Lasting Light Poetry

February 6, 2002

Happy February! Let's start the month off with a brand new poem. I am very fond of "The Spinster", because it's based on a true story. You must take a look for yourself. Enjoy!

The Spinster
The Spinster


Deja Vu~~ Poems to discover or rediscover......have a look...~

On Those Days
On Those Days

Precious in His Sight
Precious in His Sight


Do take a look at these fantastic pages and cards by Deb & Sunny. Let's go! ~

Goodnight Kisses
Goodnight Kisses

You Are Special
You Are Special


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Let's start off with a yummy recipe from a very sweet lady. Thanks for sharing Janice!


1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
14 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 heavy large baking sheets. Beat margarine and both sugars in large bowl until fluffy and well blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, the vanilla. Sift flour, baking soda and salt over margarine mixture and stir to blend. Mix in oats, the chocolate chips and pecans. Working in batches, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets. Bake cookies until golden brown, about 14 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

Yield: 4 dozen



1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cuponion, chopped
1 cream of mushroom soup
1 6 3/4 oz. Chicken of the Sea© Chunk Light Tuna
2 cup chicken broth
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
1 can chow mein noodles

Layer in a 13" x 9" baking dish:
chopped celery, chopped onions, cream of mushroom soup, tuna, chicken broth, sliced water chestnuts, and chow mein noodles. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.


~~ BUTTERY COD FLORENTINE This is incredibly Good...

1 Lb. frozen Cod filets, thawed & drained
1 (4 oz) can Mushroom pieces and stems
1/3 cup Butter, melted
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
5 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed/drained
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tsp dillweed
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce

Place Cod in ungreased 8 x 8 baking dish. Cover with layer of spinach Layer mushrooms over spinach. Sprinkle with cheese (use more if you like). Combine butter, dillweed, nutmeg and hot pepper sauce pour over cheese layer. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.


~~ Quick & Easy Microwave Butter Toffee

1 1/3 cup sugar
1 cup softened butter
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cups chopped walnuts

In a large microwave safe bowl, mix sugar, butter, water and corn syrup. Microwave on high 4 minutes. Stirring every 2 minutes, heat 6-8 minutes longer until thickened and gold in color. Add vanilla; stir well. Pour mixture into 9x13 dish. Spread chocolate chips over hot toffee. Sprinkle with nuts. Cool completely. Break into pieces.


~~ Crockpot Hamburger Soup

1 1/2 lb Lean Ground Beef
1 ea Med. Onion, Chopped
1 c Carrots, Sliced
1 c Celery, Sliced
1 c Cabbage, Sliced
6 oz (1 cn) Tomato Paste
2 ts Worcestershire sauce
3 c Beef Bouillon, or Stock

In skillet, brown ground beef and drain thoroughly.Add onion, carrots, celery and cabbage. Combine tomato paste, worcestershire sauce and beef stock/bouillon. Add to crockpot, with Hamburger and stir to blend. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours, or high setting for 3 to 4 hours.


~~ Baked Quesadilla Squares

2 c Cheddar cheese; shredded
2 c Monterey jack cheese; shredded
2 c Diced green chilies (4 oz)-drained
2 c Milk
1 c Buttermilk baking mix
4 Eggs; beaten to blend
1/4 c Salsa Sour cream
Guacamole Additional salsa

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Sprinkle cheeses in bottom. Top with chilies. Combine milk, baking mix, and eggs in large bowl and beat until smooth. Carefully pour over chilies. Top with 1/4 cup salsa. Bake until puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve. Pass sour cream, guacamole and additional salsa separately.

NOTE: I think 425 degrees might be too hot for this dish. I would start it at 375 and bake a little longer if necessary.
Thanks Judi!


~~ Amish Dip/Sandwich Spread

8oz Cream cheese
1/2 c Mayonnaise
1 c Tuna
1/2 c Pitted olives
2 tb Lemon juice
Black pepper

Mix cheese and mayonnaise well and add other ingredients, use as dip or spread.


NOTE FROM KAREN~ Welcome new friends, and welcome back to you all. We're having some sunshine today, and it's amazing how much I appreciate it after many days of fog and rain. I think we all get tired of gray days, but the rain and cold make way for a beautiful spring. ~ Please take a moment each day to send someone a warm thought or some encouragment. You never know the difference it will make in their day, and I guarantee it will make a big difference in yours.

I remind you again to be good to yourself. There is nobody on earth like you, and you do make a difference. ~ Thank you for your letters of encouragement to me and for signing my guestbook when you visit. This always makes my day. Enjoy the day! I look forward to my next time with you.

Shine on, dear friends........Karen~

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Valentine's Day Ideas~~

~~ Valentine Cake

Instead of buying a cake mold for Valentines you probably already have one!! Bake a two layer cake. One in a round pan, one in a square pan. When baked and cool....slice the round one in half. Place each half of the round on two corner of the square and you will have a perfect heart shape. Decorate with icing and decorations of your choice. (Shaved chocolate, tiny cake decorations and edible sugar glitter, etc.)


Love is patient, Love is kind,it does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud.It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evilbut rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trust,always hopes, always perseveres.- I Corinthians 13:4-7 -


Romantic Ideas~~

Write a poem or love letter
Call from work just to say, "I love you"
Write your lover a note and leave it where they'll find it later
Brush her hair ... gently
Remember, hugs are important !!
Cuddle, snuggle, touch
Memorize her favorite poem


The Meaning of Roses

White roses are for true love and purity of the mind.
Red roses are for love and passion.
Yellow roses are for friendship.
Black roses mean farewell.
Pink roses mean friendship or sweetheart.


Another idea for the Valentine coupons is to write them on small pieces of paper and roll them tight. Insert them into balloons and blow them up. Place them around the house and let your honey pop the balloons in order to collect their special coupons.

Some ideas are:

"One Free Back Rub"
"One Free Foot Rub"
"Candle-lit Dinner"
"One Night-on-the-Town"
"One Night of Hugs and Kisses"
"Good for one night of doing the Dishes"
"Their Favorite Dessert"
"One Kids-free Evening"
"One Free Car Wash"

You get the idea! Use your imagination, I'm sure there's lots of stuff your sweetie would find very special to them.


~~ Valentines Day Creamsicle Frappe for Two

2 cups Vanilla ice cream
1 cup Orange juice
1 cup Cold water
1/4 cup Undiluted Orange juice concentrate

In a blender or food processor, combine the ice cream, orange juice, water, and orange juice concentrate. Blend until smooth. Divide into two glasses. Enjoy~



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