Happy Things-Angels Among Us

Angels Among Us

I was blessed this morning to have breakfast with one of my most blessed Earth Angels!  She is one of those people who make the rest of us look bad just because she has such peace with her Universe.  She knows her blessing and knows the source from which they all emanate.

While the rest of us struggle to grump through our day finding fault and being incensed over the slightest of irritations, this Diva stalks joy, blessings an love like it is meant to be. She is one of those people, I am relatively sure, does not have to fear a visit from the Karma Cops.

Today I am blessed to have started my day with such a burst of sunshine.  My wish for each of you is that you have more days like this always!

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

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Recipe of the Day-Greens, Sausage & Cannellini Bean Stew

Greens, Sausage & Cannellini Bean Stew

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

4 3-oz. Cooked Chicken or Turkey Sausages Sliced

2 Med Onion Cut into Wedges

1 Lg 16 Oz Can of Cannellini Beans Drained

2 Tbs Fresh Thyme Leaves

3 Cloves Garlic Minced

1 Quart Chicken Stock

12 Cups Kale or Spinach (Appx 7 oz.)

2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

In a large skillet add oil, onion and heat until brown (6-8 Min). Remove skillet; set aside.

In a large stew pot on medium high heat …Add beans, thyme, and garlic to the pot; cook 1 minute until warm. Add broth; bring to a boil. Add greens gradually; tossing until wilted before adding more. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Add sausage mixture and vinegar; heat to simmer. Add a cup of water and simmer for one hour. Serve with corn bread or garlic crostini.

Is It Just Me-Clouds

Clouds

Our area has been under siege of nature with rain and gloomy days for weeks.  I’ve noted that everyone seems so sleepy or tire.  People are grumpy and less inclined to be cheerful.  Now to top it off we’re in the cycle of a full moon.

I find during full moon cycles I tend to get inordinately sleepy and groggy for at least 3 days before until 3 days after a full moon.  You Divas will know…that sleepy the first 3 months of pregnancy or the sleepy when monthly cycles hit like Thor’s hammer.  Anyway I was wondering if it was just me.

I have have actually noted the calendar over the years to plot the above mentioned research! Check it out.  It may explain a lot and give you relief that you do not have recurring Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  The full moon for May 2016 is the 21st. Below I’ve copied the 2016 cycles from space.com so you can do your own research…..

Many cultures have given distinct names to each recurring full moon. The names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. The Farmer’s Almanac lists several names, and explains that there were some variations in the moon names, but in general, the same ones were used among the Algonquin tribes from New England on west to Lake Superior. European settlers followed their own customs and created some of their own names.

This is when full moons will occur in 2016, according to NASA:

Date Name U.S. East UTC
Jan. 23 Wolf Moon 8:46 p.m. 01:46 (1/24)
Feb. 22 Snow Moon 1:20 p.m. 18:20
Mar. 23 Worm Moon 8:01 a.m. 12:01
Apr. 22 Pink Moon 1:24 a.m. 05:24
May 21 Flower Moon 5:15 p.m. 21:15
June 20 Strawberry Moon 7:02 a.m. 11:02
July 19 Buck Moon 6:57 p.m. 22:57
Aug. 18 Sturgeon Moon 5:27 a.m. 09:27
Sept. 16 Harvest Moon 3:05 p.m. 19:05
Oct. 16 Hunter’s Moon 12:23 a.m. 04:23
Nov. 14 Beaver Moon 8:52 a.m. 13:52
Dec. 13 Cold Moon 7:05 p.m. 00:05 (12/14)

– See more at: http://www.space.com/16830-full-moon-calendar.html#sthash.EmRbjeqb.dpuf

Recipe of Day-Crab Dip

Crab Dip

2 Lg Ripe Avocados chopped

3 Tbs Sour Cream

3 Tbs Lime Juice

1 Lime Zested

2 Tbs Chives Chopped

1 Cup Crab Meat

½ Cup Mayonnaise

2 Tbsp Basil sliced thin

½ Med Jalapeno diced

1 Bag Baked Tortilla Chips

½ Tsp Salt

½ Tsp Pepper

In a large bowl, mash avocados to chunky consistency; mix in sour cream, with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture into a clear Serving bowl creating a smooth layer. Set aside. Gently squeee crabmeat to remove excess liquid. In a small bowl, mix crabmeat, mayonnaise, basil, jalapeno and remaining ½ Tbs lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon crab over avocado mixture. Serve with chips. Serves 4

Note: This recipe is loaded with carotenoid-rich green produce and iodine-rich crab. These nutrients show very beneficial in thyroid studies.

Is It Just Me? Serendipity

Serendipity

I have been experiencing a great deal of serendipitous events lately.  With the energy of the Universe changing at such a rapid rate these days is it any wonder?  I’ve been dreaming (to remember) more often and the last two births I dreamed of have been announced as pregnancies within weeks.

I’ve been delayed in travel or detoured off my intended course to do another task three times lately, and in each instance, I later learned that there had been a bad wreck in the area or that some unusual traffic tie up occurred.  Aborting my intended course had saved me from encountering each.

I kept getting my mental reminder to have routine work done to my car.  I took it in and also paid for a travel inspection to check all systems before a trip. I found that a engine part was showing some stress and had I not found it and tended to it…my car may have broken down on the trip.

A good crone will always remind you to tune in,  and turn on your “serendipity radar” at all times.  A diva well tuned will save herself much hassle and often, likely be saved from stress or even worse harm.

Keep meditating and praying. This will keep your radar well tuned; and above all listen to the still small quiver within that works full time to keep you safe and stress free.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Recipe of the Day-Baked Brie

Baked Brie

Oven 375•

1 Round          Fresh Brie

1 Can               Crescent Dough

4-5 Tbsp         Raspberry or Apricot  Jam

Place parchment on a baking sheet spray with cooking spray.  Place the crescent dough flat on the parchment. Place the Brie round in the middle of the dough.  Drop 4-5 Tbsp of Jam on top.  Wet the edges of the pastry and gently fold around the brie round.  Cut off any excess once the dough is tightly sealed around the cheese.   Bake at 375•  for about 20 minutes until dough is golden brown.  Place on a decorative cheese platter with water table crackers, grapes and other fresh fruit. Add a cheese knife to serve.

VARIATION:  You may also want to put chunks in small tart shells and dab on the jam  and bake  till cheese is melted.

Today’s Thought-Animal Medicine

Many Native American Cultures believe in the signs of animal totems. Recently I have been seeing a “Kentucky Cardinal” land in front of me every morning as I park my car at work.  So I thought I’d look and see what some of the Animal Medicine sites say about this totem.  One of those is listed below.  Here “Self Importance” is NOT about ego but gratitude and awareness……

“CARDINAL”

Recognizing
your
Self Importance

Cardinal reminds us that no matter what time of the day or year it is,
there is always the opportunity to recognize
the importance of our life purpose. 

If a Cardinal appears, it is time to pay attention
to your health and well-being.
It is also a time to listen to the feminine side,
the aspects of creativity and intuition.
Cardinal people are in tune to the number 12.
Twelve months or a year’s time is very important
to a Cardinal totem person.
They remind us to add “color” to our life and to remember that
everything you do is important.

http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/cardinal.htm

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista