Diva Musing: My Song of Joy…

I recently asked what is your song of joy today?  I’m was struggling to make mine on this dreary, rainy winter day.  But I went to my grandchildren album and looked at the pictures of them playing in the rain.  Dancing in puddles with their duck umbrellas, stomping in puddles to splash their daddy, and that glorious belly laugh that makes even the angels chuckle.  

We all have these pictures somewhere, even if only in stored memories.  That is my song for the day.  What wonderful trigger can you use to find your song on any given day?

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

 

 

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Diva Tasting: Weekend Appetizer, Brie…

Baked Brie- Starters/Apps
Ingredients

1 Can (8 Oz) Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls Or 1 Can (8 Oz) Refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet

1 Round (8 Oz) Brie Cheese

1 Egg, Beaten

Steps
  • 1 Heat Oven To 350°F.
  • 2 If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate crosswise into 2 sections. Pat dough and firmly press perforations to seal, forming 2 squares. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut crosswise into 2 rectangles. Pat dough to form 2 squares.
  • Place 1 square on ungreased cookie sheet. Place cheese on center of dough. With small cookie or canapé cutter, cut 1 shape from each corner of remaining square; set cutouts aside. Place remaining square on top of cheese round. Press dough evenly around cheese; fold bottom edges over top edges. Gently stretch dough evenly around cheese; press to seal completely.
  • Brush with beaten egg. Top with cutouts; brush with additional beaten egg. Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm.
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Diva Musing: Humor Me….

Is it just me or are communications not what they use to be?  Forget the fake news.  I never listen anyway as it is all trash talk, humorless dribble and chaos reporting.  However, I’ve noted that people will rarely talk on the phone anymore and a good well written letter that takes quality time and caring is rarely used anymore. 

In my family consumer science classes we are learning to make a good menu, sit at the table and talk to each other.  We are learning proper table settings formal and informal. We will be writing invitations and thank you notes to our league of parents and supporters who keep the ball rolling.  

I find such comfort in these, now,  old fashioned means of communication. It comes from a simpler time and a more genteel climate.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my computer, phone, pad and Skype.  It let’s me check on loved ones in real time.  But must we abandon the old style communications?  I vote no! But that’s just me.  

Take a moment to drop someone who is shut-in or in the hospital a hand written note or letter today.  It will make a difference in their life and yours.  I can feel the good Karma already!

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

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Diva Tasting: Mushrooms and Rice…

Mushrooms And Rice
Ingredients
  • 2 Ounces Dried Or 3 Cups Chanterelle Or Other Wild Mushrooms
  • 3 Ounces Sliced Fresh Button Mushrooms
  • 1 Pkg Cremini Mushrooms Sliced
  • 4 Teaspoons Butter
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 2 Shallots, Minced
  • 2 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Cups Long Grain Rice To Package Direction In Stock
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 Quart Chicken Stock
  • 4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 4 Tablespoons Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese, Or To Taste
  • Ground Black Pepper To Taste
Directions
  1. Once soft, remove the mushrooms from the water and chop; discard water.
  2. Cook Rice to package directions in salted chicken stock.
  3. Melt butter along in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, shallot, and garlic; cook and stir two minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add the fresh mushrooms, and continue cooking until the mushroom softens and begins to release its liquid. Stir in the chopped chanterelle mushrooms, white wine and cook 3 minutes more.
  4. Remove the rice from the heat, and stir in the heavy cream and Gorgonzola cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir into mushroom mix let sit for 5 minutes for flavors to marry and serve.
  5. Variation: add 3 cups chopped Roasted Chicken or other favorite protein or steamed broccoli or snow peas for delightful combo.
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Diva Tasting: Coconut Asian Chicken Soup..

Coconut Chicken Soup

SERVES: 4 SERVINGS bbc#

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

  • 1 Bunch Green Onion, Chopped

  • 1 Sm Jar of Roasted Red Peppers

  • 1 Large Carrot, Chopped

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 1 Tbsp. Curry Powder

  • 1/2 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper

  • Kosher Salt

  • 2 15- Oz. Cans Coconut Milk (shaken Well)

  • 4 C. Low-Sodium Chicken Broth

  • 4 C. Shredded Rotisserie Chicken

  • 1/3 C. Chopped Fresh Cilantro, Plus More For Garnish

  • 1 Package Rice Noodles soaked

  • Lime Wedges, For Serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat coconut oil. Add onion, roasted peppers, and carrots and cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Add curry powder and cayenne and season with salt. Stir until combined.

  2. Pour over coconut milk and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add shredded chicken, cilantro, and noodles and cook until noodles are al dente (about 3 minutes).

  3. Garnish with cilantro and serve with lime.

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Diva Musing: Your Song of Joy….

I listened to a sermon last night asking what was my song of Joy!  What a good thought!  So many wake up each day and we grumble through our 24 hours without noticing the music of wonder and joy all around us.  How much more glorious and peaceful a world we would live in if we only stopped to feel the Songs of Joy each and every moment of the day.

Yesterday was like spring after a sub-zero winter streak we’ve experienced all over the country.  The sun was warm on the face, the sky was a particular robins egg blue and birds were chirping their praise to the Universe for such a glorious day.  If we only experienced the one thing each day that brings wonder and joy then the rest would fall by the wayside like dead leaves in the wind. 

