Lasting Light Poetry

January 18, 2002

Hello Friends....I have some nice things to share with you all, including some fantastic snacks and recipes and a brand new poem called "Friends". I do love writing poetry, but I enjoy sharing ideas and a bit of fun as well. Please send your recipe ideas or suggestions along to share with us all. We're on this journey together. I hope to hear from you. You can find the email address for Lasting Light Poetry on the first page of the website...just scroll on down and click on "Email".

NEW POEM~~ Friends

Lasting Light Poetry
Lasting Light Poetry


Deja Vu~~ Stroll through some of my poems with me....let's go...

Something Good
Something Good

Unchanging Love
Unchanging Love

The Recipe Book
The Recipe Book

An Ideal World
An Ideal World

~~ I know some of you have seen these, but for newbies, check it out.


I want to call attention to a very beautiful page Deb did recently. I'm not sure how many of you saw it in the last newsletter, but if you haven't taken a peek, I highly recommend it. The painting is called "Scottish Doll", and she is lovely. I wrote the poem to go with it called "Tender Lass". I must say, I fell in love with the painting. Treat yourself to this.

Enjoy! ~ Karen

Tender Lass
Tender Lass

~~ Lynn's Newest Page

Letter to my Friend
Letter to my Friend

~~ Deb's Newest Pages

Grandma's Double Rainbow
Grandma's Double Rainbow

Friendship - Wee Greeting Card
Friendship - Wee Greeting Card


NEW THINGS AT LASTING LIGHT POETRY: I know many of you are frustrated by not getting the newsletters on time. I apologize for this, and ask that you check out a NEW information page regarding this on my website. I hope you find this helpful. Here is the link. All my newsletters will be in the archives, so look for them there if you think you've missed one. Thanks!


Newsletter Archive
Newsletter Archive


WELCOME NEW well as old friends. I'm hoping your January is starting out well. Visit often, for you will always find a warm welcome and something of interest at Lasting Light Poetry.



This special edition has some fantastic appetizer recipes and fun things to serve for winter treats. There are some that are perfect for Super Bowl parties. Let's cook! ~


~~ Reuben, Rueban

4 ounces sliced corned beef, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese (about 2 ounces)
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1/4 cup chopped sauerkraut, well drained
2-3 tablespoons milk
Rye Crackers or rye bread sticks, for dipping

~In a small saucepan, combine corned beef, Swiss cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and sauerkraut. Cook over low heat, stirring to combine all ingredients as the cheeses melt. Thin with milk to dripping consistency. Serve warm dip with rye crackers or rye bread sticks...or whatever you like.


~~ Potato Skin Appetizers

6 baking potatoes
Vegetable cooking spray
1 1/2 cups mixed cheese (suggestion: sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, and mozzarella)
6 to 8 strips bacon, fried and crumbled
1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped

Optional toppings and dips: sour cream, jalapeno peppers, barbecue sauce, ranch style dip, or hot honey mustard sauce.

Wash potatoes and place directly on oven rack in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and cool 30 minutes. Slice each potato lengthwise and scoop out middle. Leave about 1/4 inch around edge and on bottom to hold skin together. Lightly spray each skin, inside and out with vegetable cooking spray and place on a baking sheet skin side down.

Preheat broiler to high and broil for 8 to 10 minutes, or until potato pulp starts to brown. Remove from oven and fill each potato with cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Top with fried bacon and chives and serve immediately with optional toppings and dips. Makes 12 potato skin appetizers.



2 teaspoons olive oil
2 14 1/2-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth
2 cups water
3/4 cup canned Mexican-style stewed tomatoes with juices
1 bay leaf
4-5 clove garlic, pressed
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
12 ounces skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
tortilla chips

Combine broth, water, tomatoes, bay leaf, garlic, cumin and red pepper in saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Add chicken; simmer until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in green onions, cilantro and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

I like to fry up my own skinny little tortilla strips to pile on top--the different color tortillas (if you can get them look pretty)


~~ CHASEN'S RESTAURANT CHILI (This was Elizabeth Taylor's favorite chili)

1/2 lb. pinto beans, washed and soaked overnight
5 cups canned tomatoes
1 lb. chopped green peppers
1-1/2 Tbsp. salad oil
1-1/2 lbs. chopped onions
2 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 lb. ground lean pork
2-1/2 lbs. chili-grind beef chuck
1/2 cup chili powder
2 Tbs. salt
1-1/2 tsp. black pepper
1-1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1-1/2 tsp. monosodium glutamate (Accent)

Simmer beans in cooking water until tender. Add tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes. Saute the green peppers in oil for 5 minutes. Add onions and cook until tender, stirring often. Add garlic and parsley. Saute the pork and beef in butter for 15 minutes. Add the meat to the vegetable mixture, stir in the chili powder, and cook for 10 minutes. Then put in the beans and spices and simmer, covered, for 1 hr. Uncover the pot and simmer for another 30 minutes. Skim off the grease. Thats it. Serves 8.



If you have a true friend, you have more than your share.
- ThomasFuller

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
- Unknown

Wherever you are meant to be, I am at your side. I myself will lead you, for love is my guide. Our path will be strewn with roses, But roses also grow with thorns, So play your magic flute, it will protect us along the way.
- Unknown

"I believe that if I should die, and you were to walk near my grave, from the very depths of the earth I would hear your footsteps, my friend.
- Unknown

Don't walk in front of me, I may not always follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not always lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Unknown

"Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 'Pooh!' he whispered. 'Yes,Piglet?' 'Nothing,' said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. 'I just wanted to besure of you.'"
- The Tao of Pooh

Friendship doubles your joy and divides your sorrow.
- Unknown

It is by chance we met, by choice we became friends.
- Unknown

A true friend thinks of you when all others are thinking ofthemselves.
- Unknown

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of three of your bestfriends. If they're okay, then it's you.
- Rita Mae Brown


Would I forget something sweet for you? No....and here are two special cookie recipes from Deb. Thanks Deb!!!

Hi Karen...these are 2 of my favourite recipes to make for something sweet :) ~~ Deb

~~ Forgotten Cookies

2 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 ounces sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans (optional - or add another cup of chips instead)

Pre-heat oven to 350. Beat egg whites until stiff, add sugar gradually. Beat at high speed for 5 minutes. Fold in vanilla, chips and nuts. Drop from teaspoon onto foil lined cookie sheet. Put in oven and turn off the heat. Leave overnight or at least 8 hours. Makes about 3 dozen.

Note: if you double this recipe, you must beat at high speed for 10 minutes.


~~ Chocolate Coconut Balls

1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Boil these ingredients for 2 minutes, no longer.

In another bowl, mix:

2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup coconut

Pour in sauce and mix well. Drop by teaspoon onto wax paper. Let cool.


The warmth of friendship takes the chill out of lonely days. ~~Karen Shaw Matteson




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