Diva Musing-What is Goodness?

Fruit,” here, means “beneficial results,” the good things that come from the Spirit’s indwelling. As the Holy Spirit works in our lives, our character changes. Where we had harbored selfishness, cruelty, rebelliousness, and spite, we now possess love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Everything in the list reflects the character of God, and goodness is one that relates directly to morality.

Goodness is virtue and holiness in action. It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It’s a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person. The Greek word translated “goodness,” agathosune, is defined as “uprightness of heart and life.” Agathosune is goodness for the benefit of others, not goodness simply for the sake of being virtuous.

Someone with agathosune will selflessly act on behalf of others.  Giving to the poor, providing for one’s children, visiting the sick, volunteering to clean up after a storm, and praying for an enemy. Expressions of goodness are as varied as the Spirit is creative.

Goodness is not a quality we can manufacture on our own. James 1:17 says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” This certainly includes a life characterized by goodness. In letting the Spirit control us, we are blessed with the fruit of goodness. As others see our good works, they will follow…..pay it forward……

Recommended Resource: The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life by Charles Stanley

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Diva Tasting-Pan-Dowdy

Oven 350° 9” X 13” buttered baking pan Serves 8-10

1) Make the Topping: roll out prepared sugar cookie dough in a rectangle and chill till firm. Slice dough ¼ inch strips for topping.

2) Prep the Fruit: In a large bowl place the fruit required from what ever dowdy recipe you are using. Usually suggests ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ Tsp cinnamon, 4 cups nectarines; 4 cups berries of choice, ¼ cup cornstarch, 2 Tbsp finely grated orange zest, ½ cup orange juice; 2 tsp. Grated ginger, ½ tsp ground cardamom, ½ tsp grated nutmeg. Toss Well.

3) Fill the Pan: Spread the fruit in a 9” X 13” buttered baking pan.

4) Arrange the topping: Place the strips of cookie dough on top in your choice of pattern. It will spread during baking. Brush dough with cream

5 Sprinkle on Sugar: For light crunch and spice sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar mix.

6) Bake and Serve: Cook pan-dowdy until the fruit is bubbly and the top crisp. Serve with Ice Cream.

RECIPE:

1 Roll Prepared Sugar Cookie Dough

½ Cup Granulated Sugar

½ Tsp Cinnamon

2 Tbsp Finely Grated Orange Zest

4 Cups Nectarines

4 Cups Blueberries Or Berries Of Choice

½ Cup Orange Juice

2 Tsp. Grated Ginger

½ Tsp Ground Cardamom

½ Tsp Grated Nutmeg

In a large bowl toss fruit with sugar and cornstarch. In a small bowl combine ½ Tsp cinnamon, 2 Tbsp finely grated orange zest, ½ cup orange juice; 2 tsp. Grated ginger, ½ tsp ground cardamom, ½ tsp grated nutmeg. Toss Well. Mix in with the fruit and gently toss again.

In the buttered baking dish/pan place the fruit required from what ever dowdy recipe you are using. Place the cut cookie dough on top and brush with cream and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Cook pan-dowdy until the fruit is bubbly and the top crisp

Diva Musing-Pay Attention

My good friend Jon is quite the teacher. Tuned in to the world better than most of us. This week his meditation reaffirmed what I remind you often….”You become what you think about all day long”!  How are you programming your hard drive today? Read Jon’s wonderful thoughts and enjoy your day.

Pay Attention!

“Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to!”

Last week I heard someone say this and it really resonated with me.

So often I go through my life, listening to the news, hearing my friends talk about all the awful things that are happening in their lives, the lives of their friends, or in the world, and I end up feeling like everything is hard, negative, and unhappy.

However, the reality is that life is truly beautiful and amazing, and we all have so much more to be thankful for than to be unhappy about. I realized that every minute of every day we have a choice. We can focus on the negative, let it control our thoughts, and end up feeling worried, depressed and discouraged. Or, we can focus on and think about all the positive people and things in our lives, and in the world.

In actuality, the positive and negative, good and bad, and joyful and tragic things are all always there. What makes the difference for each of us is what we choose to look at and think about.

We each have the power to find the good and focus on the beauty and joy, which will uplift us, foster a positive outlook, and motivate us to move ahead and create more good.

