Diva Tasting: Turkey Cheese Casserole…

Another pre-holiday leftover recipe to put in the possibility folder….

Turkey Cheese Casserole


  • 4 Cups Precooked Turkey Cubed
  • 2 Cups Broccoli Florets
  • 2 Cups Long Grain White Rice (Cooked)
  • 2 Cans Condensed Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • Sea Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • 3 Cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Grated Swiss Cheese
  • 1 Can Fried Onions Rings
  • ½ Cup Slivered Toasted Almonds


  1. Cook 1 1/2 cups rice according to packaged directions. Easy!

  2. Steam broccoli-arrange them on a plate, put a little water at the bottom of the plate, cover with plastic wrap and microwave until they are cooked to your liking.

  3. Mix it all together! This means you mix the rice, broccoli, turkey, soup, salt and better all together. Pour it into a baking dish big enough.

  4. Top it off and bake! Cover the top of your filling with cheese, fried onions and almonds. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until all the cheese is melted.


Diva Rambling: To Succeed….

To Succeed…

Success is merely a thought away. Success does not have to be such and uphill task. We speak regularly about how the basic physics/tapestry of the Universe is woven by our thoughts. So if we look at success as uphill…then it is!!!

If we look at it as something we can achieve then we will. The passion that goes into a thought and the intention easily make it more controllable…good or bad.

If you struggle with success… clean up your hard drive (your brain) and watch things improve. Success is not selective. It favors every thought you have and can manifest it with ease (not always with our desired timing). The Truth is, you control where it falls. Favored one? Or ignored one? Wow, it all up to you. The Genie in the Lamp grants us every wish. Be careful what you wish for…as they say!!!

Diva Tasting: Buttermilk Skillet Cake with Pecan Praline Topping….

Buttermilk Skillet Cake with Pecan Praline Topping


  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Tsp Salt
  • 6 Tb Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Large Egg Yolk
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup Buttermilk

Praline Topping:

  • 3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • Good Pinch Of Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Pecans (or Walnuts)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375′ F. Grease and flour a 10″ oven safe (ie: cast iron) skillet, along the bottom and up the sides. A 9″cake pan will work as well.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

  3. In another medium bowl, with a stand or hand mixer, cream together the granulated sugar and butter until fully incorporated, about 3 minutes.

  4. Add the egg and yolk, one at a time, beating for 1 minute between the two.

  5. Beat in the vanilla.

  6. Now….with the mixer on low, add half of the flour. Beat until incorporated. Add the buttermilk, and beat again until incorporated. Finally, beat in the remaining flour until almost fully incorporated. Stop beating and continue with a spatula to fully incorporate the flour.

  7. Pour / spoon the batter into your prepared pan.

  8. Smooth the batter in the pan evenly. (Put a pan on the bottom rack. Just in case of overflow.) Bake for 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While things this bakes you should make the pralines:

  1. Combine the brown sugar, butter, cream and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a soft boil and let boil for 3 minutes. Keep an eye on it. It likes to get a little rambunctious….just stir it down.

  2. After 3 minutes, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and nuts. Allow to set for about 20 minutes to thicken up a bit.

  3. Once the cake is out of the oven, and while it’s still warm pour the praline over the whole thing.

Diva Musing: Words/Spell Casting….

Spell Casting…

I mention often a basic rule of physics…”form follows thought”. I babysat for an 8 year old this weekend and I was instilling in her the need to think positive thoughts in our world. I explained that everything that exists in this world was first a thought and then a spoken word.

A thought you have today will at some point in our reality manifest. No expiration date given unless we counteract the thought with an opposite thought. Our Universe is made of words. That’s why the Wicca call it “Spell Casting”.

What others think of us in not our business. If we think strong positive thoughts they are a shield from others aimless casting. Keeping our shield up is as simple as thinking positive thoughts. WOW!!

As humans we have dedicated our goals on this earth to becoming our personal best. And we use words to formulate the words that will become our reality. We use words to tell about ourselves. We use words to tell others that, “I am….” We use words to let others that we are in the Universe. We use words to control our emotions about our immortality. Our soul that lives forever, we use words to describe where we want that to be. We had to create words to describe our forever life.

Each of us should have the ultimate goal of becoming a master wordsmith. Someone who creates a reality like no one else, because we know the power of our words. Just say how blessed you are for saying the right things and finding them somewhere in one of your tomorrows. I can’t wait how about you? Namaste, The Queen Cronista..

Diva Tasting: Leftover Turkey Casserole

It’s never too early in the fall to plan for the holiday cooking.  Here is one to get us started.

Leftover Turkey Casserole


  • Vegetable Cooking Spray

  • 6 Eggs

  • 1 Can Condensed Mushroom Soup

  • 1 Pkg Dry French Onion Soup
  • 2 Cups Half n Half

  • 2 Cup Shredded Swiss Cheese

  • 3 Tablespoons Butter Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Thyme Leaves Or 2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme Leaves, Crushed

  • 9 Slices Farmhouse Hearty White Bread, Cut Into Cubes

  • 4 Cups Shredded Or Cubed Cooked Turkey


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2-quart shallow baking dish with the cooking spray.

Beat the eggs, soup, Half n Half, 1/2 the cheese and 1 tablespoon thyme in a large bowl with a fork or whisk. Add the bread cubes and turkey. Stir and press the bread cubes into the milk mixture to coat. Pour melted butter over the top.

Pour the bread mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and thyme. Let stand for 15 minutes.

Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serves 8; Cooking Vessel Size 2-quart baking dish.

Diva Rambling: Time…


The world’s most valuable commodity.

It cannot be traded for anything else.

Everyone needs it.

Time spent doing “the work” makes you better at your calling.

It is a Law of the Universe;

Nature revolves around the cycles of time.

Truth; time demands we sit, focus and do the work.

Time dictates that you set aside a certain number of hours to focus on the necessary.

Time is one of the Universal Laws that we can never twist, bend or break.

It cannot be ignored.

Don’t be seduced into thinking that we can eventually rule time, time is inherently different than any other Law.

Namaste, The Queen Cronista…

Diva Tasting: Creamy Coffee Cake …

Creamy Coffee Cake 
1 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Egg
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Chopped Pecans
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2 (8 Ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, Softened
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Egg
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup butter
(Note: toss all pecans in a couple of tablespoons of flour to assure they don’t sink in the dish.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Beat 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and 1 egg in a bowl until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla extract; mix well. Stir nuts into dry mixture of 3 cups flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add to cream mixture until mixture comes together in a sticky dough. Spread half the dough evenly into prepared baking dish.
  3. Beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1 egg in another bowl until smooth. Spoon mixture into baking dish over dough. Drop remaining half of dough by spoonfuls over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Mix pecans, brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and 1/3 cup butter in a bowl until mixture resembles a coarse crumble; sprinkle over dough.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.