Diva Rambling: Bloom Where You are Planted…

BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED; Posted on July 10, 2018 by Matt Jury under Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“He who does not serve God where he is would not serve God anywhere else.”

Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892); HT: @chspurgeon

The Grass is always greener, on the other side. We all know this to be “fake news”. The Universe laugh’s each new day at the world populous looking for something else, when what is intended, is in season right now, just the way the Universe planned it. We waste so much trying to buy the latest and greatest new popular gadget, fashion, diet, house, or whatever superficial junk is ringing our bell in the moment. That’s human nature, you say?

Well, one thing this old crone has learned is that it’s all junk and at the end of each day all that matters is where your spirit lays its head. Do we land in the prosperity of the path given, or struggle trying to get to that which is not our path? The simple fact is, it is all up to our free will and choices. Pick the right path and, while it won’t be without twists and turns, it is never as bad as choosing poorly. The Karma Cops win every time!

Telling the young ones this fact, goes over like a turd in a punch bowl! It is truth but not “their” truth. Until we gain wisdom we never understand that there are specific consequences for each and every decision we make. Everyone finds out the hard way, or never get it and keep on paying for it. The unenlightened will endure but the payback is big time.

So, continue to sparkle where you are. Grow your roots and the Universe will tell you when to replant to new fields if needed. If you listen the transplanting will be effortless. We love you and need you just where you are.

Namaste, The Two Juicy Crones….

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Diva Tasting: Marinade 101…

MARINADE MADNESS

All good marinade consists of 3 ingredients: acid or enzymes, fats, and seasonings to create flavorful liquid. Always refrigerate while marinating.

Basic Recipe:

1 Part Acid 3 Parts Oil Seasonings

Rum Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fresh & Dried Herbs

Citrus Juices Basil Oil Spices

Fruit Nectar Sesame Oil Onion & Shallots

Wine or Beer Mayonnaise Green Onions

Vinegars Buttermilk Garlic Minced

Buttermilk Almond Oil Fresh Grated Ginger

Grapeseed Oil Nutmeg (Dash)

Suggested Enzymes Coconut Oil Ethnic Spice Blends

Greek Yogurt Pure Maple Syrup

Cream Hot Pepper Flakes

Pineapple Juice Siracha for Heat

Papaya

Honey

Recommended Timing:

(1 hour is good, more is better) Recommendations for Various Proteins

Shellfish 15 min

Seafood 20-30 Min

Veggies 30-40 Min

Chicken & Pork 3-12 Hours

Beef and Lamb 3-24 Hours

Suggestions:

  • Use a blender or food processor to blend it
  • Remember Vinegar and Citrus is strong and faster than Buttermilk or Mayonnaise
  • Salt Dries Food don’t add to marinade, layer salt on the grill if needed
  • Let marinade drip back and reserve if needed
  • Marinade in zip bags and shake to cover several times while in the frige to make sure everything is coated.

Dos and Do NOTES:

  • Remember Aluminum React to Acids. Do not use to marinade; will affect the flavor.
  • If you are using marinade in sauce bring to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes to kill bacteria.

NOTES: As you see, marinades typically feature an oil and an acid, but put your signature on them. Add your own creativity with fresh or dried herbs, spices, shallots, garlic, ginger, citrus zest; prepared condiments like mustard, ketchup, or plum sauce. For your oil base, use your favorites. You can also use coconut milk.

Diva Tasting: Summer Garden Pasta Salad…

Summer Garden Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 5 Large Plum Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 2 Large Zucchini, Cut Into Chopped
  • 2 Summer Squash, Chopped
  • 1 Small Onion, Cut Into Chopped
  • 1 Box Whole Grain Angel Hair Pasta or 1 Box Bow Tie Pasta
  • 1/4 Cup Slivered Fresh Basil
  • 1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper; mix well. Stir in tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and onion until evenly coated. Place in a single layer on rimmed baking sheets.
  3. Bake 30 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and place in a large serving bowl. Add roasted vegetables and juices from pan; add basil and toss gently until evenly blended. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and toss again. Serve immediately.

Diva Musing:BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED

BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Matt Jury under Charles Haddon Spurgeon

He who does not serve God where he is would not serve God anywhere else.

Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)

HT: @chspurgeon

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The Grass is always greener, on the other side. We all know this to be “fake news”. The Universe laugh’s each new day at the world populous looking for something else, when what is intended, is in season right now, just the way the Universe planned it. We waste so much trying to buy the latest and greatest new popular gadget, fashion, diet, house, or whatever superficial junk is ringing our bell in the moment. That’s human nature, you say?

Well, one thing this old crone has learned is that it’s all junk, and at the end of each day all that matters is where your spirit lays its head. Do we land in the prosperity of the path given, or struggle trying to get to that which is not our path? The simple fact is, it is all up to our free will and choices. Pick the right path, and while it won’t be without twists and turns, it is never as bad as choosing poorly. The Karma Cops win every time!

Telling the young ones this fact, goes over like a turd in a punch bowl! It is truth but not “their” truth. Until we gain wisdom we never understand that there are specific consequences for each and every decision we make. Everyone finds out the hard way, or never get it, and keep on paying for it. The unenlightened will endure but the payback is big time.

So, continue to sparkle where you are. Grow your roots and the Universe will tell you when to replant to new fields; if needed. If you listen the transplanting will be effortless. We love you and need you just where you are.

Namaste, The Two Juicy Crones….

Diva Tasting: Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Dressing…

Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Brussels Sprouts

Dressing:

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 Ounces Bacon, Sliced
  • 1/3 Cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced
  • 1 Lemon Zested
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper

Directions

  1. Slice each Brussels sprout in half, cut each half into into strips, and discard the cores. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir bacon until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and brown sugar. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Increase heat to high and boil for 1 minute.
  3. Pour hot bacon mixture over the bowl of Brussels sprouts and toss to coat completely. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. You may also wilt your favorite greens such as spinach, kale or Swiss chard with this dressing.

Diva Rambling: Listening Skills….

“Never do a battle of wits with an unarmed person….” don’t know who said it but I like it!!  I use to try to explain myself all the time.  It doesn’t work.  Most people these days are only focused on their own agenda in any conversation.  They are listening to respond not to understand your point.   I can count on one hand the people I’ve known in my life who genuinely want to hear what others say.  I am always working on that myself.  I tend to get bored when I’m hearing the story of everyone’s ass aches and woundettes over and over again.  I mean I’m bad on that count; a real witch on a broom, if I’m honest!
But the rare ones, the ones who listen with attention in their eyes and hearts, are so few not everyone knows even a handful.  God even tells us to…”be still and listen”…  I’d like to improve on this a behavior.  However, when I need to get something done, I tend to rush people who want to drone on with pedantic, inane stories and never arrive at a point.  I’m old, I may not live through some of the crap they drone on about.  
I think my flaw does make me a better conversationalist, perhaps.  I know how being on the other end of a sad tale of woe for an hour feels.  I try to be quick and to the point. When I digress, I ask people to point it out to me that I need to focus. I know I have a responsibility not to waste people’s time in daily life.  If I  make a post here… you can skip it if it’s too long or boring.  It’s hard to do in face to face conversations.  
I do love a good story.  I like a persons ability to tell it with joy and relish of the adjectives that make it click. I love war stories from special forces soldiers, I love stories of hilarious grandchildren who make our world wonderful.  I love to hear elders expound on the past with reflection and not negativity.  So, long story short, don’t bore the world with your constant whining of ass aches, dramas that are only drama in your sad life. Don’t drown us with tales of woe is me, my wound is worse than your wound.  Fill the world with wonderful tales of joy, gratefulness, and love.  It helps those of us who are challenged listeners, become better listeners and better people.                                  Namaste, The Queen Cronista   
P. S. I have many friends with PTSD, and real diagnosed psychoses.  These folks deserve a good listener and they are the exceptions. They are not boring they are God’s children, put in our paths to help.  I will get off my broom for them.  

Diva Tasting: Queen’s Best Caesar Salad Dressing…

Queen’s Best Caesar Salad Dressing:

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Anchovy Paste
  • 1 Teaspoons White Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • Kosher Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste

Directions

  1. Blend mayonnaise, egg, Parmesan cheese, water, garlic, lemon juice, anchovy paste, sugar, parsley, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Transfer dressing to an airtight container and refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.
  3. Toss with well washed romaine lettuce and garlic croutons. Add a cup of chopped rotisserie chicken for a main dish.