Lasting Light Poetry

February 21, 2002

Greetings Friends~ The rain is falling where I live, and the wind is blowing. I wrote this poem "A Night Like This" during a night like this. Smile..have a look!

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

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New*New*~~ Have you checked out the Lasting Light Message board. There are some beautiful poems and recipes, and that's the only place you'll see most of them. I will include something in my newsletter everyweek. Check out the end of the newsletter to see what surprise I have to share. Stop by and post a thought, recipe, comment, question, or whatever is on your mind. I do read everything. Thanks!

Message Board
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Message Board

See this newsletter in the archive....
http://lastinglight.com/archive/feb212002.html
See this newsletter in the archive....

Or you can read any newsletters you may have missed in the Newsletter Archive
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Newsletter Archive

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Deja Vu~ Or Maybe New?? ~~Some of my poetry just for you...*S*

An Ideal World
http://lastinglight.com/anidealworld.html
An Ideal World

Into the New
http://lastinglight.com/intothenew.html
Into the New

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Check out some beautiful pages by Lynn and Deb ~

To Touch The Heart - Deb's new page
http://weeinspirations.com/touchtheheart.html
To Touch The Heart

The Flutter Of Your Wings - Lynn's website
http://inspiringyou.com/flutterwings.html
The Flutter Of Your Wings

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Recipes & Remembrances~ Here is where you get to share something delicious. Does anyone have any favorite Easter recipes or memories. Please send them to me. Thanks~

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~~ Spinach Lasagna

2 packages chopped frozen spinach - 10 oz. size, thawed and drained
32 ounces spaghetti sauce
3 cans (8-0z) tomato sauce
1 pound box of Lasagna noodles
20 ounces shredded mozarella
10 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
32 ounces small curd cottage cheese
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly drain spinach. Mix together spinach, cottage cheese and eggs in medium bowl. Set aside. Set aside one can of the sauce. Set aside 8 ounces of mozarella cheese.

In large roasting pan (about 11x16x3), layer the ingredients (about 3-4 layers) in the following order: spaghetti and tomato sauce, lasagna noodles, spinach mixture, mozarella cheese, cheddar cheese. Finish off the top with reserved tomato sauce. Sprinkle on reserved mozarella cheese. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife or fork can easily be inserted in noodles. Allow to firm for 15 min. before serving.

NOTES: Recipe is great for company. Leftovers can be frozen for convenient meals later. Serves 6.

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~~ Big Shamrock Cookie (5 minutes to prepare-16 min. to bake)

1 (18-oz.) package Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Bar Dough

Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees F. Grease large baking sheet.
SHAPE dough into 8-inch shamrock shape on prepared baking sheet.
BAKE for 16-18 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes; carefully loosen cookie with a spatula. Cool on baking sheet completely.
DECORATE with decorator icing, sugar sprinkles or melted chocolate as desired.

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~~ Cracker Barrel Chicken Casserole

Ease of Cooking: Beginner
Serving Size: 6-8

Note: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store serves up this good tasting casserole.

Ingredients:
1 C. Yellow Corn Meal
1/3 C. Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
3/4 C. Buttermilk
1 Egg

Preparation:
Mix all together in mixing bowl until smooth. Pour into greased 8" x 8" baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes until done. Remove from oven and let cool completely. When cool crumble corn bread and place 3 cups of corn bread crumbs in mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup melted butter to crumbs and mix well, set aside.

Chicken Filling:
2 1/2 C. Cooked Chicken Breasted (cut into bite size pieces)
1/4 C. Yellow Onion (chopped)
1/2 C. Celery (sliced thin)
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 3/4 C. Chicken Broth
2 Tbsp. Butter

In sauce pan on medium low heat place butter and sautť onions, and celery until transparent, stirring occasionally. Add chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, salt, and pepper. Stir until well blended and soup is desolved completely. Add chicken, stir and blend untill mixture reaches a low simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, remove from heat. Place chicken mixture in buttered casserole dish 2 1/2 quart, or individual casserole dishes (about four). Spoon cornbread crumb topping on top of chicken mixture, do not stir in chicken filling and place baking dish in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes. The crumbs will turn a golden yellow. A side order of country green beans or salad makes for a hearty meal.

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~~ Pineapple Hot Dish

4 slices bread (you can leave crusts on)
1 large can pineapple, crushed and drained
1 1/3 C. sugar
1/2 C. Milk
1 stick butter
2-3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a greased and buttered casserole, break bread into small pieces. Put large can of cushed and drained pineapple on top. Mix eggs, sugar, milk, and melted butter together. Pour mixture over pineapple. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees until brown and crispy. Excellent side dish for duck, goose, turkey, chicken, or ham. Serve HOT.

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~~ Microwave Penuche

This is from the Diamond Walnut cookbook; I have made it every year since I first found it...It's easy and oh so good! :)

1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (14 oz) Eagle Branch sweet condensed milk
1-1/2 tsp vanilla

Butter an 8-inch square pan (I usually line pan with foil, then butter). Place butter/margarine in 2 quart glass measuring bowl with handle. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Remove, stir in brown sugar and condensed milk. Return to microwave at HIGH for 8 to 9 minutes or until mixture is medium caramel color, stirring every 2 minutes.

Remove and stir in vanilla. Beat with wooden spoon for 2-3 minutes. Fold in walnuts. Pour into buttered pan. Cool to lukewarm; refrigerate until set. Yield: 36 pieces

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NOTE* I'm glad to have this time with all of you, and a warm welcome to new subscribers. The light is always on here and I hope you will share this site with others. I appreciate every letter and entry into my guestbook, and I love sharing with you. Please take a moment out of you busy day to stop by Lasting Light Poetry and take a look around. I hope you like the way the poems are broken down into categories. ~~ Take care of yourself, and share some of your hope and light with someone who needs it. The only love we keep is the love we give away.

Shine on.......Karen

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QUOTES~~ Quotes~~~

The uncertainties of the present always give way to the enchanted possibilities of the future.
- Kirkland

There are only two ways to live your life; one is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.
- Albert Einstein

Kindness in words creates confidence,
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness,
Kindness in giving creates love.
- Lao-Tze

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
- Annette Funicello

Using your imagination is the one time in life you can really go anywhere.
- Ann Patchett

Hope is a good thing -
maybe the best thing,
and no good thing ever dies.
- Shawshank Redemption

From what we get we can make a living,
what we give, however, makes a life.
- Arthur Ashe

The journey in between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.
- Sally Koch

You don't get to choose how you're going to die or when. You can only decide how you're going to live.
- Joan Baez

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From the Message Board~

Hi, I love your poetry, Karen. It has helped and comforted me many times since I discovered your page! Thanks! I, too am a poet and I am sending you one of my favourites.

STRENGTH

When all the world seems dark
And I am feeling alone.
Where do I turn? Where can I go?
I go to the only Friend I know.

I take my burdens and troubles
And place them in the Saviourís Hands
And try to leave them there.
Sometimes I donít, sometimes, I canít.

When I do let them go
And wait for Him to work
I am never disappointed
And am always surprised.

He has tried all my life to teach
Me patience and to learn to leave
It all up to Him. I try but often I
Donít listen, but try to do it myself.

I have to learn that without Him
I am as helpless as a newborn baby
And like the baby, I must learn to
Let my Father do what needs to be done.

Instead I "do my mother thing"
And try to give Him a hand
But He gently takes the problem back again
And does the work in HIS time.

See? Iím learning patience--very slowly.
I know He has everything in control
And all I have to do is
Lean on him and He will give me strength

Beverley Anderson, Oct. 1996

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~~~~~And a sample recipe left there....YUMMMMMMMMY

Now doesn't this sound scrumptious! *grin*

Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake

2 c Vanilla Wafer Crumbs
14 oz Carmels ( 1 bag)
1 c Chopped Pecans, Toasted
1/2 c Sugar
2 Large Eggs
6 tb Margarine, Melted
5 oz (1 cn) Evaporated Milk
16 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
1 ts Vanilla
1/2 c Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips *

* Chocolate chips should be melted.

Combine crumbs and margarine, press onto bottom and sides of 9-inch spring- form pan. Bake at 350 degrees F., 10 minutes.

In 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan, melt carmels with milk over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth. Pour over crust. Top with pecans. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanila, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in chocolate, pour over pecans. Bake at 350 degrees F., 40 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill. Garnish with whipped cream, additional chopped nuts and maraschino cherries, if desired.

Just Chocolate Recipes
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Just Chocolate Recipes

Enjoy this one!

Deb

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