Diva Rambling…Nothing but the Facts…

Nothing but the Facts…

Well known blogger and humorist Ben Shapiro said…”Facts don’t care how you feel.”

In our all about being in-sensed world this is something factual to hang onto. A fact is a fact in spite of your proclivities. You truth can still be your truth but there will always be some “feelings” mixed in with your truth.

When you want to be fair you must go to a neutral corner. Look at the facts and see what truly adds up. I’m not saying to change your own truth, but rather look at all situations from a less emotional place to truly be able to add up “THE TRUTH” in all things. Your emotions will lie, cheat and steal; like a giant sponge soaking the life out of others. If you are truly a person who wants to work from a space called “THE TRUTH”….always weigh all sides carefully and bring the true light of “THE TRUTH” to the table no matter what.

You can lie to yourself and others, but your own spirit always knows the truth. Emotions only know what buttons to push today.

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Diva Musing: The “Boro”…

The “Boro”…

I left the town I grew up in when I was eighteen. My goal was to retire and give back to the world what I got out of it while growing up. I’d planned to work in an orphanage in Mexico. Then I came back to take care of a dying sibling and realized there was no place in more need of giving back that this depressed area of Appalachia that has gone to the dogs since my youth.

I call it the “Boro”, not because it is now full of jackass politicians, drug addicts, drug dealers and reprobates (which it is), but because it is an endearing term to describe the quaint village of my youth. I hope to make a bit of difference in my remaining years but the work needed in epic.

However, I’ve been gifted with a modicum of intelligence and business sense (thank you Dad) and I plan to use it to try to bore into the need of the many and make a small difference. That is all any of us can do really.

I encourage each of you to use your given gifts to make a difference in the crazy world wherever you live. The needs are obvious everywhere. Wake up each day and pick one thing to make a difference. Even if it is a prayer for Peace on Earth. There is something we can do everyday.

I leave you with love and light and a prayer that you will be energized to make a difference in your world today. The Crones love you wherever you are in the world.

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Rambling: New Year…

We are not Crones that make New Year Resolutions.  Anytime I decide to make life changing events in my life I do it.  Plan,  organize and execute. Done!

Here is to you having a great year of changes done anytime at your discretion. The menu is yours to design and implement.  Don’t let anyone else vote or change your mind.  It’s all up to you, as always.  

HAPPY CHANGES!!!!!

Diva Tasting: Alfredo w/Broccoli & Cream Puff Cake…

Angel Hair Alfredo with Broccoli 

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 Ounce) Package Angel Hair Pasta
  • 1 Serving Cooking Spray
  • 2 Pounds Raw Peeled And Deveined Shrimp, Slightly Thawed If Frozen
  • 2 Cups Chopped Broccoli
  • 1 Large Jar Alfredo Sauce (3 Cups)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook angel hair in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray.

  3. Cook and stir shrimp in a skillet over medium heat until slightly pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broccoli; cover skillet and let broccoli steam, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Spread angel hair pasta over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with shrimp and broccoli. Pour Alfredo sauce over shrimp and broccoli; cover sauce with Parmesan cheese.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is slightly browned, about 20 minutes.

CREAM PUFF CAKE 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened

  • 4 cups half n half

  • 3 (3.5 ounce) packages instant french vanilla pudding mix

  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen extra creamy whipped topping, thawed

  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a large heavy saucepan, heat butter and water to boiling over medium-high heat. Add flour and reduce heat to low. Cook and stir until it forms a ball and pulls away from the pan. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.

  3. Spread in bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Cool completely.

  4. To make the filling: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and milk and beat until smooth. Add pudding mix and beat until thickened. Spread over cooled shell. Top with whipped topping, and drizzle chocolate syrup over the top.

Diva Musing: What’s your energy bill?

What’s your energy bill?

I always hear MEN SAY women don’t let anything go!! My personal experience these days is no one forgets “woundettes”, their bitterness grows and no one is hurt but the bitter person. Usually the one doing the wounding moves on and laughs at stealing the other persons peace. If you look at it as your energy bill…think about what the cost would be to have everything in the house running constantly. Not only would your energy bill be huge but appliances would burn out and maybe even cause a fire that can destroy your home. That is what hanging onto the negatives of the past can do to your health, your soul, your spirit and even your peace of mind. Worth it? I think not.

As we go through the holiday season let’s give ourselves the best gift of all…letting go of unnecessary energy drains. Plug the leaks and keep your psyche strong. Don’t let the bad people steal your energy and joy. Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Ranting: The Grinch all year….

The Grinch all year….

In a recent conversation, my friend mentioned how the school systems have recognized the need to teach kindness to the kids. Over the years, it’s been forgotten and kids are not as kind. They make fun of others. Tear down. Have exclusive clubs. Also, they show no discernible manners whatsoever.

Kindness and manners is not something that they already know? Both should be taught at home, at a very early age. I realized…They know what it means but fall woefully short at showing it. Generations now grown up watching intolerance, acts of terrorism and exclusionary behaviors all around them. They’ve seen apathy let it all happen, but do not realize that as a problem. But what about civil behavior, kindness, and good manners…have they seen it taught and enforced as a positive human behavior? Do they even recognize it as crucial to a stable society? Or, do they even care?

Are they being taught that words DO HURT! Is the family atmosphere one where they see the art of uplifting and manners part of their lives? Are some of the basics being modeled, such as:

  • Do our words uplift…or tear down others?

  • Do we gossip, complain, whine, and moan…or do we smile and give thanks for the days graces?

  • Do we spread joy during holiday seasons…or blush with irritation as we wait in the crowds?

  • Have we forgotten the meaning of respect to those in public service? Our teachers, policemen, firemen, nurses, pastors and others who give unselfishly for our safety.

  • Do we put others in front of ourselves…or do we act like spoiled brats on a bad TV series?

  • Do we have a me-first attitude? OR do we live like the bumper sticker of yesteryear? WWJD

What Would Jesus Do?”

When was the last time you asked yourself or your children a question like that? As adults of the upcoming generations, we have a keen responsibility. It is up to us to instill an attitude of gratefulness and stop passing the buck around. If we want a better world where manners and kindness abound, then we need to look within our own family structures. Don’t throw it off on teachers and churches to do our jobs. If we asked 5 of your neighbors would they say you are a kind, loving and generous family? Or plead the 5th in fear of retaliation? We all need to do some digging and put out the energy and efforts necessary to contribute to a better world.

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Rambling: Judging….

Years ago I read a psychologist report that said the traits we hate in others is secretly things we hate in ourselves. I won’t even get started on what just thinking the word hate does to the spirit self.  Since I read this, I ask myself when I’m being upset by annoying behaviors, so you don’t ever do this?  My spirit kicked me in the backside…Big Ouch!  I know that sometimes I walk into a room and I’m bigger than life without even trying (not just my physical presence).  I’m always self analyzing.  I figure when they put me in the “Home”….I’ll be the only one able to analyze myself. 

My point is this…..judging others is a bad, bad habit of mine.  Even when someone is being evil and rude I am not the one with the right to judge.  The Bible says…”judge not and you will not be judged”…. Boy is that a tough one, as I grew up with a mother who sat in negative judgement on everyone and everything.  But we can make better choices. I’m not there yet but I’m getting better.  I wish you a world free of judgement. Love you, our Divas…Namaste, The Queen Cronista.

Thank you Wild Woman Sisterhood….