Monthly Archives: October 2016

Diva Tasting-Chicken Veggie Casserole

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Chicken Veggie Casserole

350° Oven Serves 8-10; 9 X 13 Greased Pan

  • 2 Bags Frozen Mixed Veggies thawed

  • 2 Cans Sliced Water Chestnuts

  • 1 Cup Grated, Sharp Cheddar Cheese

  • 1 Cup Grated Colby Cheese

  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise

  • 1 Lg Pkg Sliced Cremini Mushrooms

  • 1 Lg Rotisserie Chicken Boned & Chopped

    TOPPING

  • 1 ½ sleeves of Ritz crackers

  • 1 stick of butter

Mix all ingredients together. Place in a greased 9×13 inch dish, and mix together the topping mixture. Sprinkle the topping mixture on top of the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Diva Musing-Fall Do Something Different

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Get out of the rut!!  Do something spontaneous; do one different thing today.  I grabbed my cordless broom and flew to work with my new auburn hair and my big cheesy grin.  Don’t wait…it is never too late to go for it!  

The witching hour is only days away.  Show your new fall attitude and be a new you.  Notice I’m not saying an improved you…lets face it all my Divas rock already.  Just have fun being a sassier, saucier version of Diva perfection.  You never know what wonderful things can happen with the change.  Loveyoumeanit!

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting-Avocado Devil Eggs, Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops with Dressing

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Avocado Deviled Egg

  • 8 Lg. Hard Boiled Eggs (peeled & Halved)

  • 1 Lg Avocado (pitted)

  • 4 Tbsp Mayonnaise

  • 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

  • ½ Tsp Kosher Salt

  • 1/8 Tsp Black Pepper To Taste

  • 1 Tsp Chives (chopped)

Combine all ingredients except for chives in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times. Remove blade from bowl and stir in chives. Stuff each egg half with the mixture.

Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops with Dressing

Serves 8

  • 8 Lg Boneless Pork Chops

  • 1 Bag Seasoned Dressing Mix

  • 1 Can Cream Of Mushroom Soup

  • 1 Cup Water

  • 1 Pkg Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

In crockpot, layer pork chops. In a bowl whisk the soup, water and dressing mix and pour all over. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Serve with spinach salad.

Diva Rambling- Truth

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Have you ever had a situation where someone you work with is claiming to be working hard to get things done, but have you haven’t seen any real progress from them? If so, then your patience is probably running low — and you need to let them know that you’re not very happy.

It’s not wise to get threatening about it, but you should feel free to be more blunt than diplomatic when you talk to them about what they need to get done. Clear communication sometimes requires that you leave the charm behind….

It doesn’t always work but you will have been the one wearing the big girl panties and the truth is the truth…but as they say…sometimes truth hurts (especially a guilty conscience).

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting-Seared Scallops with Mango Salsa

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Med Papaya – Peeled, Seeded And Chopped
  • 1 Sm Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1/2 Lg Red Onion, Chopped
  • 4 Tbs Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 Tbs Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Tsp Minced Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 4 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 6 Tbs All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Lbs Sea Scallops

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine papaya, red pepper, jalapeno onion, lime juice, cilantro, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large sealable bag, combine flour, black pepper, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add scallops, and shake to coat.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add scallops; cook and stir until golden. Serve scallops over papaya sauce.
  4. Serve with rice pilaf

 

Diva Rambling-Haste!

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Doing things hastily leads to mistakes and produces stress. We’ve all heard …”Haste Makes Waste.”… Work Effectively & efficiently, but do not move at such a lightening speed so that you lose sight of what is truly important.

Our Worlds obsession with speed and Greed multitasking leads to poorly done results and many errors, which have to be corrected later. This costs money, time and loss of energy and resources all around.

Do only one thing at a time. Try to touch a thin only once and be done with it. It will be a blessing for your work life and peace of mind….

Diva Tasting-Poached Eggs Caprese

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Brunch Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Distilled White Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Himalayan Pink Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 Lg Eggs
  • 2 Whole Wheat English Muffin, Split
  • 4 (1 Oz) Slices Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Lg Tomato, Thickly Sliced
  • 2 Teaspoons Sriracha

Directions

Fill a large saucepan with 2 to 3 inches of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, pour in the vinegar and 2 teaspoons of salt, and keep the water at a gentle simmer.

While waiting for the water to simmer, place a slice of mozzarella cheese and a thick slice of tomato onto each English muffin half, and toast in a toaster oven until the cheese softens and the English muffin has toasted, about 5 minutes.

Crack an egg into a small bowl. Holding the bowl just above the surface of the water, gently slip the egg into the simmering water. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Poach the eggs until the whites are firm and the yolks have thickened but are not hard, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, and dab on a kitchen towel to remove excess water.

To assemble, place a poached egg on top of each English muffin. Spoon a 1/2 teaspoon of siracha sauce onto each egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Diva Musing-Overcoming Bitterness

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Overcoming Bitterness: 5 Steps for Healing the Hurt that Won’t Go Away

November 20, 2013 by Dr. Greg 

No one wants to be bitter.  It sneaks up on us.  Bitterness is unforgiveness fermented.    The more we hold onto past hurts the more we become drunk on our pain and the experience can rob us of the joy we can find in anything.

Bitterness occurs when we feel someone has taken something from us that we are powerless to get back.  We hold on to the hurt in an attempt to remind ourselves and others of the injustice we’ve experienced in the hopes that someone will save us and restore what we’ve lost.  Unfortunately, bitterness only makes our sense of the injustice grow.  It does nothing to heal the wound caused by the injustice.  In fact, it causes the wound to become infected with anger.

