Monthly Archives: May 2017

Diva Musing:

Standard

It is our duty to respect and give gratitude for all that the Creator of the Universe has given us. We need to acknowledge the unlimited power and potential in our Universe… and it is unlimited.

Additionally it is our duty to utilize this magnitude of possibility and potential only to that good for which it was intended.  Only with this in mind can we transcend.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Advertisements

Diva Tasting: Broccoli with Chicken and Cheese

Standard

Broccoli with Chicken and Cheese

9×13 pan sprayed

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Chopped Fresh Broccoli (or 2 small bags frozen, chopped and drained)
  • 4 Cups Cubed, Cooked Chicken Meat
  • 1 (10.75 Ounce) Can Condensed Cream Of Broccoli Soup
  • 1 Cup Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 1 Cup Colby Shredded
  • 1 Cup Gruyere Shredded
  • 5 Tablespoon Butter, Melted
  • 6 Tablespoons Dried Bread Crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat Oven To 450 Degrees F.
  2. Place the raw broccoli in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain. If using frozen thaw and drain well.
  3. Put the cheeses together in a medium bowl and toss to blend. Reserve 1 Cup.
  4. In a bowl, whisk the soup and cream, sour cream and fold in the chicken and broccoli.
  5. Fold in 2 cups of the cheeses and mix with the chicken, broccoli and soup mixture. Pour evenly into the baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top.
  7. Mix the melted butter with the bread crumbs, and sprinkle over the Mixture.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly brown.
  9. Serve with French Bread, garden salad and tea or lemonade.

Diva Tasting: Chicken with Spinach/Artichokes….

Standard

 Braised Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 8 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 (14.5 Ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 Cup Flat Leaf Parsley Chopped for Garnish

Directions:

  1. Season both sides of chicken breasts with garlic salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook seasoned chicken breasts until chicken is browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add onion; cook and stir until onion is browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Pour diced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken; season with basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F. Garnish with parsley.

Spinach Artichoke Sides

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 (10 Ounce) Package Frozen Chopped Spinach, Thawed And Squeezed Dry
  • 4 Ounces Thinly Sliced Prosciutto, Chopped And Fried Crisp
  • 1 (4 Ounce) Jar Roasted Red Peppers, Drained And Chopped
  • 1 (6.5 Ounce) Jar Artichoke Hearts, Drained And Sliced
  • 2 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the spinach, red peppers and artichoke hearts. Season with garlic. Cook and stir for 15 minutes, until heated through. Crumble the crisp prosciutto over the top.

Diva Musing: Intentions…..!

Standard

I spend a lot of time in classes listening to the teenagers interact with one another.  I’ve isolated several distinct patterns that are a tell on intentions in teens and adults.  This article puts them nicely and gives you food for thought about setting boundaries with these people.  Namaste,  The Queen Cronista

6 Things People Do That Give Away Their True Intentions

https://healthandlovepage.com/signs-true-intentions/ 

The first impression is crucial, but sometimes it can be deceiving. Some people are easy to read and from only one look, meeting, encounter you can tell whether they are good or bad. However, some people seem like angels at first, but is that kindness real? This type of individuals at first always seem kind, understanding and compassionate. Friendship is easy to start with them, due to the fact that they are very approachable. They actually appear genuine, but after they take their mask off, you will be shocked. These people often put wool over your eyes, and show you want you only want to see. With that, they get what they want. These people are not suddenly kind only to you, or because they want to change, it just means that you got something they want.If you know these signs, you can avoid the people that want to take advantage of you.

6 Signs to Reveal People’s True Colors

1. One-Sided Conversations

This is something that you can quickly notice; you just need to pay more attention. They are usually dominant, and all the discussion revolves around them. Bear in mind that any normal human being would at least try to start a dialogue or would want to sit back for a while and listen what you would like to say, your opinions, thoughts, etc.These people are usually self-focused because they are only trying to get what they want.

2. After The Talk, You Feel Bad

After the conversation you have with this type of people you shall feel frustration and confusion. That is when you need to pay attention because that is your gut instincts screaming that something is not right.

Manipulative people use communication as a weapon. With good people after you encounter them, you feel motivated, positive and full of life that is not the case with this kind of people. In a way, they suck your positive energy and attitude.

