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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken

In celebration of my 54th Birthday last month and in anticipation of Crocktober I wanted to try a new Crock Pot recipe.  I found one online at Billy Parisi’s website and put my own little twist onto it to make this easy and inexpensive meal which was by far more flavorful than I anticipated.


Slow Cooked Chicken recipes


  • 1 package of chicken thighs browned in olive oil
  • 2 cans of whole tomatoes and juice
  • 1 can of chick peas, strained and rinsed
  • 1 small diced small yellow onion
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 cup of assorted pitted Mediterranean olives
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 6 cups of cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup (or more) white cooking wine (optional)
  • Fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • Feta cheese for garnish

ingredients for Mediterranean chicken

Cook the chicken thighs in a little olive or vegetable oil until browned, as this will add more color and flavor to the dish.

Put all ingredients into a slow cooker coated with cooking spray and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Before serving sprinkle on a little salt and pepper to taste then serve over cooked brown rice and garnish with Feta cheese

browned chicken thighs

serve over cooked brown rice

This was such a flavorful dish that both my son and I went back for seconds and it was more than enough for leftovers for the following day.  

Check out my YouTube channel to see this recipe in action!

Slow Cooked Mediterranean Chicken

I used the entire jar of olives however, you can use less if you prefer. You can also freeze any leftovers just make sure you allow it to cool first.

Do you have any Crocktober recipes to share?

The Gift of Glamour and Glasses

The Gift of Glamour and Glasses

Last week I “celebrated” my 54th birthday with hubby and #1 son, I also received a mid-afternoon phone call from my youngest who is away at college, and it was the best birthday I could have ever asked for. Actually I stopped “celebrating” my birthdays many years ago after the death of my sister on September 14, 1992.

However, I know that everyday that I wake up ~ looking up is a gift, a gift that I definitely do not take for granted. However, even with all that being said, it’s always nice to get a little something something to commemorate the actual date of your birth. So this year to commemorate my birth, my gifts were ones of glamour and glasses.

On Sunday morning, I had an appointment with Dawn V. Gilmore, owner and photographer extraordinaire of DawnVGilmorePhotos. I had made an appointment a few weeks prior for the September Special, which was $50.00 for 4 headshots. I was super excited because I had always wanted professional headshots for my blogs and Social Media platforms and this was such a deal, making it a perfect birthday gift. Dawn is a personable and talented photographer who not only made me feel comfortable but she also made me look glamorous!  

Check out these photos!

Headshots by Dawn V Gilmore

By the way, her specialty is Boudoir Photos so if you are looking to have these taken, give her a call!

After the 30 minute photo shoot, I drove to Dunkin Donuts to use my AARP discount of getting a FREE donut with the purchase of a large cup of coffee. I decided to splurge and also purchased a Pumpkin Muffin, a Blueberry muffin for hubby and a dozen munchkins for my son, then headed home to relax.

get a discount with AARP

With his bi-weekly chemo treatments, hubby has his good days and then his not-so-good days, so when he’s smiling, I take full advantage of it with a selfie! #ihatecancer

hubby having a good day

I love to cook more than I enjoy eating out so I decided made a special dinner, Slow Cooked Mediterranean Chicken, you can see the full recipe in a Friday Foodie post next week, but check out this quick video.

Slow Cooked Chicken recipes

The final gift to myself was a new pair of glasses, yes, glasses. I have been wearing them since the age of 50, however, I only wear them to read. I’ve always purchased a pair after each eye exam, but hubby and Malik started purchasing theirs from Spec$forLess, so I decided to give them a try. There are many styles from which to choose and the prices are great, made even more so with our insurance plans.

Spec$ for less in Middletown

Monday afternoon I drove to their store located on 12 East Main Street in Middletown, and the sales person, Janine was a pleasure to work with. I had a lot of fun trying on different pairs and she indulged my lunacy by taking a few pictures.

love my big frame glasses

glasses 1

I love larger rims, AKA Sally Jessie Raphael so those are the ones I tried on. I won’t show you which pair I finally ordered, but I will tell you that they are cute and I may just start wearing them all the time, including in my OOTD photos…we’ll see.

enjoying the glamour of glasses

All in all It was a great birthday, and I want to thank all my virtual friends for their wonderful wishes as I look forward to another blessed year.