Lasting Light Poetry

January 12, 2002

Welcome Back! Join me for a stroll down south. I think you'll love the painting of historic Savannah, Georgia! Take a peek at my new poem. Let's go!

Solitary Walk
Solitary Walk


~~Deja Vu~~ An assortment of my poems to read and share~~ Karen~

An Ideal World
An Ideal World

Woman Alone
Woman Alone

Precious in His Sight
Precious in His Sight

Freedom to Try
Freedom to Try


Deb & Lynn's Pages

Tender Lass
Tender Lass

My Teddy Bear
My Teddy Bear


Recipes and Remembrances~~ Here are some wonderful recipes sent in by readers, and some of my own. Please share yours with us all. I'd love to hear what your favorite Valentine's Day treat is.....Enjoy!


~~ Chicken Bolognese

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper
8 thin slices prociutto ham or Smithfield ham
8 thins slices Fontina cheese
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
4 Tbsp. chicken broth

Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally to form two thin halves. It may be easier if you partially freeze the chicken breasts before trying to slice them in half. Place each breast half between two pieces of wax paper and pound with the flat of a large meat cleaver or the bottom of a bottle to flatten the chicken. Put flour on a plate and mix in salt and pepper. Sprinkle additional salt and pepper on each breast.

Combine butter and olive oil in large frying pan and heat over medium/high heat. Dip each breast piece in the flour and then brown them, a few at a time in the butter and olive oil. Remove each breast piece, when browned on both sides and place in a large baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. When all the breasts pieces are in the dish, top each one with a piece of ham, followed by a piece of cheese.

Drizzle chicken broth over each piece and then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve this with linguine noodles, cooked as directed with just a little butter and salt and pepper. We also used Smithfield ham in the recipe, left over from Christmas, and it was wonderful.




This is not a true chili, but if you like chili, you'll love Chalupa. It may be made ahead and re-heated and it freezes well.

1 lb. pinto beans
3 lb. pork roast
7 cups water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles
2 cloves garlic, minced tortilla chips
1 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano

Put all ingredients except corn chips in crock pot. Cover and simmer 5 hrs. or until roast falls apart and beans are tender. Uncover and cook 1/2 hr. until desired thickness. Serve over tortilla chips and pass toppings: chopped tomatoes, avocados, onions, shredded onions, grated cheese, picante sauce.


~~ Cherry Cheese Scones

3/4 cup dried cherries
2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. lemon zest
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425. Cover cherries with boiling water, plump for 5 minutes, drain & pat dry on paper towels. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl, mix well with a fork. Add the dried cherries and lemon zest. Stir in cream until dough starts to mass in the center of bowl. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly a few times. Push cherries beneath the surface of the dough. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Pat into a 10" circle. Brush with butter. Cut into 12 wedges & bake for 12 minutes.


~~ Antebellum Rice Bread

1 tablespoon Melted butter
1 teaspoon Salt (may be eliminated if you choose to do so)
1/2 tablespoon Melted shortening
1 dash Cayenne pepper (optional)
1 cup Cooked rice
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Cornmeal
3 Eggs beaten

Place the melted fats and the rice in a heavy saucepan, covered, over very low heat. Mix cornmeal and salt and pepper, then stir milk into beaten eggs and blend in the cornmeal. Blend together with the rice mixture and put into greased 8 or 9 inch square pan.

Bake at 450 F until firm when tapped with finger and well browned on top about 25 minutes. Cut into squares to serve.


~~ Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup Crisco (shortening)
1/2 t. salt
1 cup peanut butter

Add Gradually:
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs
1 T. milk

Sift: (I never do) and add 2 cups flour
1 t. baking soda

Put on greased cookie sheet in walnut sized chunks; press down with fork tines. (can make larger if you wish)

Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 min. (depends on your check for color). Can bake them to a light golden brown or leave in oven a little longer for a darker, crisper cookie.



~~ Low Fat Meringue Cookies

3 ea Egg whites
1/4 ts Cream of tartar
3/4 c Sugar
3 tb Cocoa

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl until foamy. Add 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat at hightest speed until stiff and glossy. Remove 3/4 cup of the mixture to a small mixing bowl and set aside.

Stir cocoa into the meringue in the large mixing bowl; combine thoroughly. Drop by level measuring tablespoon, about 1 1/2 inches apart, onto aluminum foil lined baking sheets. Make a small indentation in center of each with top of teaspoon. Take the small mixing bowl of reserved meringue and spoon 1/2 teaspoon into each indentation.

Bake at 275 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn off oven; leave meringues in oven with door closed for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen cookies


~~ Harvard Beets - An Old Classic Recipe

12 small beets, cooked and cut into slices or cube
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
2 Tbs. butter

Method~ Mix the sugar and cornstarch. Add vinegar and water and boil 5 mins. Add beets to hot sauce and let stand at least 30 minutes. Just before serving, bring to a boiling point and add butter.


NOTE FROM KAREN~~ My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have written me and signed my guestbook. I do treasure each letter. I wanted to make a note of the fact that I am in the process of trying to adjust the form you use to mail my pages to be more flexible. I know some of you want to add or subtract addresses, and I am working on getting this resolved. Thank you for your patience.

WELCOME NEW SUBSCRIBERS~ I'm so pleased to have you along on this journey, and look forward to spending some time with you. The light is always on here....Shine on! ~Karen


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Free-For-All Links Page
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Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance.
- anon.

How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
- Charles DeGaulle

For a man to truly understand rejection, he must first be ignored by a cat.
- anon.

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
- Mark Twain

I hate quotations.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Goals are dreams with deadlines.
- anon.

Seven days without laughter makes one weak.
- Mort Walker


Bored? Here are a few two simple projects to try. The main idea is to be creative and have fun....


Spanish Moss
Hot Glue Gun
1 Small Piece of Garden Hose
Dried Flowers - Potpourri

Fasten Garden Hose into a circular shape with a string or twine. (Less accurate the more character) Use your hot glue gun to attach spanish moss to hose. Once dry, you can begin attaching potpourri, dried flowers or add miniature garden tools. - Contributed by Kari



4 small jars
2 cups water
4 packages of Knox Gelatin
40 drops of your favorite essential oil

Heat 1 cup of water in microwave. Stir in the gelatin until it dissolves. Add the remaining 1 cup of water. Place 10 drops of essential oil in each jar then fill with gel mixture. Refrigerate aprox. 2 hours. Place the lid back on & decorate. Great gift giving idea.


Until next time.......Shine On........Hugs, Karen

Recipe for Happiness Cake

Take a couple of good deeds,
a measure of thoughtfulness,
a heaping tablespoon of consideration,
a sizable portion of forgiveness and mix
thoroughly with tears of joy and seeds of faith.
Blend daily into your life, baked with the warmth of love,
served with a blessing and a smile to make a life full of peace and happiness.




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