3. They make demands

They might seem nice, and maybe they shall try to sugar up things just to get what they want. That is one of the many talents that the manipulators have to make demands. That is how they feel superior, and convince themselves that they are the ones in control. With real friendships and relationships, no one has to be in charge or superior. It is simple to win this battle, just choose to do what you want.

4. Weird Body Language and Eye Contact

This is also one of their weapons they use. With proper body language and eye contact, they try to earn your trust. They usually look confident, and with that, they might appear trustworthy to you. However, bear in mind that manipulator uses their confident look like an advantage. Also, if they force uncomfortable and long eye contact while they are talking that is one sign that they have hidden intentions.

5. Persuasion is their second name

They are friends with purpose; they have hidden agenda. Manipulators for sure will try to pressure you, cause that is what they do. They try to persuade you to do something that will be only good for them or at least they will bear the fruit.

6. Try to bring you down with humor

These people have the need as we said before to feel superior. However, they can not directly insult you because they pretend to be something they are not and that is when they use humor to do that.

That is one poorly attempt to disguise their evil nature as humor. They will try to do this in front of a big crowd to get attention. If this has already happened to you, there is no need to cry over split milk. You have learned your lesson.

 

 

Diva Tasting: 5 Cheese Pimento Cheese…

Standard

Here is a great dish to put in the refrigerator ready for summer lunches or snacking anytime….. 

5 Cheese Pimento Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 Cups Shredded Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 Cup Asiago
  • 1 Cup Provolone
  • 1 Cup Manchego
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise Or To Taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper (Optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Pickled Jalapeno Pepper, Chopped (Optional)
  • 2 (4 Ounce) Jars Diced Pimento, Drained
  • Salt And Black Pepper To Taste

Directions

  1. Place the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, minced jalapeno, and pimento into the large bowl of a mixer. Beat at medium speed, with paddle if possible, until thoroughly combined. Then slow add the rest of the cheeses to combine. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

This pimento cheese can be used for grilled cheese sandwiches, as a spread for crackers or mini bagels, or served alongside your favorite fried green tomatoes.

Diva Ranting: Idiot Drivers…

Standard

I’ve been trying not to rant of  late. Trying to nurture the kinder, gentler, Crone….However, Is it just me, or do the dumbest drivers ever always get out during lunch hour, and impede the progress of those of us who have places to go during lunch hour?  

I just got behind some impaired git who was going …Oh, I don’t know…less than 2 miles per hour in the superstore parking lot all the way to the light.  The light turns green for the usual 5 seconds and the git sits, then runs the red light! Here’s me and the rest of the lot waiting at another light.  

Always safety first! However, my mind is saying run the light with the git, and push that little slow moving bug down the street into an oncoming train!!!  Sorry, the rant made me feel better!  Anyway, I wish you all a better traffic pattern than the one in the Crater today.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Bruschetta Chicken Bake…

Standard

Bruschetta Chicken Bake 1 

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves – Cubed
  • 1 Jar Marinated Artichoke Hearts Chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 (15 Ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes With Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth or Bullion
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 (6 Ounce) Box Chicken-Flavored Dry Bread Stuffing Mix
  • 2 Cups Shredded Provolone Cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons Italian Dressing

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Toss the cubed chicken with the salt and artichoke hearts in a large bowl. Place the chicken and artichokes in a layer into the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Stir together tomatoes, broth, garlic, Italian Dressing and stuffing mix in a large bowl; set aside to soften.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the chicken and artichokes, Spread the softened stuffing mixture on top.
  5. Bake uncovered until the chicken cubes have turned white and are no longer pink in the center, about 40 minutes.

Diva Tasting: Chicken Queso Casserole..

Standard

Ingredients

1 bag Ranch flavored tortilla chips, coarsely crushed (about 6 cups)
¼ cup butter, melted
3 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz)
1 jar (15 oz) four cheese Alfredo pasta sauce
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
4 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 can (14.5 oz) organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

Steps

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, toss corn chips and melted butter until well coated. Sprinkle 4 cups of the corn chips evenly in bottom of casserole. Top with 1 cup of the cheese.

2 In large bowl, stir pasta sauce and taco seasoning mix until well blended. Add chicken, tomatoes and 1 cup of the cheese; stir until well mixed. Spoon evenly over corn chips in baking dish

3 Bake uncovered 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining chips and remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake about 5 minutes longer or until hot and cheese is melted.

