Diva Musing: Be Kind to one Another….

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Everyday, everywhere I go, people want to tell me about what’s going on in their lives. More and more it is about how badly friends and relatives are treating each other.  Life has never been perfect but those of us who have reached “Crone Status” remember a time when:

Families would go to church together, Children had respect for parents, Parents earned that respect, Quality time was more important than “stuff” in the toy box or closet, we all looked each other in the eye when we were fact to face.  

I remember enjoying seeing children playing outside all the time.  Movies, TV and play time had to be earned.  No one was ever allowed to be distracted at the family table.  We were there to interact with one another….like it or not!  

The hectic and modern day world has made it almost impossible for this simpler, more real lifestyle.  Nothing happens unless scheduled. All time is spent working around family time. Our family and home no longer has the meaning it once did.  

We are focusing more on people and stuff.  People who tell us to want more stuff, people who tell us if we don’t have stuff our world is lacking and we are failures. Our hearts no longer focus on what is good and right for our lives and world.  

Parenting had become an inconvenience for many and not a privilege.  We now hog tie the educational system/teachers.  The liberals own the media and minds of our youth.  The conservatives are considered an abhorrence.  There is no happy medium.  Buddha always maintained that enlightenment was only found in the middle ground.  I think he was on to something.  

Let the children learn. Teach them all of the ways… and let them feel the wave of excitement that comes with making up their own minds without violence or criticism.  Guide them in the ways of goodness and love and let their hearts ring true to that guidance.  If we do not, the current chaos and terror in our world is only the beginning.  I’m an old fashioned back to the basics kind of Crone.  

I like my computers, phones and notebooks, but I take media breaks regularly.  I use that time to reflect, send good energy to my family and friends, meditate, meditate and meditate some more.  I’m by no means perfect, but I do try to keep focused on a more gentle, simple way.   I know this is a better way than what the advertising magnates and media want us to focus on instead.  I’m just cranky enough to let that piss me off and make me rebel against those head games.  My intention is to arrive at something that makes my output a more favorable vibration to my world, in which we are all one. 

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Yummy con Pollo…

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Chicken Pollo Yummo

Ingredients

  • 4 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cups Sour Cream
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cups Fresh Sliced Cremini Mushrooms
  • 1 (16 Ounce) Jar Salsa
  • 5 Green Onions Chopped
  • 1/2 Bunch Cilantro Chopped (optional)
  • 2 Cups Cooked White Rice
  • 1 Lb. Boneless Chicken Breast Halves, Cooked And Chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Cardamon Powder
  • Salt And Pepper To Taste

Directions

  1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute mushrooms.
  2. Combine mushrooms, sour cream, cheese, salsa, onions, rice, salt/pepper, Cardamon and chicken. Place in a 9X13 greased casserole dish.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 to 35 minutes.
  4. Serve with 6 inch tortillas and mango salad.

Diva Musing: Grandchildren….

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In order to have wonderful grandchildren one must have great parents raising them.  My hats off, once again, to my amazing daughter from another mister, Jenni and my son David, who is often gone… serving our country for the last 20 years.  They are raising God fearing children with discipline and respect for their world and everyone in it.  

They are accustomed to family dinner at the table every night… no matter how busy mom and dad have been.  They say grace before meals and bedtime.  They are supposed to play nice and share. However, we all know how that goes with a 2 year old and a 4 year old brothers!!!  They are regularly exposed to Zoo, Art, an organic garden in the back yard, as well as active, structured playtime and downtime.  TV and Video are limited and educational. 

Please, do not think I for one second believe they exist in a perfect world.  But their mother works hard to  make sure it is a structured and safe world.  And bless her, a house so clean you can’t tell there are even toddlers and 2 large fur babies in the house.  I never once achieved that with mine.  

My point, pray for blessings for all the parents of our grandchildren. Most especially for military families, who must endure long separations, but still try to create a family atmosphere, in spite of all odds.   They move from place to place to be together and live, love and laugh through hardships. We salute you, we honor you and we pray for each and everyone of you.  

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Spinach Enchilada…

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Spinach Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 10 (6 inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 (19 ounce) can enchilada sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook for a few minutes until fragrant, but not brown. Stir in spinach, and cook for about 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat, and mix in ricotta cheese, sour cream, and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, warm tortillas one at a time until flexible, about 15 seconds. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the spinach mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Roll up, and place seam side down in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the remaining cup of Monterey Jack.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until sauce is bubbling and cheese is lightly browned at the edges.

 

Diva Tasting: Chicken or Tuna Salad with Artichokes…

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Chicken OR Tuna Salad with Artichoke##

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 Ounce) Jar Artichoke Hearts, Drained And Chopped
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Can Tuna, Drained (or) 1 Cup Roasted Chicken Breast
  • 2 Large Tomatoes Hollowed and Chopped Reserve Hollowed Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 Cup Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt to Taste
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Spinach
  • 2 Green Onions Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped

Directions

  1. Mix artichoke hearts, Basil, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and black pepper, salt together in a bowl; add spinach, tuna or chicken, and red bell pepper, onions, chopped tomatoes and toss.
  2. Stuff hollowed tomatoes with ½ of the salad each. Serve on a bed of greens with whole wheat crackers or crostini.
  3. Variation: Add ¼ Cup of toasted slivered almonds for crunch.

