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Diva Rambling: Good Health…


I found a couple of things that lend to healthy budget meal planning.  I just thought I’d pass them along…. Namaste, The Queen Cronista


There are as many meal plans as there are people in the world.  No two people are going to like the exact same foods or be following the same diet (or way of eating, if you prefer).  I’m going to show you a few ways to adapt your own eating habits, going from simple things to do all the way up to more complicated.

It all depends on how much effort you can put into it.  Some people just don’t like dealing with numbers, so calorie counting is not for them.  That’s fine!  You need to find what works for you.

You can even combine some of the methods/tips to create something unique for you that will help you lose the fat!
The goal here is to end up with several meals and snacks that you can pick and choose from.  Or if you really get into the groove, a full 7 day plan of what you’re going to eat.
What you want to avoid is the indecision you get when you’re hungry:  you don’t know what to eat and end up having something unhealthy because it’s quick and easy.
That will kill any fat loss goals you have and leave you open to cravings!

Modify What You’re Eating Now If you’re pretty consistent with what you eat, what you might want to do is go through your meals/snacks and see where you can get rid of the junk food, eat the fruit instead of drinking the juice, or eat the lower fat version of certain foods (like milk, cheese).

If you feel part of the problem is that you overeat (you eat till you’re more than full), try reducing the portions that you serve yourself at mealtime and add more vegetables instead.  A good rule of thumb is that half your plate should be vegetables.

Use Someone Else’s Meal Plans and Modify It
If you’re following a particular diet (either online or from a book), see if they provide meal plans.  Most usually do.  I find the problem with a diet’s meal plan is that it includes foods I don’t like or sometimes way too many new recipes I’d have to cook up.  Take some time to go through your diet’s meal plan and switch out the meals or snacks you don’t like for foods you do like.

Find a Balance between Repeats and Variety
In talking with successful “dieters”, one thing I noticed is that we eat a lot of things over and over again.  Sure, it’s always good to have a variety of foods in your diet because you want to make sure you’re getting enough protein, carbs and healthy fats, plus the necessary vitamins and minerals.  But it’s not like you have to have a gazillion different meals and snacks a week.

I eat a lot of the same things each week. I have two to three different breakfasts, lunch and snacks that I eat.  Since I don’t have to worry about those meals too much, I can take the time to try out different meals at suppertime, if I want.  A fair amount of time, I’ll just stick to a protein plus veggie, but the option is always there to try something new.

More Effort But It Pays Off

What I do is I write out all my favorite (healthy) foods and meals; I break them down into groups like:

Protein Veggies Fruits Legumes Breads and Alternatives Fats Meal Combinations Snack Combinations

From there, I throw things into different slots depending on what program I’m following.  So, if I’m doing a 3 meals and 2 snacks kind of program, I’ll create a list of breakfasts, lunches, suppers and snacks.  (I tend to do this in my head, but I really should write it out!)

Then I track everything with my fitness tracker.  I’ll get an idea of how many calories my meal should be from my calories per meal calculator.  After that, I adjust as I go along.  I watch out for calories and for the amount of carbs, protein and fat I’m eating in a day and make sure that I’m sticking to my goals.

A Few Tips and Tricks

  • To save time, get things ready on Sundays and Wednesdays.  I’ll do things like chop veggies, grate cheese, cook some rice, etc.—whatever I can prepare ahead of time to make things easier on me during the week.

  • Get out the measuring cups and spoons, and a food scale if you’ve got one.  Start meausring your food, so you have an idea of serving sizes.  Read food labels, too, and measure out a serving size.  You don’t have to measure things forever; you just want to have an idea of how much you’re eating.

  • Eat the fruit instead of drinking the fruit juice.  You’ll feel more full after eating the fruit, plus you’ll get more fiber into your diet.

  • Keep junk food out of the house.  Go through the fridge and food cupboard and toss anything that doesn’t fit in with your new way of eating.  Out of sight/out of mind.

  • Track your progress a variety of ways.  A scale is not totally reliable.  Take measurements, body fat percentage; look at how your clothes are fitting on you.  Most importantly, how are you feeling?  Are you feeling energized and full of life?  Or are you feeling tired and sluggish?  A good healthy diet with enough calories and nutrition (along with exercise) will make you feel strong and full of energy!

