Lasting Light Poetry

September 4, 2002

Hello again and Welcome ~ My latest poem is about me, you, and everyone in some way or another. I think you will enjoy the midi, which I found to be very relaxing. Please take a moment and share it with me. Enjoy.

The Things I Am
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The Things I Am

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Deja Vu or Maybe New ~ "Woman Alone" was written about the quiet times I spend on my patio. There are times we feel all alone and find comfort and peace in Someone greater than ourselves. ~ The joys of summer are celebrated in "Avalon". The music and poem is nostalgic and celebrates a magical place in Santa Catalina. ~ There is nothing sweeter than being loved for who we are. "A Heart So True" is about a kind of love that is lasting. Please have a look. ~

Woman Alone
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Woman Alone

Avalon
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Avalon

A Heart So True
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A Heart So True

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Deb & Lynn's Spot

Deb's newest poem page....

My House of Friendship
http://weeinspirations.com/myhouseoffriendship.html
My House of Friendship

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 ~~ It's time to enjoy something delicious! Here is a sampling of some fantastic recipes posted by readers on the Lasting Light Poetry Message Board. If you haven't visited the board, you will find a link after the recipes. I think you'll love the things posted there...and there is much more than recipes. Let's cook!

The irresistible smell of homemade cookies can't be beat!
Easy Back to School Recipes - good for lunch boxes!

~~ Chewy Chocolate Eatmore Bars ~ Posted by Beatrice Sager

3/4 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
3 cups rice krispies
1 cup salted peanuts

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt together the honey and peanut butter and bring to a boil. Stir in chocolate chips and marshmallows, stirring until smooth. Add the cereal and peanuts. Blend well and remove from heat. Pour into a lightly greased 9x13 inch pan and pat firmly with spatula. Let cool slightly and cut into bars before hardening.

~~ Butterscotch Oatmeal Bars

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla or grated peel of one orange
3 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips. Spread dough into greased 15 x 10 inch pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until very lightly browned.

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~~ TUNA NACHOS ~ Posted by Joni

10 ounces tortilla chips
8 ounces shredded Monterey jack cheese
12 ounces white tuna in water -- drained and flaked
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup pickled jalapeno -- slices
1/2 cup sliced green onions
Salsa
Guacamole
Sour cream

Arrange tortilla chips in a single layer, overlapping edges, in a 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan or on ovenproof plates. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup cheese, tuna, tomato, jalapeno slices, and sliced green onion. Top with remaining cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes or until cheese melts.
Top with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.
Yield: 8 appetizer or 4 main-dish servings

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~~ Chicken, Veggie, and Stuffing Casserole ~ Posted by Karen

5 to 7 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans cheddar cheese soup
1 large bag frozen broccoli
2 boxes stuffing mix
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Boil chicken in a large pot of water for 25 minutes. Drain chicken and chop chicken breasts into chunky pieces.

Layer chicken on bottom of a 13- x 9-inch casserole dish. Add 2 cans of cheddar cheese soup to chicken, mix well. Add frozen broccoli on top of chicken mixture.

Prepare Stove Top stuffing as per instructions on box . Once cooked, and while still hot, spread on top of chicken-broccoli mixture.

Place dish or pan into preheated oven. Let cook for 30 minutes or until topping is lightly brown and juices are slightly bubbling on sides. Then it's time to get your oven mitts on and begin to serve.

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This last recipe is a chocolate lover's dream and a perfect finish to a light meal and nice to make and freeze for company. (Don't forget family is as special as company ;)

~~ Frosty Fudge Mousse

Crust:
1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped almonds or walnuts

Filling:
1 cup chocolate milk
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 cups miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whipping cream, whipped

To make crust: Mix together crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of a 9 by 9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake 10 minutes at 300 degrees. Cool.

To make filling: In a 3-quart saucepan, heat chocolate milk, chips and salt over low heat, stirring constantly until chips melt. Add marshmallows and continue heating until melted. Stir often. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Fold in whipped cream. Pour filling over crust. Freeze until firm. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before cutting.

Makes 9 servings.

NOTE: Although the crust adds extra flavor and crunch, if you prefer, you could omit the crust and pour the mousse mixture into individual serving dishes and freeze that way.

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A Note From Karen ~ The unique beauty of Autumn is about to unfold and I know there are many of us delighted to watch the leaves turn from green to gold. This is that wonderful transitional time when the kids go back to school and the days grow a little shorter. No matter what is happening in your life, I hope you will take time out just for you to enjoy this. ~ I want to thank you for your letters of encouragement and for leaving notes on my guestbook. This really helps keep me going. It's amazing what encouragement and kindness can do. It blesses both parties involved. I love what I do, and enjoy sharing it with you. Thanks for being part of my journey. We all have the power to keep hope alive. Shine on.........Karen

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There are so many beautiful postings that are uplifting on the Lasting Light Poetry Message Board. Beatrice posted this wonderful bit of inspiration. I want to end this newsletter with the poem she shared with us all. It's well worth reading and remembering. Thanks Beatrice!

"Life's Tug Of War"

Life can seem ungrateful ~ and not always kind.
Life can pull at your heartstrings ~ and play with your mind.
Life can be blissful ~ and happy and free.
Life can put beauty ~ in the things that you see.
Life can place challenges ~ right at your feet.
Life can make good ~ of the hardships that we meet.
Life can overwhelm you ~ and make your head spin.
Life can reward those ~ determined to win.
Life can be hurtful ~ and not always fair.
Life can surround you ~ with people who care.
Life clearly does offer ~ its ups and its downs.
Life's days can bring you ~ both smiles and frowns.
Life teaches us to take ~ the good with the bad.
Life is a mixture ~ of happy and sad.

So.....

Take the life that you have ~ and give it your best.
Think positive, be happy ~ let God do the rest.
Take the challenges ~ that life has laid at your feet.
Take pride and be thankful ~ for each one you meet.
To yourself give forgiveness ~ if you stumble and fall.
Take each day that is dealt you ~ and give it your all.
Take the love that you're given ~ and return it with care.
Have faith that when needed ~ it will always be there.
Take time to find the beauty ~ in the things that you see.
Take life's simple pleasures ~ let them set your heart free.
The idea here is simply ~ to even the score.
As you are met and faced with ~ Life's Tug Of War.
--Author Unknown

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The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Until next time.........Share a smile! See you soon!

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