Diva Rambling: Hoarding

Standard
My daughter was once on a TV Show called “Clean House” she was the yard sale Diva and organizing expert.  I use to watch her try to talk people out of the junk they were hoarding in order to get their homes in order and generally always from being a health risk.  If you are concerned you or someone you know has an issue…Below is one school of thought to help you decide…..

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

8 Facts on the Physical, Social, and Emotional Impacts of Hoarding

Hoarding is the compulsive collection of possessions accompanied by difficulty parting with them. This behavior can negatively impact many areas of a person’s life causing serious physical, social, emotional, financial, and legal problems. These collected items can include objects such as newspapers, food, clothing, boxes, photographs, plastic bags, household supplies, magazines and animals. Let’s take a closer look at the reality of hoarding…

1. Hoarding Statistics

Hoarding affects 4-percent of the population.  It is estimated than 40-percent of object hoarders also hoard animals. In the United States 3,500 animal hoarders are reported yearly, affecting at least 250,000 animals.

It is estimated that more than 80-percent of animal hoarders have diseased or dead animals on their properties. Approximately 70-percent of hoarders are women, who are single, divorced, widowed, or have suffered emotional trauma in their lives. Unless a hoarder receives treatment they have a 100-percent chance of relapsing.

2. Hoarding Symptoms

Symptoms of hording include severe anxiety when they or someone else discards or attempts to discard an item. Patients also experience difficulty organizing possessions and are indecisive, overwhelmed and embarrassed about their collection. They distrust others who try to help.

Obsessive compulsive thoughts plague them in regards to their possessions. They are afraid of needing the item in the future. Other symptoms include pathways through their homes with possessions sometimes piled floor to ceiling, social and marital problems, health hazards and financial problems.

3. The Main Reasons People Hoard

Hoarding is associated with depression, hyperactivity, and obsessive compulsive disorder. In a few cases it may be related to an eating disorder such as pica (eating non-food stuffs) or psychosis. Hoarders often have endured emotional trauma in their lives, such as abuse, divorce, or the death of a loved one. Animal hoarders typically substitute the perceived love of the animal for the intimacy of actual human relationships.

4. Effect on Quality of Life

People who hoard often live in hazardous conditions. Their homes are cluttered and filthy. Presenting both a fire and disease hazard. Animal hoarders have the added danger of sick or dead animals which can spread disease to them. Hoarding causes anger and resentment in family members and can adversely affect the growth and emotional development of children.

5. Hoarding vs. Collecting

Collectors are usually well organized and have a sense of pride and joy associated with their possessions. They tend to budget carefully and don’t overextend themselves. In contrast, hoarders tend to be embarrassed about their hoarding, are disorganized , indecisive and try to hide their possessions from others. They are secretive and feel sad, discouraged and overwhelmed. They’re often in debt and feel sad after acquiring more items.

6. Animal Hoarders

Cats, dogs, and horses are animals typically collected by hoarders. They take in or “rescue” these unwanted, unloved animals with the best of intentions. Hoarding gives these people the feeling that they are important and loved. Hoarders often become emotionally attached to the animals and don’t believe anyone else can love them as much. This makes it difficult for them to adopt the animals out, despite the fact that due to overcrowding they can no longer provide the basic necessities of life.

7. Hoarding Health Risks

Hoarders often neglect their own health, and often spend all their time, energy and money on hoarding or caring for their animals. They are often sleep deprived due to feeling overwhelmed by the great responsibility of caring for all the animals they have collected. Hoarders can also suffer from animal-borne diseases, fleas, ticks and the problems associated with ammonia inhalation. The animals are stressed, malnourished, and living in filthy, overcrowded conditions resulting in disease and death.

8. Hoarding Intervention

The most effective treatment for hoarders is intensive cognitive behavioral therapy (or CBT). People with hoarding problems have been successfully treated. Treatment for animal hoarders involves help from family and friends. They will also need intervention by animal control officials who will apprehend distressed animals and make it more difficult for the hoarder to rescue or adopt in the future. Animal hoarders need to learn to replace their animals with caring human relationships. This can only be accomplished by the support of family and friends and with the help of a skilled therapist.