I tried to keep things general since there are so many ways to create a meal plan.  Hopefully, this is enough to get you started!


Diva Musing: Healthy Fall…


Fall is here and the Cronista is on a new lifestyle and movement program! Researching and found these tips from Fit Watch that may help  you as well.  


Top 10 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

With the economic situation in the world being what it is, it’s important to find ways of eating healthy on a budget. It’s possible to purchase foods that are good for you and your budget; you merely have to plan ahead to get the best food you can for the money you have available.

Having a plan and sticking to it can help you get more food at less cost and allow you to prepare better, more healthy meals.

Here are some tips to help you succeed in eating healthy on a budget:

Grocery Shopping

1. Set aside time to make your food plan. Find the sales ads for each of the grocery stores in your area and decide on your meals for the coming week ahead of time.

See:  How to Put Together a Meal Plan

2. Make a list. After you’ve planned your meals, write down everything you need for each meal. Check your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator to see if you already have some of the items. Make your grocery list and determine to stick with it!

Include what you’ll need for drinks, snacks and desserts.

  • Remember your ingredients for preparation, such as butter, flour, sugar, and spices.

  • Replenish cleaning supplies.

3. Clip coupons for items you know you’ll use. Leave the remainder of the coupons at home so you’re not tempted to “save” money on items you don’t need.

4. Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach because you’re more likely to buy items that look good rather than those on your list.

  • If you can’t go to the store right after a meal, take along a light snack to help you resist temptation while in the store.

5. Buy items on the perimeter of the store first because these items are the healthiest choices. This will include fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy items. The center items are processed or convenience foods. Not only are they more expensive, but they aren’t healthy.

6. Look for fruits and vegetables that are in season as these will often be cheaper than non-seasonal choices. While you’re looking at the fruits and vegetables, see if there are any sales on these healthy, nutrient rich foods.

  • Choose large bags rather than individual pieces of fruit. The larger bags are often cheaper by the pound.

See:  Top 7 Healthy Orange Fruits and Vegetables

7. Buy store or generic brands. There usually isn’t much difference in the way the foods taste but you can definitely see a difference in the price.

Other Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

8. Make your own snacks for your family’s time away from home rather than allowing them to purchase food from vending machines. Fresh fruit and vegetable sticks with dip are much healthier than the bags of chips or crackers that come from the machines.

See:  7 Health Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth 

9. Eat at home. Whenever possible, make your food from scratch and eat it at home. Not only will this give you more control over what your family eats, but it can also save you a considerable amount of money.

  • Eating out also encourages overeating because portion sizes are massive.

10. Drink healthy. Finally, when eating healthy on a budget, don’t forget to think about what you’re drinking. Expensive, sugar-laden drinks are the bane of your budget and counter-productive to healthy eating.

  • Look for 100% pure juices.

  • Drink low fat milk. Get calcium from fruits and vegetables

  • Drink more water. Get more water in fruits and vegetables

  • Cut out soft drinks.

If you follow these tips, you’ll soon discover the joys of healthy eating and you’ll save money in the process. You may have to spend some extra time preparing food, but the benefits are astounding!

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About the Author

Suzanne is the owner of FitWatch. She’s had strong interest in nutrition and exercise for over 20 years, and is an ACE-certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach. Back in 2002, she started because she wanted to help people lose weight by creating helpful tools and calculators. A huge fan of calorie counting, Suzanne created the FitWatch Fitness Tracker to make it easy for people to count their calories.

Is It Just Me!!! Stupid


“Stupid is as Stupid does”  Forest Gump

I have a tolerance for most things. I cannot, however,  get past my prejudices against stupid, intentionally mean spited, rude people with no respect or manners against all people.  These rotten behaviors are not limited to any one race, color or creed.  It is, in fact these behaviors that make people focus on certain groups when they are only a small minority of humans. 

Well, having said that I am noticing that more and more of the last two generations of humans seem to be getting infiltrated with these unacceptable behaviors.  In NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) we talk about mirroring others behavior to get their attention.  Unfortunately, I think that the mirroring concept has become too popular with too many people.  

In order for the world to get to middle ground of peace and tolerance, we need to work on our manners and respect.  Myself included.  I find I’m getting irritated with stupidity more often because I’m seeing it more often.  I’ll meditate and work on it today.  What will you do to improve the vibration of your Universe today?

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Today’s Thought: More on Manners….

Stepping out…yes, for those who don’t know, there is a proper protocol for stepping out in public.  Don’t we wish the phone texting zombies knew a little more about this one?  
Namaste, The Queen Cronista



Excepting a religious ceremonial, there is no occasion where greater dignity of manner is required of ladies and gentlemen both, than in occupying a box at the opera. For a gentleman especially no other etiquette is so exacting.

In walking about in the foyer of the opera house, a gentleman leaves his coat in the box—or in his orchestra chair—but he always wears his high hat. The “collapsible” hat is for use in the seats rather than in the boxes, but it can be worn perfectly well by a guest in the latter if he hasn’t a “silk” one. A gentleman must always be in full dress, tail coat, white waistcoat, white tie and white gloves whether he is seated in the orchestra or a box. He wears white gloves nowhere else except at a ball, or when usher at a wedding.

As people usually dine with their hostess before the opera, they arrive together; the gentlemen assist the ladies to lay off their wraps, one of the gentlemen (whichever is nearest) draws back the curtain dividing the ante-room from the box, and the ladies enter, followed by the gentlemen, the last of whom closes the curtain again. If there are two ladies besides the hostess, the latter places her most distinguished or older guest in the corner nearest the stage. The seat furthest from the stage is always her own. The older guest takes her seat first, then the hostess takes her place, whereupon the third lady goes forward in the center to the front of the box, and stands until one of the gentlemen places a chair for her between the other two. (The chairs are arranged in three rows, of one on either side with an aisle left between.)

One of the duties of the gentlemen is to see that the curtains at the back of the box remain tightly closed, as the light from the ante-room shining in the faces of others in the audience across the house is very disagreeable to them.

A gentleman never sits in the front row of a box, even though he is for a time alone in it.

As To Visiting

It is the custom for a gentleman who is a guest in one box to pay visits to friends in other boxes during the entr’actes. He must visit none but ladies of his acquaintance and must never enter a box in which he knows only the gentlemen, and expect to be introduced to the ladies. If Arthur Norman, for instance, wishes to present a gentleman to Mrs. Gilding in her box at the opera, he must first ask her if he may bring his friend James Dawson. (He would on no account speak of him as Mr. Dawson unless he is an elderly person.) A lady’s box at the opera is actually her house, and only those who are acceptable as visitors in her house should ask to be admitted.

But it is quite correct for a gentleman to go into a stranger’s box to speak to a lady who is a friend of his, just as he would go to see her if she were staying in a stranger’s house. But he should not go into the box of one he does not know, to speak to a lady with whom he has only a slight acquaintance, since visits are not paid quite so casually to ladies who are themselves visitors. Upon a gentleman’s entering a box it is obligatory for whoever is sitting behind the lady to whom the arriving gentleman’s visit is addressed, to relinquish his chair. Another point of etiquette is that a gentleman must never leave the ladies of his own box alone. Occasionally it happens that the gentlemen in Mrs. Gilding’s box, for instance, have all relinquished their places to visitors and have themselves gone to Mrs. Worldly’s or Mrs. Jones’ or Mrs. Town’s boxes. Mrs. Gilding’s guests must, from the vantage point of the Worldly, Jones or Town boxes, keep a watchful eye on their hostess and instantly return to her support when they see her visitors about to leave, even though the ladies whom they are momentarily visiting be left to themselves. It is of course the duty of the other gentlemen who came to the opera with Mrs. Worldly, Mrs. Jones or Mrs. Town to hurry to them.

A gentleman must never stay in any box that he does not belong in, after the lowering of the lights for the curtain. Nor, in spite of cartoons to the contrary, does good taste permit conversation during the performance or during the overture. Box holders arriving late or leaving before the final curtain do so as quietly as possible and always without speaking.

