Diva Tasting: Flat Bread Beef Loaf…

Flat Bread Beef Loaf
Ingredients
2 Pounds Ground Beef
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Oregano
1 Teaspoon All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Sauce:
1 (12 Fluid Ounce) Can Evaporated Milk
1/8 Cup White Sugar
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
3 Teaspoons White Vinegar, Or As Needed
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a cup or small bowl, mix together the salt, oregano, flour, black pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Place the ground beef in a large bowl, and use your hands to blend in the spice mixture. If you want the smooth texture of meat, you must do this in a steel mixing bowl and on a sturdy surface. Pick up the meat, and throw it down with force about 20 times, kneading it after each throw. This also helps the meat hold together better when you slice it.
  3. Form the meat into a loaf, and place it on a broiler pan. If you do not have one, a baking sheet will do.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes in the preheated oven, turning the loaf over about half way through. This will ensure even cooking. Serve, or allow the meat to chill before slicing and reheating.
  5. To make the SAUCE, mix together the evaporated milk, sugar and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the white vinegar, adding 1 teaspoon at a time, until thickened to your desired consistency.
  6. Slice and serve in a pita pocket or folded lavosh. We also like tatziki, or mayonnaise. May put some crumbled feta, lettuce, and diced tomatoes , diced onion according to taste. Serve with Greek salad and lemonade.

Diva Musing: Definitions of Spiritual Areas We Work on Each Day…

In case we are a bit confused about what’s what….here is a set of good definitions for those spiritual areas we are working on each day. Namaste, The Queen Cronista 
Soul, Body Mind…lonerwolf.com
Soul
The soul is the spiritual essence of who you are – it is the part of you that transcends the mind and is connected to spirit. While spirit is like the ocean, the soul is like the waves in that ocean. The soul can also be thought of as spirit made manifest, or the yin/Shakti energy (soul) of the yang/Shiva energy (spirit). In other words, everything in this physical realm has a soul or an essence. Your soul can be thought of as your Higher Self or True Nature: it contains all the wisdom, guidance, and nourishment that you need on this earth. This category features all the articles we’ve written about listening to, connecting with, understanding, and embodying your soul.
Spirit
Spirit is the canvas on which the entire expanse of creation dances. Spirit transcends the mind and ego and is the womb of all life. Everything arises and returns to this great force. Known also as God, Brahma, Tao, Void, Oneness, Infinite Consciousness, and many other names, Spirit is at the core of most religious and spiritual movements and traditions. This eternal force is the greatest mystery known to life and yet it dwells in all things. An enlightened or ‘illuminated’ person can be thought of as one who has united with Spirit and transcended the ego mind. This category features all the articles we’ve written about understanding, listening to, and connecting with Spirit.
Mind
The mind is bittersweet. On one hand, the mind helps us to organize, plan, comprehend, create, visualize, discern, and use logic. But on the other hand, the unruly mind is ignorant, prejudiced, hateful, illogical, bigoted, and deluded. The mind can be used as either a tool of creation or a tool of unimaginable destruction. All of our suffering originates in the mind and the unexamined thoughts, beliefs, mindsets, defense mechanisms, and wounds that we carry. This category features all the articles we’ve written about understanding the mind.
Heart
The heart is the doorway to the soul. When we are in tune with our hearts, we are connected with the wise, visceral, and instinctual energy of intuition. Our hearts are what connect us with others, help us walk the most authentic paths, show love, forgiveness, and compassion, and reveal what is invisible to the eye. In essence, our hearts expand us. But our hearts can also become contracted through life circumstances. Pain, trauma, heartbreak, and toxic core beliefs all cause the heart to become closed or shut off from life. This category features all the articles we’ve written about understanding, getting in touch with, and healing the heart.
Body
Our bodies are the bridges between earth and spirit. As spiritual beings having a human experience, it’s vital that we get in touch with the physical vessels that are our homes. Nurturing, understanding, listening to, and getting in-tune with all layers of our physicality is a vital part of spiritual growth. Real healing and wholeness are about grounding our psychological and spiritual discoveries into the raw fabric of our being – not about bypassing, shunning or ignoring this reality that we all live with. We believe that the body is just as divine and mysterious as anything else in existence. This category features all the articles we’ve written about health and physical well-being.
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Diva Musing: Inner Work….

