Lasting Light Poetry

February 16, 2002

Hello Friends...Well, it looks like things are back on track! We certainly have a lot of catching up to do. First of all, I have a new poem called "Miracle", and if you or someone in your life needs one, take a look. I do believe in them!



Let's share! Please take a moment and visit the new message board at Lasting Light Poetry. You'll find some wonderful poems and recipes posted there. Please feel free to comment or add a thought, poem, question, or recipe. Don't be shy! You don't have to leave your e-mail address or anything...Enjoy!

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Message Board

See this newsletter in the archive....
See this newsletter in the archive....

Or you can read any newsletters you may have missed in the Newsletter Archive
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Deja-Vu~ Here are some fairly recent poems of mine. Have a look!

Embracing a Dream
Embracing a Dream

A Heart So True
A Heart So True


Have a look at what Deb and Lynn have been doing. They have some wonderful pages and cards you will enjoy! ~ Karen

Our Friendship - Deb's new page
Our Friendship

True Friend - Lynn's new page
True Friend


Recipes and Remembrances~ Enjoy these recipes which are freely shared. Please feel free to post any of yours on the Message Board, or E-mail them to me. Thanks! Let's cook!


~~ Asian Chicken Stir Fry ~ Serves 4

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Golden Mushroom Soup
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper
1 bag (16 oz.) any frozen vegetable combination, thawed
4 cups hot cooked rice

In medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add chicken and stir-fry until no longer pink. Add soup, soy and garlic. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add thawed vegetables and cook until vegetables are tender-crisp, stirring often.


~~ Baked Ham with Walnut Peach Sauce ~ Serves 12

1 half ham - about 4.5 lbs
1 cup Peach preserves
3/4 cup Peach nectar - half of an 11.5 ounce can
3/4 cup Low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp Cornstarch
2 Tbsp Packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Chopped California walnuts Toasted
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp Fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325 F. Put the ham in a shallow baking pan. With a sharp knife, score the ham in a diamond design. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the pan. Cover pan securely with foil and bake for 1 hour. Uncover the ham and brush with 1/2 cup of peach preserves. Bake uncovered, 30 minutes longer, basting occasionally.

Meanwhile make the sauce:
In a medium saucepan, combine the nectar, chicken broth and cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add remaining 1/2 cup of peach preserves and the brown sugar and bring to a boil, wisking occasionally. Simmer the sauce until thickened. Add the walnuts and peaches and simmer 1 minute longer. Whisk in the mustard, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.


~~ Shrimp and Shells ~ Serves 4

1 lb. small seashell pasta, uncooked
1/2 lb. fresh snow peas
8-ozs. cooked medium shrimp
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Cook seashells, rinse with cool water and drain. Steam peas until crisp-tender. Combine shrimp, olive oil, garlic, and fresh dill in a large skillet and cook until hot. Add pasta, peas and parmesan cheese and toss to coat.


~~ Easy Microwave Portuguese Bean Soup

6 oz Portuguese sausage, thinly sliced
3 cups chopped cabbage
1 can (11.05 oz) bean with bacon soup
1 can (10.75 oz) tomoato soup
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
2 cups water

In a 3-qt microwave-safe dish, combine all ingredients; mix well. Stirring occasionally, microwave on high power for 15 minutes. Makes 6 servings.


~~ Honey Apple Tea

4 black tea bags
1/3 cup honey
3 cups unsweetened apple juice
3 cups boiling water
lemon slices

In a 2-quart pot, brew tea bags in boiling water. Remove bags; add honey and apple juice. Simmer until hot. Ladle into cups and garnish with lemon slices. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


~~ Butterscotch Crispies

1 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme
1/3 cup margarine
2 cups butterscotch chips
5 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup chopped pecans

Combine cereal and nuts in large mixing bowl. Set aside. In medium-size saucepan, combine margarine and marshmallow creme. Cook over medium heat until mixture reaches a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add butterscotch morsels, stirring until melted. Quickly pour mixture over cereal and pecans. Stir until well coated. Press mixture evenly into a 15 1/2 x 10 1/2-inch pan coated with cooking spray or margarine. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into bars. Makes about 50 bars.


~~ Yukon Gold Rush Bars

2 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
6 oz pkg. chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts or raisins

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into a 9x9-inch square nonstick pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into 16 pieces.


QUOTES~~ Quotes~~~

Out of difficulties grow miracles.
- Jean De La Bruyere

Don't believe in miracles~~depend on them.
- Lawrence J. Peter

For the truly faithful, no miracle is necessary. For those who doubt, no miracle is sufficient.
- Nancy Gibbs

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith.
- Unknown

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
- Richard Bach


Note from Karen~ I want to thank each and every one of you who took a moment to write or sign my guestbook, or post a message. These things were all a great encouragment to me. ~ A very warm welcome back to everyone! I'm so pleased my server is working properly again, and I have Deb to thank for her unrelenting efforts to get things back on track! I'll never forget how hard you worked and it meant so much to me.

Lasting Light remains a labor of love, and all of you are an important part of this shared journey. Thank you for being there, and thank you for sharing your light with me.

Shine on......Karen~

Lasting Light Poetry
Lasting Light Poetry


Look to the Light~

If darkness surrounds you
Just look to the Light
It appears when your faith
Begins to take flight
For days aren't all sunny
And hard times will come
But don't give up the fight
Before you've begun

~Karen Shaw Matteson


Encouragement is like oxygen.....we all need it.....! SEE YOU NEXT TIME!!




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