Category Archives: Things That Contribute to Good Health

Diva Rambling: When I Am Old…

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I don’t know about you Divas, but when I was 28 years old a friend of mine sent this to me.  I asked him if he thought I would be that way when I was old. To that he replied “Hell you are like that now!”  I guess no one will be surprised but my sister Joan who still prays that there is hope for me :~)

When I Am Old.

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals,
and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
And run my stick along the public railings,
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
Or only bread and pickle for a week,
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked and surprised,
When suddenly I am old
and start to wear purple! 

Jenny Joseph

Diva Tasting: Chicken Curry with Rice…

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Chicken Curry IFCJ Recipe from website

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs. Chicken
  • 4 Large Tomatoes
  • 2 Apples
  • 1-1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 3 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbs. Sugar
  • 5 Large Onions
  • 1-1/2 Tsp. Salt, Pepper
  • 2 Tbs. Grated Coconut (optional)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Parsley
  • 1 Tsp. Ginger, Ground
  • 1 (or More) Tbs. Curry Powder
  • 3 Cups Clear Broth Or Coconut Milk

Directions

  • Cut chicken into serving pieces and fry in 1 tbs. oil until lightly browned. Add water and simmer for 20 minutes until chicken pieces are tender. Drain and put aside. Add onions, garlic, tomatoes, parsley and apples (all diced) to the frying pan and saute over medium heat. Add sugar, ginger and curry powder. Sprinkle with flour and pour in clear broth or coconut milk. Add coconut and chicken and saute for an additional 10 minutes over medium heat. Serve hot with rice.

http://www.ifcj.org/

Wisdom of the Grandmothers…

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I saw this and felt it rang true for me on so many levels.  I hope it brings you food for thought as well….Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Wisdom of the Grandmothers…

10 THINGS TIME HAS TAUGHT ME

1. Most of our life is spent chasing false goals and worshipping false ideals. The day you realise that is the day you really start to live.

2. You really, truly cannot please all of the people all of the time. Please yourself first and your loved ones second, everyone else is busy pleasing themselves anyway, trust me.

3. Fighting the ageing process is like trying to catch the wind. Go with it, enjoy it. Your body is changing, but it always has been. Don’t waste time trying to reverse that, instead change your mindset to see the beauty in the new.

4. Nobody is perfect and nobody is truly happy with their lot. When that sinks in you are free of comparison and free of judgment. It’s truly liberating.

5. No one really sees what you do right, everyone sees what you do wrong. When that becomes clear to you, you will start doing things for the right reason and you will start having so much more fun.

6. You will regret the years you spent berating your looks, the sooner you can make peace with the vessel your soul lives in, the better. Your body is amazing and important but it does not define you.

7. Your health is obviously important but stress, fear and worry are far more damaging than any delicious food or drink you may deny yourself. Happiness and peace are the best medicine.

8. Who will remember you and for what, become important factors as you age. Your love and your wisdom will live on far longer than any material thing you can pass down. Tell your stories, they can travel farther than you can imagine.

9. We are not here for long but if you are living against the wind it can feel like a life-sentence. Life should not feel like a chore, it should feel like an adventure.

10. Always, always, drink the good champagne and use the things you keep for ‘best’. Tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. Today is a gift that’s why we call it the present. Eat, Drink & Be Merry.

https://ladiespassiton.com/2017/08/03/10-things-time-taught/ 

Diva Rambling: Good Vibrations…

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However the day goes, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself by noticing how big a part is played by the beauty in our daily Universe. There is no such thing as a senseless act of kindness, since it has such power to feed and empower your soul & raise the vibration of your world.

You can salvage the messiest situation or cheer up the unhappiest person by appreciating the wonders that are all around us….

It’s been raining for weeks.  People are gloomy and fussy.  Be the joy-bug in someone’s day and feel the wonder of what rain does and how it makes everything in our world so lush.  Start the laughter in a room, smile at someone who looks gloomy.  Be the one who raises the vibration where ever you go.  

I wish you all good vibrations….

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Argentinean Skirt Steak and Mash Potatoes….

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SKIRT STEAK ARGENTINEAN

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Skirt Steak, Trimmed And Cut Into 2 1/2-Inch Wide Pieces
  • Steak Marinade Recipe Below
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions

  1. Marinade steak slices in a resealable bag in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove steak from bag and pat dry. Cook steak in hot oil and butter, turning often, until steak begins to firm, and is reddish-pink and juicy in the center, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Serve with roasted green beans, spinach mash potato casserole and garlic bread

“This is the most requested main dish in my house. Everyone loves it and that is a rare thing indeed! These steaks are almost too simple to believe and they turn out great every single time. So tender and flavorful – you just can’t mess them up! The adobo seasoning is quite salty, so keep that in mind as you season the steaks.”

Marinade …

STEAK MARINADE

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Dried Basil
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)
  • 3 Teaspoon Minced Garlic (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender. Add hot pepper sauce and garlic, if desired. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Pour marinade over desired type of meat. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Cook meat as desired.

MASH POTATOES#

Ingredients

  • 5 Pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Chives
  • 1 Cup Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Medium Head Garlic, Roasted and Mashed
  • 1 Pinch Salt And Pepper To Taste

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes; cook until tender but still firm. Drain and return to stove over low heat to dry for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add butter, Parmesan cheese, chives, cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, salt, and pepper. Use a potato masher to mash until smooth, and serve.