INNER WORK
Inner work is the very core and foundation of the spiritual path.
Without it, we’re wasting our time. There can be no purging, healing, transformation, and awakening without inner work.
You want a life purpose, a path to follow? The most worthy path (in my opinion) is inner work. When you commit to inner work, you are both turning your pain into power like a true alchemist and you’re also positively influencing others and the world at large.
What could be better than healing, evolving, becoming happier, feeling free, stepping into your power, living in harmony with others, and sending beautiful ripples of change out into existence?
But here’s the thing. Although inner work is such a worthy path, it is also a path we are secretly horrified by. This subconscious disgust we have towards any form of inner exploration is something you’ll need to understand well if you’re a serious spiritual seeker intent on doing deep inner work.
First, some basics:
What is Inner Work?
Inner work is the psychological and spiritual practice of diving deep into your inner self for the purposes of self-exploration, self-understanding, healing, and transformation.
When we do inner work, we are shining the light of awareness onto our inner landscape which is composed of the various layers of our mind: the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious realms.
Your inner self consists of your hidden feelings, memories, thoughts, beliefs, prejudices, wounds, shadows, and other mental/emotional conditions that influence your ability to transform and feel Whole at a core level. By doing inner work, you’ll be able to move past fears, limitations, addictions, depressions, loneliness, and the feelings of unwholeness that tend to plague human beings.
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Diva Tasting: Chocolate Mousse Pie 

Chocolate Mousse Pie 
1 pkg filo dough
4 Egg Yolks
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Whip Cream Divided
4 Oz Bitter Sweet Chocolate
Baking chocolate melted to line filo dough (about 2 oz)
Directions:
Place 2 large strips of parchment crossed in bottom of pan to make easy to remove pie. Butter Filo Dough on one side a Place Filo Dough in a 3 inch cake pan butter side down and crimp the edges until pan is filled. Overlap until pan is filled with filo layers and bake about 20 minutes, in 350 Degree oven until brown. When Dough is done and cooled brush with the already melted chocolate to coat bottom and seal filo. Refrigerate while preparing the mousse filling.
Filling:
Set up basic double boiler by placing a heat safe glass bowl over a pot half pot of water. Put egg yolks in and whisk gently do not scramble. Add sugar, salt and stir until sugar is melted (Mixture will be smooth not grainy). Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Let cool slightly (about 12 minutes) and fold in 1 cup of whip cream. Put filling in baked filo shell and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Remove and top with remaining sweetened whip cream. Place on Cake stand and serve.

Diva Tasting: Creamy Cheese Grits Side…

Creamy Cheese Grits Side

Ingredients:

2 Cups Uncooked Regular Grits

4 Cups Chicken Broth

2 Cups Whipping Cream

1 (10-3/4-ounce) Can Cheddar Cheese Soup, Undiluted

1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 Bunch Scallions (green Onions), Chopped

3 Tablespoons Butter

2 Teaspoons Hot Sauce

1 Teaspoon Salt

Prepare Grits in boiling Chicken broth and 1 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium-low. When cooled down, add cheese soup and stir until blended. Add butter, hot sauce salt to taste. Fold in cream and onions. Serve immediately.

Diva Rambling: 25 Sighs You Need Inner Work….

