Monthly Archives: November 2016

Diva Rambling: Welcome Back

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Welcome back from the Holiday! I hope each of you had a luscious Thanksgiving.  The Crones spent it in quite deliberation and thanks.  

Back at the school week and plenty of “stuff” to do before Christmas.  I’m sure all of you are in panic mode preparing for whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year.  Be sure to take extra meditation time to keep things in perspective and all will be well.

Take your herbs, pray, meditate and get to thinking of creative gift giving. Things like baskets of good Amish Butter and Jelly with your favorite biscuits thrown in for good tastings.  How about giving gift cards to the poor in your area with a note from a child or grandchild wishing them a happy holiday.  Give a copy of the note to your grandchild (who, by the way, already has everything they need; and you know it!) and teach them at a young age the joy of giving to others.  Throw a recipe book, an apron, a box of some easy bake muffins or cookies into a basket.  Add a gift certificate from you, to a little one, for quality time to spend with mom, or grandma in the kitchen, and toss in a good book you’ll read together after the baking is done.   

Let’s simplify this year, and put the meaning back into the Holiday it once had, in a simpler time. 

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Crispy Chicken and Biscuits

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Ingredients

  • 6 Lg Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 Cups Seasoned Bread Crumbs

Marinade

  • 1 Lg Lemon; Juice And Zest
  • 1 Cup Italian Dressing
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Directions for Marinade: Place ingredients in a zip lock bag and put breasts in to marinade shake well. Place for 2 hrs. in the refrigerator. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a shallow baking dish.
  • Season chicken breasts. Coat chicken on all sides with mayonnaise, and roll in bread crumbs until coated.
  • Place coated breasts into the prepared pan.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and the juices run clear.

CHEDDAR Drop Biscuits:

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Cheddar Bisquick or other Cheddar Biscuit Mix
  • ½ Cup Good Butter
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

Directions

  1. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat; stir in the onion and butter, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare Drop Biscuits to box directions. Add butter, Mayonnaise, Onions and Shredded Cheddar Cheese.
  3. Grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto baking sheet. Repeat to make about 10 -14 biscuits.
  4. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are browned and the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes.

Diva Musing-Rambling on today about 6 Types of Men to Avoid….

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Ladies, I have never been a male basher….but, lets face facts…there are just some men we are better off without in our lives(Women too but we’ll discuss that later).  Today Consider this thought process to put in your tool kit of self defense…..6 Types of Men to Avoid….

Men Who Don’t Put God First

I believe this one is the most important of all.  If a man doesn’t put God first in His life, then he’ll likely put you way down on his list of priorities.  A man who has Jesus Christ at the center of his life will also likely hold his girlfriend or wife in high regard because men are commanded to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for her 

Men Who Are Consumed With Hobbies

My wife loves college football and basketball and even the NFL, but she isn’t consumed with them.  She would rather do things with the family and miss a game than be glued to the TV until the game is over.  If a man has a compulsion with hobbies, you might end up in second place to whatever it is he is consumed with.  Wouldn’t you rather have a man who is consumed with the present moment first and then putting his wife or girlfriend next?

Men Who Mistreat Their Mothers

Any man who speaks harshly or mistreats his mother is likely to treat the other females in his life the same way.  For one thing, he is breaking the universal law of the universe and probably several commandments…i.e. to honor his father and mother.   There is a strong correlation between how a man treats his mother and how he will treat his girlfriend or wife.  It is a strong red flag if he is harsh or mistreats his mother.

Men Who Care Only About Themselves

I once heard about a woman who complained that her husband acted like God.   He all but wanted to be worshiped.  Everything had to be about him, and he wanted to always be the center of attention.  God is worthy of that place in your life. No man should ever take center stage, or the woman should immediately exit stage left!

Men Who Treat Animals Harshly

Women, take a close look at how a man treats his pets or other animals.   All animals are a part of creation, too, and we read in the first few chapters of Genesis that God said, “And it was good.” This included the creation of animals. So if a man mistreats animals or acts with indifference in their care, then that man would be one I would avoid at all costs.

How Is He Around Children?

Another red flag is a man who doesn’t like children or even like to be around them.  Children are precious and if this man is a potential mate and father to your children but can’t stand being around them or has a short fuse around them, take warning because he may treat them even worse when he has his own family. You’d likely be better off without this type of man.

Diva Tasting-Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard Sauce

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Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy
  • ½ Teaspoon Wasabi
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon steaks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix honey, mustard, lemon juice, soy and wasabi. Spread the mixture over the salmon steaks. Season with pepper. Arrange in a buttered medium baking dish.
  3. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish easily flakes with a fork.
  4. Serve with a garden salad with vinaigrette and crostini.

