Diva Musings-Spirit

Spir·it; noun
1.the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul.”we seek a harmony between body and spirit”
2. those qualities regarded as forming the definitive or typical elements in the character of a person, nation, or group or in the thought and attitudes of a particular period  “the university is a symbol of the nation’s egalitarian spirit”
Verb: 
1.convey rapidly and secretly.
“stolen cows were spirited away some distance to prevent detection”
Have you done a spirit check lately?  Have you scrubbed all of the dust bunnies from the attic of your mind to allow your spirit to shine through?  
Take Time to meditate today and feed your soul essence.  If there were no tomorrow would your last thoughts be one of peace and tranquility?  
The choice is your in every moment.  I write this to remind myself of the wisdom of the grandmothers and keep myself on track.  May the peace of the Universe be always with you.  
Namaste,
The Queen Cronista
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Diva Tasting-Fish Piccata with Veggies

Ingredients

  • 4 Lg Sheets Aluminum Foil
  • Cooking Spray To Coat Foil
  • 4 (4 Ounce) Fillets Of Halibut
  • ½ Tsp Kosher Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • 2 Lg Lemons, Thinly Sliced And Seeds Removed
  • 8 Lg Cremini Mushrooms, Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 Sm Onion, Thinly Sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons Capers
  • 1 Cups Cooked Wild Rice or Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Broccoli

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange aluminum foil on a baking sheet and lightly spray cooking spray onto 1 side of each.

Place 1 halibut fish fillet over the cooked rice onto the middle of each piece of foil; season with salt and pepper. Layer lemon slices, mushroom slices, broccoli, onion slices, and capers onto each halibut fillet. Fold foil over each halibut fillet creating a packet. Place packets on a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes. Remove from baking dish to plate. Carefully slit open with a knife to release steam.

Foil Piccata Quick, easy clean up, and delicious!  Easy, Foil Packet Baked Fish Piccata with Rice and Veggies

Diva Musing-Are You There?

The world is allegedly overpopulated, in chaos and in need of fellowship everywhere.  Yet, not enough of us are reading our fellow bloggers who try to bring joy, wisdom and enlightenment to our world.  

Stay off the daily news for a few days.  It is all poison and ill gotten fantasy.  Read a good blog on human consciousness, poetic soul food or daily miracles.  It is far more uplifting, and much better for programming the grey matter for contentment.  You become what you think about all day long…(a quote said by every motivator or spiritual person, even Jesus, and Buddha in some context or other).  Seriously how are you programming your hard drive?

Better still, hug a human that may not get a hug all week, hug a furry pet or feed a hungry bird or other furry creature of Mother Nature’s family. The rewards are pleasingly great.

I see so many uplifting blogs, Facebook pages, and photos of nature.  However, I am choosing where I place my focus.  Certainly not main stream hell on earth newscasts. Just food for thought.  You’ve no one to blame when you fall asleep recapping (and burning your hard drive…subconscious mind..with chaotic crap.  

You awaken much more refreshed and ready for a joyful day if you take your first and last hour of each day and use it wisely.  What will you choose today?

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting- Spinach Roll Ups

8 Rolls   Oven 400°

Ingredients:

8 Oz. Cram Cheese

½ Tsp Garlic Powder

1 (10 oz) Frozen Spinach thawed and drained well

8 oz Monterrey Jack Cheese Shredded

2 Sm Scallions Finely Diced

1 Lg Egg

1 Tbsp Water

1 Box Puff Pastry Sheets (2 Sheets)

Directions:
Combine the Egg and Water and Beat until well mixed.
Combine Softened Cream Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, Garlic Powder and Onion in a bowl and mix well.
Add Spinach into the Cream Cheese Mixture and Fold into cream cheese mixture
Unroll Puff Pastry Sheets and Brush both sides with Egg and Water Mixture.
Spread Cream Cheese and Spinach Mixture over one side of the Puff Pastry.
Roll Up the Puff Pastry and Slice.
Place rolls on a Baking Sheet and bake at 400°F for 20 Minutes or until the Puff Pastry turns a golden color.

Is It Just Me?-Common Sense

Common sense is sound judgment in practical matters. We often speak of the need to develop “common sense,” which others call “prudence” or “discretion.” When you think about it common sense can be thought of as a combination of wisdom and discretion.  Wisdom is knowing what to do; discretion is knowing when and where to do it.  I am a firm believer in the fact that you cannot teach or train common sense!

Part of being a fool is having no common sense or being “void of understanding or awareness.   Most of us see the benefits of gaining wisdom. Many of us also know the folly of being a fool; in my case from errors of my youth.  The Christian Bible says in (Proverbs 13:16; 16:22; 26:11). Proverbs 3:13–14 , “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.”

Wisdom along the way allows us to see life the way nature intended. When we seek our own inner spiritual perspective, we can make decisions based upon their true and lasting significance rather than selfish interest. When we choose to make decisions based on wisdom  and experience alone, we are exercising common sense.

Common sense is often developed by learning from the consequences of such poor choices—the school street sense educates those of us willing to raise our vibration to notice. Everyone makes bad decisions at some point. The difference between the wise and the foolish is that one learns from their mistakes.   Other keeps repeating them. …”There are none so blind as those who will not see…”  Some people seem born with a more level head, while others are destined to fall into the abyss of their own ego and self-centered-ness. Wisdom and common sense should be continually pursued in order to experience the best that the Universe has to offer.  As always it is your Choice; choose wisely.

Inspired by….www.gotquestions.org 

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tastings-Dill & Salmon Biscuits

These appetizers are perfect for a afternoon tea party–serve in festive baking cups with cream cheese and capers. An oolong tea is a perfect paring.
Biscuits Salmon Dill
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Lg Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Snipped Fresh Dill Plus Additional For Serving
  • 4 Ounces Smoked Salmon (lox-style), Divided
  • 1/2 Cup Whipped Cream Cheese, Softened
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with twelve Foil Baking Cups; set aside. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of flour mixture; set aside.
Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, butter, and dill in a 2-cup measure. Add all at once to flour mixture. Gently stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Chop 2 ounces of the smoked salmon. Gently fold in salmon.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each three-fourths full.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool in cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
Split the muffins and spread split sides with cream cheese. Sandwich some of the remaining 2 ounces smoked salmon in between muffin halves. Garnish with additional fresh dill.

Minor Rant-Communication….

Male or Female …I don’t care …most of our problems come from lack of honest communication.  I use to tell my son when he started dating.  Don’t be a dork with a remote in your hand who doesn’t listen.  Learn to listen, offer opinions if asked, and follow up to make sure you understood the full meaning of a conversation. 

I further suggested…if you begin this, do not ever give up the procedure until you die.  Consistency in this task is crucial.  I think so many relationships (family, friends, co-workers etc.) fail because we are all in a hurry and don’t stop for a face to face discussion…not text, not email, not we’ll finish later on the run…FACE TO FACE!

Now don’t get me wrong.  There are those in my own family I tried with for 30 years. All I got was rudeness, failure to respond and cold shoulders.  The Universe wants us to love and forgive.  When you know you have done your best, with only good intentions…STOP! It’s OK to love and forgive, but not keep beating your head against a wall, trying with someone who will never care.  Face facts and move on,  wishing them love and light. Others DO NOT GET TO VOTE when you decide enough is enough.  The Karma Cops will do the rest.  

Bottom line communication is key in all aspects of life but no one wants you to be stupid and waste time. The world is too full of beautiful people who will communicate.  Surround yourself with these people and keep the downers at bay.  

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista