This quote came to my alter ego the other night while meditating….”My life is but a canvas showing all the colors and brush strokes of my decisions.”
The Queen of the Cosmos
Isn’t it true though? We are each a brilliant thread in the tapestry of the Universe. Well….some are more the background (supporting cast) of weaving that makes up the tapestry. But it is our job to give the best of what we have to offer to make our tapestry beautiful and whole.
We do this by making better decisions each day. Letting go of the past, not falling into the traps of background threads in the now. Deciding, with intent, everyday to help add only beautiful threads to the tapestry of our world. Its easier than you might think; if you only practice. That said, the JuicyCrones wish you love, light and laughter to keep you going everyday.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista
A great, fast, dish if you have friends and family coming in this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July.
Linguine and Clam Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Large Onion, Chopped
- 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 Pinch Red Pepper Flakes, Or To Taste
- 2 Cups Half-And-Half Cream
- 4 (6.5 Ounce) Cans Minced Clams, Drained With Juice Reserved
- 1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese For Topping
- 1 (8 Ounce) Package Dried Linguine Pasta
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and red pepper flakes, and cook stirring constantly until onion is tender. Add garlic, and cook for a couple of minutes, just until fragrant. Pour in the reserved clam juice, and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
- Gradually stir the half-and-half cream and ½ cup cheese into the skillet, and simmer for another 20 minutes, but do not boil. Prepare linguine and garlic bread.
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add linguine pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente.
- Add clams to the sauce, and cook just until clams are heated through, or they will become tough and chewy. Remove from heat, and serve over linguine pasta, toss and let flavors marry. Top with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with garlic bread and a good garden salad with lemon vinaigrette.
I remember one of my most fun times of the year were national holiday celebrations. We had one of those ” Great Dads” who took us to the lake or had a picnic at home in the back yard. He’d pull out his latest meat smoker, grille or whatever contraption the occasion called for that moment.
Everybody had a job to help. Dad was NOT, I repeat NOT a great chef! However, nothing has ever tasted better than his picnics; prepared with love, humor and his usual condiment of sarcasm at someones expense.
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day….those were his days to shine and dole out the fun. And they were always fun. No group was too large for him to entertain. The more the merrier and thank God for paper plates and plastic utensils. We didn’t have a dishwasher in those days; except me. As the oldest of 5 I always had dishpan hands. The air smelled glorious with the smoking of the grille, the food tasted 5 star, and the fun was mandatory.
Gone are the simpler days that our children don’t get to enjoy as much. However, props to the parents like my son and daughter-in-law who always keep the IPhones away, the distractions away. They play with grandma and their children like true families are supposed to do. I look forward to the drive in movie, set up on the deck outside under the stars, with a larger than life screen and popcorn. I can’t wait to ride the train at the zoo with the little ones and watch them splash in the fountains there too.
I urge you to make holiday memories, if you are not already doing so. Have a picnic at home or the park, watch a movie under the stars, take a trip to the local zoo or planetarium. Lay about some glow in the dark pebbles and have a night time Fairy Scavenger hunt and a magical dessert fest as a wrap up. Surrounded by glowing Fairy pebbles, of course.
And to all of our military families having to face time with Dad or Mom overseas, let them see the joy going on, because they fight for our freedom each day. We send you love, light and laughter this holiday. Namaste, The Queen Cronista
4th of July Picnic Menu…
Make sure you have out plenty of condiments for everyone to put on their burgers and dogs. You can put diced onions, relish, mustard ketchup etc. in large muffing cups near the buns so everyone gets what they want to build their own.
- 6 Eggs
- 10 Red Potatoes
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/2 Cup Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- 1/3 Cup Dill Pickle Relish
- 2 Tablespoons Prepared Yellow Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1/8 Teaspoon Paprika
- 1/8 Teaspoon Celery Seed
- 1 Med. Onion, Chopped
- Place the eggs into a saucepan in a single layer and fill with water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes. Pour out the hot water; cool the eggs under cold running water in the sink. Peel and chop the cooled eggs.
- Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and refrigerate until cold. Peel and cube once cold.
- Stir together the mayonnaise, ranch dressing, relish, mustard, salt, pepper, paprika, and celery seed in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs, potatoes, onion, stir until evenly mixed. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
Hamburgers and Hotdogs
I use whole grain buns and kosher hot dogs.
