Monthly Archives: July 2017

Diva Rambling…The Road Less Traveled…

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I never thought in my lifetime that “the road less traveled” would stray so far from the thoughts in the book by the same name, as to become a reference to reprobate behavior.  Theodore Roosevelt once spoke to the need for the “Strenuous Life”.  I was reminded of this as I printed a students paper on the same.  

Today we are only allowed to think in terms of “easy living” a life less stressful, according to “Hollyweird” and all that it pontificates.  Give money to a problem and walk away screaming at the top of our lungs, how unfair all of life is and no one should ever have to work for anything!!!!  Seriously, where would this great nation be if that had happened along the way?  Hello! This great nation would not even exist if that had been the attitude of our founding families and the pioneers.  

If the bad judgment and penchant of modern generations for laziness, idleness, wastefulness, and greed had been present in mass in the early years of our nation, freedom, democracy, and entrepreneurship would NOT exist. 

The Zen masters and Buddha himself tell us to live in the now and make each moment matter.  They do not mean sit on your dead asses and wait, like over-entitled prats, for it all to come to you.  One must make the moments count by industriously putting one’s God given talents to use each moment of the day.   A practiced and focused work-life is the answer to one’s immediate and future needs. 

I’m sure Buddha would have put it more eloquently but not kinder…in other words… get off your lazy ass and make it happen!  It won’t always be easier or gentler, but an honest effort is always rewarded.  Don’t make the Karma Cops show you what happens if you don’t walk the good road less traveled.  

The Crones wish you Good Karma everyday as you travel the right way….

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Cordon Bleu Casserole….

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Ingredients

  • 8 Skinless, Boneless Roasted Chicken Breast Halves Chopped
  • 8 Slices Ham Chopped
  • 8 Slices Swiss Cheese Chopped
  • 2 Cups Colby Cheese Shredded
  • 2 Cups Of Cremini Mushrooms Sliced
  • 1 (10.75 Ounce) Can Condensed Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup White Cooking Wine Or Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Cloves Of Garlic Minced
  • 4 Teaspoons Dried Flat Leaf Parsley Chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups Cooked Long Grain Rice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread cooked rice evenly over bottom of the cooking dish.
  3. In a large bowl place chicken breasts chunks, ham pieces, and cheeses, and mushrooms, toss to mix. Spread over the rice evenly.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the soup, sour cream, wine, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Whisk well and pour mixture over chicken/ham/cheese pieces.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese melts bubbly.

 

Diva Musing: Rainy Day….

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It’s raining in the Crater City.  I am very non-plus today.  So much to do.  I have SAADD (Senior Adult Attention Deficit Disorder)!  I can’t get one thing done from bumping around like a bumper car at a carnival.  Ever have one of those days?  Everything is a distraction, lots of tasks get done, but none that add up to showing you you did them at the end of the day?  I hate when that happens.  

The Queen of the Cosmos (That’s also me!)…says “The future is arriving in each new second….make the best of this one now!”  I’ve created my own pressure I can’t seem to live up to today.  This too shall pass.  I know I’ll get focused eventually….”Oh look there’s a Unicorn!!!”

Namaste My, Divas,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Chicken OR Tuna Salad with Artichokes…

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Chicken OR Tuna Salad with Artichoke##

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 Ounce) Jar Artichoke Hearts, Drained And Chopped
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Can Tuna, Drained (or) 1 Cup Roasted Chicken Breast
  • 2 Large Tomatoes Hollowed and Chopped Reserve Hollowed Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 Cup Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt to Taste
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Spinach
  • 2 Green Onions Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped

Directions

  1. Mix artichoke hearts, Basil, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and black pepper, salt together in a bowl; add spinach, tuna or chicken, and red bell pepper, onions, chopped tomatoes and toss.
  2. Stuff hollowed tomatoes with ½ of the salad each. Serve on a bed of greens with whole wheat crackers or crostini.
  3. Variation: Add ¼ Cup of toasted slivered almonds for crunch.

Diva Rant: A Hard Pill to Swallow…..

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So Sandy and I were chatting with our favorite fast food diva Teresa this morning, at the Bell.  We were commenting on how it is the cleanest restaurant in town and what pride they take with the facility.  My diva wasn’t feeling top shelf but was there working her tacos off.  I told her I’d recommend supplements to take that would help a bit.  She said she couldn’t swallow pills so I said I’d get liquid elixirs.  

Then we were chatting about how demon possessed people are getting in the world these days.  We try to see the best in them and they act like burros on peyote.  We particularly noted that Sunday after church is one of the worst times. I have observed that people eating after church, seem so belligerent, rude,  and doubly over entitled.  The leave the smallest tips for the crews that show up to serve them. They leave the place a mess and scowl out.  This is a hard pill for me to swallow.

I use to wonder what got their mornings off to such a bad start.  Then I realized after listening for awhile,  most of these these folks are the people who didn’t go to church! They  are pissed off at the church goers for taking up space on their Sunday’s off.  These humans resent the joy and togetherness of the church families.  They would plot their demise if possible. Happy, joyful humans are the hardest pill of all to swallow for this lot.

These folks are in  a spiritual wasteland… where they have never known joy, laughter or even basic human caring.  There is a drought in their souls that only a good shot of a spirit filled life will ever cure.  We can put all the love and light we have toward them and they will never feel it, or know the joy of sunshine on their faces and the happiness a child’s laugh can bring.  