Diva Rambling-Single Redefined

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One of our young people broke up with a boyfriend this week and said she hadn’t been “single” in a year and wouldn’t know how to behave.  I was concerned and told her to look at her priorities.  That in order to draw in someone worthy of her she needed to love herself first.  The Universe would handle the rest.

Some of our single men and women  are seeking life from a relationships. Finding a spouse/partner can’t bring the ultimate fulfillment that fairy tales and romantic movies promise. In fact, many couples divorce because one spouse hasn’t gripped the reality of enduring and unconditional love. How can our singleness be redefined against a culture wrapped up in sexual immorality and selfishness?

We redefine singleness to be an opportunity—not an obstacle.
As singles we have the opportunity and freedom to serve with all of our hearts. The Universe uses this vibration to awaken our hearts to the impossibilities that it wants to do in and around us.

We redefine singleness to be empowering, engaging, and equipping—not embarrassing.
As singles we are empowered by our Universal Source ourselves to be better beings.  Our duty is bigger than us as we continue to grow in our relationship with the Universal Source of all things.

We redefine singleness to be a time of self-discovery—not self-loathing.
As singles we are discovering our spiritual gifts. We are blessed to have the time and energy to go wherever our path leads us.

We redefine singleness to be a season of renewal—not regret.
As singles (especially those who are no longer married), we can renew our relationship with ourselves to experience a greater awareness of the Life Force that is present over our lives. The possibilities are limitless in our surrender to the will of the Source in all of us.

We redefine singleness to move us in a direction of peace—not pity.
As singles we are finding peace that passes all understanding greeting us first thing in the morning and the last thing at night.  When the right “One” comes we will know it. There is not better gift the Universe has to offer than a melding of twin souls.  However, 
living a life of peace is worth more than all the precious wealth of the world. Begin today to find your peace redefine your single; until the right “Mr. Right” comes along.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting-Menu: Baked Egg Rolls and Coconut Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 Ounce) Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 1 Pkg Bean Curd Noodles Soaked to Softened And Chopped
  • 1 1/2 Pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 5 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce (or White Vinegar)
  • 2 Lg Green Onions
  • 2 Stalks Cabbage Celery, Chopped
  • 1 Medium Bag Slaw
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil

Directions

Place cabbage, celery, and green onions in a large wok and stir fry over a high heat until vegetables cook down (add a little water if necessary).

In a large skillet, brown ground meat. Drain grease and add the meat to the vegetable mixture. Continue to fry over a high heat; add vinegar or oyster sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and salt. When well blended, remove mixture from heat. Combine vegetables & meat mixture with chopped cellophane/(bean curd noodles). Combine well.

Before filling the skin closed… dip your finger in a little water and running the perimeter of the skin to moisten. This will properly ensure the skin will seal.

Place a rounded tablespoon of the mixture (or more, depending on how large your egg roll skins are) into the center of each skin. It is best to place the skins like a diamond shape in front of you. Fold in the left then the right corner. Then begin to roll up. The wet edges will seal. Lay on a greased baking sheet with sealed side down. Brush front and back of each roll with vegetable oil and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

If using “Wonton wrappers (smaller in size) they are a great meal or appetizer as well as the egg roll wraps. If using wontons place filling in center wet the edges and fold into a triangle to seal. Once they have been put together you can either fry them or steam them as well, both ways are delicious.” I find baking the easiest.

Thai Coconut Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Lg Green Onion Sliced
  • 1 Stalk Lemon Grass, Minced
  • 2 Teaspoons Red Curry Paste
  • 8 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 3 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Nutmeg
  • 4 (13.5 Ounce) Cans Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Pound Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 2 Pound Medium Shrimp – Peeled And Deveined
  • 4 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt To Taste
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir the ginger, lemongrass, and curry paste in the heated oil for 1 minute. Slowly pour the chicken broth over the mixture, stirring continually. Stir in the fish sauce and brown sugar; simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and mushrooms; cook and stir until the mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp; cook until no longer translucent about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice; season with salt; garnish with cilantro.

Diva Rambling-Hate

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What Hate does to you?

I thought long and hard about this topic. I have watched over the past few years. A hate and anger in people growing and growing. It is sad to see. Our world chooses chaos and hatred, instead of love and peace.

Hate consumes a person… it affects their health, their sleep, their relationships and hurts the person both physically and mentally. It does nothing to the one that is being hated.   They could often care less about the hater using up their own positive life force with negative energies. They are most often oblivious, while the one hating is wasting precious time focusing on all the things they would like to see happen to the other person. The person being hated is sleeping and peaceful. Yet the hater is looking miserable and haggard. Is that a life anyone really wants to choose?