- 2 Pounds Lean Ground Chuck
- 1 (1 Ounce) Envelope Dry Onion Soup Mix
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 Tablespoon Hot Pepper Sauce
- 1 Pinch Chili Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ketchup
- 1/2 Teaspoon Prepared Yellow Mustard
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 4 Multi-Grain Hamburger Buns
- 4 Slices Pepperjack Cheese
- 1 Avocado –peeled, Pitted And Sliced
- 1 Bunch Green Onions
- Preheat the oven’s broiler or outdoor grille.
- In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, water, garlic, hot pepper sauce, chili powder, ketchup, mustard and pepper using your hands. Pat into 4 large thick patties. Place them on a broiler pan.
- Broil the burgers for about 15 minutes per side, or until well done. Place buns on the broiler pan and toast briefly. Place whole green onions on the broiler pan at the same time, and just toast until limp.
- Place burger patties onto the bottom halves of the buns and top each one with a slice of cheese and some avocado slices. Top with the top buns. Serve with green onions.
- 6 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves – Cut Into 1 Inch Cubes1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Rosemary
- 2 Teaspoons Ground Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoon White Vinegar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper, Or To Taste
- In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper. Let stand for 5 minutes. Place chicken in the bowl, and stir to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto skewers and discard marinade.
- Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear.
- Variation: You may also place one pineapple Chunk between several layers of chicken. One can of chunks in natural juice should be enough.
New England Style Baked Beans
- 3 Cans Pork N’ Beans Undrained
- 1/2 Pound Bacon Copped
- 1 Lg. Onion, Finely Diced
- 3 Tablespoons Molasses
- 1 Teaspoons Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 Teaspoon Dry Mustard
- 3/4 Cup Ketchup
- 3 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- Serves 6-8
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Arrange the beans in a 2 quart bean pot or casserole dish by placing a portion of the beans in the bottom of dish, and layering them with bacon and onion.
- In a saucepan, combine molasses, salt, pepper, dry mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and pour over beans. Mix until blended; cover with lid or foil and bake.
- Bake for 3 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until mixture is bubbly. Remove the lid about halfway through cooking, and add ¼ Cup water and mix; if necessary to prevent the beans from getting too dry.
Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Freezer Delight
- 1 (16 Ounce) Can Good Chocolate Syrup
- 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter
- 20 Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 1 (12 Ounce) Container Frozen Whipped Topping, Thawed
- 1 8oz. Whipped Cream Cheese Softened
- 1 Sm. Vanilla Pudding
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Cup Salted Peanuts
- Pour the chocolate syrup into a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until hot, about 2 minutes on high, stopping every 30 seconds. Do not allow to boil. Stir peanut butter into hot chocolate until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Line the bottom of a 9×13-inch dish with a layer of ice cream sandwiches.
- Blend Whipped topping cream cheese and cream until blended. Drizzle in the pudding mix; blend well.
- Spread half the whipped topping mix over the sandwiches.
- Spoon half the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over that.
- Top with half the peanuts.
- Repeat layers. Freeze until firm, at least 1 hour. Cut into squares to serve.
1 lg Bag spring greens
1 Pt Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 LB. Snow Peas
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1 Small Purple Onion Diced
1 LG Mango Diced
Place all ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss with Asian Dressing just before serving.
ASIAN GINGER DRESSING
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
3 Tablespoons Honey
1/4 Cup Water
In a 1 pint glass jar or larger, combine the garlic, ginger, olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and water. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid, and shake well. Remove lid, and heat jar in the microwave for 1 minute just to dissolve the honey. Let cool, and shake well before serving. Store covered in the refrigerator.
After I meditate and leave for the day, I usually eat a light breakfast before work… as I often don’t get to stop, even for a comfort break, all day. Recently I’ve started going to the Taco Bell near here. I sit and send my morning motivational texts to friends and family, while listening to joyful music from the 50-60’s… which won’t mean much to you younger lot. However, I smile and enjoy some of the best coffee ever and ease slowly into my day; thanking the Universe for making such a great way for me to start my mornings.
How about you my Divakind? Are you good to yourself from dawn to dusk? Do you take the time needed to “smell the roses”, hug the pups or kids, enjoy the simple settings around you no matter what?
I encourage you to try it! Your day just goes better and you get more out of it. Find a good local near you and try it. If you are a stay at home Diva then get the morning…”must do’s” done… sit quietly in your meditation space and enjoy your cup of coffee there. Drink in the silence of your own safe space. Feel the flow of your calmly beating heart and enjoy what the Universe offers each new day.. We love you…. Namaste, The Queen Cronista