Diva Tasting: Double Stuffed Meatloaf…

Double Stuffed Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 3 Pounds Lean Ground Beef
  • 3/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 3/4 Cup Minced Onion
  • 2 Eggs, Beaten
  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Shredded Manchego Cheese
  • 1 Small Bag of Baby Spinach

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, bread crumbs, onion, eggs, salt and pepper, and mix well. Pat out meat mixture into a 14×18 inch rectangle on a piece of wax paper. Spread cheeses and spinach over the meat, leaving a 3/4 inch border around the edges. Roll up jelly roll fashion to enclose the filling and form a pinwheel loaf. Press beef in on both ends to enclose the cheese and spinach. Place in a foil lined 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven 1 hour, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  4. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes, rolls, and roasted green beans.
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Diva Rambling: Walk Your Talk…

Walk Your Talk….
We now live in a world where people wake up waiting to be incensed about anything and everything. However, I still believe we can make a difference by walking our personal talk. Not evangelizing some point or other but just being a discerning human being. You can speak your truth by showing simple, positive acts of energy everywhere you go. There are things you can do everyday to inspire others.
For Example:
Keep your carbon footprint at a minimum
Be Greener support local farmers and green grocers when you can
Be the one who rides a bike or walks to your workplace
Be the one who uses a minimum of electricity
Be the one who adopts a pet
Be the one who uses more solar power when possible
Be the one who stands ground for those bullied and without power
Be the one who works from home if possible
Be the one who will only work in an ethical workplace
Be the one who maintains a financial safety net so you can afford to take a standing
Be the one who takes the risks
Be the one who brings your gifts to everything you do
Be the one who inspires and uplifts all those around you
We can give the best of ourselves each day and find ways to apply that to home, work and community. Much of the paid work we do is not conventionally thought of as corporate, or creative, in the same way that music, fiction and art are. However, should use our gifts all the time. You will find them pertinent to so many situations. We also find that the more we do this, the better we feel about ourselves and the contributions we make to our Universe.
The desire to be seen as a respected professional can have us sacrificing our freedom for the sake of success. To paraphrase Ben Franklin…”those who would sacrifice freedom for money or power, do not deserve either…”
You write what the publisher’s accountant likes the look of. Sometimes, we think, the price of fame and success is performing on other people’s terms. NOT!!!!! How we are in our world does not have to be defined by the position we are in, all things can be made better if you choose to find even the smallest ways of bringing our gifts to the job…any job.
However, if your desire is to just be creative, you can take that into any kind of profession and find a way to apply it as well. I can attest to this since I have worked on everything from soup to copy-work. Don’t just think outside the box….ignore the box and always smile while you are doing it…you can get away with so much more..LOL! Namaste, The Queen Cronista….

Diva Tasting: Oh My Goodness Chocolate..

Oh My Goodness Chocolate Cream Cheese Delight

Ingredients:

For The Crust

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix

1 Cup Chopped Pecans

1/2 Cup Melted Butter

Cheesecake Layer

8 Ounces Cream Cheese

1-8 Ounces Cool Whip

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

Pudding Layer

1 Box Instant Chocolate Pudding (4 Serving Size)

1 Box Instant Cheesecake Pudding (4 Serving Size)

3 Cups Half N Half

1-Additional 8 Ounce Cool Whip For Topping

Instructions:

  1. Combine crust ingredients and press into a 9×13 baking pan.

  2. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely.

  3. Cheesecake layer-Beat together cream cheese, and powdered sugar then stir in cool whip until smooth. Spread evenly over crust.

  4. Pudding layer-combine both pudding mixes with half n half and whisk until combined then stir for an additional 2 minutes until thickened. Spread over cheesecake layer.

  5. Top with additional cool whip. Chocolate Sprinkles if desired.

Diva Musing: Food for Thought….

I don’t always agree with the psycho babble out there these days. But I study things and I find many of these quotes of Carl Jung poignant today. Hope you enjoy…

16 of the most powerful quotes from Carl Jung

Carl Jung was among the deepest philosophical thinkers of the modern era. He examined many aspects of the self, trying to better understand the human experience.

Jung thought we were all spiritual beings, not simply a flesh and blood vessel experiencing the universe for no reason.

“If you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back.”

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.”

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”

“Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.”

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.”

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.”

“Loneliness does not come from having no people around, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.”

“Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.”

“A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”

“Your perception will become clear only when you can look into your soul.”

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Which quote was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. I love the input from our followers. The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting:Coconut Cake Easy Way….

