Lasting Light Poetry

February 6, 2003

Hello Again ~ We have many holidays this month, but my favorite is Valentine's Day. I think you will enjoy the sheer delicacy of the painting I selected for this page. "Heart Dance" is dedicated to the magic of love and romance. I have used a song I am very fond of, and hope you will share this very special page with everyone you love. Enjoy.......

Heart Dance
Heart Dance


Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ I dedicate "Unchanging Love" to the Crew of the Columbia and to our nation. In these troubled times, we are all in need of comfort. ~ The joys of friendship are extolled in "Don't Let Go". I hope you have at least one friend who is always there for you. ~ "Rainbow Heart" remains a poem I still enjoy. It is a walk through the eyes of a child. Will you join me? Let's go...

Unchanging Love
Unchanging Love

Don't Let Go
Don't Let Go

Rainbow Heart
Rainbow Heart


Lynn and Deb's Spot ~

Second Chance - Lynn's latest page....
Second Chance

Happy Valentine's Day! - Deb's newest Wee Greeting Card....
Happy Valentine's Day!


Recipes From the Board ~ Here are some lovely recipes for Valentine's Day or any day. Our wonderful and creative cooks have posted some delicious offerings at Lasting Light Message Board. Let's Cook!

~~ Black Forest Cheesecake Squares ~ Posted by Pam

1 pk Fudge marble cake mix
1/4 c Oil
3 Eggs; divided
3 pk (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c Sugar
1/2 c Dairy sour cream
1/2 c Whipping cream
1 cn (21 oz.) cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Reserve 1 cup dry cake mix and swirl pouch; set aside. In large bowl, combine remaining cake mix, oil and 1 egg at low speed until dough forms. Press in bottom and 1 inch up sides of greased pan. Bake for 8 minutes.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in reserved 1 cup cake mix, sugar, sour cream and whipping cream at low speed. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed until creamy.

Reserve 2 cups cheese mixture. Spoon remaining cheese mixture over crust. Add reserved swirl pouch to reserved cheese mixture; blend well. Spoon chocolate mixture evenly over cheese mixture.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until edges are set and center is almost set. Do not overbake. Run knife around sides of pan. Cool to room temperature on wire rack.

Spoon fruit filling evenly over top of cheesecake. Refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving. Store in refrigerator. Makes 48 bars.


~~ Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies ~ Posted by Beatrice

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 package (11 oz.) package of chocolate kiss candies

Makes 7 Dozen Cookies

1. Preheat oven to 375°F
2. Cream together granulated sugar, brown sugar, shortening and peanut butter.
3. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well.
4. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to Jif mixture. Beat well.
5. Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in additional granulated sugar.
6. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.
7.Remove from oven. Press a milk chocolate candy into the center of each warm cookie.
8. Return to oven; bake 3 minutes longer.

(Note: I've had these, and they are excellent. Wonderful for gifts!)


~~ Cashew Shrimp ~ Posted by Beatrice

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon oyster-flavored sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3/4 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails intact
1 carrot, thinly sliced diagonally
1/4 lb. snow peas, trimmed
1/4 cup sliced water chestnuts
Vegetable oil
3/4 cup unsalted, roasted cashews

In a mixing bowl, combine vegetable oil, oyster-flavored sauce, soy sauce, wine and cornstarch; stir until smooth.

Add shrimp, carrot, snow peas and water chestnuts; stir to coat evenly.

Brush black metal tray with vegetable oil. Spread shrimp mixture on tray.

Cook for 3 to 4 minutes at or until shrimp turn pink. Sprinkle with cashews.

Makes 4 servings.


Karen's Musings
Karen's Musings

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Note From Karen ~ It's good to be with you again after so long. I am thankful for each of you who've shared this journey with me and welcome everyone new who is reading this. I hope you will visit Lasting Light Poetry to relax or find some inspiration. Please take a moment to sign my guestbook if you have time and let me know you were here. ~ Stay warm and don't forget to share a smile. A smile can build a bridge when nothing else can get across. Shine on..........Karen


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Quotes ~

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Carl Jung
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

François de La Rochefoucauld
The heart is forever making the head its fool.

Henry Clay (1777-1852)
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart.

James Earl Jones
One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.

Charles W. Chestnut (1858-1899)
The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.

Henri-Frederic Amiel
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.


True Love ~

A true love doesn't waiver
When gale winds start to blow
The steel in love is delicate
Yet imperishionable, you know.....

Karen Shaw Matteson


See you soon....Shine on.




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