Diva Musing: More on Kindness…

More on Kindness

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams

When I use to teach executive management classes I would remind the class that every action they took on their own was like throwing a stone in the middle of a pond. The impact in the center ripples over and over to the edge of the pond. Every ripple impacts everything in its wake.

What kind of ripples are you sending out to our Universe today? How will it ripple back to you?

Namaste, The Queen Cronista  

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Diva Rambling: Kindness…

Kindness

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” Henry James

Spring is here time to turn over a new leaf. Keep your garden weeded of all unnecessary weeds like unkindness, jealousy, unforgiveness, lack of generosity, anger, gossip and hatred. As you plant so does your garden grow.

If you are programming your internal hard drive with weeds it will begin to deteriorate. Funny how we don’t realize in the moment how every thought impacts every future moment.

Learn or do not learn it is always your choice. Here is me wishing you a blissful garden forever.

Namaste, the Queen Cronista

Diva Rambling: Secure People…

Secure People…

Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure.” King Solomon.

One of the most handsome and wisest kings in history knew a few things. When we are a secure person, we can be benevolent and kind. Whether we do or do not it all comes back on us tenfold. The choices are always ours. The payback is the Karma Cops.

Let Kindness and Generosity flow like a river after a spring rain. Your life will flow more joyously the same.

Enough Said! Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Argentine Tuna Rice Casserole…

Argentine Tuna Rice Casserole
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Cups Uncooked White Rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 (5 Ounce) Cans Tuna, Drained
  • 2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Pepper Sauce
  • Sea Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Black Olives
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Directions
  1. Bring the rice, water, butter, and 1 tablespoon olive oil to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tuna, cream, ketchup, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Simmer on low until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.
  4. Cover the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish with half of the cooked rice. Spread the tuna mixture over the rice and cover with the remaining rice. Sprinkle the olives and cheese over the top of the rice. Bake until the cheese melts and the casserole is heated through, 15 to 20 minutes.

Diva Rambling: Green Thumb Challenged…

I am going to attempt a garden this year.  I found a good website for myself …thought I’d share with those who may be green thumb impaired like me. 

Planning a Garden

What should I plant? How much should I plant? And where should I plant it?

If you’re new to gardening—and even if you’re not—starting your garden can, at times, feel overwhelming. The good news? You don’t have to be a master gardener to create a garden plan that yields a healthy harvest. Here are a few tips to help you kick-start your home garden.

Give It Some Thought

As it does with most endeavors, it pays to think through your garden project before you order your seeds or transplants. Which vegetable varieties really pique your interest? How much land can you commit to a garden? (Be sure to allow adequate space between rows!) How much time do you have to devote to weeding, mulching, watering, and other garden maintenance? Which plant hardiness zone do you call home, and which plants thrive in that region over the course of the year? Answering these questions will help you develop a garden plan that suits your land and lifestyle.

Whether or not you are new to gardening, prioritize the crops that excite (or perhaps intrigue) you. And if you had a garden last year, make sure to rotate your crops this year, moving the location of each plant family to increase soil fertility and crop yield. Consider saving seeds from your garden, too. With just a few extra considerations, you can also plan to save seeds from your garden.

Choose A Good Location

Most vegetables grow best when they get at least six hours of sun a day, so be sure to plant your garden in a sunlight-rich location. If that sunny spot is close to a convenient water source for irrigation, that’s even better. Sowing your seeds or planting your transplants near a water source will make it easier to keep your soil at the optimal moisture level..

Start Small

Bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to basic garden planning. If you’re new to gardening, or if you have limited time to devote to your garden, commit to a plot size that won’t overwhelm you and concentrate on a selection of vegetables you like to eat that are also easy to grow. Radisheslettucespinach, and carrots are just a few of the crops that don’t take a lot of time or experience to produce a harvest.

Pay Attention To Your Soil

There’s no way to overemphasize the importance of good soil: your garden will grow best in nutrient-rich, well-drained, weeded, and loosened (non-compacted) soil. Before you plant each spring, take the time to enrich your soil with quality compost or other organic matter if you want to boost your soil’s fertility and your garden’s production. Mulch (like leaves, straw, and hay) also adds valuable nutrients to the soil and will cut down significantly on your need to weed.

Grow What You Love

What’s the point of growing vegetables you don’t like to eat? Let your palate dictate your choices when choosing your crops, but try to stay open to planting at least a couple new vegetables each year to keep your home garden a bit more exciting. The last thing you want is to have your garden feel like a chore rather than a source of inspiration and relaxation.

Keep Your Tools Simple

Truth is, you don’t need to invest a lot in tools for weeding and breaking up soil or otherwise preparing your soil for seeds or transplants. Multipurpose tools like this weeder and cultivator, used at Seed Savers Exchange’s Heritage Farm, can help you keep your garden weed-free.

Learn More About Seed Savers Exchange

https://www.seedsavers.org/planning-a-garden

https://www.seedsavers.org/planning-a-garden

Diva TAsting: Tuna Melts & Blueberry Trifle…

Tuna Melt

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 Ounce) Can Tuna, Drained And Flaked

  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

  • 1 Pinch Salt

  • 1 Teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar

  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

  • 2 Slices Whole Grain Bread

  • 2 Teaspoons Chopped Dill Pickle

  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place bread slices in the oven to toast while it preheats, and while you make the tuna salad.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, salt, balsamic vinegar, mustard and dill pickle until well blended. Remove bread from the oven, and pile the tuna mixture onto one slice. Sprinkle cheese over the other slice of bread.

  3. Bake for 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is melted and tuna is heated through. Place the cheese side of the sandwich on top of the tuna side. Cut in half and serve immediately.

Blueberry Trifle

Ingredients

  • 1 Store Bought Pound Cake

  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar

  • 2 Large Cans Of Blueberry Pie Filling

  • 2 (3.5 Ounce) Package Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix

  • 3 Cups Half N’ Half

  • 2 Cartons Of Frozen Dessert Topping Thawed ( Prefer Extra Creamy)

  • 1/2 Cup Pecans Chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine pudding mix with half n’half and mix until smooth. Fold in 1 tub of the whipped topping with the pudding.

  2. Cut the cake into 1 inch cubes.

  3. Use half of the cake cubes to line the bottom of a large glass bowl or 9×13” pan.

  4. Layer 1 can of the blueberry filling.

  5. Layer the pudding/topping mix to cover berries

  6. Repeat the layers and top it with the last tub of topping.

  7. Garnish with fresh blueberries ,graham cracker crumbs and nuts if desired

VARIATIONS: You may substitute any of your favorite berry fillings instead of the blueberry.

Diva Tasting: Pesto Genovese Pasta…

Pesto Genovese Pasta

Ingredients

1 Box Of Orecchiette or Rigatoni (Prepared To Box Instructions)

3 Cloves Garlic Mashed, Or More To Taste

1/4 Cup Pine Nuts Toasted

1 Bunch Fresh Basil Leaves

1/2 Cup Grated Parmigiana-Reggiano Cheese

3 Tablespoons Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese

1/2 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Crush garlic using a mortar and pestle. Add toasted pine nuts; crush with the garlic. Add basil leaves gradually, making circular movements with the pestle, until a smooth paste forms.
  2. Mix Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese and Pecorino Romano cheese using a wooden spoon. Stir in olive oil until pesto is blended. Pour over Pasta and toss. Let sit for a few minutes for flavors to marry. Serve with garden salad with vinaigrette and garlic crostini.