Lasting Light Poetry

April 7, 2002

Welcome back everyone! I'm very happy to share a brand new poem using a favorite artist of mine, Robert Williams. His California Impressionist style is always captivating to me. You will notice I have used one of his beautiful paintings on my home/index page. I love watercolors! Enjoy......

I Wonder
http://lastinglight.com/iwonder.html
I Wonder

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Deja Vu or maybe new to you~ Here are a couple of my poems to read and share if you like. I would like to add that the midi "Hey Jude" on "Long Ago" was a favorite song of my dad's. I would play it on the piano while he played along with his French Harp (harmonica). The memories in this poem are definitely about him, but I feel sure many of you will relate to the meaning. Thanks.~

A Night Like This
http://lastinglight.com/nightlikethis.html
A Night Like This

Long Ago
http://lastinglight.com/longago.html
Long Ago

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

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

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

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RECIPES FROM THE BOARD~ These delicious recipes were all posted on my message board, which has become a favorite place to visit. Stop by for a cup of tea and enjoy all the sharing going on like mad! There is a little bit of everything there, and I hope you'll have a look and leave a post if you like. Ready to cook? Let's go!

~~ PINEAPPLE NUT BARS ~ Posted by Beatrice

Base:
*1 cup flour
* cup sugar
* cup margarine or butter

Filling:
*8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
*2 tbsp. sugar
*2 tbsp. milk
*1 tsp. vanilla
*1 egg
*8-oz. can crushed pineapple, well drained
*1 cup flaked coconut
* cup chopped macadamia nuts or almonds
*1 tbsp. margarine or butter, melted

Glaze:
* cup powdered sugar
*3-4 tsp. milk
*1/4 tsp. rum extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In medium bowl, combine flour and cup sugar. With pastry blender or fork, cut in cup margarine until crumbly. Press in bottom of ungreased 9 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

In small bowl, combine cream cheese, 2 tbsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. milk, vanilla and egg; beat until smooth. Stir in pineapple. Spread over partially baked base. In small bowl, combine coconut, nuts and 1 tbsp. melted margarine; sprinkle evenly over pineapple mixture.

Return to oven and bake 18-20 minutes or until coconut is golden brown and filling appears set. Cool completely.

In small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients. Drizzle over bars. Refrigerate until serving time. Makes 36 bars.

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~~ TUNA SURPRISE Posted by Beatrice Provides a complete main course with a green salad or add 4 eggs for a double protein dish.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 tbsp. flour
tsp. salt
1 cup milk
juice and grated rind of a lemon
4 tbsp. mayonnaise
6 oz. can of tuna fish, drained and flaked

Instructions:
Make a white sauce with the butter, flour, salt and milk. When smooth and creamy, add remaining ingredients and warm thoroughly over low heat. Serve in individual casseroles or on toast. If you wish to add eggs, divide hot sauce among 4 small buttered baking cups and place an egg on top of sauce in the cup.

Sprinkle each with a mixture of white and yellow cheeses. Bake in oven until eggs are at the consistency required by personal taste. Separate servings and place on mound of rice or mashed potatoes.

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Just had to share this recipe I found :) Posted by Deb~

~~ Elephant Ear Cookies - makes 36 cookies

1 c Sugar
1 tb Molasses
1/2 c Shortening; melted
1 Egg
1/2 c Sour milk
1/4 ts Salt
1 ts Soda; dissolved in milk
2 1/2 c Flour
1 ts Cinnamon
1/4 ts Nutmeg
1 ts Vanilla
1 c Raisins (chopped)

Mix all ingredients in order given.
Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet.
Bake 10 minutes in 375-degree.

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~~ CRANBERRY DATE SCONES Posted by Deb~

Makes 12 scones

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
Grated zest of 1 large orange
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks(6 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 heaping cup fresh or frozen cranberries (5 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
1 cup cold buttermilk
2 tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/8 teaspoon each cinnamon, allspice and mace, for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a 15-by-12-inch baking sheet with parchment paper In a medium bowl, combine the flour, the 1/2 cup of sugar; the orange zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the cranberries and dates and toss. Stir in the buttermilk until a stiff dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently just until the dough comes together.

Divide the dough in half and pat each piece into a 7-inch round about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle the tops with the spiced-sugar mixture. Using a knife, cut each round into 6 wedges. Arrange the wedges 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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~~ Spring Smoothie~ Posted by Easter Bunny (who has hopped off by now, I imagine :-) unless one of you clever cooks decided to...hmm..never mind)

1 medium- large banana cut into chunks
1 cup of unsweetened orange juice ( for an extra punch use one with passion fruit and/or another fruit in it)
1/2 cup of milk ( your choice as to fat percentage)
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
3-4 ice cubes

Place the banana, juice, milk, vanilla, and ice cubes in the blender. Cover and blend until frothy. Pour smoothie into 2 glasses.

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~~ Onion Pudding Posted by Midge~

Serve this hearty side dish with any entree. Serves 4.

4 Tablespoons Butter
3 medium Onions, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons Flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1 Tablespoon Parsley, chopped
3 Eggs, beaten
1 cup Cream

Preheat the oven to 350. Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the onions and cook over low heat until lightly brown (about 25-30 minutes). Allow this to cool slightly. Add the sugar, salt, flour and baking powder to a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, blend together the eggs and cream. Whisk the egg mixture into the dry mix. Add the parsley and onions. Lightly grease a medium (1-quart) casserole. Add the mixture and bake for 25-35 minutes (or until lightly brown and firm in the middle). Serve warm.

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Want to visit the Board and see more....Here you go!

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Message Board

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Or read a previous newsletter online....

Newsletter Archive
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Newsletter Archive

Read this newsletter in the archive....
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Read this newsletter in the archive....

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Karen's Musings~ I have a new musing or two posted there. If you haven't visited this area of my website, I'd like to invite you now. I could have called this "Bits and Pieces of My Mind", but I thought Karen's Musings sounded better.

Smile.....Now you know what it's about~ please stop by when you can.

Karen's Musings
http://lastinglight.com/musings.html
Karen's Musings

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Message from Karen~ I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all new subscribers. It's a pleasure to have you along on this journey. I am so grateful to those of you who take a moment to sign my guestbook and send your comments. Please encourage someone today. Encouragement is like air, we all need it. Be good to yourselves.

Until next time........Shine on~ Karen

Lasting Light Poetry
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Lasting Light Poetry

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Quotes~

STRESS spelled backwards spells DESSERTS.
-- Source unknown

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.
-- Mother Theresa

A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.
-- Anonymous

Fear grows out of the things we think; it lives in our minds. Compassion grows out of the things we are, and lives in our hearts.
-- Barbara Garrison

I believe in the sun when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I feel it not. I believe in God even when He is silent.
-- (Written on a wall in a concentration camp.)

The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.
-- Unknown

The measure of love is when you love without measure.
-- Unknown

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