Diva Musing-Cleaning Our Hard Drive

It is becoming increasingly more important in our world to make sure we stay focused and keep a clear brain…hard drive. 
You will hear me say over and over, the brain is a hard drive, and whatever we allow our eyes to see our ears to hear will program our subconscious forever…Garbage in Garbage Out….Unless we take the time to monitor what we see and hear, our brain (hard drive) gets so full of virus and trash it will eventually crash our hard drive. What that means to each individual is different but always drastic.

Any good computer science whiz will tell us we need to clean our hard drive, and computer history, regularly. How do we un-see the bad stuff? We can’t. However, we can make sure we look only at the good and joyful each day. We can take focused time each day to see our blessings, and show gratitude to the Universe for them. Eventually it will eat the virus of past mistakes and reprogram us to be a more desirable, content vibration in our world.

One of the best ways to start is meditate more each day.  Whenever we are tempted toward the garbage heaps of our lives delete and choose better programming. To some of us it is computers, TV, or other media mind numbing gadgets. At any rate identify your garbage heap, steer away from it and head to the world of calm meditation in every situation where you are confused or doubtful. Practice makes us better each time we focus and do this.

Choose the right programming, choose to ask the Universe for an intervention to guard our Spirits from the Worldly viruses that attack us at every turn. We also remind you often that is always about choices. Choose more wisely. All of these things are a good step in the right direction.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

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Diva Tasting-Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients:

2 Cans (8 Oz Each) Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
2 (8 Oz Each) Packages Cream Cheese, Softened
1 ½ Cups Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
½ Cup Cup Butter, Melted
1tbsp Ground Cinnamon
Directions:
  • Unroll 1 can dough. Place in bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Stretch to cover bottom of dish, firmly pressing perforations to seal.

  • In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup of the sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Spread over dough in baking dish.

  • Unroll second can of dough. Carefully place on top of cream cheese layer. Pinch seams together.

  • Pour melted butter evenly over top. Mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over butter.

  • Bake about 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool slightly, about 20 minutes. Refrigerate for easy cutting. Cover and refrigerate any remaining bars.

Diva Musing- Depression

How can a person overcome depression?”

Depression is a widespread condition, affecting millions of people. Rich and poor it knows no boundaries.  Those suffering from depression can experience intense feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. They may begin to feel useless and even suicidal, losing interest in things and people that they once enjoyed. Depression is often triggered by circumstances, such as a loss of job, death of a loved one, divorce, physical or psychological problems such as abuse or low self-esteem.or poor health.

Our human nature was designed by the Source to seek joy and pleasure not pain.   This is not easy for someone suffering from situational depression, but it can be remedied through meditation, study and application, support groups, fellowship among group volunteers, confession, forgiveness, and counseling are a few suggestions to healing this affliction. We must make the conscious effort to not be absorbed in ourselves, but to turn our efforts outward. Feelings of depression can often be solved when those suffering with depression move the focus from themselves to volunteering and the needs of others.

Clinical depression is a physical condition that must be diagnosed by a physician. It may not be caused by unfortunate circumstances, nor can the symptoms be alleviated by one’s own will. in some cases, seeing a doctor for depression is no different than seeing a doctor for an injury.  Contrary to what some believe, clinical depression is not always caused by guilt or a weak mind. Depression can sometimes be caused by a physical disorder that needs to be treated with medication and/or counseling. Many turn to the God of their fathers.  Of course, God is able to cure any disease or disorder.  

There are some things that those who suffer from depression can do to alleviate their anxiety. They should make sure that they are staying in regular meditation and prayer, even when they do not feel like it. Exercise in any form is always good.  Emotions can lead us in all of the wrong directions.   We must be strong in our belief that the Universe will heal this situation. The old adage “The Universe never gives us more than we can handle…” truly applies here.  Although being depressed is not a sign of weakness, one is still accountable for the response to the affliction, including getting the professional help that is needed. We should continually offer up our gratitude to the Universe for our many blessings each day.  Also, perhaps try volunteering and getting outside ourselves to help others.  By doing this we help ourselves and our world in so many ways.

The choices are always ours.  The results are always the product of how we select to to reprogram our minds toward wiser thoughts.  The outcome is up to us.  Choose wisely. 

Namaste, 

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tastings-Pork Roast with Chinese Glaze

Time for an indoor picnic. This heat warrants a good meal indoors at the table with the family.  Nix all of the electronics from the room and enjoy a family picnic indoors with a gingham table cloth.

Ingredients

  • 4 Pounds Bone-In Pork Roast
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Wild Honey
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Water

Directions

To Marinate: Pierce meaty sides of meat with fork; place roast in a large plastic bag. In a medium bowl combine the soy sauce, sherry, honey, garlic and ginger. Mix well and pour mixture into bag with pork. Press air out of the bag and tie securely.

Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight, turning bag over occasionally.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Remove roast and marinade from refrigerator.

Reserving marinade, remove roast and place in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

Brush with reserved marinade; cover loosely with foil and roast for an additional 1 1/2 hours (or until the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), brushing several times with marinade. Remove roast from oven and let stand 15 minutes.

Combine pan drippings with remaining marinade. In a small bowl combine cornstarch with cold water, mix together and add mixture to marinade. Boil marinade mixture for 4 to 5 minutes, or until mixture thickens. Serve with roast.

Perfect Sides would be pineapple slaw,  sweet potato fries and/or baked beans and Texas toast.

Diva Musings-Spirit

Spir·it; noun
1.the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul.”we seek a harmony between body and spirit”
2. those qualities regarded as forming the definitive or typical elements in the character of a person, nation, or group or in the thought and attitudes of a particular period  “the university is a symbol of the nation’s egalitarian spirit”
Verb: 
1.convey rapidly and secretly.
“stolen cows were spirited away some distance to prevent detection”
Have you done a spirit check lately?  Have you scrubbed all of the dust bunnies from the attic of your mind to allow your spirit to shine through?  
Take Time to meditate today and feed your soul essence.  If there were no tomorrow would your last thoughts be one of peace and tranquility?  
The choice is your in every moment.  I write this to remind myself of the wisdom of the grandmothers and keep myself on track.  May the peace of the Universe be always with you.  
Namaste,
The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting-Fish Piccata with Veggies

Ingredients

  • 4 Lg Sheets Aluminum Foil
  • Cooking Spray To Coat Foil
  • 4 (4 Ounce) Fillets Of Halibut
  • ½ Tsp Kosher Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • 2 Lg Lemons, Thinly Sliced And Seeds Removed
  • 8 Lg Cremini Mushrooms, Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 Sm Onion, Thinly Sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons Capers
  • 1 Cups Cooked Wild Rice or Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Broccoli

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange aluminum foil on a baking sheet and lightly spray cooking spray onto 1 side of each.

Place 1 halibut fish fillet over the cooked rice onto the middle of each piece of foil; season with salt and pepper. Layer lemon slices, mushroom slices, broccoli, onion slices, and capers onto each halibut fillet. Fold foil over each halibut fillet creating a packet. Place packets on a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes. Remove from baking dish to plate. Carefully slit open with a knife to release steam.

Foil Piccata Quick, easy clean up, and delicious!  Easy, Foil Packet Baked Fish Piccata with Rice and Veggies

Diva Musing-Are You There?

The world is allegedly overpopulated, in chaos and in need of fellowship everywhere.  Yet, not enough of us are reading our fellow bloggers who try to bring joy, wisdom and enlightenment to our world.  

Stay off the daily news for a few days.  It is all poison and ill gotten fantasy.  Read a good blog on human consciousness, poetic soul food or daily miracles.  It is far more uplifting, and much better for programming the grey matter for contentment.  You become what you think about all day long…(a quote said by every motivator or spiritual person, even Jesus, and Buddha in some context or other).  Seriously how are you programming your hard drive?

Better still, hug a human that may not get a hug all week, hug a furry pet or feed a hungry bird or other furry creature of Mother Nature’s family. The rewards are pleasingly great.

I see so many uplifting blogs, Facebook pages, and photos of nature.  However, I am choosing where I place my focus.  Certainly not main stream hell on earth newscasts. Just food for thought.  You’ve no one to blame when you fall asleep recapping (and burning your hard drive…subconscious mind..with chaotic crap.  

You awaken much more refreshed and ready for a joyful day if you take your first and last hour of each day and use it wisely.  What will you choose today?

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista