`Thought for the Day-Patience



Recipe of the Day-Twist on Kugel

My Jewish friends often have Kugel as a Passover meal.  Below is one I think you might enjoy.

Kugel with Vegetables:   Oven 375°   9″X13″Pan      Serves 16

*Finely dice or shred all vegetables

1/2 tsp.                     Kosher Salt and Pepper

3 Tbsp.                      Matzo Meal

3 Eggs                       Beaten

4 Cloves                   Garlic Minced

1 Medium                Onion Chopped

8 Oz.                          Zucchini Diced*

8 Oz.                          Russet Potato, Diced*

8 Oz.                          Sweet Potato Diced*

1 Lg.                           Leek sliced

5 tsp.                          Olive or Coconut Oil (more for pan)

Preheat oven to 375° and spray cooking pan.  In a large skillet at medium heat add 1 Tbsp. oil.  Begin to brown leeks (10-15 min).  Add remaining vegetables salt and pepper, sweat mixture in skillet and then place all diced vegetables on a paper towel and drain dry (important for dry vegetables).  Once vegetable mix is dry combine with eggs, matzo meal, salt/ pepper and remaining 4 Tbsp of oil.  If mixure is wet add a little more Matzo Meal. Spread in greased baking dish and bake 45 Minutes or until brown.  Serves 16


Healthy Divas-Herbs that Help

There is nothing like listening to the grandmothers of the mountains.  They know good stuff.  They know everything from how to cure a colicy infant to how to put a stopper in death.

Today we share a few I’ve heard of late.

Prevent Infections:  Eucalyptus Oil- The oil from this  Australian evergreen potent as a antibacterial and antiviral compound. It can reduce skin irritation and prevent infection. Medical Reports even say it can cut healing time by half.  In fact it destroys drug resistant bacteria even the dangerous staph infections.

Suggestion: Dilute 2 drops if the oil in 1 teaspoon of  unpasturized honey (another wound healer), then dab onto cuts twice daily for three days.

Banish Blisters: Witch Hazel-I use this natural product as a facial astringent.  It is also good for blisters.  Research shows it promotes healing, and eases the tenderness of blistered skin.

Suggestion: Apply with cotton and cover with a bandage.  Leave it for 5-10 minutes twice daily until the blister dries up.


The Queen Cronista




I have missed being here with those who tune in and even those who don’t.  This year has been full of Hurdles for both the Crones.  Physical maladies, weather, technical issues the list goes on and on.  However, I am a firm believer that the Universe provides a positive solution for each Hurdle and set things right back on the course intended if we just keep our Intentions and Attentions focused on the right path.

After a week in the hospital, having some of the most radical drugs available pushed through my veins until they all collapsed, I am back at work.  The sky is blue, my students are wonderful, and healing is just a little more time to be spent on mind over matter.

There is no physical challenge that cannot be overcome by meditation, prayer, and strong intention placed on the perfectly healed body.  That alone puts a smile on ones face and bounce back in you step.  Never, ever give up divas….until it’s time to change dimensions.

Is it just me? Spring Challenges

Well, spring sprung, and sprung back, here in the hills.  I am fighting a bad croneista cold.  However, I figured out the best way to refuse the gifts of a cold is to be happy and ignore it.  I feel it resisting the happiness, but I got up….took my pomegranate juice with raw apple cider vinegar, elderberry extract (a natural antibiotic), 3000 Mg of vitamin C and olive leaf extract and smiled all the way to breakfast at the CB. I keep smiling and pissing off my cold.  I truly belive I’ll keep it at bay.

I was on facetime with my 6 year old great niece last night, who was coming down with the same thing.  She told me it was impacting all of her Barbietown.  She has decided we must do one hour of virtual slumber party each night before she goes to bed.  It’s amazing how good cookies baked in a Barbietown oven taste when handed to you through the virtual screen of an Ipad.  I’m certain the Barbietown cookies, popcorn, and cupcakes she made me and handed me over the Ipad were some of the best medicine I could have taken.  I just took the rest of the herbal “stuff” this morning because she wasn’t awake yet to make me a healing Barbietown Breakfast!

At any rate, I find if I face these “poopie” life challnges with a smile and good humor, I don’t suffer nearly as much.  I highly recommend a virtual sleep over or virtual breakfast with your favorite munchkin on facetime and see how much better you will feel.  Try it!

Can You Dig It?

Spring has finally sprung.  I see daffodils, red buds, fluffy white pear trees that look like snow cones! I see the mircle of the Universe’s creation all around us.  Stop and appreciate it!  Meditate under a blossoming tree, take a nature walk in some quite (safe) wood, walk a pet a few extra steps today.  Remember, this glorious day only comes once in a lifetime.  There may be no tomorrows.  Enjoy the NOW!


Recipe of the Day-Quinoa Crust Pizza

Quinoa Crust Pizza

Oven 375° Serves 6


1 1/4 cups Quinoa flour OR grains cooked and drained grain

1/3 cup butter at room temperature
2 tablespoons water, or as needed

Mix quinoa flour and butter in a bowl until mixture forms small clumps; stir water into quinoa mixture until dough comes together. If dough is too dry, add more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until dough holds together. Press dough into prepared pizza pan to form a crust. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until brown.


Vegetarian Suggestions:

2 Tbs. Butter

2 tsp. Minced Garlic

½ Cup Mushrooms

½ Cup Onions

½ Cup Spinach

½ Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese

1 Pt Grape Tomatoes Halved

2 Tbs. Flat Leaf Parsley Chopped

In a large sauce pan melt butter and saute all of the above ingredients until blended. Add Feta Cheese and ½ Cup of the mixture below last. Combine and spread onto partially baked quinoa crust.


½ Cup Asiago Shredded

½ Cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded

½ Cup Pepper Jack or Plain Jack Cheese Shredded

½ Cup Mozzarella Shredded

Once combined place ½ cup of cheeses in the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle remaining cheese mix onto pizza and bake 375° until the cheeses on top are brown and bubbly (Appx 10-15 Minutes).