Do those hating and carrying venomous thoughts think about how much power they have over the other person? The one hating certainly is not affecting the one being hated but does put off bad vibrations into the human collective.

Think about it! All the emotion is on the hater’s side. So, do not give power to people by letting their actions keep you upset. Look at what you are doing to yourself and no one else. That is an unacceptable way to live.  Do you know this kind of stress causes stomach disorders, migraines, bone disorders and other health issues?

And yet some people are invested in waking up each day…. holding grudges, name calling, gossiping and acting in poor taste. Hate is an energy drain of emotion. It drains the energy bank account of all offenders and leaves them with little or no positive life force to draw on. It drains them of energy and the ability to enjoy life. It sucks the very being from them.

It is a demon that one allows into their head to rob one of time, of living a happy life, and from being joyful. And if one allows it to consume them to the point that it is all they think of and they can not even talk to another person or post on a blog or Facebook without saying hateful things …then they need help dealing with this addiction. Do not lie to yourself it becomes a lifestyle…an addiction.

So, what do we do? If someone wrongs us….first and foremost forgive and let it go immediately. It does not matter what they do.  Let go so you can move on with peace of mind.

If you can do something, do it. I mean, in a way that releases you of guilt and malice. If it is one of those things where it is impossible to change….then accept that you can do nothing and let it go. Acceptance is huge here! Letting go is “huger”!

Hate does not move us in a positive direction… which is where we should be moving.  If we keep holding on to the negative (by keeping our brain full of dust bunnies) and bringing it into our present and future, then that is exactly what we will have? Days filled with malice and hatred and people wanting to avoid us…this is our only destiny.

If we become what we think about all day long (basic physics)… then where is the wisdom in focusing on the negative? Be honest with yourself. Set free your spirit and take back your life force. Do not let hatred and bitterness consume you and make you into someone you do not want to be.

Diva Tasting-Penne Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

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Ingredients

  • 1 (16 Ounce) Package Dried Penne Pasta
  • 5 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided
  • 3 Lg Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves – Cut Into Cubes
  • Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder To Taste
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Lg Lemon; Juice And Zest
  • 1 Bunch Asparagus Spears, Cut On Diagonal Into 1- Inch Pieces
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
  • Warm 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken to paper towels.
  • Pour chicken broth into the skillet. Then stir in asparagus, garlic, and a pinch more garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cover, and steam until the asparagus is just tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet, and warm through.
  • Stir chicken mixture into pasta, and mix well. Let sit about 5 minutes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, stir again, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

 

Diva Musing- Vibration

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My two favorite scientists in the world….Nicola Tesla and Albert Einstein spoke regularly that all of creation consists of energy and vibration (to put it simply).  If you become what you think about all day long (basic physics).  Then, what vibration shall we choose to put out into our Universe today, and ultimately form our own reality?

WoW! HEAVY STUFF! You choose your own reality; each and every moment of every day.  If life sucks there is no one to blame but yourself.   If life is joyful and fulfilling, pat yourself on the proverbial back. You get five stars. Actually you get a five star life.  All because you program your vibrations regularly with good input.  You have a clean hard drive and elite software programming. It’s as good as winning the lottery.  By  the way, you could do just that if your programming stays elite regularly!!! Enough Said.  

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting- Menu: Pasta E Fagioli, Easy Bacon, Cheese Dinner Rolls

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Easy Pasta E Fagioli

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 Lg cloves garlic, finely minced
1 can (15 oz) cannelloni beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 carton (32 oz) chicken broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni (4 oz)
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except macaroni and cheese. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove cover; increase heat to high. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium. Add macaroni; cook 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Dinner Bread: Pepper Jack/Cheddar Cheese Bread

24 Rolls Oven: 400° 2/ 12 count muffin tins

4 Cups Self-Rising Flour

1 Cup Mayonnaise

2 Lg Eggs

½ Cup Cream

1 Lb Bacon Fried Crispy and Chopped (Optional)

2 Cups Monterey Pepper Jack Cheese Shredded

2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese Shredded ½ Cup reserved for topping)

½ tsp Kosher Salt

½ tsp Ground Black Pepper

½ Cup Butter Melted (Reserve 2 Tbsp)

Whisk Mayonnaise, Eggs, Cream, butter Salt and Pepper in a medium bowl. Slowly blend into self-rising flour. Fold in cheese. Place equally in muffin tins. Brush the top with the reserved butter. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes until top is golden brown and set firm to touch, then sprinkle ½ cup of reserved cheddar cheese evenly over the muffin pans. Bake an additional 5 minutes until bread is golden and cheese melted. Watch last 10 minutes as oven temperatures may vary.