Diva Musing: Be Kind to one Another….

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Everyday, everywhere I go, people want to tell me about what’s going on in their lives. More and more it is about how badly friends and relatives are treating each other.  Life has never been perfect but those of us who have reached “Crone Status” remember a time when:

Families would go to church together, Children had respect for parents, Parents earned that respect, Quality time was more important than “stuff” in the toy box or closet, we all looked each other in the eye when we were fact to face.  

I remember enjoying seeing children playing outside all the time.  Movies, TV and play time had to be earned.  No one was ever allowed to be distracted at the family table.  We were there to interact with one another….like it or not!  

The hectic and modern day world has made it almost impossible for this simpler, more real lifestyle.  Nothing happens unless scheduled. All time is spent working around family time. Our family and home no longer has the meaning it once did.  

We are focusing more on people and stuff.  People who tell us to want more stuff, people who tell us if we don’t have stuff our world is lacking and we are failures. Our hearts no longer focus on what is good and right for our lives and world.  

Parenting had become an inconvenience for many and not a privilege.  We now hog tie the educational system/teachers.  The liberals own the media and minds of our youth.  The conservatives are considered an abhorrence.  There is no happy medium.  Buddha always maintained that enlightenment was only found in the middle ground.  I think he was on to something.  

Let the children learn. Teach them all of the ways… and let them feel the wave of excitement that comes with making up their own minds without violence or criticism.  Guide them in the ways of goodness and love and let their hearts ring true to that guidance.  If we do not, the current chaos and terror in our world is only the beginning.  I’m an old fashioned back to the basics kind of Crone.  

I like my computers, phones and notebooks, but I take media breaks regularly.  I use that time to reflect, send good energy to my family and friends, meditate, meditate and meditate some more.  I’m by no means perfect, but I do try to keep focused on a more gentle, simple way.   I know this is a better way than what the advertising magnates and media want us to focus on instead.  I’m just cranky enough to let that piss me off and make me rebel against those head games.  My intention is to arrive at something that makes my output a more favorable vibration to my world, in which we are all one. 

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Spinach Enchilada…

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Spinach Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 10 (6 inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 (19 ounce) can enchilada sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook for a few minutes until fragrant, but not brown. Stir in spinach, and cook for about 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat, and mix in ricotta cheese, sour cream, and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, warm tortillas one at a time until flexible, about 15 seconds. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the spinach mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Roll up, and place seam side down in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the remaining cup of Monterey Jack.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until sauce is bubbling and cheese is lightly browned at the edges.

 

Diva Tasting: Chicken or Tuna Salad with Artichokes…

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Chicken OR Tuna Salad with Artichoke##

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 Ounce) Jar Artichoke Hearts, Drained And Chopped
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Can Tuna, Drained (or) 1 Cup Roasted Chicken Breast
  • 2 Large Tomatoes Hollowed and Chopped Reserve Hollowed Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 Cup Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt to Taste
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Spinach
  • 2 Green Onions Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped

Directions

  1. Mix artichoke hearts, Basil, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and black pepper, salt together in a bowl; add spinach, tuna or chicken, and red bell pepper, onions, chopped tomatoes and toss.
  2. Stuff hollowed tomatoes with ½ of the salad each. Serve on a bed of greens with whole wheat crackers or crostini.
  3. Variation: Add ¼ Cup of toasted slivered almonds for crunch.

Diva Tasting: Cordon Bleu Casserole….

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Ingredients

  • 8 Skinless, Boneless Roasted Chicken Breast Halves Chopped
  • 8 Slices Ham Chopped
  • 8 Slices Swiss Cheese Chopped
  • 2 Cups Colby Cheese Shredded
  • 2 Cups Of Cremini Mushrooms Sliced
  • 1 (10.75 Ounce) Can Condensed Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup White Cooking Wine Or Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Cloves Of Garlic Minced
  • 4 Teaspoons Dried Flat Leaf Parsley Chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups Cooked Long Grain Rice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread cooked rice evenly over bottom of the cooking dish.
  3. In a large bowl place chicken breasts chunks, ham pieces, and cheeses, and mushrooms, toss to mix. Spread over the rice evenly.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the soup, sour cream, wine, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Whisk well and pour mixture over chicken/ham/cheese pieces.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese melts bubbly.

 

Diva Tasting: Chicken OR Tuna Salad with Artichokes…

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Chicken OR Tuna Salad with Artichoke##

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 Ounce) Jar Artichoke Hearts, Drained And Chopped
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Can Tuna, Drained (or) 1 Cup Roasted Chicken Breast
  • 2 Large Tomatoes Hollowed and Chopped Reserve Hollowed Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 Cup Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt to Taste
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Spinach
  • 2 Green Onions Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped

Directions

  1. Mix artichoke hearts, Basil, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and black pepper, salt together in a bowl; add spinach, tuna or chicken, and red bell pepper, onions, chopped tomatoes and toss.
  2. Stuff hollowed tomatoes with ½ of the salad each. Serve on a bed of greens with whole wheat crackers or crostini.
  3. Variation: Add ¼ Cup of toasted slivered almonds for crunch.