Diva Tasting: Beef Tips N Rice…

Beef Tips n Rice
Ingredients
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 Onion, Chopped
3 Pounds Cubed Beef Stew Meat
2 Cups Beef Broth
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 (.75 Ounce) Packet Dry Brown Gravy Mix
1 Cup Beef Broth
Directions
  1. In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Saute the onion until almost translucent.
  2. Add the stew meat and cook on high heat until meat is browned on all sides; about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Pour 2 cups water, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce into the skillet. Stir in garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. Meanwhile combine the gravy mix with 1 cup water. Mix thoroughly and stir into the meat mixture. Bring to a boil stirring frequently until slightly thickened.  Serve over your favorite prepared white rice with roasted green beans and beverage.  

Diva Rambling: Friends….

What Real Friends Do…

We’ve had a rough patch this winter. The Crones in all parts of the country have been hit by the crud bugs like everyone else. Here are some friendly tips on how to help those in need weather with illness or a life issue.

Do not call and ask if you can help or do you need anything! Those statements are often rhetorical and meaningless. Some more appropriate offers might be…

I’ve got time this week; how can I help/support you?

Do you need me to pick up your children or take them anywhere?

I made a huge dinner today…When can I drop your off?

I’m picking up groceries in a few. Send me your list and I’ll get yours too.

I know you are going through a rough patch; tell me how your feeling and what I can do to help.

I know you love the spa; I have a mobile therapist coming to your house so you don’t have to drive.

I’m taking the kids for a playcation so you can have some time to yourself.

There are always Seniors in our lives….church, family, neighborhood etc. Visit one, take them a dinner or treat. See if they’d like to go for an uplifting ride to a park or favorite coffee shop. Get outside yourself an make your seasons better.

Know you audience before making this type of offering. However, more

Namaste The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Country Cornbread…

As you probably noticed we serve cornbread with everything with cornbread here in the South.  Most Southern ladies use their cast iron skillets to make it a real treat.  I use my 10 inch skillet almost always except for muffins. We often have it for dessert with country butter and maple syrup or honey.  Yup!!! Give it a try.

Country Cornbread
Ingredients
1/2 Cup Butter
2 Eggs
1 Cup Buttermilk OR Sour Cream
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cups Cornmeal White Corn Meal
1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk or sour cream with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Diva Musing: When I Am Gone…

We all have these days when we think no one else in the world can relate to what we are going through. One of my blogs I follow had this to say today. While I am older and more honed in the river of life I can still feel his pain. Here is a day to offer good vibes to someone in need.

When I am Gone

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.” ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

I’m some eleven months through my 29th year on this Earth.

I feel fine. I workout every day. I drink plenty of water. I try to get my eight hours of sleep. I try to eat healthy. I take some supplements, multivitamins and stuff. But I am feeling a bit older than I did when I first started this blog. I feel tired after less hours of writing than I used to.

It’s not being dead, but getting closer to death that scares us, right?

I am also a bit heartbroken, as artists are supposed to be from time to time.

It’s been years since I found my ideal reader. That’s my definition of a soulmate, and the closest thing to falling in love with another human being. Someone who understands my words, who wants to read them, who underlines them in the books I give her. Someone who encourages me to reply less to e-mails, and to write more fiction. Someone who reminds me I was, am, and always will be a writer.

I have lost that person. Maybe irredeemably. I don’t know. It feels like that. Like the kind of goodbyes that never feel like goodbyes until you are sitting all by yourself at your desk and you try to write and no words come out. And you want to tell them that, and you can’t.

It’s not distance that breaks people’s hearts. No. She lives rather close. Distance is not the issue. Misunderstanding is. When you try to tell someone how they make you feel, and all they hear are words.

Something like that.

This means that I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. Right now, I feel like there’s a part of me missing. A few days ago, it was even worse. It felt like dying and being forced to keep on living.

And, yes, I recover fast from heartbreaks. I have had quite a few experiences. Soulmates never die, but they leave, find some other soulmate, or just turn out to be someone different than who I thought them to be.

All this made me think of death. In the sense of running out of time.