Stay on your path my Divas! I cringe to think any of you would ever feel this spiritual wasteland in your souls.  I say this, not to be judgy Smurf, but to wish that your diva joy could spread on all the world… so it does not suffer like these poor souls we noted above. I salute my joy Divas!!!!  Thank you for being part of a good prescription that is easy to swallow.  Thank you for bringing your light and love to the world.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista 

Diva Tasting: Thai Orange Chicken…

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Thai Orange Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Minced Fresh Ginger Root
  • 3 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Sliced Cremini Mushrooms
  • 4 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Peanuts
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir ginger, and garlic until mushrooms are slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer carrot mixture to a bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to the same skillet.
  2. Cook and stir chicken in the hot olive oil until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Add carrot mixture, water, peanuts, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, and red pepper flakes to chicken; stir to combine. Cover and simmer until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove about 1/4 cup sauce from the skillet; whisk in cornstarch until dissolved and sauce is smooth. Pour cornstarch mixture back into chicken and sauce; cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 more minutes.
  4. Serve over Cooked rice.

Diva Rant: Your Diva Caution for Today…

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I spent the day in a lawyers office yesterday. Two elderly friends of mine were traveling this summer and a tree fell on their car and knocked the engine out of their 3 month old vehicle, causing each to need hospitalization and/or surgery.  The Park Ranger who took the accident report would not give them the name of the contractors cutting trees on the roadside nor would he allow one of the women ambulance access to the hospital.  She had a fractured hand and head injury.  The accident report does not tell anyone anything… even the date listed is incorrect. He also refused to take the name of the witnesses.   Hello, people, your tax dollars are paying this incompetent person.  A local licensed contractor being paid by tax dollars, was felling trees and had cut two that fell against the culprit tree and failed to post warnings, or take reasonable care to prevent the one closest to the highway from falling on it, or this vehicle.  

I feel certain had the women been younger, or if there had been a man present in the vehicle, the report would have been more complete.  Now they cannot get repayment on their medical expenses because they cannot locate the culprit tree contractor.  Traffic was rerouted but the culprit tree fell across the whole road without warning.  Thankfully they were not injured worse.  Now they do not even have a case a lawyer can assist with, to get them their surgery and doctor bills reimbursed for out of pocket expenses.  

My point is, my divas, never be bullied at the scene of any accident.  It against the law, even for witnesses, to leave the scene.  I don’t know what to tell you about the accident authority who refuses to take proper information and document.  Anyway, always take photos of the scene, the injuries (if you are conscious), take a picture of the police or accident authority taking your report so you will have a badge number and name.  Take a picture of license plates of witnesses if the accident authority won’t give you names.  And always take pictures of roadway and lack of or presence of any relevant construction or road signs in the vicinity.  If you aren’t in shock try to be diligent.  I cannot believe how lacking in care this accident was handled.  

Protect yourselves, my divas, be as alert and inquisitive as you can.  These two women are on fixed incomes and have permanent injuries, diminishing the quality of life for the rest of their time on this planet.  They have no recourse but to keep bearing the costs, of onset arthritis from the surgery, and permanent partial hearing loss, respectively for both.  As the lawyer told them ….we do not have a justice system, we have a legal system regulated by politicians in every state capital.  Considered yourselves loved and cautioned by The Queen Cronista

Namaste

Diva Tasting: Baked Fish…

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 Sleeve Buttery Round Crackers (such As Ritz(R)), Crushed
  • 3 Tablespoons Amish Or European Butter
  • 1 Pound Thick-Cut Halibut Or Haddock
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juiced
  • 1/4 Cup Dry White Cooking Wine
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Green Onion
  • 1 Lemon, Cut Into Wedges

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons butter in a microwave-safe bowl; melt in microwave on high, about 30 seconds. Stir buttery round crackers into melted butter.
  3. Place remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Melt in the preheated oven, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove dish from oven.
  4. Coat both sides of fish in melted butter in the baking dish.
  5. Bake fish in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; top with lemon juice, wine, and cracker mixture. Place back in oven and bake until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork, about 12 more minutes.
  6. Garnish baked fish with parsley and green onion. Serve with lemon wedges.
  7. Serve with side of Roasted Asparagus, Brown Rice Pilaf and Dinner Rolls.

Diva Tasting: Osso Buco…

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Osso Buco

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Veal Shank
  • 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 Cup Thinly Sliced Carrots
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Crushed
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Directions

  1. In a shallow dish, stir together flour, salt, and black pepper. Dredge meat in seasoned flour. In a large skillet, melt butter with oil over medium heat. Brown meat. Remove meat from pan, and set aside.
  2. Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic to drippings in pan. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, water, basil, thyme, parsley, and bay leaf. Return meat to pan. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to simmer. Cover, and cook for 2 1/2 hours.

Diva Musing: Upcoming Event…

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We’re off on a field trip this weekend to see these beauties do their thing.  Their current What’s Your Crazy Comedy Tour.  Funny Southern humor is one of my favorite things.  The beauty in the middle is my daughter.  Of course she inherited my large “Mouth of the South” as my dad use to call it. 

Check them out on YouTube or on their sites….

https://www.facebook.com/countrycoolcomedy/ 

https://www.countrycool.com/     Namaste, The Queen Cronista