Lasting Light Poetry

January 25, 2002

Welcome Back! I'm enjoying a nice cup of tea and ready for a visit. It's good to see you again, and have a little time together. First, I have a new poem quite appropriate for Valentine's Day. Have a look!

A Heart So True
A Heart So True


LASTING LIGHT POETRY UPDATES: I invite those of you who have inspirational or poetry websites to add your website to the free for all links page. It's very simple, and you'll find the link on my first page. If you have something nice to share, why not share it? It's on the menu at the bottom of the first page...just scroll down.


Lasting Light Poetry
Lasting Light Poetry


Check out the "Information and Help Page" for any questions about the site. You may send your questions to me as well. Email link is on the bottom of the main page.
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Deja Vu ~~ Here are two poems of mine I'd like to share, especially if you're a newbie. ~~

Just Love
Just Love



Deb & Sunny's New Pages

Karen's Note: Please take a moment to browse through these beautiful pages created by two talented ladies who work with me on my website. There are many treasures there. You will love the cards they make to share with your friends!

A Friend - Deb's new page
A Friend

Butterfly Tears - Lynn's new page
Butterfly Tears


RECIPES & REMEMBRANCES~ Here is the place to share your favorites with us all. If you have any amusing cooking stories or a recipe that's special to you...I'd love for you to send it.

Let's Cook! ~



1 cup Ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
1/2 c. finely-chopped pepperoni
1 envelope Lipton Savory Herb & Garlic mix (dry)

Mix together and place in baking dish.
Sprinkle with 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Serve warm with bagel chips, french bread, or crackers.

From Heather~


~~ Tortilla Pinwheels

Serves 50 Pieces

1 Lb cream cheese
1 Lb ham or turkey chopped
8 oz canned, chopped green chilis
8 oz chopped black olives
1 pkg. 12 medium sized flour tortillas

Blend cream cheese, meat, chilis and olives together. Spread evenly on the tortillas. Roll the tortillas jellyroll style and refrigerate at least 4 hours or all day covered with plastic wrap and a damp cloth. Slice into 1/2 inch slices. Serve immediately with your favorite salsas.


~~ Impossible Greek Spinach Pie

1/2 c Green onions, chopped
1 tb Butter
1 pk Spinach (chopped) thawed and drained
1 c Cottage cheese
1 c Milk
1/2 c Bisquick
3 Eggs
1 ts Lemon juice
1/4 ts Pepper
3 tb Parmesan cheese (grated)
1/4 ts Nutmeg

Cook onions in butter. mix in spinach. In greased dish layer spinach and cottage cheese. Put last 7 ingredients in blender and mix well. Pour over casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until knife comes out clean.


~~ Microwave German Potato Salad

2 lb Red potatoes; cooked and sliced
3 Hard-cooked eggs; chopped
1/2 c Onion; chopped
1/2 c Celery; chopped
6 Bacon strips; diced
2 tb Sugar
4 ts All-purpose flour
2 tb Vinegar
1/2 ts Salt
1/8 ts Pepper
3/4 c Milk

In a large bowl, combine potatoes, eggs, onion and celery; set aside. Place bacon in a microwave-safe bowl; cover with a paper towel and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir. Microwave 3-4 minutes longer or until the bacon is crisp, stirring after each minute. Remove bacon to paper towel to drain; reserve 2 tablespoons drippings. Stir sugar, flour, vinegar, salt and pepper into drippings until smooth; gradually add milk. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes until thickened. Pour over potato mixture; toss. Top with bacon. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings


~~ Fettuccine With Garlic Shrimp

3/4 c Extra virgin olive oil
6 cl Garlic, sliced
1 Fresh red chile pepper, sliced
2 lb Large shrimp, shelled and deveined
4 Fresh basil leaves OR 1 ts Dried basil
Salt to taste
1 lb Fettuccine

Heat oil in frying pan. Add garlic, and chile; saute for 1 minute. Add shrimp and cook over medium-high heat until shrimp turns pink, about 3 minutes. Add basil and salt. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Place fettuccine in heated serving dish. Pour shrimp and oil remaining in pan on top; toss and serve piping hot.


~~ Kentucky Praline Popcorn

4 qt Popped popcorn, light salted
2 c Chopped pecans
3/4 c Butter
3/4 c Brown sugar

In large bowl or roaster, mix popcorn and pecans. Combine butter and brown sugar in sm saucepan. Heat, stirring popcorn mixture. Mix well to coat. Makes 4 qts.


~~ Little Round Cheesecakes

8 oz Cream cheese (2)
3/4 c Sugar
2 Eggs
1 ts Vanilla

Put vanilla wafer in bottom of cupcake foil. Pour mixture in, bake for 15 minutes on 350. Put in refrigerator overnight. Add fruit before you serve.


QUOTES~~ Quotes~~~

The only weapon that becomes sharper with constant use is the tongue.
- Anon.

If you sing country music backwards, you get your job and your wife back.
- Anon.

Someone who thinks of himself as a wit is usually half right.
- Anon.

It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.
- Margaret Bonnano

To be nobody-but-yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
- e.e. cummings

I'm proud of paying taxes. The only thing is --- I could be just as proud for half the money.
- Arthur Godfrey

An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.
- James Michener



On Love

Love is all around me. It is in the gentle raindrops that nourish the flowers waiting to bloom. It's in the friendly face of a neighbor waving at me. I see it in the innocent eyes of my little dog as she follows along after me. I find it in the comforting hugs from people who care. It's the note I didn't expect in the mailbox or the chatty phone call from a friend far away. Love is the icing on the cake. The surprise in a box of Cracker Jacks. It's the peaceful calm just before I close my eyes to sleep. Love is the sunshine that filters softly through the window when I wake. It's a soft kiss. A compliment that makes me smile and warms my heart. There is nothing stronger than love. There is nothing I need more than love. Finally, there is no greater joy than giving love. It swirls around those who receive it and returns in ways I may never know.

Love is magic!

Karen Shaw Matteson

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Karen's Musings
Karen's Musings


It was good visiting with you all again. Thank you for taking time to encourage me with your letters and signing my guestbook when you stop by. I'm glad to have you along. Have a wonderful weekend, and remember to be good to yourself. Shine on.......Until next time........



~~ Hot Fudge Cake

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cups hot water

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, oil and vanilla until smooth. Spread in an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Combine brown sugar and remaining cocoa; sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water over all; do not stir. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.





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