Lasting Light Poetry

April 6, 2004


We have a new month and a new edition of Lasting Light Poetry Newsletter. I want to thank those of you who have written expressing your wish for another newsletter. I appreciate the encouragement.

I have a new poem at the end of this newsletter. If you have a moment, I'd appreciate it if you'd sign my guestbook and say hello. Thank you so much ~ Karen


Deja Vu or Maybe New ~

I wrote "Heart Dance" about someone I love. I hope it will bring fond memories or thoughts of someone you care about. ~ Love comes to us in many ways or perhaps it's a way of life. I'll let you decide when you read "Living With Love". I'd like to dedicate this next poem to all of you reading it today. I am "So Glad You're There". Please share these with someone you care about. It will make a difference in their day.

Heart Dance
Heart Dance

Living With Love
Living With Love

Glad You're There
Glad You're There


Deb and Lynn's Spot

Wee Inspirations - Deb's newest pages

Memorial Pages for my Mom
Memorial Pages for my Mom

Cuddlee Bears - Lynn's website
Original mouse drawn country graphics and so much more.
Cuddlee Bears


Recipes From The Board ~ Lasting Light Poetry Message Board has been busy. There are countless postings with excellent recipes, poems, and encouragement. Here are a few yummy recipes your family might enjoy. Let's cook!

~~ Bea's Lazy Perogy Casserole.... Posted by Beatrice

15 lasagne noodles, cooked and drained
2 cups dry curd cottage cheese
1 egg
1/4 tsp onion salt -(I use a bit of minced onion)
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
2 cups mashed potatoes
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion salt (again!!! Ack)
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup margarine (or less!!!!)
1 cup finely chopped onions

Line a 9x13 pan with one layer of noodles.
Combine next 3 ingredients, spread about half over noodles.
Put down another layer of noodles. Combine cheddar and next 4 ingred; spread about half over noodles.
Repeat, ending with noodles.
Melt margarine in skillet, saute onions until golden and soft. Pour onion mixture over top of casserole. Cover with foil. (I usually add a pinch of pepper)
Bake 30 min at 350F (you can uncover during last few min if you like your onions browned - I don't).
Let stand for 10 min before serving.
Serve with dollops of sour cream.
Serves 6 generously.


~~ Butter Pecan Turtle Cookies ~ Posted by Jean (Wow..nice for an Easter treat!)


2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups pecan halves


2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

Combine flour, brown sugar and butter.
Beat at medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes.
Press into an ungreased 13x9 inch baking pan.
Pat pecans evenly into unbaked crust.

For topping:
In a small heavy saucepan combine butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to boil.
Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Pour over crust.

Bake in center of preheated 350 degree oven for 18 to 22 minutes or until topping is bubbly and crust is light golden brown.
Remove from oven.
Sprinkle on chocolate pieces, do not spread.
Cool on a wire rack.
Cut into bars.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.


~~ Breakfast Enchiladas ~ Posted by Beatrice

2 cups ham diced
1/2 cup green onions (chopped)
1/2 cup green peppers (chopped)
2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
8 (7-in.) flour tortillas
4 eggs (beaten)
2 cups half and half
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
a few drops Tabasco sauce
sour cream, salsa, guacamole

Combine ham, green onions, green peppers and cheddar cheese in a bowl.
Divide into 8 tortillas and roll.
Place filled tortillas (seams down) in greased 9x12 inch baking dish.

Combine beaten eggs, half and half, flour. salt, garlic powder (if used) and Tobasco.
Pour egg mixture over tortillas.
Cover with foil.

Casserole may be frozen or baked at this time.

Preheat oven to 350.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil for the last
10 minutes of baking.
Serve with sour cream, salsa and guacamole.
Serves 8. (Note from Karen ~ Wouldn't this make a super brunch with some fresh fruit?)


~~ Miracle Coconut Cake ~ Posted by Beatrice

2 large eggs
1 cup of sour cream
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 white cake mix
3/4 oz. instant coconut cream pudding
3/4 cup coconut liqueur
1 cup shredded coconut

All you have to do is load everything in the mixer, whiz it around for 3 minutes, and bake.
Bake in a greased and floured tube pan for 55 minutes on 350 degrees. Test for doneness with a clean toothpick.
Let the cake cool and then unmold the cake onto a platter.
Frost with "7-Minute Frosting" or just dust with powdered sugar.
Ice cream on the side optional.


NOTE FROM KAREN ~ I was just reading messages on the Lasting Light Poetry Message Board. I want to thank those who have posted every sort of encouragement there. The recipes are incredible and the feeling is one of comfort and friendship.

April is a beautiful month. The new flowers are showing off for us and renewal is all around in nature. People need to be renewed as well. Christians around the world will celebrate Easter. We celebrate the hope that is within us. Whatever your faith, I hope you will spend some time remembering what really matters in life. It's so easy to forget. I know I am never sorry when I take time to enjoy a sunset or take a walk. I love the sound of the birds in the morning and I thank God for the chance to just be here to enjoy it all.

Open the windows and the curtains and let in the light and fresh air. Call a friend and let them know you care. Drop off a little treat for someone who is downhearted. This website and my work is about caring and sharing. Thank you for being there. You matter. Shine on.........Karen

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This N' That ~

It was a perfect spring afternoon, and the air was filled with vague, roving scents, as if the earth exhaled the sweetness of hidden flowers.
--Ellen Glasgow

Wag the world how it will,
Leaves must be green in Spring.
--Herman Melville

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in words alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
--Martin Luther

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
--Victor Hugo

I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
"At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!"
--Edna Dean Procter, Easter Bells

He is risen; he is not here.
--Mark 16:6.


In Memory ~ Dedicated to Deb, my friend who works with me on Lasting Light. She lost her dear mother recently.

The Empty Chair ~

It's hard to see that empty chair
My eyes just long to see you there
Your memory is keen this day
I miss your smile, your gentle way

Your love lives on within my heart
A timeless gift that lights the dark
But oh I see that empty chair!
And feel your presence everywhere

I'll have to put my grief away
So many things to do today
Life's circle will continue to turn
And this is another lesson learned

Tomorrow is not given to me
Yesterday is a memory
Today well-lived is all I have
I'll remember that when I feel bad

Karen Shaw Matteson


Let's end this with a smile ~

Always forgive your enemies -- Nothing annoys them so much.
~ Oscar Wilde

Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing.
~ Robert Benchley

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
~ G. K. Chesterton

The trouble with political jokes is that very often they get elected.
~ Will Rogers

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
~ Oscar Levant


Until next time ~ Don't forget to share a's the shortest distance between two people.

Shine on!




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