Lasting Light Poetry

April 29, 2002

Hello again. I'm glad to have some time to share with you. First off, I have another new poem. It's called "Keeper of the Light". There is a lovely by Thomas Kinkade and the music is a song I dearly love. Many of you may know it. Have a look!

Keeper of the Light
Keeper of the Light


Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ "Sweet Abandon" recalls many happy times at the seashore. Take a moment and share some with me. The glory of devoted love is very much the theme my poem, "Devotion". Share it with someone you can't do without.

Sweet Abandon
Sweet Abandon



Deb & Lynn's Spot~ no new pages this time, but they'd like to invite you to check out their personal websites.....

Wee Inspirations - Deb's website
Inspiring poems and stories, greeting cards and a picture tour through Scotland.
Wee Inspirations

Inspirational Gatherings - Lynn's website
A gathering of inspiring poems, postcards, angel poems, living with depression and more.
Inspirational Gatherings


Recipes from the Board ~ Here are some fantastic recipes your neighbors are enjoying. They are all from the Lasting Light Poetry Message Board. There are many more there, as well as lots of sharing. Let's cook!

~~ Chocolate Drizzled Lemon Cookies ~ Posted by Beatrice

1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 cup Butter or Margarine -- softened
1 Egg
2 teaspoons Lemon Peel -- grated
1 teaspoon Lemon Extract
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt -- (optional)

Glaze: 12 ounces Chocolate -- your choice 1 1/2 tablespoons Butter or Margarine -- melted

* In a large mixing bowl, cream the powdered sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon peel, and extracts.
* In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
* Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

Roll dough (with well floured hands) into a 1 1/2 inch wide log. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 to 60 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

* Slice the dough into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place the slices one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9 - 11 minutes, and cool for one minute on cookie sheet before removing to cooling racks.
* Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water. Stir until chocolate is smooth, then add melted butter, and continue stirring until well blended.
* Line cookie sheets with waxed paper and coat lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Lay cookies on lined sheets, about 1/2 to 1 inch apart, and drizzle melted chocolate mixture onto cookies in lines or swirls, leaving most of cookie exposed.

Place cookie sheets in a cool place for about one hour, so chocolate drizzles can set up. Store in an airtight container, with waxed paper separating layers.


~~ Panhandle Sandwiches ~ Posted by Hart

1/2 cup light butter or margarine, softened
4 green onions, diced
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 (6-inch) French bread loaves, split
4 Monterey Jack cheese slices
8 Baked Glazed Ham slices
Stir together first 4 ingredients.

SPREAD butter mixture evenly over cut sides of bread.
CUT cheese slices in half; place 2 halves evenly on bottom halves of bread. Top with ham slices and tops of bread. Wrap each sandwich in foil.
BAKE sandwiches at 350 for 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese melts. Yield: 4 servings.

Prep: 15 min., Bake: 5 min.
Note: Sandwiches may be prepared ahead and frozen. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.


~~ Swiss Dijon Chicken Rolls ~ Posted by Karen

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3/4 cup shredded Jarlsberg light Swiss cheese*
6 tablespoons evaporated skim milk
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3/4 cup bread crumbs
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375. Lightly coat an 8" x 8" baking dish with no-stick spray. Place the chicken between pieces of wax paper or plastic wrap. With a meat mallet, pound to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place an equal amount of the Swiss cheese in the center of each breast. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix the milk and mustard. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan, tarragon and pepper to taste.

Roll up each chicken breast, beginning with the smaller end. Dip each roll into the milk mixture and then into the bread crumb mixture to coat completely. Place in the prepared baking dish with the rolled end down. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes more, or until golden.

*Or other part-skim Swiss cheese.


~~ Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce ~ Posted by Joni

1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup brandy or water
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
8 slices dry bread
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups milk, scald & cooled

Cover raisins with Brandy or water. Set aside.

Cut each piece of bread into nine pieces. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
Reserve 3 tablespoons of this mixture for topping. Toss bread with melted margarine and the remaining sugar mixture.

Place half of bread mixture in a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish.
Drain raisins, place half of raisins over bread layer. Repeat layers.

Combine eggs, salt,& vanilla in a bowl and beat for 1 minute.
Add milk slowly.
Pour over mix in dish.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle reserved sugar mix on top.
Bake at 325 for 45 to 50 minutes.

Vanilla Sauce

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pinch salt

Bring water to boil in a small sauce pan.
Combine sugar and cornstarch.
Stir Well.
Add sugar mixture to boiling water.
Reduce heat to medium, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
Remove from heat.
Add butter, vanilla, and salt, stirring until butter melts.

I made this for the first time tonight and it is a definite keeper! It was as good as some bread pudding we have eaten in New Orleans.


Note from Karen ~ April has such changeable weather. I always carry an umbrella and jacket for that unexpected rain shower. I like the sunny days, but some days are just destined for clouds and showers. Life is full of the unexpected, both good and bad. I am always glad to call a friend with good news, but sometimes the news isn't so good. That's when I need a friend the most. I hope Lasting Light has become a place you've bookmarked and returned to for encouragement and smiles through all sorts of weather in your life. I want to extend a warm thanks to all who stop by Lasting Light and leave a message or sign my guestbook. Your encouragement has kept me going through some of the more difficult days. Take some time today to reach out to someone with a smile, hug, or maybe a few moments of your time to listen. We all need each other on this journey. Thanks for being there. Shine on.......Karen


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Quotes ~

That which a man willingly shares, he keeps.
That which he selfishly keeps, he loses.
- unknown

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
- Ann Landers

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.
- unknown

Never, never, never give up.
- Winston Churchill

The wind of anger blows out the lamp of intelligence.
- unknown

To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.
- William M. Thackeray

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.
- I Corinthians, chapter 13

For I am mindful of the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You call upon me and come and pray to me, and I heed you. You seek Me and find Me: Now you seek Me with all your heart and I am at hand for you, says the Lord... - Jeremiah 29:11-14a; Matthew 7:7


Just a smile before I go. ~

"I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury."
Groucho Marx

"My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe."
Jimmy Durante

"I'm the only man in the world with a marriage license made out to whom it may concern."
Mickey Rooney

Nouvelle Cuisine, roughly translated, means: I can't believe I paid ninety-six dollars and I'm still hungry.
Mike Kalin

I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.
Steven Wright

Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business.
Dave Barry

Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working.


See you next time. Let Freedom Ring ~




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