A “Brilliant Opera Night”

A “brilliant opera night,” which one often hears spoken of (meaning merely that all the boxes are occupied, and that the ladies are more elaborately dressed than usual) is generally a night when a leader of fashion such as Mrs. Worldly, Mrs. Gilding, or Mrs. Toplofty, is giving a ball; and most of the holders of the parterre boxes are in ball dresses, with an unusual display of jewels. Or a house will be particularly “brilliant” if a very great singer is appearing in a new rôle, or if a personage be present, as when Marshal Joffre went to the Metropolitan.

After The Performance

One gentleman, at least, must wait in the carriage lobby until all the ladies in his party have driven away. Never under any circumstances may “the last” gentleman leave a lady standing alone on the sidewalk. It is the duty of the hostess to take all unattended ladies home who have not a private conveyance of their own, but the obligation does not extend to married couples or odd men. But if a married lady or widow has ordered her own car to come for her, the odd gentleman waits with her until it appears. It is then considerate for her to offer him a “lift,” but it is equally proper for her to thank him for waiting and drive off alone.

At The Theater

New Yorkers of highest fashion almost never occupy a box at the theater. At the opera the world of fashion is to be seen in the parterre boxes (not the first tier), and in boxes at some of the horse shows and at many public charity balls and entertainments, but those in boxes at the theater are usually “strangers” or “outsiders.”

No one can dispute that the best theater seats are those in the center of the orchestra. A box in these days of hatlessness has nothing to recommend it except that the people can sit in a group and gentlemen can go out between the acts easily, but these advantages hardly make up for the disadvantage to four or at least three out of the six box occupants who see scarcely a slice of the stage.

Will You Dine And Go To The Play?

There is no more popular or agreeable way of entertaining people than to ask them to “dine and go to the play.” The majority do not even prefer to have “opera” substituted for “play,” because those who care for serious music are a minority compared with those who like the theater.

If a bachelor gives a small theater party he usually takes his guests to dine at the Fitz-Cherry or some other fashionable and “amusing” restaurant, but a married couple living in their own house are more likely to dine at home, unless they belong to a type prevalent in New York which is “restaurant mad.” The Gildings, in spite of the fact that their own chef is the best there is, are much more apt to dine in a restaurant before going to a play—or if they don’t dine in a restaurant, they go to one for supper afterwards. But the Normans, if they ask people to dine and go to the theater, invariably dine at home.

A theater party can of course be of any size, but six or eight is the usual number, and the invitations are telephoned: “Will Mr. and Mrs. Lovejoy dine with Mr. and Mrs. Norman at seven-thirty on Tuesday and go to the play?”

Or “Will Mr. and Mrs. Oldname dine with Mr. Clubwin Doe on Saturday at the Toit d’Or and go to the play?”

When Mr. and Mrs. Oldname “accept with pleasure” a second message is given: “Dinner will be at 7.30.”

Mrs. Norman’s guests go to her house. Mr. Doe’s guests meet him in the foyer of the Toit d’Or. But the guests at both dinners are taken to the theater by their host. If a dinner is given by a hostess who has no car of her own, a guest will sometimes ask: “Don’t you want me to have the car come back for us?” The hostess can either say to an intimate friend “Why, yes, thank you very much,” or to a more formal acquaintance, “No, thank you just the same—I have ordered taxis.” Or she can accept. There is no rule beyond her own feelings in the matter.

Mr. Doe takes his guests to the theater in taxis. The Normans, if only the Lovejoys are dining with them, go in Mrs. Norman’s little town car, but if there are to be six or eight, the ladies go in her car and the gentlemen follow in a taxi. (Unless Mrs. Worldly or Mrs. Gilding are in the party and order their cars back.)

Tickets Bought In Advance

Before inviting anyone to go to a particular play, a hostess must be sure that good tickets are to be had. She should also try to get seats for a play that is new; since it is dull to take people to something they have already seen. This is not difficult in cities where new plays come to town every week, but in New York, where the same ones run for a year or more, it is often a choice between an old good one or a new one that is poor. If intimate friends are coming, a hostess usually asks them what they want to see and tries to get tickets accordingly.

