Diva Musing:Peopling…

Peopling

I’ve ranted sufficiently lately about my having no need to people. However, I find when I step out of my daily environment and interact with the public in the crater, I find amazing people. At the watering hole this morning I helped a woman with a walker carry her 2 dozen donuts to her car. I told her any angel that give donuts to people was an angel for sure!

I told the mom laboring to eat a donut because of the calories not to worry they have holes in the middle for the calories to leak out. She like it and bought six. She said she’d gain five pounds. I told her I would watch her eat one and gain ten. It’s all about perspective. She and her children laughed.

There is is young woman at our local super store that always fusses at people like she’s cranky. I’ve taken her banter on several times and we’ve become great passing friends. I love her personality. Gets back to my recent post about weird friends are jewels. Sometimes I forget, in the stern environment in which I normally dwell, that there are so many good souls waiting for someone to have snappy repartee with them. I realize I would be missing a lot if I didn’t get out and people occasionally. Have you “Peopled” today? Do it; it will work wonders on your spirit.

I often remind you that old crones like me have had gravity take hold and we may look scowling with our droopy jaw lines, while we are continually doing a dance of joy in our minds. Dr. David Jeremiah has written a book…”Slaying The Giants In Your Life”. I’m reading it now. I use this because it is a good thought to keep in mind. We may have to do battle everyday just to slay the demons/giants who intrude. This Crone carries a big sword don’t you mess with me! LOL! Namaste, The Queen Cronista

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Diva Tasting: Crunchy Baked Chicken…

Crunchy Baked Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 6 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 2 Cups Crushed Rice Crispy Cereal (or Crushed Walnuts)
  • 1 (1 Ounce) Package Dry Onion Soup Mix
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a baking dish.
  2. Whisk the sour cream, Dijon mustard, garlic, and pepper together in a large bowl. Add the chicken and turn to assure the breasts are well coated. Refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Combine the crushed cereal or crushed nuts and onion soup mix in a bowl. Gently press the chicken breasts into the mixture to coat and shake off any excess. Place the coated breasts in the buttered baking dish. Drizzle the melted butter over the chicken.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  5. Serve with parsnip fries, roasted green beans and spinach and pear salad.

Diva Musing: Survival….

Surviving the Abyss

Knowing what I know about the rocky path I’ve had to walk, I’ve had many dark nights of the soul that have burnt me to ashes only to see me rise like a phoenix and try again. When I look a some people I ask myself if I knew them could I walk a mile or even a yard in their foot steps.

While life has kicked my backside often, I realize I’ve earned part of it by my on transgressions. When I feel like I’m drowning in a bottomless pit I know to keep treading and I’ll eventually come to the edge of freedom. The freedom that gives new breath to life. The freedom fought for by so many ancestors and warriors I can never thank in this lifetime. I know being able to fight and survive those places so dark I’ve had to spit in death’s eye. Then I breathe, because I can again, and I am grateful for the hundreds of miles I’ve walked in the abyss and survived. Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Stuffed Chicken Breasts…

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Feta Cheese Crumbled

  • 1 Small Bag Of Spinach Chopped

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 1/8 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley

  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

  • 6 (8 Ounce) Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves, Pounded To 1/4-Inch Thickness

  • Kosher Salt And Pepper To Taste

  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour Or Almond Flour

  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

  • 4 Eggs, Beaten

  • 2 Cups Ground Walnuts or Panko Bread Crumbs

  • 1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper

  • 2 Cups Vegetable Oil For Frying, Or As Needed *

Directions

  1. Grind garlic and a pinch of salt together in a mortar and pestle until garlic is completely smashed. Add parsley and spinach and mix until completely incorporated. Pound butter into garlic mixture with pestle until parsley, spinach and garlic are fully incorporated into the butter. Fold in the crumbled feta until fully incorporated. Wrap the butter mixture in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 15 minutes.

  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place 1/4 the spinach butter mixture in the center of wider end of each chicken breast. Fold the narrower end of each chicken breast up over the butter to form a tight pocket around the butter. Gather the sides of each chicken breast to the center to form a round ball. The top of the chicken will be smooth and the bottom will be gathered. Secure with toothpicks. Tightly wrap each chicken breast ball in plastic wrap, put wrapped breasts on a plate, and chill in the freezer until the gathered bottoms hold together and are slightly firm, about 20 minutes.

  3. Whisk flour and 2 teaspoons salt together in a shallow bowl. Whisk eggs together in another shallow bowl. Pour panko bread crumbs into another bowl.