Even dead leaves can be celebrated now that I think of it.  They serve as a natural mulch to hold moisture and create a brilliant carpet of wild blooms in springtime. This year I am even trying to find a song of joy in all the idiots who piss me off and act like reprobates.  I haven’t quite worked out how I will sing that song yet myself…but we can bet there is good Karma in it, if we can do it…LOL!

So my challenge, Divas, is find your song of Joy each day and sing it to the rafters and beyond.  Benefits…you will feel great, make good Karma, and improve your health all in one sweet song.  

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

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Diva Musing: Post Par-tum Holidays…

For those who have had children or anyone who struggles with the winter blues, the time after the holidays can bring on misgivings about the happiness factor.  Divas, we shall not be overcome!

We all have something to bring us out of the doldrums and to be thankful for each day.  Find those, focus on those, celebrate those! Whether it be grandchildren, children, pets, good friends, health, good humor or trips of joyful expectation. 

With all the bad weather I was blessed to spend time with about 25 delightful family members and their children; grandchildren.  No drama, no dissent, no unholiday spirits anywhere in sight. What a joy, what a pleasure.  Then my traveling comic daughter was in a venue close to home and a bunch of us went to see them. Blessings on top of blessings.  It’s all in how we choose to look at things.  

I know that some family times are tantamount to sliding down a nine foot razor-blade into a pool of alcohol.  However, we can sit back and watch and enjoy as others do drama and choose not to, therefore, increasing the humor factor and keeping our peace.  

Choose wisely in 2018.  It is going to be a very good year.  You have it on promise of The Queen Cronista!!!!!!

Namaste

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Diva Tasting: Sausage, Cheesy Potatoes and Cookie Bars…

Sausage Balls 

Ingredients

1 Lb Bulk Sausage

3 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese (8 Oz)

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary Leaves, Crushed

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour

Steps

Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15×10×1-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.

In large bowl, mix sausage, cheese and rosemary; mix well using hands or spoon.

Shape mixture into 42 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place in pan. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown.

Variation: Use 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls; Unroll crescent dough on work surface; coat each side of dough with 1 tablespoon flour. Using pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into about 1/4-inch pieces. Mix crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture in small amounts until well blended.

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Ingredients

1 Pint (2 Cups) Sour Cream

1 Can (10 3/4 Oz) Condensed Cream Of Chicken Soup

1/2 Cup Butter, Melted

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 Cup Chopped Onions

1 Bag (30 Oz) Frozen Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes, Partially Thawed

3 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (8 Oz)

Steps

1 Heat oven to 375°F.

2 In large bowl, combine 1 pint (2 cups) sour cream, 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup chopped onions, 1 bag (30 oz) frozen country-style shredded hash brown potatoes, partially thawed, and 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz); stir until well blended.
Pour into ungreased 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish.
Bake 45 minutes until brown and bubbly.

Pecan Cardamom Bar Cookies-Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg, separated

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon cardamom

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

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  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Butter

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Grease a 9X13 inch pan.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together 1cup of butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Combine the flour, cardamom and salt; stir into the batter until it forms a soft dough. Spread evenly in the prepared pan. Brush the top with egg white and sprinkle pecans over the top.

  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Prepare the frosting while the cookies bake.

  4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat until it starts to brown. Remove from the heat and stir in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Stir in enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle frosting onto the bars when warm. Cool, then cut into bars.

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Diva Rambling….Maxine Humor..The Truth…

Thanks to whoever sent this….it made my day brighter….

Four worms and a lesson to be learned !
 
A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into four separate jars.
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol … Dead. 

The second worm in cigarette smoke … Dead . 

Third worm in chocolate syrup …Dead .

Fourth worm in good clean soil … Alive…


So the Minister asked the congregation,

“What did you learn from this demonstration?”

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said
As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate,

you won’t have worms!”
That pretty much ended the service!
Today is International Disturbed People’s Day.

Please send an encouraging message to a disturbed friend…

Just as I’ve done. 

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Diva Tasting: Apps and Sweets….

Sausage Balls cr12.16.17bbc

Ingredients

1 Lb Bulk Sausage

3 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese (8 Oz)

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary Leaves, Crushed

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour

Steps

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15×10×1-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, mix sausage, cheese and rosemary; mix well using hands or spoon.
  • Shape mixture into 42 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place in pan. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown.

Variation: Use 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls; Unroll crescent dough on work surface; coat each side of dough with 1 tablespoon flour. Using pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into about 1/4-inch pieces. Mix crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture in small amounts until well blended.

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Pecan Cardamom Bar Cookies-Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg, separated

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon cardamom

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

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  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Butter

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Grease a 9X13 inch pan.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together 1cup of butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Combine the flour, cardamom and salt; stir into the batter until it forms a soft dough. Spread evenly in the prepared pan. Brush the top with egg white and sprinkle pecans over the top.

  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Prepare the frosting while the cookies bake.

  4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat until it starts to brown. Remove from the heat and stir in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Stir in enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle frosting onto the bars when warm. Cool, then cut into bars.

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