Lasting Light Poetry

January 31, 2002

Welcome Back! It's good to see you again. First of all, I have a new poem just in time for Valentine's Day. There are many facets of love to explore...please relax and have a look!

Embracing a Dream
Embracing a Dream


Deja Vu~~ Remember these?

Passing Things
Passing Things

Don't Forget
Don't Forget


Here are some beautiful pages to visit from Sunny and Deb. ~Karen

Little Things - Lynn's new page
Little Things

Pieces Of The Past - Deb's new page
Pieces Of The Past


KAREN HAS A MESSAGE BOARD!!!! I'm very pleased to unveil a brand new feature at Lasting Light Poetry. It's a message board to post questions, share a recipe, or leave a thought. I invite you all to visit and join in. That's what it's all about!

Message Board
Message Board


WONDERING WHY YOU DIDN'T RECEIVE LASTING LIGHT NEWSLETTER? Please take a glance at the Information and Help Page...another NEW feature created with you in mind. can always read the latest newsletter and older ones at the Newsletter Archives! Maybe you are looking for a recipe or poem. It's all there!

Information and Help Page
Information and Help Page

Read this Newsletter in the Archive
Read this Newsletter in the Archive

Newsletter Archives
Newsletter Archives


RECIPES & REMEMBRANCES~ Here are some wonderful recipes for you to try. Thanks to all who contributed! Let's start out with two from Jackie..thanks Jackie!!

Hi Karen,
Speaking of Super Bowl goodies; these are two of the favorites in my home. Jackie

~~ Sausage Balls

1 pkg. Bob Evan's (or other) savory sage sausage
3 cups Bisquick
1 cup or a little more shredded sharp cheddar (we like the sharpest we can find)
approximately 1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 375-400
Mix all ingredients, using clean hands form into 1" balls place on baking sheets, bake about 35 mins. Serve hot. This recipe cannot be doubled, tried it, doesn't work :-)
When balls are fully cooked they should be slightly crispy and cheese gooey I keep them on an electric hot tray to keep them warm.

~~ Cheese and Crab Spread (best served on packaged flat bread but any good table water cracker will do)

1 lb. fresh lump crabmeat
1 tablespoon tomato paste
12 oz. cream cheese (softened)
freshly ground black pepper to taste
dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
2 teaspoons worchestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon country style mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Mix all ingredients but crabmeat in food processor or blender until well blendedplace into mixing bowl and gently fold in crabmeat. I like to make this into a ball and cover with crushed fresh dill. Refrigerate at least 3 hrs. It is best made the night before. When refrigerating cover or wrap ball in plastic wrap.


~~ Skillet Chicken for Two

2 chicken breasts, skinned and boned
2 tbsp flour
salt & pepper to taste
3 slices bacon diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
parsley for garnish

Cut chicken into 2 inch pieces. Sprinkle with flour, salt, and pepper. Fry bacon until crisp, push to one side of skillet. Add chicken pieces and garlic and brown lightly. Mix bacon pieces and chicken, add broth and wine. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley before serving. Serves 2.


~~ Egg Spreads

4 hard-boiled egg, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
Combine with one of these:

1/4 cup minced celery, 2 tablespoons minced onion, and 2 tablespoons chili sauce.

1/4 cup cooked chopped chicken and 1 teaspoon curry powder.

1/2 cup minced ham and 2 teaspoons prepared mustard.

2 tablespoons minced pickles, 1 teaspoon prepared mustard, and 1 teaspoon minced onion.

1 tablespoon minced green bell pepper , 1 tablespoon chopped pimiento, and 1 teaspoon chili powder.


~~ Cherrie Smoothie ~~ Yummy for breakfast!

2 cups frozen sweet or tart cherries
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 cup cherry juice blend, or other juice
4 maraschino cherries, for garnish

Put frozen cherries, banana and cherry juice blend in container of electric blender or food processor. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into individual serving glasses. Garnish with maraschino cherries. Serve immediately. Serves 4.


~~ Sugar-Barbecue Beans ~~ Great Crockpot Recipe

2 cans pork 'n beans
1 c brown sugar
2 cans pinto beans with jalepenos
1 onion, chopped
1 c BBQ sauce
1 lb. Ground meat

Brown onions with ground meat. Combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low 4 hours. Serve over cornbread.