Diva Musing: How are you rippling today?

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The World in a Dewdrop….

There are those that say you can see the moon and stars while meditating on a dewdrop. All good Divas know it all about perspective anyway. I tend to be a big picture person. That is why I always did well for my teams at management schools. I tend to go by the pebble theory. Toss a pebble into the middle of the pond and watch what it does as it ripples all the way to the shore. Notice what each ripple impacts as it flows to its greatest distance.

Every move you make, every step you take…as the old song goes…impacts the ground, your foot, your body, and now follow it out to its furthest point in a given day, month, year…getting the picture? Every movement of matter has a ripple effect. You need to be aware in each second of the future impact your act, thought, intent makes in the future of the very next second. Quantum theorists study this very carefully.

How will you impact your world today? How will you impact the very Universe itself with your walk through your day? So much of what happens to all of us starts with our very thoughts and ripples from there. “Form Follows Thought”. If you have the thought it will manifest in your world at some point in time; immediately or when the ripple stops. Choose wisely every single second of each day.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Rambling…The Road Less Traveled…

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I never thought in my lifetime that “the road less traveled” would stray so far from the thoughts in the book by the same name, as to become a reference to reprobate behavior.  Theodore Roosevelt once spoke to the need for the “Strenuous Life”.  I was reminded of this as I printed a students paper on the same.  

Today we are only allowed to think in terms of “easy living” a life less stressful, according to “Hollyweird” and all that it pontificates.  Give money to a problem and walk away screaming at the top of our lungs, how unfair all of life is and no one should ever have to work for anything!!!!  Seriously, where would this great nation be if that had happened along the way?  Hello! This great nation would not even exist if that had been the attitude of our founding families and the pioneers.  

If the bad judgment and penchant of modern generations for laziness, idleness, wastefulness, and greed had been present in mass in the early years of our nation, freedom, democracy, and entrepreneurship would NOT exist. 

The Zen masters and Buddha himself tell us to live in the now and make each moment matter.  They do not mean sit on your dead asses and wait, like over-entitled prats, for it all to come to you.  One must make the moments count by industriously putting one’s God given talents to use each moment of the day.   A practiced and focused work-life is the answer to one’s immediate and future needs. 

I’m sure Buddha would have put it more eloquently but not kinder…in other words… get off your lazy ass and make it happen!  It won’t always be easier or gentler, but an honest effort is always rewarded.  Don’t make the Karma Cops show you what happens if you don’t walk the good road less traveled.  

The Crones wish you Good Karma everyday as you travel the right way….

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Cordon Bleu Casserole….

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Ingredients

  • 8 Skinless, Boneless Roasted Chicken Breast Halves Chopped
  • 8 Slices Ham Chopped
  • 8 Slices Swiss Cheese Chopped
  • 2 Cups Colby Cheese Shredded
  • 2 Cups Of Cremini Mushrooms Sliced
  • 1 (10.75 Ounce) Can Condensed Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup White Cooking Wine Or Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Cloves Of Garlic Minced
  • 4 Teaspoons Dried Flat Leaf Parsley Chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups Cooked Long Grain Rice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread cooked rice evenly over bottom of the cooking dish.
  3. In a large bowl place chicken breasts chunks, ham pieces, and cheeses, and mushrooms, toss to mix. Spread over the rice evenly.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the soup, sour cream, wine, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Whisk well and pour mixture over chicken/ham/cheese pieces.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese melts bubbly.

 

Diva Musing: Rainy Day….

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It’s raining in the Crater City.  I am very non-plus today.  So much to do.  I have SAADD (Senior Adult Attention Deficit Disorder)!  I can’t get one thing done from bumping around like a bumper car at a carnival.  Ever have one of those days?  Everything is a distraction, lots of tasks get done, but none that add up to showing you you did them at the end of the day?  I hate when that happens.  

The Queen of the Cosmos (That’s also me!)…says “The future is arriving in each new second….make the best of this one now!”  I’ve created my own pressure I can’t seem to live up to today.  This too shall pass.  I know I’ll get focused eventually….”Oh look there’s a Unicorn!!!”

Namaste My, Divas,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Chicken OR Tuna Salad with Artichokes…

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Chicken OR Tuna Salad with Artichoke##

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 Ounce) Jar Artichoke Hearts, Drained And Chopped
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Can Tuna, Drained (or) 1 Cup Roasted Chicken Breast
  • 2 Large Tomatoes Hollowed and Chopped Reserve Hollowed Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 Cup Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt to Taste
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Spinach
  • 2 Green Onions Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped

Directions

  1. Mix artichoke hearts, Basil, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and black pepper, salt together in a bowl; add spinach, tuna or chicken, and red bell pepper, onions, chopped tomatoes and toss.
  2. Stuff hollowed tomatoes with ½ of the salad each. Serve on a bed of greens with whole wheat crackers or crostini.
  3. Variation: Add ¼ Cup of toasted slivered almonds for crunch.