So, I went back to the store... got all the same ingredients... this time with chicken (and no carrots).
And this time, was much more promising.
Though, this time, even though the chicken had been in the crock pot for over 4 hours, it still was hardly warmed, let alone cooked.
So, I finally got tired of waiting for it and threw it in the oven for an hour.
This time, the stars aligned a little more perfectly and all just felt a little more right in the world.
It was delicious.
And all the more so, with another heaping helping of asparagus. :)
I just pulled some chicken off, enough for my portion for dinner and enjoyed it with big yummy chunks of tomatoes and peppers and onions.