So this month I’m reflecting on how important it is for me to pay attention to what I’m paying attention to, notice and appreciate the good, and be consciously grateful for it all.

How about you?

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting-Zuppa Italiano

Zuppa Italiano

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Lb. Italian Sausage, Casings Removed
  • 4 Lg Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 (32 Oz.) Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 4 Large Russet Potatoes, Diced
  • 2 Lg Pkg Spinach, Leaves Chopped
  • 1 C. Heavy Cream
  • Grated Parmesan, For Serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon, until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and onion and let cook until golden, 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken broth and potatoes and enough water to cover the potatoes and cook until potatoes are falling apart, about 1 hour.
  3. Stir in spinach and let cook until leaves are tender and bright green, 3 minutes, then stir in heavy cream.
  4. Serve with Parm.

Diva Tasting-Cheesy Chicken, Veggies in Foil

Ingredients

1 Package (12 Oz) Smoked Fully Cooked Chicken And Apple Sausages, Cut Into 1/2-Inch Slices
1 Bag (20 Oz) Refrigerated Garlic Herb Hash Brown Potatoes
½ Cup Chopped Onion (1 Medium)
1 Package (12 Oz) Fresh Green Beans, Cut In Half
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
¼ Tsp Pepper
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (4 Oz)

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°. Cut 4 (18×12-inch) sheets of heavy-duty foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix all ingredients except cheese until well mixed; divide evenly onto foil sheets. Top with cheese.
  • 3 Bring up 2 sides of foil so edges meet. Seal edges, making tight 1/2-inch fold; fold again, allowing space for heat circulation and expansion. Fold other sides to seal.
  • 4 Place foil packs on baking sheet. Cook 10 minutes. Rotate packs 1/2 turn; cook 9 to 10 minutes longer or until sausage is heated through and beans are crisp-tender. Remove packs from oven. Carefully fold back foil; stir before serving.

Diva Tasting-Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Lb. Boneless Chicken Breast, Cut Into 2″ Pieces
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 10 Oz. Canned Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 8 Oz. Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp. Cumin
  • 2 C. Shredded Monterey Jack
  • 2 C. Shredded Cheddar
  • 1/4 C. Fresh Chopped Cilantro, Plus More For Garnish
  • 8 Sm Corn Tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f. In a large skillet over medium-high heat drizzle olive oil and sauté chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cook about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate to cool for 2 to 3 minutes. Shred chicken using 2 forks. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine enchilada sauce and crushed tomatoes; season with 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. In a medium bowl mix together chicken, half of the enchilada mixture, cumin, 1 cup Monterrey jack, 1 cup cheddar, and cilantro.
  3. In a large skillet or casserole dish, spread half of the remaining enchilada mixture on the bottom. Add a small scoop of the chicken mixture in center of 1 tortilla, roll up, place in skillet seam side down. Repeat for remaining tortillas. Spread remaining enchilada sauce on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and melted.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.

Diva Rant- Allergy Season Beware of Crones

Today my head is stuffed, my cough registers 5 on the Richter scale and I have a headache.  I am trying to make the best of it.  However, do you stupid people, who cannot even be fixed with duct tape, feel it necessary to get out and annoy the public during lunch hour?  Is it Just ME?

Seriously, I was behind a slow moving car from Virginia and I could not see the head over the head rest of the little compact car.  I used my sympathy meter and told myself it was some ancient, chemically impaired, person and to be patient.  When we turned into the parking lot I passed the vehicle still going 19 MPH.  What to my wandering eyes should appear but a 30 year old, chatting on the phone, and holding something in his right hand, balancing it on the steering wheel, as he weaved all over his lane of traffic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SERIOUSLY!!!! Don’t get out during lunch hour if you are so stupid you cannot take into consideration the safety of hard working people trying to get back to work.

Hello! Also the person riding my bumper as I signaled to make a turn in a right turn lane.  Where are the police when you need them?  People we are all in this together. If you are just “Stoopid”(pun intended)…then I’m a little more giving.  However, if you have an IQ anywhere above an amoeba this stuff is not rocket science.  Politeness, Respect and Good Manners seem to have fallen by the wayside and become overgrown by nasty weeds.

Do be careful out there, My Divas, it’s a jungle and your wearing a meat suit.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista