Diva Tasting: Grilled Shrimp 2…

Grilled Shrimp


3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Butter, Melted

1 1/2 Lemons, Juiced

3 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

1/2 Cup Minced Fresh Basil Leaves

3 Cloves Garlic, Minced

Kosher Salt To Taste

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

3 Pounds Fresh Shrimp, Peeled And Deveined

6 Skewers


  1. In a shallow, non-porous dish or bowl, mix together olive oil and melted butter. Stir in lemon juice, mustard, basil, and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Add shrimp, and toss to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Preheat grill to high heat. Remove shrimp from marinade, and thread onto skewers. Discard marinade.

  3. Lightly oil grill grate, and arrange skewers on preheated grill. Cook for 4 minutes, turning once, or until opaque.

  4. Serve with a garden salad, rice pilaf, garlic toast and beverage.


Diva Ranting: Southern Cuss Phrases…

You may not know how it is with many Southerners. We can get just as incensed as anyone else, but we try to stay polite about it. That’s why our Southern grannies taught us “cuss words” to use, like “I Swan!” and “Land sakes alive!”

Here are a few things you might hear Southerners yell in anger, frustration or in  traffic.  Did I forget any? 

There’s a tree stump in a Louisiana swamp with a higher IQ!

Blow your nose you’ll get more out of it! Meaning: I hear you but I don’t really care.

You’re dumb as a box of rocks! Meaning the other driver is really dump.

Welll, don’t rush on my account! Meaning: You are driving too slow.

Sure looks like somebody opened the floodgates. Meaning: Traffic is really heavy.

Son of a biscuit eater! Meaning: Exclamation/Negative name calling.

If leather were brains, you wouldn’t have enough to saddle a Junebug! Meaning: you are really Stupid!

Son of a Motherless Goat! Meaning: Negative slur/insult

What in tarnation? Meaning: What the Heck

What the Sam Hill? Meaning: What the heck are you doing?

You don’t have the sense God gave a goose. Meaning: The other person is stupid.

Move over Papaw! Meaning: You are as slow as grandfather.

Grandma was slow but she was old! Meaning: You are as slow as Grandma.

Land Sakes alive! Meaning: negative exclamation for stupidity.

You don’t know a widget from a hole in the ground. Meaning: Stupid

You are as slow as the seven year itch! Meaning: Annoyingly Slow

Holy Mother of Pearl! Meaning: Negative Exclamation.

Dagnabbit! Meaning: Substitute Cuss Word

You can’t walk and chew chewing gum at the same time. Meaning: other person is uncoordinated.

Dagnabbit if I sent you to lunch I’d have to completely retrain you. Meaning: You’re hopelessly useless.

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  

Diva Rambling: 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
  • 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
  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.

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