Coconut Cake Quick And Easy

350° F. Oven

Ingredients

1 (18-ounce) White Cake Mix

2 Cups Powdered Sugar

2 Cups Sour Cream

1 (12-ounce) Pack Frozen Coconut

1 (9-ounce) Carton Whipped Topping

Instructions

  • Prepare cake mix according to package. Make 2 layers in 8 inch round cake pans.
  • When layers are completely cool, split halves horizontally with a knife.
  • Reserve 1 cup of sour cream mixture.
  • Combine sugar, sour cream and coconut. Blend well; Spread remainder between the layers of the cake.
  • Mix the whip topping with the reserved 1 cup sour cream and powdered sugar mixture.
  • Spread on top and sides of the cake.
  • Seal cake in an airtight container. The longer it sits the better it gets.

Diva Tasting: Halloween Haunted House Treats….

GREAT IDEAS FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE FROM ALL RECIPES….

HALLOWEEN EYEBALLS

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Strawberry Jam
  • 1 (11 Ounce) Can Lychees, Drained
  • 1/2 (6 Ounce) Container Fresh Blueberries
  • Toothpicks
Directions
  1. Spoon a little bit of strawberry jam into the hole of each lychee. Place a blueberry in the hole and secure blueberry with a toothpick.

CALZONE SNAKE

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1 Teaspoon White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Warm Water (110 Degrees F/45 Degrees C)
  • 1 (.25 Ounce) Package Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour, Divided
  • Filling:
  • 1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, Or To Taste
  • 1 (4 Ounce) Package Sliced Pepperoni
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Black Olives (optional)
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, Cut Into Strips (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Fresh Mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
Directions
  1. Dissolve the sugar in the warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Sprinkle the yeast over the water, and let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam. Stir in the oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour, and mix on Low until the mixture forms a wet dough. With the machine running, add 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup at a time, and knead until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl into a ball. Knead for 3 to 5 more minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  2. Lightly oil a large bowl, then place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F) until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. Combine the ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses, pepperoni, parsley, Italian seasoning, olives, green pepper, and mushrooms in a large bowl, and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Punch down the dough, and roll it out into a long, flat strip about 9 inches wide by 30 inches long. Spoon the filling mixture down the center of the dough strip, leaving about 1 inch on all sides for sealing. Pull edges of the dough together; pinch to seal and form a long, filled roll. Place the roll, seam side down, onto the parchment paper in a snakey “S” shape, and tuck the ends underneath to seal. Beat the egg in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of water, and brush the egg wash over the calzone.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the calzone is golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting into individual slices.

WITCHES HATS:

Ingredients

  • 2 (16 Ounce) Packages Fudge Stripe Cookies

  • 1/4 Cup Honey, Or As Needed

  • 1 (9 Ounce) Bag Milk Chocolate Candy Kisses, Unwrapped

  • 1 (4.5 Ounce) Tube Decorating Gel

Directions

  1. Place a fudge stripe cookie with bottom side up onto a work surface. Smear a small dab (about 1/8 teaspoon) of honey onto the bottom of a chocolate kiss, and secure the candy piece to the center of the cookie, covering the hole. Use decorating gel to pipe a small bow onto the cookie at the base of the candy piece. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

The Table: No Bake Boston Cream ….

No Bake Boston Cream 

Ingredients

For The Crust:

  • 2 And ½ Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs

  • 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar

  • 10 Tbsp Unsalted Butter Melted

Ingredients For The Filling:

  • 2 Packages 8 Oz. Each Cream Cheese Softened

  • 8 Oz Tub Whipped Topping

  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar

  • 1 Package 3.4 Oz. Instant Vanilla Pudding

  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Ingredients For The Ganache:

  • 6 Ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks Or Chips

  • 1/4 C+ 2 Tbsp Cup Heavy Cream Or Half And Half

  • 1 ½ Tbsp Granulated Sugar

  • 1 ½ Tbsp Corn Syrup

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to make the crust:

  1. Line a 13″x 9″ pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Place graham crackers in the food processor. Add sugar and process until combined.

  3. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and process until the crust comes together.

  4. Place the crust into prepared pan and press down firmly.

  5. Bake the crust for 7 to 8 minutes.

  6. Set aside to cool completely. (Baking the crust will prevent it’s crumbling when slicing the dessert.)

Ingredients to make the filling:

  1. Place cream cheese in the food processor. Process until creamy, 10 to 15 seconds.

  2. Add vanilla extract, pudding mix and sugar. Process until well combined.

  3. Add the whipped topping in two additions, process just until combined. Do not over mix.

  4. Scoop the filling onto the ready crust. Spread evenly. Smooth the top out with an offset spatula.

  5. Place the pan in a fridge to chill until set (2 hours to overnight).

Ingredients to make the ganache:

  1. Place the chocolate in a medium mixing bowl.

  2. Place the cream, sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and heat to just boiling. Remove from heat.

  3. Pour the cream over the chocolate. Do not mix! Let stand 5 minutes.

  4. Whisk the ganache until smooth. Let cool to room temperature.

  5. Pour the ganache over the filling or top each slice just before serving.