Lasting Light Poetry

November 8, 2002

Hello Again! November has breezed right in, and I have a brand new poem to share with you. Sit back and relax. I know you'll love this beautiful Thomas Kinkade painting of Carmel Avenue in California. Take a look at "Destination".



Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ As we honor Veteran's Day I hope you'll have a look at a special page I made to honor those who have served their country. "Day is Done" is a tribute to all our special loved ones. "Keeper of the Light" is another page dedicated to a symbol of our freedom. Enjoy!

Day is Done
Day is Done

Keeper of the Light
Keeper of the Light


Deb and 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.
Wee Inspirations

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


Recipes from the Board ~ I'm amazed at the recent harvest of fantastic recipes posted on Lasting Light Poetry Message Board. I will share a few here. There are some wonderful fall dishes to enjoy. Let's cook!

This first recipe looks fantastic for a hearty weekend or company dish!

~~ Baked Mostaccioli with Sausage and Peppers ~ Posted by Joni

1 lb. sweet or hot sausage (casings removed)
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, sliced (separate into rings)
4 cups Marinara sauce
1 cup water
1 lb. Mostaccioli (cook 8 minutes, drain)
1 lb. mozzarella, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

In large skillet, brown sausage, pepper and onion over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add Marinara sauce and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Spread 1 cup sauce in bottom of 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Top with half the Mostaccioli, half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Spread 2 cups of sauce then layer remaining pasta, sauce, and mozzarella. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until heated through. Serves 6 to 8.


~~ Decadent Chocolate Delight (Crockpot Recipe) ~ Posted by Karen

1 package chocolate cake mix
8 oz. sour cream
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup water
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (4 serving) pkg. chocolate flavor instant pudding & pie filling mix.

Lightly grease inside of slow cooker.

Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Pour into slow cooker. Cover & cook on Low 6 to 8 hours or on High 3 to 4 hours. Serve hot or warm with ice cream. 12 servings

This recipe is absolutely decadent as it says. What a fantastic treat on a cold night!


~~ White Fruitcake ~ Posted by Lorna

I use this recipe every Christmas. Goes fast too.

White Fruitcake

1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
5 large eggs
1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 pound candied pineapple, chopped
1 pound candied cherries, chopped
4 cups broken pecans
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon extract

Grease a paper-lined springform tube pan with butter or margarine.
Cream butter well. Add sugar gradually and beat until light and fluffy. Beat eggs. Add into creamed mixture, blending well.
Mix fruit and nuts with small portion of sifted flour. Sift remaining flour and baking powder together.
Fold flour mixture into egg and butter mixture. Add flavorings. Mix well. Fold in fruit and nuts.
Pour into prepared tube pan. Place in a cold oven and bake at 250*F (120*C) for 3 hours. Cool in pan on cake rack. When cool, wrap tightly in foil. Store in canister 4 to 8 weeks.
Yield: 1 cake or 2 loaves

Note: May also be baked in two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans for 2 1/2 hours


~~ Spicy Apple Pancakes with Cider Sauce ~ Posted by Joni

2 cups biscuit mix
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
1 1/3 cups milk
3/4 cup apple (about 2 medium) -- grated

Cider Sauce:

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups apple cider
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup butter or margarine

Beat baking mix, cinnamon, egg and milk with rotary beater until smooth. Stir in apples.

Grease griddle if necessary and pour batter by 1/4-cup measure onto hot griddle. Bake until bubbles appear, turn and bake other side until golden brown. Serve with warm cider sauce. If desired, top with sour cream.

Yield: 18 4-inch pancakes.

Sauce: In saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir in cider and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in butter.

Yield: about 2 1/2 cups.

This recipe looks like an excellent brunch entree served with ham, bacon, or sausage.


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Note From Karen ~ We had our first rain and snow today in California. We've waited since last May to see it again, so it's actually a delight. I am grateful for all the blessings in my life. I am thankful for people everywhere who embrace and support the ideals of freedom and democracy. In the United States we will soon celebrate Thanksgiving. My prayers are with all our Allied Forces and their families. ~ Please take time to share a smile and some encouragement with someone you know. Be good to yourself. Shine on........Karen


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Encouragement from the Board ~ I want to thank Beatrice for sharing this bit of inspiration. It's something I needed to hear. Check out the Board for many more wonderful and encouraging thoughts.


We cannot choose how many years we will live but we can choose what those years will have. We cannot control the beauty of our face but we can control the expression on it.

We cannot control life's difficult moments but we can choose to make life less difficult. We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world but we can control the atmosphere of our minds. Too often we try to choose and control things we cannot. Too seldom we choose to control what we can ... our attitude.

Laura Chamberlain in a speech, "The Lost Art of Leadership."


Quotes ~

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
--Robert Frost

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.
--Ann Landers

Too many people today know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
--Ann Landers

Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go -- and then do it.
--Ann Landers

Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe.
--Mark Victor Hansen

It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.
--Maya Angelou

With vision, every person, organization and country can flourish. The Bible says, 'Without vision we perish.'
--Mark Victor Hansen


Until next time....Be safe, be well, and shine on! See you soon.




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