Do you ever feel like that? Like running out of time? Do you ever fear when that moment will come? The bitter end? Its unpredictability?

I guess I am just tired, and I want to write my feelings down. Quite selfish of me. But I am… tired. Trying to live a life you’re proud of is the most exhausting thing one can do. Trying to be good, to be competent, to love, to…

In moments of heartbreak we wonder if we’ll ever get the ending we want. If we’ll ever be happy. Loved. Fulfilled. If we’ll ever find someone who genuinely appreciates our presence, who loathes our absence, who supports our dreams, who is willing to fight for us day in and day out.

Someone to miss us when we’re gone.

Whenever you lose someone you feel you could spend a lifetime with, it feels like… it feels like death, actually. It feels like the life you live is this strange terror. Part comedy, part tragedy. One eye laughs, the other cries.

I reckon that this line of thinking is not in tune with the realities of the world, but artists like to dream a lot. We’re idealists.

In an ideal world I’d have my ideal reader, and we’d have fun editing stories, and I’d tell her all my ideas, and I could decide on which one to work by the way her face would light up. Something like that.

Like I said, I am not feeling like myself.

For this, I apologize.

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Diva Tasting: OMG English Trifle …

OMG English Trifle
Ingredients
1 (9 Inch) Sponge Cake, or Angel Food Cake Cut In Cubes
1 Cup Seedless Raspberry Jam
8 Ounces Fresh Raspberries
2 Small Boxes Jello Instant French Vanilla Pudding
1 Tub Extra Creamy Whipped Topping
2 Ounces Chopped Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans
Directions
  1. Spread a little jam on each piece of cake and place in the bottom of a large glass bowl. Sprinkle raspberries over cake.
  2. Make 2 packages of Jello Pudding to Package Directions
  3. Place nuts on a baking sheet and toast, in a 300 degree oven or toaster oven, stirring frequently, until golden, 2 to 10 minutes.
  4. Spread pudding over cake in bowl. Top with whipped cream and nuts. Chill 2 hours before serving.

Diva Tasting: ASIAN BEEF AND FRIED RICE ….

ASIAN BEEF AND FRIED RICE 
Ingredients
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
3 Drops Sesame Oil, Or To Taste
1/2 Cup Diced Red Bell Pepper (Optional)
1/4 Cup Diced Onion
1 Finely Chopped Green Onion (white And Light Green Parts)
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Pound Cooked And Crumbled Ground Beef
1/3 Cup Diced Fresh Tomato
2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
2 Teaspoons Soy Sauce
2 Cups Cooked Jasmine Rice
Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste
4 Wedges Lime (optional)
1 Egg, Beaten
Directions
  1. Warm vegetable oil and sesame oil in a wok or large skillet. Add bell pepper, onion, and green onion; cook for 2 minutes. Add ground beef, sprinkle garlic powder over mixture, and cook for 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in diced tomato, fish sauce, and soy sauce; saute for 2 minutes. Add rice, mix until combined, and cook until heated through, 7 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and squeeze lime wedged over top.
  3. Pour beaten egg into a separate, small pan and let cook for 30 seconds. Lift the edges of the omelet so that any uncooked egg runs under the cooked edges and comes into contact with the hot skillet. Shake and tilt the skillet to move the uncooked egg. Repeat until the top is set, about 4 minutes.
  4. Divide rice into two portions and serve 1/2 of the omelet over each serving.

Diva Tasting : English Sausage Rolls…

English Sausage Rolls

Ingredients

1 (16 Ounce) Package Pork Sausage meat

1 (17.25 Ounce) Package Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets, Thawed

1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard

1 Beaten Egg

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Unfold the puff pastry sheets, and cut along the fold lines of each sheet to form 6 equal squares for a total of 12 squares. Brush each square with mustard. Divide sausage into 12 pieces, and roll into small logs. Place one log on each square. Roll dough around the sausage, and seal with a bit of beaten egg. Place rolls onto an ungreased baking sheet, and brush the tops with the rest of the egg.

  3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the rolls are puffed and golden. I usually watch after 10 minutes or so to make sure they don’t burn. These freeze (unbaked) very well.