice) in the crock pot & set on High for 4 hours. Cook rice, place rice in the bottom of each serving bowl. Remove chicken thighs and with 2 forks tear into shreds then place back in the crock pot. Place jambalaya on top of the rice and serve.