We are always researching things to help us be a better us. When we find things we like, we realizes that out there in our multiverse, some of you may be going through the same stuff. We post our finds like shared treasure to help you as well. This is a bit lengthy, but it hit home with me.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista
25 Signs You Need to Practice Inner Work
Here are some notorious red-flags:
  1. You feel lost in life
  2. You don’t know who you are anymore
  3. You feel lonely and like an outsider looking in to the world
  4. You frequently get into fights with others
  5. You’re always people-pleasing
  6. You’re not confident being yourself
  7. You have low self-esteem
  8. Your thoughts are almost constantly negative and self-critical
  9. You feel constantly unmotivated and “flat”
  10. You suffer from chronic health issues
  11. You can’t sleep properly
  12. Life doesn’t feel real
  13. You feel a sense of hopelessness
  14. You feel a sense of emptiness
  15. You have fits of intense anger or sadness
  16. You believe that the world is against you
  17. You struggle to trust others (or yourself)
  18. You keep repeating the same mistakes
  19. You keep attracting the wrong people into your life
  20. You’re self-destructive and self-sabotaging
  21. You have a strong drive toward addiction
  22. You have many strong emotional triggers
  23. You easily get neurotic and obsessive
  24. You struggle with high levels of anxiety or panic
  25. You want to be alone all the time or around others all the time (to escape yourself)
The more signs you can relate to, the more you need to do inner work. We’ll explore some inner work paths below.
Of course, keep in mind that many of the above red-flags are symptoms of mental illness. By all means, seek out a professional therapist who can help if you suspect something is lopsided in your noggin. Inner work is not a replacement for any psychiatric/psychological targeted help. It is, however, a vital complementary practice that is just as essential as sleeping, exercising or anything that does you genuine good at a core level.
Why Most People Are Terrified By Inner Work
It may sound ridiculous. But the truth is that people feel repelled and horrified by inner work on an unconscious level.
Why and how is this the case?
Well just look at the world. We’ve explored the solar system and distant galaxies more than the depths of our own oceans. We know more about how things mechanically work rather than the life force that animates them. We know more about fighting and strategizing against the “enemies” outside of us than we know about facing the enemies looming within us.
As psychologist Carl Jung once wrote:
People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.
The reality is that going deep terrifies us. We will more readily go to war and annihilate other people than look within ourselves for the source of our own suffering. We will more readily point the finger of blame at others, life, god or reality and adopt the victim mentality than dare to give ourselves a good honest look in the mirror. In some cases, we prefer to die in stubborn ignorance than admit we’re wrong, faulty, fooled, or responsible for our suffering and the pain of others.
Our egos are fragile, neurotic, and power-hungry little creatures. Inner work is like kryptonite to this fabricated self we carry around. Is it any wonder that we’re horrified by it deep down?
Of course, many seekers who have undergone a spiritual awakening would give a sly smile at this point and say, “well I am different.” Well no, no you’re not. Sorry to be frank. But you have an ego like everyone else.
The Unfathomable Power of Inner Work
Inner work may superficially look lavish, poetic, and mystical. But when you get into the heart of it, it’s a bone-crushing, gut-wrenching journey of blood, sweat, vomit, and tears.
You aren’t playing with crystals and singing cute mantras while doing inner work (although those things can be complementary and help in their own way). Inner work isn’t Instagram-worthy or something you can wear as an egotistical badge of superiority.
Inner work, in its very essence, is about placing truth and the desire for freedom (Love) above all else. It’s about allowing yourself to be called out, torn down, burned, and built back up a thousand times over. Inner work is a process of eternal death and rebirth. It never stops – even after having attained a higher level of consciousness – for when one believes one has “arrived” that is when stagnation occurs. That is when spiritual narcissism thrives and the shadow rears its ugly face.
Inner work is symbolized as the dance of Shiva and Shakti, the ouroboros snake that eats its own tale, the cycle of life and death, the yin and yang, the primordial dance of the void that is both everything and nothing at the same time.
When we give ourselves over to inner work we are on a quest to embrace the paradox of existence, to walk in the liminal spaces, to be both willing to die and be reborn in any moment, to step into all that we can become, to face our most gruesome shadows, to embody our most divine light, to experience Oneness.
To put it almost prosaically, it’s a hell of a ride!
And understandably, people fear that. It’s much easier to live a mediocre existence. It’s much easier to walk the path others have paved before us. It’s much easier to point the finger at others and neglect taking self-responsibility.
Walking the path less traveled is much more difficult, much less comfortable, and much more demanding. And most people are NOT ready or willing to make that choice. Mediocrity and complacency do provide a morsel of comfort, but it is this comfort that ironically leads to emptiness, soul loss, and the complete deprivation of anything truly real, truly worth living for.
In essence, the path of mediocrity and complacency = death.
The path of existential challenge = life.
Now, there are ways of making the existentially tumultuous path that is inner work more bearable. Connecting with your deeper source of power, your inner free spirit, and your wild Wolf essence, is the first. When you are able to follow your instinct and intuition, see clearly, make wise choices, and protect yourself from those who seek to prey on you, the path becomes more defined. Incidentally, this website is about helping you to reconnect with that wild essence (start here if you need a place to begin).
There are many other ways to empower your inner work path that are too numerous for this article, but your inner work doesn’t have to be a terrible ordeal. Remember that no matter how painful it feels, “the phoenix always emerges from the flames.” In other words, no matter how bad it feels, the pain is a catalyst for deep spiritual transformation.
Finally, I want you to understand that the nature of the ego means it will always be against inner work. It is your soul that drives you towards inner work, so you’d do well to learn how to distinguish between the voice of fear (the ego) and the voice of your intuition (the soul). See our article on How to Trust Your Intuition for more guidance.
https://lonerwolf.com/inner-work/

Diva Tasting: Lemon Loaf…

Lemon Loaf
Ingredients
Cake:
1 (18.25 Ounce) Package Yellow Cake Mix
1 (4.3 Ounce) Package Non-Instant Lemon Pudding Mix
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 Large Eggs
8 Ounces Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
6 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Icing:
2 1/2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
3 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice, Or More To Taste
1 Lemon Zested
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, sour cream, cream, and 6 tablespoons lemon juice and lemon zest into bowl of stand mixer; beat for 2 minutes and pour into 2 prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in the pans for 20 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Whisk confectioners’ sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon juice together in a bowl until smooth; spoon evenly over the loaves and let set before slicing, about 30 minutes.