Lasting Light Poetry

May 31, 2002

A warm hello~ Summer has definitely arrived where I live. The days are hot and the nights are warm. I have written a brand new poem and have a beautiful painting to share with you. The poem is called "Seasons of My Life". I invite you to have a look.

Seasons of My Life
http://lastinglight.com/seasonsofmylife.html
Seasons of My Life

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Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ I wrote "Miracle" when my heart was burdened for a friend. I hope you will find some encouragement in the words of this poem. "Solitary Walk" has a beautiful watercolor of Old Savannah and is about one of those carefree days when we just decide to take a stroll. Enjoy!

Miracle
http://lastinglight.com/miracle.html
Miracle

Solitary Walk
http://lastinglight.com/solitarywalk.html
Solitary Walk

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

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

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

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Recipes from the Board ~ Something delicious is always cooking at the Lasting Light Poetry Message Board. Here are some wonderful recipes your neighbors have stopped to share. Let's cook!

~~ Guilt Free - Vinegar & Salt French Fries ~ Posted by George

2 baking potatoes, about 1 1/4 pounds, total
3 cups water
2 Tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons. distilled white vinegar
1 Tablespoon canola oil
salt to taste

Serves 4
Pre-heat oven to 400įF (204įC).
Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/4" slices, then crosswise into matchsticks. Combine the water and the 2 tablespoons vinegar in a large bowl. Completely submerge the potato matchsticks in the mixture and allow to soak for 30 minutes.

Drain the potatoes on paper towels. Transfer to a clean, bowl and toss with the oil. Arrange the potatoes on a heavy-gauge, non-stick baking sheet in a single payer. Bake until the potatoes are just beginning to brown. Turn and bake about 10 minutes more, until completely browned and crisped.

Remove from oven and toss with the remaining 2 teaspoons of vinegar and the salt.

Nutrient Information per Serving:
Calories: 100

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~~ Seven Layer Salad ~ Posted by Bea

INGREDIENTS:
1 Medium head lettuce
1/2 Cup cut green pepper
1 Package unthawed peas
2 Cups mayonnaise
4 Ounce (1 cup) grated sharp cheese
1/2 Cup finely cut celery
2 Tablespoons sugar
6 to 8 Strips bacon, fried and crumbled
5 Chopped eggs

INSTRUCTIONS:
Layer salad by ingredients in a 9x13 pan.
In a separate bowl, mix together sugar and mayo then spread over salad.
Crumble bacon on top.
Cover tightly and refrigerate.

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~~ Bailey's Irish Cream Cake ~ Posted by Heart

1 pkg. Duncan Hines yellow cake mix (without pudding)
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1 package instant French vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
Bailey's Irish Cream frosting (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts into bottom of pan. Combine remaining ingredients in large mixing bowl. Beat four minutes on high speed, pour into pan. Bake 45 to 55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cake cool and invert onto plate.

Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting

1 pound powdered sugar
5 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream

Beat all ingredients in a small bowl until fluffy.

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Here is a recipe from my best friendís ten-year-old son. I heard so much from her about how good they were I had to go out and buy a blender to try them!

Joni in Tennessee

~~ Johnís Strawberry Smoothies

1 pound bag of frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
ice - the more ice the thicker the drink (I use eight to ten cubes)

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency. Makes two large glasses.

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Check the Board for more recipes, poetry, and all sorts of wonderful sharing!

Lasting Light Message Board
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Message Board

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Note from Karen ~It's good to know that some things never change. I'm sure most of us are ready for the comfort of a summer's evening when we can sit out under the stars and enjoy the company of others or just our own solitude. I hope you'll take some time to enjoy the beauty around you. I know I can get so busy or preoccupied I forget to notice. I think we can all use some of the sunshine this change of season brings. ~ My sincere appreciation to those of you who take a moment to sign my guestbook when you visit Lasting Light. It remains a labor of love, and your encouragement means so much. Thanks for sharing this journey with me. Until next time...Shine on...Karen

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Quotes ~

He stood beside a cottage lone
And listened to a lute,
One summer's eve, when the breeze was gone,
And the nightingale was mute
~ Thomas K. Hervey

Dirty hands, iced tea, garden fragrances thick in the air and a blanket of color before me, who could ask for more?
~ Bev Adams

For him in vain the envious season roll
Who bears eternal summer in his soul
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

It's the friends you can call at four in the morning that matter.
~ Marlene Dietrich

A friend understands even when your thoughts aren't fitting into words.
~ Ann D. Parish

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
~ Burton Hills

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
~ H. Jackson Brown

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
~ Mark Twain

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BE WELL, BE SAFE, AND SEE YOU SOON........HUGS.....KAREN

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