Lasting Light Poetry

March 6, 2002

Hello Everyone....March winds are blowing, and some places it's snowing. This is rather a crazy month, but spring is on the way! I have a new poem to share, and I hope you will take a look.

Here I'll Stand
Here I'll Stand


Déjà vu or Maybe New? Check these out...


Freedom to Try
Freedom to Try


Deb and Lynn help me put Lasting Light Poetry together and we work as a team. They also have their own websites which you can visit below.

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

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


Special Note~ I'd like to personally thank each and every one of you who wrote to me after reading my last poem, "Think of That". I also appreciate those of you who read my musing about my own experience with depression. Thanks for your support and understanding.

A warm welcome to new subscribers. I'd like to point out that Lasting Light is meant to be a place of warmth, relaxation, and inspiration. I hope you will visit my website and check out the various categories of poems and stop by the message board to find some wonderful treasures left there by other readers. All newsletters are archived, in case you want to check for a recipe or poem or some link. The links are provided below to various areas. I'm glad to have this time with you again...and will go right on to a favorite!

Shine on......Karen


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Help and Information
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Recipes and Remembrances~ Are you ready to cook up something really delicious. Here are some fantastic recipes to try. Please send yours, and check out the Lasting Light Message Board for more....Let's cook!


This easy and delicious comes to us via Betty...:)

Try this sometime...

~~ Pork Chop & Potato Bake

1. Slice up some potatoes like you would for scalloped potatoes.
2. Put a layer on bottom of casserole or glass pan, salt & pepper, and then put another layer of potatoes down.
3. Put a layer of pork chops on top of potatoes, salt & pepper chops.
4. Pour about 1 1/2 cups milk over all.
5. Cover.
6. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 1 1/2 hrs. (the pork drips flavoring onto the potatoes as it is baking).

Made this tonight and it is sooooo good!


~~ Amish-Style Chicken and Corn Soup (Diabetic & Delicious Recipe!)

Yield: 8 Servings

1/2 Stewing hen or fowl
2 qt Chicken stock or broth
1/4 c Onion; coarsely chopped
1/2 c Carrots; coarsely chopped
1/2 c Celery; coarsely chopped
1 ts Saffron threads; (optional)
3/4 c Corn kernels; (fresh/frozen)
1/2 c Celery; finely chopped
1 tb Parsley; fresh chopped
1 c Egg noodles; cooked

Combine stewing hen with chicken stock, coarsely chopped onions, carrots, celery, and saffron threads. Bring the stock to a simmer. Simmer for about 1 hour, skimming the surface as necessary. Remove and reserve the stewing hen until cool enough to handle; then pick the meat from the bones. Cut into neat little pieces. Strain the saffron broth through a fine sieve. (Note: The soup can be made through this step in advance.

Simply refrigerate broth and diced chicken meat for 2 to 3 days, or freeze the broth and the chicken meat in separate convenient sized containers. Be sure to label and date them. To use, defrost, remove congealed fat, return the broth full boil, and add the diced meat. Continue with recipe.) Add the corn, celery, parsley, and cooked noodles to the broth. Return the soup to a simmer and serve immediately.


~~ Strawberry Tart (Diabetic and goooood!)

Yield: 8 Sweet ones

1 Graham Cracker pie shell
2 c Low-fat milk (2%)
1 1/8 oz (1 pkg) sugar-free vanilla instant pudding mix
1 ts Orange rind; grated freshly
2 c Strawberries - cleaned & hulled (other berries may be substituted)

Use an 8- or 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Firmly pat graham cracker pie shell into tart pan. Set aside. Blend milk with instant pudding mix in deep bowl using a whisk or an electric mixer. Continue mixing at low speed for 1 minute or until pudding is dissolved. Add grated orange rind. Let stand for 5 minutes and pour into pie shell. Let stand for 15 minutes or until set. Arrange strawberries or other berries decoratively over pudding shortly before serving.


