Lasting Light Poetry

July 26, 2002

Hello Friends ~ I have some nice pages to share with you and of course the recipes and a few surprises. Relax and let's spend a bit of time together. ~


Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ I wrote "The Recipe Book" about an experience I had. It doesn't matter if you care to cook or not, for this poem is not about recipes. It's about something much more valuable. ~ When times are less than easy we all need a "Refuge." I hope you will enjoy the peaceful painting by Thomas Kinkade and find something to soothe you in this poem. ~ The last poem is one I hope will make you smile. It's "Something Good." Please have a look. ~

Recipe Book
Recipe Book


Something Good
Something Good


Lynn & Deb's Spot~ no new pages this time, but they'd like to invite you to check out their personal websites.....

Inspirational Gatherings - Lynn's website
A gathering of inspiring poems, postcards, angel poems, living with depression and more.
Inspirational Gatherings

Wee Inspirations - Deb's website
Inspiring poems and stories, greeting cards and a picture tour through Scotland.
Wee Inspirations


Recipes From the Board ~ You're in for a treat! The Lasting Light Message Board is full of fantastic recipes and inspiration. Here's a taste of some very good food. Let's cook!

~~ Artichoke Hearts in Lemon Butter ~ Posted by Karen

2 15-oz. cans artichoke hearts
1/2 C. minced onion
1/2 clove of garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 C. canned chicken broth
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind

Drain artichoke hearts. Saute onion and garlic in butter in saucepan until tender; add chicken broth and artichoke hearts. Season with lemon juice, salt, oregano, and lemon rind. Simmer for 10 minutes or until artichokes are heated through. Makes 6 Servings


~~ Strawberry Ice Box Cake ~ Posted by George


1 package strawberry gelatin
2 - 10 ounce packages frozen sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
2 small angel food cakes, torn into pieces
3 cups whipped topping

Dissolve gelatin into 1/4 cup boiling water. Stir in strawberries, sugar and salt. Stir until thick. Fold in whipped cream. In a 9" x 13" pan...cover the bottom with cake pieces...pour 1/2 of the strawberry mixture over top. Repeat the layers and cover and refrigerate


~~ Creative Burger Toppings ~ Posted by Beatrice

Everyone has their idea of the perfect burger. Here are some of my favorite topping combos: used at Family cookouts.

* The all-American -- tomato, lettuce and onion with 1000 Island dressing
* Guacamole, bacon and swiss cheese
* Teriyaki sauce and grilled pineapple
* Sauteed mushrooms and onions with Swiss cheese
* Barbecue Sauce and onion rings
* Wine sauteed mushrooms, sour cream and minced green onions
* Chili and cheddar cheese with chopped raw onion
* Feta cheese, kalamata olives and spicy yogurt sauce
* Green chiles, jalapenos and salsa, (bacon optional)
* Marinara sauce and provolone cheese
* Sauerkraut, grilled onions and melted Swiss cheese

Don't Forget the Fries!


~~ Raspberry Jam Posted by Helen

Raspberry Jam is the easiest and quickest of all jams to make and is everyone's favourite jam. Eat it with fresh scones or a host of other breads.
Makes 3 - 1lb pots
2lb fresh raspberries
2lb white sugar

Preheat oven to 350F
Wash, dry and sterilize the jars in preheated oven, for 15 minutes.
Heat the sugar in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Chill a plate in the fridge.
Put the raspberries into a wide stainless steel saucepan and cook for 3-4 minutes until the juice begins to run.
Add the hot sugar and stir over a gentle heat until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Increase the heat and boil steadily for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Test for a set by putting about a teaspoon of jam on the cold plate, leaving it for a few minutes in a cool place. It should wrinkle when pushed with a finger.
Remove jam from the heat immediately.
Skim and pour into sterilized jam jars.
Cover straight a way while still hot.
Hide the jam in a cool place or else put on a shelf in your kitchen so you can feel great every time you look at it! Anyway, it will be so delicious it won't last long!


Lasting Light Message Board
Message Board


Note from Karen ~ It's amazing how quickly July is flying by. It's sobering to think the year is more than half over. I was thinking about that last recipe for Raspberry Jam and what a nice Christmas present that would make. I expect it's a crazy time to talk about Christmas, but I hope you will consider making your gifts this year if you have time. A framed photograph from summer or a sachet you wrap in festive ribbons can make nice memories. ~
I will have a brand new poem for you next time. I'm enjoying a break this summer. Thank you for your letters, postings, and guestbook signings which I do treasure. I would appreciate your votes on the first page if you have a moment. Thanks for sharing the journey with me. Shine on.........Karen


Karen's Musings
Karen's Musings


I'd like to share this posting by Beatrice. I know many of you need some encouragement and this really touched my heart. Take a moment and think about these words. Thank you Beatrice for sharing this. ~

I like these lines which first appeared a good many years ago: --

If with pleasure you are viewing any work a man is doing,
If you love him or you like him, tell him now.
Don't withhold your approbation till the person makes oration,
And he lies with snow-white lilies on his brow.
And no matter how you shout it, he won't really care about it,
Will never see the teardrops you have shed.
If a bit of praise is due him, now's the time to slip it to him,
For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.


The thing that matters most of all
Is do you whine or grin;
Are you a gallant, cheery soul
Refusing to give in?
A bit of pluck, a smile, a song
Will bring you through when things go wrong!


If you have been loved and loved and loved,
Believe me this is true;
Not even death can separate
The one you loved, and you.
For though you do not see the form,
The spirit still is near;
And their is comfort in the thought;
The dead, if loved, can hear.


You're altogether wrong to think
This is the end for you.
However cruel life may seem,
Believe, for it is true,
That if you keep on splendidly,
In spite of grief and pain,
The day will come when you can smile,
And life seems good again.


Lasting Light Poetry
Lasting Light Poetry


In Closing.....A couple of quotes for you ~

A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. --- Mother Teresa Of Calcutta 1910

Always direct your thoughts to those truths that will give you confidence, hope, joy, love, thanksgiving, and turn away your mind from those that inspire you with fear, sadness, depression. --- Bertrand Wilbertforce


See you in August!! Share a smile and touch a heart!!




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