It is really unnecessary to add that one must never ask people to go to a place of public amusement and then stand in line to get seats at the time of the performance.

Going Down The Aisle Of A Theater

The host, or whichever gentleman has the tickets, (if there is no host, the hostess usually hands them to one of the, gentlemen before leaving her house), goes down the aisle first and gives the checks to the usher, and the others follow in the order in which they are to sit and which the hostess must direct. It is necessary that each knows who follows whom, particularly if a theater party arrives after the curtain has gone up. If the hostess “forgets,” the guests always ask before trooping down the aisle “How do you want us to sit?” For nothing is more awkward and stupid than to block the aisle at the row where their seats are, while their hostess “sorts them”; and worse yet, in her effort to be polite, sends the ladies to their seats first and then lets the gentlemen stumble across them to their own places. Going down the aisle is not a question of precedence, but a question of seating. The one who is to sit eighth from the aisle, whether a lady or a gentleman, goes first, then the seventh, then the sixth, and if the gentleman with the checks is fifth, he goes in his turn and the fourth follows him.

If a gentleman and his wife go to the theater alone, the question as to who goes down the aisle first depends on where the usher is. If the usher takes the checks at the head of the aisle, she follows the usher. Otherwise the gentleman goes first with the checks. When their places are shown him, he stands aside for his wife to take her place first and then he takes his. A lady never sits in the aisle seat if she is with a gentleman.

Good Manners At The Theater

In passing across people who are seated, always face the stage and press as close to the backs of the seats you are facing as you can. Remember also not to drag anything across the heads of those sitting in front of you. At the moving pictures, especially when it is dark and difficult to see, a coat on an arm passing behind a chair can literally devastate the hair-dressing of a lady occupying it.

If you are obliged to cross in front of some one who gets up to let you pass, say “Thank you,” or “Thank you very much” or “I am very sorry.” Do not say “Pardon me!” or “Beg pardon!” Though you can say “I beg your pardon.” That, however, would be more properly the expression to use if you brushed your coat over their heads, or spilled water over them, or did something to them for which you should actually beg their pardon. But “Beg pardon,” which is an abbreviation, is one of the phrases never said in best society.

Gentlemen who want to go out after every act should always be sure to get aisle seats. There are no greater theater pests than those who come back after the curtain has gone up and temporarily snuff out the view of everyone behind, as well as annoy those who are obliged to stand up and let them by.

Between the acts nearly all gentlemen go out and smoke at least once, but those wedged in far from the aisle, who file out every time the curtain drops are utterly lacking in consideration for others. If there are five acts, they should at most go out for two entr’actes and even then be careful to come back before the curtain goes up.

Very Inconsiderate To Giggle And Talk

Nothing shows less consideration for others than to whisper and rattle programmes and giggle and even make audible remarks throughout a performance. Very young people love to go to the theater in droves called theater parties and absolutely ruin the evening for others who happen to sit in front of them. If Mary and Johnny and Susy and Tommy want to talk and giggle, why not arrange chairs in rows for them in a drawing-room, turn on a phonograph as an accompaniment and let them sit there and chatter!

If those behind you insist on talking it is never good policy to turn around and glare. If you are young they pay no attention, and if you are older—most young people think an angry older person the funniest sight on earth! The small boy throws a snowball at an elderly gentleman for no other reason! The only thing you can do is to say amiably: “I’m sorry, but I can’t hear anything while you talk.” If they still persist, you can ask an usher to call the manager.

The sentimental may as well realize that every word said above a whisper is easily heard by those sitting directly in front, and those who tell family or other private affairs might do well to remember this also.

As a matter of fact, comparatively few people are ever anything but well behaved. Those who arrive late and stand long, leisurely removing their wraps, and who insist on laughing and talking are rarely encountered; most people take their seats as quietly and quickly as they possibly can, and are quite as much interested in the play and therefore as attentive and quiet as you are. A very annoying person at the “movies” is one who reads every “caption” out loud.

Proper Theater Clothes

At the evening performance in New York a lady wears a dinner dress; a gentleman a dinner coat, often called a Tuxedo. Full dress is not correct, but those going afterwards to a ball can perfectly well go to the theater first if they do not make themselves conspicuous. A lady in a ball dress and many jewels should avoid elaborate hair ornamentation and must keep her wrap, or at least a sufficiently opaque scarf, about her shoulders to avoid attracting people’s attention. A gentleman in full dress is not conspicuous.

And on the subject of theater dress it might be tentatively remarked that prinking and “making up” in public are all part of an age which can not see fun in a farce without bedroom scenes and actors in pajamas, and actresses running about in negligés with their hair down. An audience which night after night watches people dressing and undressing probably gets into an unconscious habit of dressing or prinking itself. In other days it was always thought that so much as to adjust a hat-pin or glance in a glass was lack of breeding. Every well brought up young woman was taught that she must finish dressing in her bedchamber. But to-day young women in theaters, restaurants, and other public places, are continually studying their reflection in little mirrors and patting their hair and powdering their noses and fixing this or adjusting that in a way that in Mrs. Oldname’s girlhood would have absolutely barred them from good society; nor can Mrs. Worldly or Mrs. Oldname be imagined “preening” and “prinking” anywhere. They dress as carefully and as beautifully as possible, but when they turn away from the mirrors in their dressing rooms they never look in a glass or “take note of their appearance” until they dress again. And it must be granted that Lucy Gilding, Constance Style, Celia Lovejoy, Mary Smartlington and the other well-bred members of the younger set do not put finishing touches on their faces in public—as yet!

Diva Ranting: Changes….


The whole World is changing and all the powers that be… left and right… keep pointing fingers instead of accepting responsibility.  They want all of the power and none of the responsibility.  We actually live in a world that is much not different than when the Nazis were trying to get the world to look like their Third Reich vision of an Aryan nation. We are experiencing weather disaster after another, 2300 earthquakes in Yosemite’s underground volcano this week (I have not done any research to see if scientists think the underground nuclear explosion set off by the North Korean Krazy is an aftershock residual or not). 

Each partisan group wants the other to change to their view of exclusivity. You are no longer allowed to believe and function in any way but their way.  If you asked any of these partisan over-activists what they think of others the reply is usually vulgar, exclusive over entitlement, and narrow-minded.  They do this while waving flags of equality and justice for all….HELLO, People…wake up.  

There is so much of what’s good in the world showing up in Houston.  All nations coming to the aid of one of the world’s greatest natural disasters.  The hawkers and crooks are there as well, but overall the spirit of compassion and giving is thankfully showing up most of all.   That and only that should be our focus.  Celebrate that, support that, be passionate about that.  Donate, make a difference and above all send all of the good energy you can muster up in your prayers and meditations to these people And to all of the suffering worldwide in these days of chaos.  That is how each of us individually can make a difference.  

In gratitude, The Queen Cronista 

Diva Tasting: Sloppy Joes and Apple Cinnamon Dessert…


Crescent Sloppy Joes


3/4 Lb Lean (at Least 80%) Ground Beef

1/4 Cup Barbecue Sauce

1/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (1 Oz)

1 Can (8 Oz) Dinner Rolls Or 1 Can (8 Oz) Refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet

1 Egg, Beaten

1teaspoon Sesame Seed


Heat oven to 375°F. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in barbecue sauce; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot. Stir in cheese.

If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate into 4 rectangles. Press each into 8×4-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles. Press each into 8×4-inch rectangle. Cut each in half crosswise, making 8 squares.

Place about 2 rounded tablespoons beef mixture on center of each square. Fold dough over filling, forming triangles; press edges with fork to seal. With knife, cut small slits in tops for steam to escape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with egg; sprinkle with sesame seed. Bake 11 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Apple Cinnamon Dessert or Breakfast


1/2 Cup Sugar

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

2 Cans (17.5 Oz Each) Flaky Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls With Icing

1/4 Cup Butter, Melted

1 Cup Apple Pie Filling With More Fruit (from 21-Oz Can)


Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix sugar and cinnamon. Remove rolls from cans; cover and refrigerate icing containers. Separate dough into 10 rolls; cut each into 6 pieces. Add roll pieces to large bowl; drizzle with melted butter, tossing to coat.

