Monthly Archives: March 2016

Is it just me? Spring Challenges

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Well, spring sprung, and sprung back, here in the hills.  I am fighting a bad croneista cold.  However, I figured out the best way to refuse the gifts of a cold is to be happy and ignore it.  I feel it resisting the happiness, but I got up….took my pomegranate juice with raw apple cider vinegar, elderberry extract (a natural antibiotic), 3000 Mg of vitamin C and olive leaf extract and smiled all the way to breakfast at the CB. I keep smiling and pissing off my cold.  I truly belive I’ll keep it at bay.

I was on facetime with my 6 year old great niece last night, who was coming down with the same thing.  She told me it was impacting all of her Barbietown.  She has decided we must do one hour of virtual slumber party each night before she goes to bed.  It’s amazing how good cookies baked in a Barbietown oven taste when handed to you through the virtual screen of an Ipad.  I’m certain the Barbietown cookies, popcorn, and cupcakes she made me and handed me over the Ipad were some of the best medicine I could have taken.  I just took the rest of the herbal “stuff” this morning because she wasn’t awake yet to make me a healing Barbietown Breakfast!

At any rate, I find if I face these “poopie” life challnges with a smile and good humor, I don’t suffer nearly as much.  I highly recommend a virtual sleep over or virtual breakfast with your favorite munchkin on facetime and see how much better you will feel.  Try it!

Can You Dig It?

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Spring has finally sprung.  I see daffodils, red buds, fluffy white pear trees that look like snow cones! I see the mircle of the Universe’s creation all around us.  Stop and appreciate it!  Meditate under a blossoming tree, take a nature walk in some quite (safe) wood, walk a pet a few extra steps today.  Remember, this glorious day only comes once in a lifetime.  There may be no tomorrows.  Enjoy the NOW!

 

Recipe of the Day-Quinoa Crust Pizza

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Quinoa Crust Pizza

Oven 375° Serves 6

CRUST:

1 1/4 cups Quinoa flour OR grains cooked and drained grain

1/3 cup butter at room temperature
2 tablespoons water, or as needed

Mix quinoa flour and butter in a bowl until mixture forms small clumps; stir water into quinoa mixture until dough comes together. If dough is too dry, add more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until dough holds together. Press dough into prepared pizza pan to form a crust. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until brown.

TOPPINGS:

Vegetarian Suggestions:

2 Tbs. Butter

2 tsp. Minced Garlic

½ Cup Mushrooms

½ Cup Onions

½ Cup Spinach

½ Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese

1 Pt Grape Tomatoes Halved

2 Tbs. Flat Leaf Parsley Chopped

In a large sauce pan melt butter and saute all of the above ingredients until blended. Add Feta Cheese and ½ Cup of the mixture below last. Combine and spread onto partially baked quinoa crust.

Combine:

½ Cup Asiago Shredded

½ Cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded

½ Cup Pepper Jack or Plain Jack Cheese Shredded

½ Cup Mozzarella Shredded

Once combined place ½ cup of cheeses in the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle remaining cheese mix onto pizza and bake 375° until the cheeses on top are brown and bubbly (Appx 10-15 Minutes).

 

Yum for the Tum….Tiramisu

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TIRAMISU

Ingredient

makes 16 servings    447 Cals

2 cups heavy whipping cream (or 1 small tub cool whip extra creamy)

2 cups white sugar

1 pound mascarpone cheese

2 cups brewed espresso, chilled

1  cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream or Baily’s Irish Cream Creamer(Optional)

50 ladyfinger cookies, or more if needed

Directions:

Prep 20 m                         Ready In 1 d 20 m

  1. Beat cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until thick. Add mascarpone cheese and sugar; beat until well mixed.
  2. Pour espresso and Baily’s Irish Cream into a bowl. Dip ladyfingers in espresso, then touch cookies briefly to a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Arrange dipped ladyfingers in a single layer in the bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish. Spread 1/2 the mascarpone cheese mixture over ladyfingers. Arrange another layer of dipped ladyfingers over the mascarpone cheese mixture and spread the remaining 1/2 mascarpone mixture over the ladyfinger.

RECIPES OF THE DAY

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Previously Posted on December 16, 2015 by CroneUno

Two Quick Appetizers for any party…….Spring is upon us and this is a timely spring/summer treat.

SMOKED SALMON DIP

2 Pkgs        4 oz Smoked Salmon

2 Pkgs       8 OZ. Cream Cheese

½ lg           Lemon Juiced & Zested

8 Sm           Green Onions Diced

½ tsp         Hot Sauce (to taste)

Shred Salmon and mash into cream cheese. Add other ingredients and mix thoroughly.

BABA GHANOUSH (Mediterranean Eggplant Dip)

  • 2     large eggplant

  • 2     tablespoons tahini sauce

  • 5     cloves garlic, minced

  • 1      lemon, juiced

  • 1/2  teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

  •  1/2  Kosher Salt to taste

  • 2     tablespoon olive oil, or to taste

  • 1 pinch dried parsley flakes, for garnish

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Arrange oven racks so you have one low and one high in the oven.

  • Cut  the eggplant in half and place into an oiled baking dish.

  • Roast in preheated oven on the lower rack until the eggplant is completely shrunken and soft, about 40 minutes. Move dish to higher rack and continue baking until the skin is charred, about 5 minutes more. Let eggplant cool until cool enough to handle.

  • Peel and discard skin from eggplant. Put eggplant into a bowl; add tahini, garlic, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and salt. Stir until ingredients are evenly mixed. Drizzle olive oil over the baba ghanoush and garnish with parsley.

