Lasting Light Poetry

January 7, 2002

Greetings! It's good to have some time with you. I will start this New Year out by sharing a brand new poem..."Into the New". I think it's appropriate. Take a look!

Into the New
Into the New


When you have a might enjoy looking at these pages. Maybe you know someone who could use some encouragement. I know I always do...

Keep the Faith
Keep the Faith

On Those Days
On Those Days

Power of A Woman
Power of A Woman

Someone Always Cares
Someone Always Cares


Karen's Note...Please take a look at these two exceptional sites by Deb and Lynn. They are extremely talented and check out the beautiful cards they make. You won't find any like them anywhere else.

A Cheerful Heart - Lynn's newest page
A Cheerful Heart

Angels On My Pillow - Deb's newest page
Angels On My Pillow


RECIPES AND REMEMBRANCES~~ I hope you all enjoyed the goodies the holidays had to offer. I'm posting some light recipes you might like to try, along with some winter fare. Please send in any special recipes you enjoy to share with us all. Let's cook.~~


Hi Karen,
Maybe the lady who sent in the recipe for the Angel Divinity will know about a recipe I am looking for. My grandmother made this for breakfast. It is a gravy made with onion and she called it hash gravy. Do you think any of your readers may know the recipe for I have been looking for it for years. I remember it as a clear like gravy. Thank you for your time! God bless you! I would appreciate it if you would ask your readers about this recipe if you can.



~~ Hearty Beef, Pasta, and Spinach Minestrone

Makes 4 Servings

1/2 pound ground round
6 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 (4.4 ounce) package minestrone soup mix
1/2 cup uncooked ditalini (very short tubular macaroni)
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach - thawed, drained and squeezed dry

Cook ground round in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until the meat is browned, stirring to crumble. Drain well, and return meat to pan. Stir in water, stewed tomatoes, and soup mix, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in ditalini and chopped spinach, and simmer for 7 minutes or until the pasta is tender.


~~ Lemon Honey Scones

3 1/4 c flour
1T baking powder
1t salt
6T unsalted butter
1 c milk
1 egg
1/4c honey
1 1/4t grated lemon zest

Heat over to 400. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour the baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine the milk, egg, honey and zest and beat until the honey dissolves. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in milk mixture. Dough will be soft. Sprinkle a work surface with the remaining 1/4c flour and gently knead the dough on the floured surface until smooth. Divide into two round pieces about 1" thick and 5" in diameter. With a lightly floured knife cut each piece into 6 wedges. Bake on ungreased baking sheets until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.


~~ Dijon Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2c light cream
2T dijon mustard
3/4c seedless red or green grapes, cut in half

Saute chicken breasts and remove from pan. Over low heat mix all ingredients in same pan and cook until heated, about 1 minute.


~~ Banana Smoothie

1 ripe banana
1/2 c. nonfat yogurt
1 tbsp. sugar (or to taste)
1 c. crushed ice
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
lime wedge or banana slice, for garnish

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie into a large glass and garnish with a lime wedge or banana slice. Serves 1.


~~ Marinated Vegetable Salad

1 can white whole kernel corn
1 can French style green beans
1 can small peas
1 green pepper, chopped fine
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 small jar pimentos
4 stalks celery, cut fine

1 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 c. white vinegar
1/2 c. salad oil

Drain all vegetables (corn, beans, peas), then add remaining ingredients. Bring dressing ingredients to a boil, simmer several minutes and add 1 tablespoon celery seed. Stir vegetables together and pour dressing over them. Marinate overnight, covered. Enjoy! Good for church potluck.


~~ Batter-Fried Apple Rings

1 C. Bisquick baking mix
1 egg
1/2 C. milk
2 medium apples, pared & cored

Beat baking mix, milk & egg with rotary beater till smooth. Grease griddle. Cut apples crosswise into 1/8" slices. Dip slices into batter. Cook on hot griddle till golden brown, turning once. serve hot -and if you wish- with syrup, jelly and/or powdered sugar.


~~ Easy Macaroni & Cheese

2 C. (8 oz.) elbow macaroni, cooked & drained
1 (13 oz.) can evaporated milk
8 oz. cheddar or american cheese, shredded
1/2 t salt
1/8 t. cayennepaprika (optional)

In a greased, deep, 2 quart casserole dish; mix the macaroni, milk, cheese, salt & cayenne. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Makes 4 servings.

Microwave preparation: Prepare as above. Cover & cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring once, until hot & creamy.


~~ Easy Chocolate Crackled Cookies

1 18.25 ounce box of devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1 tablespoon water
2 eggs
1 cup confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a medium bowl, beat together the shortening, water, and eggs. Add the cake mix, and mix until smooth.
3. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and roll the balls in the confectioners' sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. These are best served the same day, as the confectioners' sugar becomes absorbed by the cookie giving it a pasty look. This can be fixed by dusting the cookies with sugar again.



"Every mother knows her favorite child was the one who deserved love the least...but needed it the most."
- Erma Louise Bombeck

"Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving."
- Erma Louise Bombeck

"I do not participate in any sport that has ambulances at the bottom of the hill."
- Erma Louise Bombeck

"If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead."
- Erma Louise Bombeck

"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."
- Erma Louise Bombeck

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
- Henry J. Kaiser

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives."
- Mark Twain

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
- Robert Byrne


HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~I guess most of us have our Christmas decorations put away by now. I hope this holiday season left you with some happy memories. The year ahead holds promise and dreams for us all. My heartfelt thanks to all new subscribers. Your letters of support and notes on my guestbook mean so much to me. ~~ If you have time, please stop by the first page of my website and give me a vote at one of the sites listed. I'll be back next week with new things to share with you, and please share this newsletter. You will find the newsletters in the archives at Lasting Light Poetry. The link is below. Go take on the day!

Until next time....Shine on......Karen ~


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Walk On~

If the road seems blocked
Turn your head and see
There's another path
Overgrown with weeds

In your heart you know
What must be done
The only secret is
To just walk on

Karen Shaw Matteson


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