Add half of the roll pieces to bag with sugar and cinnamon mixture; seal and shake to coat pieces, breaking up any large clumps. Remove from bag, and arrange pieces in baking dish. Repeat for remaining dough; discard any remaining sugar mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight (9 to 12 hours).

Heat oven to 350°F. Remove baking dish from refrigerator. In small bowl, add apple pie filling; cut apples into 1-inch pieces with kitchen scissors. Drop 12 tablespoonfuls apple pie filling on top of dough, creating pockets of filling, and spacing about 2 inches apart.

Bake 27 to 32 minutes or until dough is baked through in center and deep golden brown around edges. If starting to brown too much, cover with foil last 5 minutes of baking.Cool 10 minutes. In small microwavable bowl, add icing from both containers. Microwave uncovered on High 15 to 20 seconds or until stirred smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle icing on top before serving.

Diva Rambling: Rainbows and Gratitude…


Last Friday my nephew and his wife held a special celebration in their back yard for me.  Just a few family members attended.  Between raindrops throughout the day,  we made the best of the backyard event as we could.  It was such a wonderful event!  

The best part was, that as soon as we began to pack up and head indoors…I was blessed with an even better surprise!  The Universe placed the most beautiful double rainbow over the backyard to say good bye and affirm the family event.  One Cannot ask for more than that.   We were all amazed and warmed by this affirmation.

The whole family, in attendance, went for BBQ (the last of summer) and enjoyed the wrap up to a wonderful time.  My baby brother was able to get away and make it doubly special.  My heart is still filled with gratitude to the whole family who made it special…

My wish is for double rainbows for you as you celebrate life in a chaotic world. Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Rambling: Your Invitation from the Universe….


No time for meditation?  Look at it this way.  What if the Creator of the Universe invited you to tea?  That would be an invitation you would not say no to, ever.  You can find time between tasks to sit, clear the mind of the dust bunnies (see yesterday’s post) and give a quick meditation to the Universe.  

Research tells us that a fifteen minute meditation is a good and restful as a two hour nap! I meditate in the car while waiting for appointments, or in a doctors office (so I don’t have to listen to the rabble of the waiting room).  I can even meditate while I mop or vacuum.  If you use the three cleansing breath method to start you learn, through practice, to go in and out of meditation anywhere, anytime.  

Here’s to afternoon tea with your Universe,

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing: Fall is coming…


Getting in the mood for fall and all of its antics! Shakespeare’s Witches Song came to mind.  Time to pull out our cauldrons and brew some pumpkin juice, bake gingerbread men for the kiddies, spice some apple cider and pumpkin loaf.  The fragrances of fall baking is one of my favorites.  Please note the recipe below is NOT one of ours; LOL!  I did, however, try it once with disastrous result ! I don’t recommend it.  

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Double, double toil and trouble”


(from Macbeth)

Double, double toil and trouble; 

Song of the Witches: fire burn and caldron bubble. 

Fillet of a fenny snake, 

In the caldron boil and bake; 

Eye of newt and toe of frog, 

Wool of bat and tongue of dog, 

Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, 

Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing, 

For a charm of powerful trouble, 

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. 

Double, double toil and trouble; 

Fire burn and caldron bubble. 

Cool it with a baboon’s blood, 

Then the charm is firm and good.

Macbeth: IV.i 10-19; 35-38

Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)


Diva Musing: Fall Leaves


Fall, leaves, fall

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; 
Lengthen night and shorten day; 
Every leaf speaks bliss to me 
Fluttering from the autumn tree. 
I shall smile when wreaths of snow 
Blossom where the rose should grow; 
I shall sing when night’s decay 
Ushers in a drearier day.
Ms. Bronte chooses to look at fall as a transition to drearier days.  Yet each diva can choose how she wished to look at this turn of events that nature is so faithful in bringing to us each season.  The colors, the smell of pumpkin bread and blazing fires, with marshmallows to be roasted and chestnuts to be toasted. These all portend a more joyful connotation to me. 
How do you look at fall?  Remember form follows thought….design us a beautiful fall please!
The Queen Cronista