Bitterness:  Wrath’s Little Sister

Bitterness is wrath’s little sister.  Where anger can be just and moral if it propels us to seek solutions for the wrongs we have experienced or witness, wrath is a deadly sin because it becomes anger that feeds on itself and adds to wreckage caused by the original wound.  Bitterness does this too, but instead of burning down the house with everything we value still inside, bitterness is quieter, slowly poisoning our life until we lose it one joy at a time.

Here are some things you can do to begin to overcome bitterness.

1.  Forgive

Forgiveness does not mean pretending everything is “OK.”  It doesn’t mean forgetting the hurt either.  According to St. Augustine, forgiveness is simply the act of surrendering our desire for revenge; that is, our desire to hurt someone for having hurt us.   Forgiveness is the gift we give ourselves that enables us to stop picking at the scab and start making a plan for healing.

2. Make a plan

Forgiveness allows you to free up the energy you need to begin healing the wound. If the person who hurt you is willing to work with you, begin mapping out exactly what changes or effort you would need to see from that person to let you know that it is safe to reconcile.  If you are on your own, focus your energy on making a plan for how will you strive to regain as much of what was lost/taken from you as possible.  The more you strive to find alternative ways to recoup your losses, the less bitter you will feel even if the hurt persists.   It can be tempting to give into feelings that “there’s nothing I can do”   but resist the temptation.  In fact, if you feel this way and can’t think of solutions, talk to a professional to check your math before deciding that you just need to grieve your loss.  If, after consultation, you find that there really is nothing you can do to reclaim what was lost or taken from you, focus your energy on developing new goals that will help you reconstruct a compelling future.  The book,The Life God Wants You to Have:  Discovering the Divine Plan When Human Plans Fail can be a tremendous help for figuring out what God is calling you to work toward in the next chapter of your life.

 

3.  Stop Dwelling and Retelling

When we are hurt, we have a tendency to turn the painful events over and over in our head or tell anyone who will listen about our pain–even over and over again.  It is fine to talk to people we think can help us heal the hurt, facilitate reconciliation or help us rebuild our lives, but other than that, we should do what we can to stop dwelling on the story of our injury ourselves and stop speaking of it so freely to others.  When we are tempted to “dwell or retell” the best course of action is to refocus on what we can do–TODAY–to take at least some small step toward refining or actualizing the plan we’ve developed in Step 2.  The more you are focused on solutions, the less you will experience the sense of powerlessness that comes from ruminating on the hurt.

4.  Seek Grace

It can be next to impossible to heal some wounds without God’s grace.  Bitterness causes us to shun God’s grace in favor of obsessing over the wound.  If you are holding on to bitterness I encourage you to take it to confession.  Please don’t be insulted by the suggestion.  I know that you are the victim and you have a right to your pain.  Still, holding on to anything except God’s love, mercy and healing grace separates from God and the life he wants us to have. Confession can open your heart to receive the healing that God wants to give you.   It can help you surrender the pain and powerlessness and begin to discover new options.  Stop hoarding your hurt.  Make your desire for healing official by taking your tendency to dwell in the powerlessness to the confessional and seek the grace to leave it there.

5.  Seek Professional Help

If the bitterness won’t let go even after you’ve tried all of the above, it’s time to seek professional help.  Working with a professional can help you see possibilities that your pain has blinded you to and give you new tools to heal the wounds that are holding you back.   If you have a faithful professional in your area that you have worked with before, it may be time to reconnect.  If not, I would invite you to contact me through the Pastoral Solutions Institute to learn more about our telephone counseling practice.  Healing is possible with the right resources.

Hebrews 12:5 says, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”  You don’t have to be bitter or consumed by feelings of powerlessness and sadness.  Take action today to cooperate with the grace God is giving you to break free of the bonds of bitterness.  You can discover that with God’s help, there is so much more to life than pain.

Diva Tasting-Bat Wings and Spider Webs

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Happy Halloween;  the pasta is our bat-wings and the melted cheese our cobwebs.  A treat kids and adults are sure to enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 Ounce) Pkg Farfalle (bow Tie) Pasta
  • 2 Pounds Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Lg Cloves of Garlic Minced
  • 1 (28 Ounce) Jar Pasta Sauce
  • 16 Ounces Mozzarella Cheese, Cut Into 1/2 Inch Cubes
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water, bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the bow tie pasta and return to a boil. Boil pasta, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Cook and stir ground beef and onion in a large skillet until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes, add garlic and mix. Drain fat. Stir in pasta sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Stir cooked pasta and half of the Parmesan cheese, and all of the mozzarella into the sauce; toss to combine. Transfer to a 9 X 13 baking dish. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes.

Diva Musing-Don’t make the Universe Throw a Brick

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This goes around all the time. However, I can never resist sharing it everytime. What a great reminder today…..

A young and successful executive was traveling down the neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in a new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick ad been thrown. The angry driver jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against the parked car, shouting. “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you there is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”

The young boy was apologetic. “Please, mister…please, ism sorry but I didn’t know what else to do?, He pleaded. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop…” With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around the parked car. It’s my brother ,” he said, “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and He’s too heavy for me.” Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheel chair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look at him told him everything would be OK. “Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for works, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept it to remind him of this message: “Don’t go through life so fast that God has to throw a brick! God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we font have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It’s our choice to listen or not.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY…..

If God had a refrigerator your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers each spring.

He sends you sunrise each day-He is crazy about you child of God.