Serve with a bowl of pita chips, pita bread or crostini

Meditation for Our Future…

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Meditation for Our Future…

Let us confess our lack of meditation. Lack of meditation is proof of a lack of faith in the Universe. It is the symptom of a life that is not spiritually minded–that is still under the power of the self and the world. Let us practice our daily need to meditate and focus on the silence to gain our true spiritual nature.

Let the sight of everyone needing help, every stirring in the heart of compassion, every missed opportunity of our own inadequacy to bless others, every challenge in the way of getting our answers, all merge to us to do one thing: with dedication and pure intention ask the Universe to hear your pleas.

We have failed in our society, we must now do our utmost to train a young generation of light workers to profit by our mistakes and improve the vibration of our world. Through focused mediation (a vibration that can only raise good energy), we can make a difference…each of us.

It is not too late for us to make good. We must encourage those who come after us. We must encourage them to enter into focused meditation to improve their world. It is our responsibility and theirs to improve the vibration of our Universe.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Thought for the Day- Buck it Up!

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My children use to tell the school nurse not to call me to pick them up from school unless they were bleeding from a major orifice. They would tell her I’d just say to tell them to “buck it up; walk it off!” I wasn’t that bad, but it is a good philosophy to keep us moving when we don’t feel like it on certain days.

However, with crone-dom come a little more wisdom; one hopes.  Be kind to the vessel we call our human body.  It has to last a lifetime. I’ve watched friends, of late, press themselves too hard at the age of wisdom they should know better.  The result extended illness or hospitalization. Love yourself as Mother Nature loves us.  Love yourself enough to be kind to yourself and listen to your body and Nature when it tells you to curb the “tough Diva within”.

Make sure you are taking your daily supplements, eat a cleaner diet, make sure you are drinking your water each day.  I say this because I’m down in the energy department right now and I realize I’ve been doing none of the above.  I’m at work feeling poorly but I had to tell myself to…” buck it up and walk it off!” So liquid fast for 3 days to detox the system, at least 1/2 hour a day in nature (weather permitting), and focused mediation to clear the dust bunnies out of the attic of my contaminated mind.

It helps to remember that the world is  still a wonderful place.   I need to get out in Nature to get a real energy fix.  Here is hoping your week is filled with Nature, Love and Joy.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Recipe of the Day

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Easy Chicken Pasta Alfredo

Ingredients

Time: 40 m    Serves 6

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Box Fettucini or penne pasta
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh Cremini mushrooms
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic, or to taste
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley (Reserve 1 Tbsp for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Directions

  • Prep15 m; Cook25 m; Ready In 40 m
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is hot, about 8 minutes for aldente. Drain.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir chicken breast in hot oil until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Melt butter in another skillet over medium heat; cook and stir mushrooms and garlic until mushrooms begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir heavy cream into mushrooms and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Add Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese, parsley, and salt. Continue to cook until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir pastai and chicken into mushroom-cream sauce. Simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Daily Diva Diatribe

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Is it just me?

I’m just getting over a cold that didn’t happen.  I started taking my elderberry extract, mega doses of vitamin C and olive leaf extract and warded off a full blown cold.  Is it just me or do we too often ignore those natural healing herbs and remedies that keep us on systematic track?

I use to have an immune system of a Goddess and just never got sick in the first place.  However, the geographic/demography of my current locale seems to have impacted my immune system.  So, I go to nature for the help I need, and it seems to work every time.  It’s all out there for the taking; instead of taking hours in a doctors waiting room with more sick people, I choose to fight with what God and nature have given us.  It is a lot believe me.  Or don’t believe me; research yourself and give things a try …one step at a time.

Most of my friends in California use alternative healers and doctors of oriental medicine in combination with traditional doctors if needed.  Medical facilities out West are more tuned in with alternative medicines than here in the South I find.  It just feels so good to be back on track, and feeling good without sitting for hours in a sick facility and spending hundreds on chemical pharmaceuticals that work a number on the system as well.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Recipe of the Day-OMG Cupcakes

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Thank you Kelly for sharing this recipe with all of our Diva, Crone readers.  This is a treat truly fit for the Queen.  A must try.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista

OMG CUPCAKES- KELLY WOODWARD

Oven 325* Yields 24-30 Cupcakes

CHOCOLATE FUDGE CUPCAKE BATTER

3/4-Cup         Semi-sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 Cup              Sweet Butter

1 Tsp.              Vanilla

1 ¾ Cup         Sugar

¼ Tsp.           Salt

1 Cup               All Purpose Flour

4                       Eggs

Melt butter and chocolate in microwave or double boiler . Remove from heat and add sugar. Stir in eggs, one at a time , add vanilla, then flour and salt stirring only until just blended.   Fill Cupcake liners 2/3 full of batter, should yield 30 cupcakes.

-PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP FILLING

½ Cup            Sour Cream

½ Cup            Cream Cheese; softened

½ cup             Peanut Butter

½ Cup            Sugar

1 Tsp.               Vanilla

¼ Tsp.             Salt

½ Cup            Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

1 Egg

Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips until creamy. Add in the chips, stirring gently. Then drop a heaping spoonful into the center of each cupcake. Bake at Oven 325* for 25 minutes. Yields 24-30 Cupcakes.

-PEANUT BUTTER BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

4 Tbsp            Butter

6 Tbsp.           Peanut Butter

3 Cups            Confectioner Sugar

2 Tsp.              Vanilla

Heavy Cream as needed

Blend butter , peanut butter and vanilla with mixer, then blend in sugar. Add cream until desired consistency obtained (begin one tablespoon at a time).

Note: The cupcakes sink when cooled so use the frosting to level them and make them prettier. Kelly also suggests these Variations:

Nutella instead of peanut butter (for those with peanut allergy). You may choose raspberry preserves. If using preserves eliminate sugar from the cheesecake filling. Increase bake time on raspberry variation by 5 minutes.