  4. Remove chicken breast balls from plastic wrap.

  5. Gently press each chicken breast ball into flour mixture to coat and shake off any excess flour. Dip into beaten eggs, then press into bread crumbs. Place breaded chicken onto a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and return to the freezer to chill until firm, about 15 minutes.

  6. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  7. Working in batches, cook chicken, gathered-side down, in hot oil and until lightly golden on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle salt and cayenne pepper over the top.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until you can hear the butter start to sizzle on the baking sheet, 15 to 17 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

  9. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, and salad.

  10. Note: can use almond flour and ground nuts instead of bread and flour.

  11. NOTE: *Rather than deep frying I prefer to brown all sides in about 4 tablespoons of oil and oven bake for about 40 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Diva Musing: Your Tribe….

I always tell my besties that the best one are all winos, weirdos, and pervies….I mean that in a most loving way. When you have friends that match your weirdness and uniqueness, you are so blessed. A brigade of warriors who understand each other and have each others “6” at all times. Live Doesn’t get better than that.

People tell me that I’m impossible. They tell me I’m scary, they tell me I’m different and they’ve never met anyone like me. One of the best ever was…”you are the most predictably unpredictable person I’ve ever known.” I say ….”And your point?” I can’t remember who said “be yourself everybody else is taken…” but I like it. If you cannot be you, move to a new venue and get a new brigade. Life is too short to be around a bunch of prats who have no vision or sense of humor. You can still be a kind, gentle, caring person and be weird. Besides it’s all who is using their definition of weird in that moment. I usually find that the person accusing/judging me to be weird is weird to my definition of weird. Its all relative. LOL!

Get out there and spread you sparkle of weirdness, sit with the nerdy bunch, find your tribe and love them. Let no one but the Karma Cops stop you…them you must acknowledge. Keep you flame glowing the world needs it. Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Stuffed Chicken Breasts…

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Feta Cheese Crumbled

  • 1 Small Bag Of Spinach Chopped

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 1/8 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley

  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

  • 6 (8 Ounce) Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves, Pounded To 1/4-Inch Thickness

  • Kosher Salt And Pepper To Taste

  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

  • 4 Eggs, Beaten

  • 2 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs

  • 1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper

  • 2 Cups Vegetable Oil For Frying, Or As Needed

Directions

  1. Grind garlic and a pinch of salt together in a mortar and pestle until garlic is completely smashed. Add parsley and spinach and mix until completely incorporated. Pound butter into garlic mixture with pestle until parsley, spinach and garlic are fully incorporated into the butter. Fold in the crumbled feta until fully incorporated. Wrap the butter mixture in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 15 minutes.

  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place 1/4 the spinach butter mixture in the center of wider end of each chicken breast. Fold the narrower end of each chicken breast up over the butter to form a tight pocket around the butter. Gather the sides of each chicken breast to the center to form a round ball. The top of the chicken will be smooth and the bottom will be gathered. Secure with toothpicks. Tightly wrap each chicken breast ball in plastic wrap, put wrapped breasts on a plate, and chill in the freezer until the gathered bottoms hold together and are slightly firm, about 20 minutes.

  3. Whisk flour and 2 teaspoons salt together in a shallow bowl. Whisk eggs together in another shallow bowl. Pour panko bread crumbs into another bowl.

  4. Remove chicken breast balls from plastic wrap.

  5. Gently press each chicken breast ball into flour mixture to coat and shake off any excess flour. Dip into beaten eggs, then press into bread crumbs. Place breaded chicken onto a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and return to the freezer to chill until firm, about 15 minutes.

  6. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  7. Working in batches, cook chicken, gathered-side down, in hot oil and until lightly golden on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle salt and cayenne pepper over the top.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until you can hear the butter start to sizzle on the baking sheet, 15 to 17 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

  9. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, and salad.

Diva Musing: Existential Crisis…..

What is an Existential Crisis? (Definition)

Put simply, an existential crisis is a period in life where a person is at a crossroads and is questioning their entire reality. They may wonder what the meaning of their life is and whether they have a higher purpose. They may wonder whether life itself has meaning or is just a random, chaotic product of chance. And as a result, they may suffer from tremendous anxiety, depression, isolation, and feelings of being lost. Also Know as “A Dark Night of The Soul.”

We go in an out of these crises in our life and usually emerge a better self. Do not fear they always pass. Some take longer than others but they always pass. The negative people in our lies vanish as we raise our vibration. Only when we get stuck in the “Bog of Eternal Stench” do we feel hopeless. The Karma Cops always have a way of working it out if we keep faith and believe in the power of the Universe to have our backs.

Look at a bad day as the new shift in light is on the way and you only need to meditate in peace and wait. Namaste, The Queen Cronista