~~ I also wanted to tell you of a "recipe" that some of your friends may enjoy. Actually it's more of a cooking suggestion than a recipe. My family doesn't like to have chicken or pork chops cooked the same way every time, so a friend of mine made a suggestion and I have used it for many years. Before you bake your chicken or pork chops, take some salad dressing (any flavor/variety will do) and pour it on top of the meat. Then sprinkle some bread crumbs lightly on top and bake uncovered for the recommended time. It comes out different with each different dressing you use and usually comes out moist.

Thanks Carole~



A nutritious snack that's fun to eat.

Celery sticks
Peanut butter or cream cheese

Cut celery into 4- to 5-inch lengths. Fill sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese, then place raisins on the top.


~~ Easy Bean Salad

1 15 Oz. Can Black Beans -- drained/rinsed
1 15 Oz. Can Pink Beans -- drained/rinsed
1 15 Oz. Can White Beans -- drained/rinsed
1 15 Oz. Can Corn -- drained/rinsed
2 Cups Roma Tomatoes -- chopped
1 Large Yellow Onion -- finely chopped
1 Large Green Pepper -- finely chopped
1/2 Cup Salsa
1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
2 Cloves Garlic -- crushed
Freshly Ground Black Pepper -- to taste

Combine the beans, tomato and chopped onions and green pepper in a large bowl, mixing gently as to not break up the beans. Combine the salsa, red wine vinegar, crushed garlic and freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk together and pour over bean mixture, folding gently. Chill for a few hours before serving.


~~ Country Style Green Beans (serves 4-6)

1/4 lb. Sliced Bacon
3 Cans Whole Green Beans (14.1/2 oz do not drain liquid)
1/4 of a medium sized Onion
1 tsp. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper

In a two quart sauce pan on medium heat, cook bacon until lightly brown but not crisp. When bacon has browned add green beans. Add salt, sugar, pepper, and mix well. Place onion on top of green beans, cover with a lid and bring to a light boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer beans for 45 minutes.

This is always a winner!!


~~ Easy Microwave Rice (Makes 4 Servings)

2 cups water
1 cup long-grain white rice

Add water and rice to 2-quart covered mircrowave-safe dish. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Continue to microwave using 50% power for 15 minutes. Do not remove cover. Let stand covered for 15 minutes.

Remove cover...and be careful of the steam. Fluff and serve hot!


~~ Stir-Fry Beef or Chicken with Pea Pods

1/2 lb. lean beef or chicken, sliced thin and cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup (4-0z) sliced mushrooms
2 T. coking oil
1 tsp. salt
1-6 oz. package frozen pea pods

1 T. wine
2 T. soy sauce
2 tsp. cornstarch

Marinate beef or chicken for 5 minutes. Heat oil, add meat including marinade; saute over high heat until meat changes color. Add pea pods and mushrooms. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes stirring constantly. Serve hot over rice. Makes 4 servings.



Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give
strength to body and soul.
-- John Muir

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
-- Marcus Aurelius

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
-- G.B. Stern

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive.
-- David S. Muzzey

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Some Irish Blessings for you~~

May there be just enough clouds on your horizon
to cause a beautiful sunset.

May the roof above us never fall in,
and may we friends gathered below never fall out.

May your pockets be heavy and your hearts be light.

May good luck pursue you each morning and night.


From the Lasting Light Message Board

Angel Hugs Grief Support Room
Angel Hugs Grief Support Room

Thank you from both Helen and me :)

The above link was sent in by Pat, and I wanted to share it for any who were interested.

Thank you Pat and Helen!


Here's one from Sunny! I loved it, and asked if a bar of chocolate could be added!

Daily Survival Kit

1) TOOTHPICK - to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others.
- Matt. 7:1
2) RUBBER BAND - to remind you to be flexible, things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out.
- Romans 8:28
3) BAND AID - to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else's.
- Col. 3:12-14
4) PENCIL - to remind you to list your blessings everyday.
- Eph.1:3
5) ERASER - To remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's OK.
- Gen.50:15-21
6) CHEWING GUM - to remind you to stick with it, and you can accomplish anything.
- Phil 4:13
7) MINT - to remind you that you are worth a mint.
- John 3:16-17
8) CANDY KISS - to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday.
- 1 John 4:7
9) TEA BAG - to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of blessings.
- 1 Thess. 5:18

Thanks Sunny!


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Hugs, Karen




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