~~ Carrot-Pineapple Salad

1 pkg. orange jello
1 pkg. lemon jello
1 c. finely grated carrot
4 to 5 pineapple rings, cut in bits
3 oz. cream cheese
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. cream or milk

Dissolve jello in 1 cups boiling water; add 2 cups cold water (part of it may be ice cubes) to jello. Add grated carrot and pineapple bits. For summer, 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh, sliced) and 2 to 3 tablespoons coconut may be added. For a less sweet dessert, add 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Pour jello into square 8 x 9-inch pan to chill. Cut into squares to serve. Place on lettuce leaf and top with dressing.

For dressing: Allow cheese to soften at room temperature, add mayonnaise and cream or milk. Beat until smooth.


~~ Lemon Bars

1/2 C butter or margerine
1 C flour
1/4 C powdered Sugar
2 eggs
1 C Sugar
3 Tbls lemon juice
2 Tbls Flour

Mix first 3 ingredients and pat into an 8x8 baking pan. Bake 15-20 minutes in 350 oven. While crust is baking, mix together next 4 ingredents and pour on hot baked crust. Bake 20 minutes more. When done, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars when cool.


~~ Chinese Buffet Style Donuts ~~ Makes 10

1 can refrigerated biscuits
1/3 C. sugar
oil to deep fry in

Use either a deep fryer, or a large deep skillet. Be sure to add enough of oil to line the bottom of the pan a couple of inches deep. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Remove biscuits from can and fry a few at a time in the fryer. When browned on one side, turn over. When golden brown on both sides remove from oil, and drain on paper towels. Pour sugar into a small container, and once the donuts have cooled slightly toss the donut into the sugar, and coat on both sides. Be sure to fry only a couple at a time.


~~ Crockpot Kielbasa, Potatoes, and Kraut ~~ Easy!!

1 lb. kielbasa sausage
1 medium can sauerkraut
8 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

Cut the kielbasa into 2-3 inch pieces. Drain and rinse the sauerkraut. Mix the sausage, sauerkraut, and potatoes together in crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.


A Note From Karen ~ Welcome new subscribers! I'm so glad to have you along. The light is always on at Lasting Light Poetry, and I hope you will stay a long time. ~ I hope all of you will visit my website soon and take a look at the new features and changes.

All my poems are now grouped by subject matter. Deb just made a category section very easy to use from the main page. Let me know what you think! These improvements were all made with you in mind. Have a wonderful day, and remember to encourage someone. Encouragement is like air...we need it just as much. Shine on..........Karen~

Lasting Light Poetry
Lasting Light Poetry


When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."
- Erma Bombeck

I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
- Thomas Edison

A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.
- Jim Watkins

Your life is not going to be easy, and it should not be easy. It ought to be hard. It ought to be radical; it ought to be restless; it ought to lead you to places you'd rather not go.
- Henri Nouwen

He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.
- C. K. Chesterton

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
- Jim Elliot

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light somewhere nearby.
- Ruth E. Renkee


A Special Valentine's Day Gift~~To Make

Wrap a small box in Valentine's Day wrapping paper or make your own by decorating red construction paper by pasting on pink hearts, and adding stickers, glitter, etc. You could also wrap it in colorful funnies from the newspaper.

Tie the package with a red ribbon. On regular construction paper or any kind or fancy stationery write the following poem and attach it to your special valentine's day gift box:

This is a very special box that you can never use.
The reason that it's special is that it's always new.
Whenever you feel lonely or are feeling blue.
You only have to hold it and know I think of you.
You never can unwrap it; please keep the ribbon tied.
Just hold the box close to your heart; It's filled with love inside.


Let's end this on a sweet note~~~~~~


4 cups water
2 cups raisins
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten

Cream Cheese Frosting:

3 ounces cream cheese
3 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine water and raisins and boil 10 minutes; add shortening and allow tocool.Sift together sugar, baking soda, flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspiceand salt. Add cooled raisin mixture, and stir to blend. Stir in beaten eggs.(The mixture should resemble texture of zucchini bread, if it is too watery add a little more flour. I found I needed another 1/3 cup.) Bake in twogreased 10-by-9-inch pans at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until cake tests done.

To make frosting, combine cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar andvanilla in mixing bowl. Gradually add a tablespoon of milk at a time to makea thick frosting. If you put in too much milk, just add more confectioners'sugar.


See you next time...........Hugs to all.........Shine on........Karen~~~~~~~~~~




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