Diva Tastings-Caprese Canapes

Caprese Canape (Teatime Treats)

1 16 oz Block of Mozzarella Cheese

3 Tbsp Mayonnaise

¼ Tsp Fresh Lemon Zest

18 tsp Sea Salt

1 pinch Ground Black Pepper

10 Slices Roma Tomatoes

10 Whole Basil Leaves

With a long sharp knife, cut 3 (¼ inch) horizontal slices from the cheese block. Using a 2 ¼ -inch star shaped cookie cutter (Save and chop the scraps for a salad).

In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, lemon zest, salt and pepper stir to blend.

Place ¼ mayonnaise blend to the center of each cheese star. Top with a tomato slice tuck in a basil leaf under each tomato. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper if desired.

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Diva Rant…Fat..Is It Just Me?

Whether you are a maiden, goddess, crone or just a juicy diva, you are a perfection of Divine Creation!!!

The other day I had to listen to someone, who is supposed to be close to me, pontificate on weight, working out, diet and health.  Commenting all along about a person they thought was a fat ass and how perfect we (their world) would all be if only we did what their perfect workout, suck on a lemon day is all about. Now I am 100% about natural health.  I believe in eating raw, green, natural, organic and all the other words the “health pontificates” bore us with…as if they are the only ones who know this secret.

However, after interviewing hundreds of people(mostly women), I discovered that as we age and things happen to our bodies and souls.   Weight may attach like a parasite and cling and grow as our “spirit light” ebbs and flows.  I discovered that major surgery, major physical trauma, grief and loss play a large part in the equation.  A time when you are having a “dark night of the soul” and have no one to help uplift you, or support your need to heal in your own way.  It is a time the demons of the dark attack. We don’t see or feel them until after a long period of time we look in a mirror once more and there she is ….the diva we no longer recognize.  The good news is it’s OK.

There is a solution for everything.  Just live and love yourself the way you are right now.  The Divine Source in all of us is there to help for the asking.  We are never truly alone except in our head.  Do NOT set your standard to please others. Just give yourself a hug, know you can fix anything.  But also ask…do I really need fixing?  Go from there. The Divine in all of us is the road map to healing and rediscovery. It is the physician who charges us nothing but the task to go inward, listen and heal ourselves.

Don’t listen to or stay around people who can only talk about their own vanity and neuroses.  It is their healing they need to focus on as well. They lack awareness and compassion of the specific world around them.  It is not your job to fix that.

Put your face to the sun, feel the Divine Source within you and ask it for guidance and healing.  Spirit is in us and around us at all times.  Now isn’t that a better focus than letting non-compassionate neurotics put their dust bunnies in your attic?  It is for me….Today I Choose!  Love and Light from the Crones.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

 

 

Diva Rambling-Take A Silent Retreat

I was just telling a friend how I use to take 4-5 days and do a silent retreat  when I lived in Arizona and California.  5 days of nothing but prayer, meditation, soul searching and silence.  At the Yogananda Center in Calif.  I had a room to myself, 3 vegetarian meals a day and the dining room faced the ocean.  The gong would ring and you had 15 minutes to get in the dining hall before the doors locked and you were on an automatic fast until the next meal.

The silence was wonderful.  It seemed to rejuvenate every cell in my body.  If one wanted to chat you could go down the 137 steps to the 10,000 coy fish pond and do a walking meditation or meet other guests and chat.  No chatting at the retreat center.  Those time and those spent at Meditation Mount in Ojai, California have been my most rewarding vacations ever.  Silence is truly golden.  Try it sometime.  Find a monastery, a retreat, ashram or other place for personal reflection and do yourself a favor.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting-Chicken Mushrooms in Cream Sauce

Chicken with Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Butter, or as needed
  • 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Cremini mushrooms Sliced
  • 1 Med Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cups Chicken stock, divided
  • 2 Tbsp All-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 2 Cups Plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 Oz Cream Cheese, cut into pieces
  • ½ Cup Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Lb Roasted Chicken, chopped

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute mushrooms and onions in hot butter until soft and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup chicken stock into the skillet and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  3. Gradually sprinkle flour into mushroom mixture; cook and stir until light golden brown, about 30 seconds. Add remaining chicken stock to mushroom mixture; simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir yogurt, and sour cream into sauce; add cream cheese and stir until cheese melts and sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes. Fold roasted chicken into sauce and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes more.

Diva Tasting-Turkey Mushroom and Cream Sauce

Turkey Mushroom and Cream Sauce

Serves 6

2 Lb Turkey Cutlets

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

4 Tbsp Butter divided

1 Cup Chicken Broth (organic)

¼ Cup Lemon Juice

½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper

½ Tsp Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt Ground

1 ½ Cup Sour Cream

1 ½ Lb Cremini Mushrooms Sliced

In a large saute pan brown the cutlets in ½ the butter and the oil. Remove and let drain on a paper towel. Keep warm in a 250° oven safe pan.

In the same skillet de-glaze the with the chicken broth, remaining butter and lemon juice, add mushrooms. Simmer on medium to reduce for about 10 minutes. Add sour cream and fold in until heated. Plate the turkey and serve the mushroom/creams auce over or in a gravy boat.

Serve with Roasted Green Beans and Wild Rice.

Is It Just Me?!!-Karma or Krazy

Are you ever awakened before the alarm goes off with a feeling of sadness so deep you feel you cannot lift your head to get out of bed? You know there is no know  reason for this to be happening, yet there it is; weighing you down.

I usually begin to meditate immediately to get rid of it.  But my busy mind is full of the dust bunnies in my attic rolling around and keeping me from emptying my mind.  Is this punishment by the Karma Cops or am I finally one toke over the line Sweet Jesus?  Am I reaping the harvest for my wild past as the Karma Cops always say…or have I filled my sub-conscious mind with so much crap it can no longer process happy, normal thought of light and wellness?

Bottom line…it doesn’t matter!  You choose your thoughts and the responsibility is yours to choose the next one, and the next one.  You are responsible to make it one of gratitude, joy, peace, or whatever wave of thought that would set things straight for you.

Sing, do a dance of joy, hug a fur baby (if you are blessed to have one).  Pick a trigger; a thought that will shift your dark energy to a light and lovely one that will make your day.  Key Word RESPONSIBILITY ! We do not get to blame others or the world because we will not focus and clean out the dust bunnies in our attic.

Accept the responsibility that is ours…pray, meditate and focus on joy.  Practice makes it better each time you choose wisely.  I’m going to go meditate and now. Then I’m going to enjoy this day the Universe has made…. full of wonderful possibilities…. I Choose!

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Ramblings-Abundance/Priorities

As so many delightful crones we are, at times, abundance challenged.  I’ve been saving for a new TV for a year.  This week I had to take one of my very sick furry babies to the vet and I explained we needed to limit tests as I am on SS and my check won’t drop for 2 weeks.  $400.00 later, I used the TV money, and they could tell me nothing except his blood work levels and that that could mean anything.

Then joy of joys my family invites me to visit for my oldest grandson’s third birthday.  Another $400.00 later I am booked on a long flight for 4 days to celebrate this occasion. The priorities being met the TV can wait… in the knowledge all crones and divas have… that the Universe will provide in spite of all setbacks.

Now I sit back and enjoy my fur baby, Benjamin, while I still have him and ignore the stressful long flight that will bring me to the home where we will celebrate my grandson for another year of the joy he brings.  In the end it is all about the “real priorities” isn’t it?

May your priorities be joyful and your challenges be few.  With love and light from us.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista