Diva Musing:Respect

There is an old song by The Diva…Aretha Franklin…”Respect”. There is so little respect or good manners shown in our daily world.  

This morning at the breakfasts water hole,  I had a perfect breakfast, served by my friend  and daily waitress Carolyn, with a big smile and a share of the picture of the grand baby.  I felt so blessed.  So I sent my cook a $20.00 bill and I left Carolyn a $10.00 bill on a $5.00 breakfast. I told both of them if I wasn’t on a fixed income I’d do it every single day…because I appreciate their efforts everyday. I meant it.

They were both very pleased. So a five dollar breakfast cost me thirty-five dollars but the good feeling of doing the right thing, for two people who take such good care of so many  guests each day, & truly deserved it; cannot be duplicated.   I’ll do it again when I can save up (I am a senior on a fixed income after all).  

Be the light that shines in your world and see what a glow it gives to you.  

Namaste

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting-MUSHROOM CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 1 Lb Sage or Maple Sausage
  • 1(8 Ounce) Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese & Provolone each
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • 3 Pounds Cremini Mushrooms, Stems Removed & Sliced
  • 1 Med Bag of Frozen Spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese & Grated Provolone Combined
  • 1 Cup Herb Bread Crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°.
  2. Place the sausage in a large, deep skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crumbled, about 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the sausage on a paper towel-lined plate. Place the sausage in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the cream cheese,1/2 Cup Parmesan & Provolone cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper until evenly mixed. Gently fold in Spinach and Mushrooms.
  4. Mix the Bread Crumbs and 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan together.
  5. Spoon the filling into the into an 8×8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cheeses and bread crumbs on top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the mushrooms are tender and the filling is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

Is It Just Me?:”Chillax”

The official winter doldrums disease is S.A.D.  (Seasonal Affect Disorder).  This year seems to have launched another one.  S.A. E. D. (Stupid Assholes Exploding Disorder).  It seems so many people are invested in waking up each morning and going off at the simplest of movements in their day.  

Anything from someone having on their bright lights, to a waitress not counting the number of ice cubes in their morning glass of water!!!!!  I mean really….”Chillax”,  I’m a spaz myself.  However, I do try to make the first hour of the day joyful and fun.  It sets the ship sailing on smooth water.  

I don’t want to listen to the sad tales of destruction, chaos and man’s injustices to man at breakfast.  I like to focus and mediate on my blessings and just enjoy my water or coffee or whatever.  I like to savor the peaceful act of gently getting into my day.  

Take up the challenge and relax into your day.  Create a vibration in the collective consciousness that is solely your contribution to Peace on Earth.  If each of us accepts the challenge, the world will become a better place.  

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Sesame Chicken and Pound Cake….

Sorry for our absence from all of you.  With the holidays, and playing catch up on all things office, it’s been a hoot! I hope you enjoy our return as much as we enjoy being back with all of you. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 dashes sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 4 (5 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chile paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Combine the 2 tablespoons soy sauce, the dry sherry, dash of sesame oil, flour, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water, baking powder, baking soda, and canola oil in a large bowl. Mix well; stir in the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Combine the 1/2 cup water, chicken broth, vinegar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, sugar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, red chili paste, and garlic in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn heat to low and keep warm, stirring occasionally.
  4. Fry the marinated chicken in batches until cooked through and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a large platter, top with sauce, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

POUND CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

4 sticks butter

4 cups sugar

4 cups flour (cake or all purpose)

8 large eggs

8 oz. cream cheese

2 to 3 tsp of vanilla flavoring

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup brown sugar

1 jar of caramel ice cream topping

INSTRUCTIONS:

Leave cream cheese, butter, and eggs out to reach room temperature.

In mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Then, add flour, one cup at a time. Last, add vanilla flavoring.

Grease and flour tube/bundt pan and pour in batter. Pour in batter first, then sprinkle pecans and brown sugar on top (a cup or little more of each). Lightly press into the batter.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (You may want to tent the top with foil to keep the nuts from scorching.) Then, increase the temperature to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Test the cake with a fork or wooden skewer to check for doneness. The utensil should come out dry and clean (no batter). Bake 5 more minutes if not quite done.

