Lasting Light Poetry

November 22, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I don't have a new poem for you, but I did want to share some you might enjoy. I know many of you have read "The Recipe Book", but if you haven't I hope you'll take a look. It is actually a true story from my own life. ~ Many of you will be donating your time to serve others this Thanksgiving, and this poem is for you. Have a look at "Caring Hearts". ~ "Gratitude" was written to remind me of the many things I have to be thankful for. I hope you enjoy it. ~

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Caring Hearts
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Lynn and 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.
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Wee Inspirations - Deb's website
Inspiring poems and stories, greeting cards and a picture tour through Scotland.
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Recipes from the Board ~ The Lasting Light Message Board is brimming with fantastic holiday recipes and ideas. Here are a few that might inspire you. Please stop by and have a glance, or leave one of your own. Let's cook! ~

~~ Sensational Double Layer Pumpkin Pie ~ Posted by Beatrice

4 Ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon milk or half and half
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups whipped cream topping
1 graham cracker crust
1 cup cold milk or half and half
2 small vanilla flavored instant pudding packages
1 can pumpkin pie filling -- (16 oz)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 Teaspoon ground cloves

Beat cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of milk, and sugar with wire whisk until smooth.
Gently stir in the whipped cream topping.
Spread on bottom of graham cracker crust.
Pour 1 cup milk into bowl, add pudding mix.
Beat with wire whisk for one to two minutes--mixture will be thick.
Stir in pumpkin and spices with wire whisk. Mix well. Spread over cream cheese layer.
Refrigerate four hours, or until set.

Note: This recipe would knock their socks off! Looks fabulous.


~~ Sausage-Cornbread Dressing ~ Posted by Anna

1 lb. ground pork sausage
2 medium onions, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
6 c. crumbled cornbread
3 c. white bread cubes, toasted
2 tsp. rubbed sage
1/4 tsp. salt, (optional)
1 tsp. pepper
4 c. turkey broth
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1. Combine sausage, onion and celery in a large skillet, cook over medium heat, stirring until sausage crumbles. Drain well.

2. Combine cornbread and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in sausage mixture. Add broth and eggs, stirring well. Spoon into a lightly greased 13x9x2-in. baking dish.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until browned


~~ Sherried Turkey Casserole

1 (10-3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup*
1 cup milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons dry sherry
3 cups hot cooked rice
1 cup finely diced cooked turkey
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimientos, drained

Combine soup, milk, cheese and sherry in large skillet. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes. Add rice, turkey, pepper and pimientos. Continue to cook until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with paprika before serving. Makes 6 servings.

*Substitute homemade white sauce or cream of chicken soup

Note: This is an original way to use up the extra turkey.

Easy to fix for the holidays. Delicious. ~ Posted by Anna


~~ Pistachio Salad

1 can crushed pineapple (with juice) -- 20 ounce can
1 box Pistachio instant pudding -- 3 ounce
1 cup mini-marshmallows
1 container cool whip -- 9 ounce

Stir together pineapple and instant pudding. Add marshmallows; stir in Cool Whip. chill

Note: As simple as this is, it's always a favorite!


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Note from Karen : I want to express my deep appreciation for each and every one of you who have been with me on this journey. Whatever your situation is this Thanksgiving, I hope you will take a moment to remember all the good things that have come your way. It is possible for each and every one of us to make a positive difference in the lives of others. It doesn't take money. It only takes a moment to be kind and share what you can. I wish you a day of happy reflections and warmth for your soul.
Shine on.........Karen


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Inspiration from the Board ~ Here is a simple and good wish for each of us. Thank you Sandy for posting it. ~

I wish for you
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Gentle hugs when spirits sag,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Faith so that you can believe,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
And love to complete your life.
God Bless you!


Quotes ~

What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
--Erma Bombeck

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
--Estonian proverb

Got no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the mornin' and the moon at night.
--Irving Berlin

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
--Henry Ward Beecher

Do not get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
--Galatians 6:9

God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends.
--Ethel Watts Mumford


Until next time...Be Safe.......Be well.......Share a smile. ~




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