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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken, Pinterest Stuff (September Bucket List), THE SPIN-OFF of I DIDN'T FALL AGAIN, BUT I'M TELLING THE STORY ABOUT THE FIRST TIME I FELL TWO YEARS AGO... Just Because, Celebrating with Bev, Labor Day Choices, A Little Extra AND A Little Teaser

Good Wednesday morning!

It's officially the second day of Autumn, so that means I am in a particularly good mood.

Join me, won't you?

Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken

You will need the following:

3 to 4 boneless chicken breasts
1 bottle Kraft Sweet Honey Barbecue Sauce
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks
1 teaspoon soy sauce

1. Put chicken breasts into the crockpot.

2. Add the barbeque sauce, pineapple chunks and soy sauce.

3. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours.

NOTE FROM ENCHANTING BELINDA - I served the chicken on a bed of rice (adding a couple of spoonfuls of "juice" to the rice), as well as several chunks of pineapple placed around the chicken and rice. Hawaiian rolls and a giant fruit salad finished the very simple meal.

Pinterest Stuff

NOTE FROM ENCHANTING BELINDA - I went through about a dozen Bucket Lists, and I found ten things that might not be the "norm" for your family. I've done a couple of these in the past...

And I plan on doing a couple more.

September Bucket List

1. Try a new-to-you pumpkin recipe.
2. Make caramel apples.
3. Have an apple bobbing competition.
4. Make your own family scarecrow using things from your closets.
5. Make a donation to a local food bank.
6. Pay for the car behind you in the Starbucks drive-thru. (Chances are there will be a "pumpkin spice" something in their order!)
7. Plant bulbs. (Something to look forward to in the Spring.)
8. Take a Family Fall Bike Ride.
9. Create your own Family Trail Mix recipe... and make it around the same time every year.
10. Make a no-sew blanket. Just Google "no-sew blankets" for several fun ideas.

RANDOMNESS #1 - Without further ado... The Spin-Off - Two weeks before I fell in the middle of the street in front of Gardendale's First Baptist Church (see September 1, 2020 re-post), I dropped a can of baked beans on my toe.

Specifically, one of the little toes on my left foot closest to the smallest piggy.

A day or two after it happened, I had a pedicure, and sure enough, my toenail was black.

My solution...

THREE coats of bright orange nail polish, and I was good to go.

Now flash forward to one week AFTER the Enormous Fall.

Three weeks had gone by since the can incident, and I was sitting in the pedicure chair once again...

But this time, I also had the scraped knee, elbows, ankle, wrists, etc., etc.

And I was sore.

Really, really sore.

I wouldn't have gone to the nail place at all except I wanted to do something fun with Roxie before she moved to Auburn.

Roxie was getting her manicure when they called me to a pedi-chair directly behind her.

When the pedicurist sat down to start, he couldn't help but notice all of my bandages.

"I can't have a normal pedicure today. No lotion. No scrubbing. No exfoliating. Just removal of old polish and addition of new polish," I told him.

He just stared at me.

"And I can't have the massage chair turned on for my relaxing pleasure," I added. "I'm pretty sure it would kill me."

Then I told him the entire story of the Enormous Fall of 2017.

When I finished, he looked down, picked up my left foot in both hands and ever-so-gently placed it on the stand. He started removing the old toenail polish, and then I remembered the black toenail.

"Oh, yes! And I dropped a can on the toe you're about to start working on. It is very black and very sore and very loose. What we're trying to do with that is just keep the black toenail, but I'll need three heavy coats of the bright orange nail polish... just like the last time I was here," I explained.

He sat back and just looked at my bandaged knees, ankles and yucky feet.

I was overcome with pity for him, and I decided to give him a way out.

"If I am just too gross to even be here, just say the word and I'll go home now."

That's when I heard a dull thud, thud, thud coming from the direction of Roxie's manicure chair. She had put her head down on the manicure table and was quietly and methodically beating her head against it.

One might have thought she had had enough of The Enchanting Belinda for one day.

It's hard to imagine, but Mike assures me it is possible.

The pedicurist didn't answer verbally, but he lowered his head and went to work.

He finished my toes and stood up. "Hot towels?" he asked.

Ahhh. Hot towels. I love the hot towels. I thought for a minute trying to figure out if the hot towels were indeed doable, and much to my pleasure, I could think of no reason they would harm me in any way, shape or form.

"Yes! Hot towels would be lovely!"

And they were.

My little black toenail fell off yesterday. It just gave up, and I don't blame it.

Not even a little bit.

I'm going to get a pedicure sometime this week, and while I am missing a toenail and I have seven big scars here and there, I don't feel as gross as I did three weeks ago.

Hey...

I might even let him turn the massage chair on HIGH because that's how good I'm feeling about my 56 year-old self right now.

That's right!

I said HIGH!

RANDOMNESS #1 - Celebrating with Bev - My sister, Beverly, and I have a little birthday tradition. I like to take her to a new-to-her restaurant and then shopping at unique shops I think she would love.

The flip-side of the tradition...

She does the same for me.

She really outdid herself this year.

Bev has moved to a more rural part of our state, and she and Tommy are loving it.

That being said, she planned my entire birthday tradition around her new locale, and it was pretty awesome.

First stop...


The Greasy Cove General Store in Gallant, Alabama.

It was rustic, quaint and a fun place to shop.

I would have been pretty content with just the one little General Store, but wait!

There was more!


Gargus Market was also a great place to browse and shop. I thought we were going to eat lunch there (since it had a place for that, too), but nope.

Just down the road was our lunch spot for the day.


And it totally fit my mood.


I'm not sure if I've ever frquented a Trading Post before, but I plan on visiting as many as I can in the foreseeable future.

The food was great, and the desserts were all homemade.

Loved it!


Something you may or may not know about me...

When in a rural area, I like to drive around and take pictures of farm animals.

On this particular day, we saw horses and cows galore, but I understand not everyone is a lover the the domesticated animal photos, so I'll just share one of those.

Also, I'm planning on showing you the birthday gift Bev gave me in the next post.

It deserves it's own spot, I think.

RANDOMNESS #2 - Labor Day Choices - We had the following choices on Labor Day...

The Zoo...

Let's Play...

Or have a Driveway Day which would include riding the bikes and/or swimming.


Let's Play won out because when I called The Zoo, I was told it hadn't hit capacity yet, but it was definitely the biggest crowd since the Pandemic started...

And people were still walking up to the gate.

When I called Let's Play, they had a total of four children and eight adults...


And when we arrived, that hadn't changed.


We played for a good 90 minutes before eating pizza for lunch and heading back for the Driveway Day activities.


It was a pretty nice Labor Day.


Pretty nice, indeed.

RANDOMNESS #3 - A Little Extra - This little lady turned six months old a few days ago, and she is crawling and scooting and rolling up a storm.


And drooling.

She's also drooling up a storm, too.



RANDOMNESS #4 - A Little Teaser - We celebrate Courtney, Roxie and Josh's birthdays ALL together in September OR October each year because their days of birth are so close together. I'll leave you with one pic and post the rest before the end of the month!

Have a fantastic Wednesday. I'll be back with some FALL stuff in just a few days.

Until then...

Sincerely,

The Enchanting Belinda

Being a parent is literally just changing the toilet paper roll and cleaning up messes that don't belong to you repeatedly until you die.
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