Remove from the oven and allow a few minutes to cool before removing from pan. When you invert onto a plate, you may lose a few nuts, but most will bake into the top layer of crust. Then, turn the cake onto another plate so that the nuts are on top. Drizzle with jar of caramel ice cream topping. Heat from the cake will make the caramel melt over the pecans.

Diva Tasting: Cabbage Rolls

We are back from the holidays and ready to hit 2017 running…..or at least with fervor!!!!  We hope you are with us and ready to do the same.  Winter treat on the menu today….

“Cabbage leaves stuffed with ground beef, onion and rice, covered in a sweet and tangy tomato sauce and cooked in a slow cooker.” Stir Fried Chicken chunks could be substituted or a fried mushroom medley for vegetarians.

Ingredients

  • 12 leaves cabbage
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil cabbage leaves 2 minutes; drain.
  2. In large bowl, combine 1 cup cooked rice, egg, milk, onion, ground beef, salt, and pepper. Place about 1/4 cup of meat mixture in center of each cabbage leaf, and roll up, tucking in ends. Place rolls in slow cooker.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over cabbage rolls.
  4. Cover, and cook on Low 8 to 9 hours.

Diva Musing: 4 Things to Avoid in 2017

I don’t make New Year Resolutions myself.  However, in my quest for enlightenment, and to add positive light to the collective consciousness, I do try to do new things each day to be a better me.  Here is an interesting article I found this morning…..

4 THINGS CHRISTIANS SHOULD CUT BACK ON IN 2017

Its the dawning of a new year. The perfect time to make some resolutions, set some goals, and vow to cut back on certain things. As Christians, we should be seeking God on what specific elements of our lives He wants us to change this year. Joel Malm at Relevant gives us four great ideas of what to do less of in 2017!

1. Sharing Our Opinions
“We’ve all got a right to our opinion. And in most of the Western world, we are blessed to be able to share it without any danger. “‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial.” That’s a direct quote from the Apostle Paul. (1 Corinthians 6:12). I’m convinced that many of us have become enslaved to sharing our own opinions at the expense of building community. We spend a whole lot of time doing it. We feel we haven’t truly expressed ourselves if we haven’t aired our opinion about everything happening in the world. But you know who the wisest man who ever lived says is best at airing their opinions? “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” (Proverbs 18:2) Let’s do less airing of our opinions this year and spend that time reading, asking questions and having conversations. Let’s seek understanding.”

2. Complaining
“Complaining is a lack of gratitude. And honestly, if you are reading this article it means you’ve got a whole lot to be grateful for. Yesterday, you probably had a $4 cup of coffee. Maybe you’ve recently eaten a $12 hamburger. You probably have gas in your car. There’s a good chance you spend more on your cell phone bill than most people in the world make in a month.” Perhaps your health may be struggling. You may be “broke.” You may be depressed. But it’s in the moments that we’re tested that the faith we profess is refined. When we “give thanks in all circumstances,” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) we show that we really believe God has been good—no matter what our current situation may be.”

3. Comparing
““Comparison is the thief of joy.” Whoever said that would be rolling over in their grave if they saw Instagram. You can create whatever image of yourself you want with a picture. Add a cool filter and no one will know that you were just in tears about a fight you had with your mom. Once again, Paul offers some sage commentary on comparison: “When they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.” (2 Corinthians 10:12) Life, in all of its disappointments and mountaintops, will never be fully described or understood by what we choose to project or observe online—so stop comparing your life to others.”

4. Indulging in Social Media
“We know we should spend less time online and more time with real people. We know we shouldn’t engage in those silly online debates, whether as a participator or spectator. But social media is one of those guilty little pleasures many of us rationalize indulging in. This year, get off social media and spend that time having some real, face-to-face conversations. Maybe even with total strangers. When you get your eyes off your phone during those “boring” moments—waiting for the train or for your oil to be changed—you’ll find there are some pretty interesting folks all around you.”