Lasting Light Poetry

December 10, 2002

Warm Wishes to you all ~ Those of you who love Mr. Kinkade's work will enjoy the graphic I've used with my new Christmas poem, "Home For Christmas". I don't think you'll be surprised at the music I chose. Grab some eggnog or hot chocolate and have a look!

Home For Christmas
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Home For Christmas

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Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ In keeping with the season I think you might get a smile from this poem I wrote from personal experience. "The Dinner" is something many of us can relate to. ~ I am especially fond of the painting and music I used on "Christmas Longings". I hope you like it. ~ In case your days get too hectic....you might enjoy a look at "Spirit of Contentment". I think it's rather soothing. Enjoy ~

The Dinner
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The Dinner

Christmas Longings
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Christmas Longings

Spirit of Contentment
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Spirit of Contentment

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Lynn and Deb's Spot ~

Lynn's newest pages...

Christmas Thoughts
http://inspiringyou.com/christmasthoughts.html
Christmas Thoughts

My Lifetime Friend
http://inspiringyou.com/mylifetimefriend.html
My Lifetime Friend

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 ~ The holidays are delicious, and I'm sure you'll agree when you see this small sampling of fantastic recipes offered there. Lasting Light Poetry Message board is the place to go for any recipe you might need or just some encouragement. I find so much there from people who share the nicest things. A special thanks to each and every one of you. Let's cook! ~

I love brown sugar and cinnamon and canít wait to try this easy breakfast treat.

~~ Sticky Cinnamon Toast ~ Posted by Joni

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 slices French bread, 1-inch thick

Combine butter, sugar and cinnamon.
Spread on both sides of each slice of bread.
Preheat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat.
Grill bread slices until brown on both sides.
Makes 2 servings.

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These are probably my favorite Christmas cookie...they literally melt in your mouth and are very special. You really don't have to frost them, but it is a nice touch. ~

~~ Melting Moments Cookies ~ Posted by Karen :-)

1 cup flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup soft butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Lemon Frosting
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice Instructions:

Cookies
Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium size bowl. In small bowl, cream butter until whipped, add vanilla. Blend together with dry ingredients. Dough will be stiff. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees, 20-25 minutes until set. These cookies should not brown. Let cool completely and frost with lemon frosting if you like...or you can dust with powdered sugar. Keep in tightly sealed container.

Lemon Frosting
Stir together, adding lemon juice until a frosting consistency is obtained.

These cookies are to die for!!! Very light and they do melt in your mouth!

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~~ Christmas Casserole ~ Posted by Lily
Yield: 4 servings

1 can Salmon; 6 1/2 oz or 233 g
2 c Soda crackers-coarsely crush
1 can Corn; creamed, 14 oz
1 c Cheddar cheese; grated
1/4 c Milk
1/4 c Green pepper, cubed
1 Egg
1/8 t Pepper
1 t Butter
2 T Almonds; thin sliced

Preheat oven to 450F. Drain salmon in large bowl. Remove skin and bones. Flake. Crush soda crackers with rolling pin coarsely. Add to salmon, reserving 2 Tbsp. Add corn, cheese, milk, green pepper and pepper. Mix. Beat egg lightly with fork in small bowl and add to salmon-corn mixture. Mix well. Put in greased 6 cup casserole dish with lid. Smooth top. Top with reserved crushed soda crackers and dot with butter. Sprinkle top with thin sliced almonds. Bake covered 30 minutes at 35O degrees. Uncover for last 5 minutes.

This is based on my grandmother's recipe and was originally made with oysters. She lived in Iowa and in those days (20s & 30s); oysters came in on the trains once a year at Christmas time.

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~~ Kerry Vegetable Soup ~ Posted by Helen

1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1/2 stick butter
1 medium onion
2 oz broccoli stalk - peeled
2 oz cauliflower stalk - peeled
1 cup diced celery
1 - 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 - 1/2 cups finely chopped broccoli florets
1 - 1/2 cups finely chopped cauliflower florets
10 cups chicken stock or broth
1/2 cup flour
1 cup cold water

Put the onion, broccoli stalk and cauliflower stalk in a food processor and puree it.
Put the sunflower oil and butter in a soup pot and melt it. Add the onion, broccoli, cauliflower puree and saute for 5 minutes.
Add the celery, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower florets and saute for another 5 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmmer, cover and cook for an hour.
Mix the flour in with the cold water and remove all the lumps. Add to the soup and cook till you get the desired consistency.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with chopped fresh parsley and a dollop of whipped cream. You`ll swear you are in a pub in Co. Kerry - all you need is a pint of Guinness and a ham and cheese toastie or even just a bit of brown bread and Kerrygold butter.

( Now this would warm you up nicely on a cold winter's day or evening!)

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~~ Chocolate Covered Raisin Cookies ~ Posted by Joni

3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine, at room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate covered raisins
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Cream together the sugars and margarine. Mix in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Combine this with the sugar mixture. Mix in raisins and chips.

Shape into walnut sized balls. Place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes until tops are very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to racks to finish cooling. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

(This sounds so delicious...and there are many more wonderful cookie recipes on the Board!)

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Greetings From Karen ~ It's good to have some time with you all again. One new thing is my guestbook filled up and I'm starting again with a new one. Don't worry, I've saved it all to a zip file. I do treasure each entry. I hope you will stop by and sign my new one because it looks so empty! ~ I hope this finds you and those you love doing well. In a perfect world, that would be true. I know it's not that way for everyone, but the good thing is we have each other and we have our faith and hope in God. The true meaning of the season is sharing God's love. Please take a few moments to reach out to someone who is alone. Kindness is better than gold. Take care of yourselves. Shine on my friends.......Karen

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Inspiration From Lasting Light Poetry Message Board ~ This posting was from Beatrice. It's always difficult to pick something for this spot, because each posting is excellent. This is good advice for us all. Thanks for sharing, Beatrice.

TODAY

Today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life's problems at once.
Today I will be happy. Most people are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Today I will be agreeable. I will speak softly, look my best, be kind and considerate, neither criticising nor finding fault with anyone but myself.
Today I will be careful of my tongue, if I cannot find something fine to say I will be silent, for the spoken word, no matter how much regretted, can never be recalled.
Today I will keep smiling. It takes seven muscles to smile and eighty-four to frown!
Today everything I do will be done to the best of my ability. It may not and probably will not be the best it can be done, but it will be my best, for "if you give to the world the best you have, then the best will come back to you."

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"Of all the music that reaches farthest into heaven it is the beating of a loving heart."

"What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity."

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Leaving you with a smile.....Thanks again to Beatrice!

Dilemma ...

The manager of a large office noticed a new man one day and told him to come into his office. "What is your name?" was the first thing the manager asked the new guy.

"John," the new guy replied.

The manager scowled, "Look, I don't know what kind of a mamby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don't call anyone by their first name. It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority. I refer to my employees by their last name only - Smith, Jones, Baker - that's all. I am to be referred to only as Mr. Robertson. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?"

The new guy sighed and said, "Darling. My name is John Darling."

"Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you is..."

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Until next time......Brighten your day and someone else's with a smile...See you soon! ~ Karen

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