Lasting Light Poetry

September 13, 2002

Warm greetings from California ~ I have a very special poem to share today. It's one with a heartfelt dedication to a very dear friend. I hope you will share this one with someone who has made a real difference in your life. Have a look.

Caring Hearts
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Caring Hearts

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Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ I wrote "Circle of Light" to express my deep thanks to those sweet souls who lift us up no matter what the circumstance. Friends are like oxygen. ~ "Precious In His Sight" reflects the hope and security of God's tender care for precious children everywhere. ~ We all have so many unanswered questions. "Who Can Know?" is a reflection from my heart which might express what you feel at times. I invite you to have a look and hope you find something of value here.

Circle of Light
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Circle of Light

Precious in His Sight
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Precious in His Sight

Who Can Know?
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Who Can Know?

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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.
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 ~ Oh, the delights of a good meal or a special treat. Here are some wonderful ideas for you to fix for those you love. A special thanks to all who take a moment to share a recipe or thought at Lasting Light Poetry Message Board. Let's cook!

~~ Molasses-Glazed Rib Roast ~ Posted by Beatrice

You will notice that there is no molasses in this recipe. Molasses is a by-product of the refining process of sugar. As the brown sugar melts into the roast, it turns to molasses, and makes a great crust on the outside of the roast.

Ingredients:
2 cups brown sugar
6 Tablespoons kosher salt
4 Tablespoons paprika
6 Tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper

1 (5- to 6-pound) rib roast
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
2. To prepare the glaze, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
3. To prepare the roast, place it in a large roasting pan and rub it all over with the vegetable oil.
4. Using your hands, press the glaze mixture into the roast to completely cover.
5. Cook the roast for 20 to 25 minutes, then lower the temperature to 325 degrees and cook for about 1 hour, until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees.
6. Let stand for 20 to 30 minutes before carving and serving.

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~~ Very Easy Macadamia Cookies~*** ~ Posted by Karen

1 18-oz. roll refrigerated white chocolate chunk cookie dough
1-1/4 cups chopped macadamia nuts
2 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350F. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Add all remaining ingredients; mix well. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets *** If you like coconut....you can add one cup.

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~~ Fruit Cocktail Pudding Cake ~ Posted by Joni

1 box yellow cake mix
1 can fruit cocktail, undrained
4 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/3 cup coconut (divided)
1 box lemon instant pudding
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup nuts
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In mixer bowl, combine, cake mix, fruit cocktail, eggs, oil, 1 cup coconut, and pudding. Beat well with mixer for 4 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 inch pan. Mix together brown sugar and nuts and sprinkle over batter. Bake for about 45 minutes.

While cake is baking, mix margarine, sugar and milk in small pan; cook and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the remaining 1 1/3 cups coconut. Spread over baked cake. Serves 10.

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~~ Cauliflower Ham Au Gratin ~ Posted by Linda

4 c. partially cooked fresh cauliflower or 2 (10 oz.) frozen cauliflower
1 1/4 c. chopped fully cooked smoked ham
1 (11 oz.) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/4 c. milk
2/3 c. Bisquick baking mix
2 tbsp. firm margarine or butter
2 tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange cauliflower in ungreased 11x7 x 1 1/2 inch pan; sprinkle ham. Beat soup and milk with beater until smooth; pour over ham. Mix remaining ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle with paprika if desired. Bake until topping is golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Serves 8.

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Note from Karen ~ I know I often talk about the power of encouragement. There are so many good things to come from a caring heart. I believe it's true that the only things we really keep are things we give away with an open hand. It's definitely an exercise that strengthens the heart. ~ It's a beautiful autumn day and I am just thankful to be able to enjoy it.Please take some time to treat yourself to a few moments alone with nature. It's very healing. ~ I want to thank you for your continued support. Your letters and guestbook signings are a joy to me. Don't forget to smile today. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Shine on.........Karen

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Something Special ~ Here is a posting by Hugs from the Heart that is so sweet and so true. Enjoy ~

Today

Today I smiled, and all at once
Things didn't look so bad.

Today I shared with someone else,
A bit of hope I had.

Today I sang a little song,
And felt my heart grow light,
And walked a happy little mile,
With not a cloud in sight.

Today I worked with what I had
And longed for nothing more,
And what had seemed like only weeds,
Were flowers at my door.

Today I loved a little more
And complained a little less,
And in the giving of myself,

I forgot my weariness.

Author Unknown

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Quotes ~

He that does good to another does good also to himself.
- Seneca

The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors.
- Samuel Smiles

The kindness planned for tomorrow does not count for today.
- Unknown

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
- St. Basil

When a person finds themselves predisposed to complaining about how little they are regarded by others, let them reflect how little they have contributed to the happiness of others.
- Johnson

In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
- Graham Greene

There are times that when truth and kindness conflict one ought to chose kindness, especially when a little honesty is better than a lot.
- Leroy Jack Syrop

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Smiling is infectious, You catch it like the flu, When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin and when he smiled, I realized I'd passed it on to him! I thought about that smile and then I realized its worth, a single smile--just like mine could travel round the earth. So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected let's start an epidemic--quick, and get the world infected!

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Until next time....Be safe, Be Well, and Share a ....you know what. *S*

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