THOUGHT FOR THE DAY-BLESSINGS

It’s that time of year again when leaves fall and all of nature makes the necessary changes to survive the winter doldrums.  But I  ask you to look around at the beauty that all of this brings.  Everything working in perfect rhythm to preserve the earth for what is needed to safely awaken in Spring.  The Sky is blue, the clouds are puffy and everything is dancing in perfect harmony within the “Grand Design”.

Blessings come in so many ways. One of this Crone’s favorites are the blessings of Mother Nature. You are never without a Mother if you respect her presence and blessings in all of life’s design.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

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RECIPE OF THE DAY-Balsamic Roasted Fennel & Acorn Squash Rice Casserole

So, after my thought for the day today, I got hungry and decided we should be posting recipes with our thoughtful diatribe of wisdom as well.  Today let’s look to the holidays for a great side dish suggestion.

Ingredients-8 servings

  • 1 acorn squash – cut in half lengthwise, seeded and cut into 12 wedges

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick foil.
  2. Remove the skin from the squash with a vegetable peeler (if desired). Cut each wedge in half and place in a large bowl along with the fennel pieces.
  3. Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Drizzle mixture over the squash and fennel; toss to coat. Transfer squash and fennel mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out to form a single layer.
  4. Roast until squash is tender, about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice as directed on the box. Mix the roasted squash and fennel with the rice. Transfer to a greased casserole dish. Top with the chopped parsley and keep warm until served.

What is Respectful Irreverence Anyway?

We’re Crones, we can make it anything we want. However, generally speaking, it is a salty, robust, often sarcastic look at life in general.  It is not meant to delineate any person or thing as a target …but rather ALL persons and things that daily irritate the masses, piss us off, or show all the undeniable markers of stupid and/or mean spirited.

You know who you are.  We have our discerning eye on you.  Divas, Goddesses, & Crones everywhere, people need your discernment and wary protection. Speak up, make a difference… without intent of harm, but rather the intent of respectful irreverence.  Point out the obvious, scold the deserving and kick ass and take names to the bullies.

That’s it more or less!

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

IS IT JUST ME?- THE PRONOUN “I” & “Me”

When was the last time you had a conversation with someone who looked you in the the eye, listened intently, and seem genuinely interested in what you were saying? Almost seems uncomfortable for some of us..right?? We stayed glued to our cell phone (key work Cell for prisoner), we text or email rather than call and certainly cannot think of have a one on one conversation wit someone.  I’m to busy, I have errands to run, I need to get to the mall, I need to pay my bills, I need to check on my family and on and on.  It’s all about me and my four and no more…..

All valid things to place in ones itinerary….but at the loss of being human? Then we don’t understand why when we are in need of an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or someone just to sit around and “chew the fat with” no one is available.  No one seems to care about our needs or difficulties. And why… because they are too busy telling you I’m to busy, I have errands to run, I need to get to the mall, I need to pay my bills, I need to check on my family and on and on.  It’s all about me and my four and no more…..

It is a catch 22! The bottom line is we all have the same time in a day.  We should schedule listening and human compassion for  others in the world beside our immediate tribe.  Or even schedule more eye time with members of our tribe.  Bottom line we have to make time. By the giving of “time” one of the most valuable commodities in the world, we get back 100 fold. My pal crone Lindsee Ellesmere is one of those rare humans who listens to you, laugh’s with you, gets fashimilt with you, and just all around supports your stupidity when you do not deserve it.  I strive to be more like her.  You should too.

Stop, take a breath, and listen to at least one soul trying to tell you a story today.   It may be sad, it may be stressful, it may be they are asking an unanswerable question, or just wanting to share a funny story to make you laugh.  Take time to really listen (don’t sit there planning a response ). They may not even want you to speak at all …just listen.  Try being human again for a few minutes. The rewards are inexplicable and refreshing.

Please don’t misunderstand, we Crones know a “psychic sponge” when we hear one and do not let them waste our time telling the same sad tale,  story of assaches and woundettes over and over again.  We are not required to do that. We know how to be discerning as Crones, Divas, and Goddesses.  However, love yourself enough today to listen to one story of any type.  Be in the moment and let the Universe give you the right response and reward.

The Crones Love You All.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista