Celebrate Jesus by Enjoying Each Day

It is a gorgeous Autumn morning here at A Mother's Rewards.  There is a long list of chores and projects awaiting my attention, and the outdoors is calling out beckoning me to get out of the house and enjoy the day.  Having made a conscious decision to enjoy every day to the full, today is the day the cornstalks will become glorious works of art. (That was sarcasm, by the way)  OK, they are going to be tied up into bundles and placed on each side of both the front and back door.  At least I hope there are enough cornstalks for that.  Then hopefully...some square bales of hay will show up this week for us to add into the arrangement.  Our scarecrow will make his appearance later this afternoon, IF all goes as mentally planned out in Blessed Mama's head. 
Here's the question:  What are YOU doing to enjoy today?  I've been learning that enjoying every day to the full brings glory to God.  It is one way to Thank Him for the day He has given me.  When I give someone a gift it brings me great pleasure and joy to know that they are enjoying it and using it.  I'm created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) so it makes sense He would feel the same way. 
Imagine that, simply enjoying each day completely please God.  Why wouldn't I enjoy today?  I don't have any worries or care.  I gave those to Him who cares for me. (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22)  All my needs are met. (Philippians 4:19)  What could possibly prevent me from enjoying today?  Oh yeah, me.  Me thinking about all of the things needing done instead of making a decision to focus on enjoying today.  Me, fretting because the house isn't clean enough, the laundry isn't done, the cabinet with the toaster in it has crumbs all over the bottom, and the one with the waffle iron got some kind of greasy residue on it, and on and on and on and on this well-rehearsed line of thought will continue to play in my head---unless I change the mental channel.   I have a choice to make.  I can play the same old tune of this isn't clean enough, that needs doing, the curtain rods need hung up, clothes need patched over and over OR I can turn on a new line of thinking up in my brain.  I can decided to think about what a glorious day it is and how much fun the children and I can have together playing AND working.  Not only can I take control of my thoughts, but I can start to speak the new thoughts of enjoyment out loud.  Guess what!  When I choose to talk differently, the old, tormenting thought pattern is drowned out!  I can't hear it anymore. 
So, before this beautiful, crisp Fall morning has passed me by, I'm getting off of the computer and enjoying it.  I can't help but wonder if choosing to think and speak differently will do more than make each day more pleasant mentally.  I'm curious to see if there are any physical benefits that come along too.  We'll just have to see.   Next time we get together for a visit here at A Mother's Rewards, we'll have to talk about the different ways each of us are enjoying "today".  Of course,  someone will have to send in a comment for us to have a real visit, but I'm sure that someone will drop by and visit us.   Can you hear my blessings calling?  They're ready to romp and run outside in the Autumn sun.  Celebrating Jesus by Enjoying Today, Blessed Mama
 On a random note, the amount of times the word "I" is used in this post is ridiculous! 


The First Snow of the Season

It's here!  It has finally arrived, the first snow of the season.  Of course my own personal image of the first snow is one where the snow gently falls to the ground creating a soft blanket of beauty instead of the fierce, wind driven bites that are currently flying past the windows at breakneck speed.  Oh well, it's still the first snow.  It is also only the second day of the fall/winter season that a fire has been required in the woodstove throughout the entire day.  That is amazing!  It is the end of October and only the second full day requiring a fire!  Truly Amazing! 
The warmer than normal weather has been a huge blessing.  It enabled us to harvest vegetables that on an ordinary year wouldn't have been mature enough.  How good God is to us.  He takes care of every single detail in our lives.  Over and over His Word is confirmed as we go about our days.  What an awesome God we serve!  I have another Thanks to the Lord to share too; the tomatoes that were harvested green have almosted completely ripened, and very few of them rotted at all!  All too often tomatoes picked while green have spoiled before ripening, but not this year.  As a matter of fact, I need to put up some tomato juice either this afternoon or tomorrow.  Every detail, He takes care of every detail.
Focusing on anything is a little bit tricky with the sound of a gale force wind in the background, but I do want to talk about outdoor decorations for Autumn.  Actually, I'm hoping that all of you will share your wonderful ideas with me:) Friday will hopefully find us here at A Mother's Rewards stuffing a new scarecrow.  We haven't had one for a couple of years and are ready to make a cute scarecrow again.  The two littlest will just love it, especially stuffing the body full of newspapers.  So far, all we have for our outside decorating this fall is a potential scarecrow and corn stalks.  What about you?  Are there any fall decorations that are a family tradition at your house?  OR maybe there are some spectacular ideas hiding out in your idea file/notebook.  You do have an idea file and/or notebook, don't you?  Hmmmm, maybe that's potential for another post.  Anyway...let's have an online Fall coffee and share our greatest and best ideas with each other.  Comments may be left by clicking on the appropriate icon at the bottom of each post.  Each and every comment is appreciated and welcomed.  Thank You and welcome to our Harvest of Blessings!  Together we are laughing, sharing, and praising the Lord for every blessing He sends. 
A quick little side note to remind everyone to send in their "Have You Ever...?" stories.  "Have You Ever...?" days are the days we get together and, as a sign I once saw says, "laugh so hard our tears run down our legs".  Some of us understand exactly what this means.  God has some great words to share with us, words that will encourage and strengthen our hearts.  He is Lord of All, and We Are Blessed!  Until tomorrow, Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow!



"Have You Ever...?"

 Have you ever came out of a public restroom dragging toilet paper out of your slacks?

 Thank you for the "Have You Ever...?" stories!  I'm sure there are MANY more out there.   However, we are off to a great start!  Every week another "Have You Ever....?"  moment will be featured.  Be encouraged.  We've all got stories to share. 
"A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing,..."  Proverbs 17:22

A Warm, Little Yummy to Try

Here's a fun new twist to a favorite stand by.

Rice with sugar and milk - Peaches 'n Cream Style

Cooked White Rice (yes, the unhealthy white variety--sorry)
whole milk or cream

There aren't any measurements for this one.  It's an "as you like it" dish that sends loved ones off with a warm and loving start to their day or finishes the evening meal with the comfort of a great big hug.  Mix ingredients in a pot and heat through.  Can sprinkle with cinnamon before serving if desired.  While the heated version is perfect for Fall/Winter time, leftovers are equally delicious when eaten chilled. 

*NOTE: another great use for leftover rice


"Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christ's blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled by God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin's dominion) through His [resurrection] life. Not only so, but we also rejoice and exultingly glory in God [in His love and perfection] through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received and enjoy [our] reconciliation. Romans 5:9-11 AMPLIFIED BIBLE

Praise the Lord!  The definition for saved jumped out at me like never before, "daily delivered from sin's dominion".  "Daily delivered" now that's something I have definite need of.  Each day brings with it challenges, frustrations, and "siutations" that seem to result in me needing deliverance from sin's temptation.  Maybe it's a temptation to be less than gracious with my words.  Perhaps the temptation to sin presents itself as a desire to endulge my personal point of view rather than adjust myself to God's opinion.  No matter the enticement, sin is sin.  It is exactly such sin that Christ died to set me free from.  Through Christ's resurrection life, daily deliverance from sin's dominion is mine.  God has said so. 

"What a wondrous blessing I am saved from the awful gulf of sin" the stanza of a well-loved hymn (Joy Unspeakable) runs across my thoughts.  How true it is "It is joy unspeakable and full of glory, full of glory, full of glory.  It is joy unspeakable and full of glory and the half has never yet been told."  Yes, I was singing along as I typed.  As a matter of fact, I think an impromptu time at the piano is definitely in order.  How can I sit here typing when my heart is singing with the glorious reminder that Jesus Christ has saved me and made me whole? 

Jesus.  I've been thinking about Him so much lately.  As the singing quiets, the joy remains.  The thoughts of my heart are turning back down a path they've traveled quite often lately.  Jesus.  He is my strength when I am weak, He is the treasure that I seek, He is my all in all.  (another song)  I am concerned about something.  I am concerned that Jesus is mentioned and talked about so seldom among believers.  Two weeks ago I came across a songbook I hadn't used for quite some time.  As I thumbed through the pages of the book, I was struck with a sense of longing to sing these choruses now viewed as out of style and old.  Why?  Because these choruses worshipped Jesus.  They were filled with praise.  They honored the name of Jesus.  At that moment I realized how heavy and homesick my heart has been to sing of Jesus.  How deeply I have been longing to tell of His goodness and His grace in song. 

Please, oh please do not misunderstand and think that I am criticizing modern worship songs for I'm not.  They have their place and purpose.  However, the sense that something extremely crucial is missing can't be denied.  Since coming across that songbook, I have found myself looking for opportunities to go to the piano, just to sing love songs to Jesus.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus there truly is something special about that name, something very special.  Where is Jesus among believers?  Do we hear of Him?  Do we speak of Him?  Do we tell of what He's done?  Who is He to us?  If we could only talk to one, would we choose Him?  or would we seek another? 

Sometimes a person doesn't realize something is missing or out of whack until a reminder of what has been lost comes around.  Sometimes it takes an old songbook being found to bring the truth to light.  For a long time I have known that something wasn't quite right, yet I couldn't put my finger on it.  So, trusting the Lord to reveal the truth in His perfect time, I committed the matter to prayer and went on.  Sure enough, in just the perfect way, revelation came.  Jesus is missing.  He's been left out.  Oh God forgive me is my cry as to my knees I fall.  It's been so long since I sat and sang sweet praises to Your ear.  I've rushed on and on throughout my days failing to hold You dear.  Close to Your heart is where I must stay if I am to follow Your way.  Without You I'm nothing.  I'm coming Lord Jesus.  I'm running to You.  Close by Your side I will stay.  No matter the troubles, no matter what pressures or storms may threaten my way.  For You are the One who created all things.  By and for You all things have been made.  There's nothing so great so terrible or frightening that You have not overcome.  So thank you Lord Jesus.   I Love You sweet Lord.  I'm sorry dear Jesus.  I'm so sorry Lord.  So sorry that You were left out.

I wish that somehow I could better explain the depth of the revelation God gave me as I looked through the songbook.  The thing is...this revelation hasn't stopped.  It has continued on.  It's as if God is allowing me to see and hear with His eyes and ears.  Even at the dinner (lunch) table!  Today, we were eating lunch and visiting about something when the truth concerning a situation became so clear to me and I began crying for brothers and sisters in Christ at the dinner table as I shared with My Beloved.  Praise the Lord for a godly husband and children.  They just listened, and we all agreed to pray.  What a sweet, undeserved treasure God has blessed me with in this family of mine.  Did I happen to mention that I am blessed? 

 I hear them talk
The saints of God
I hear their words and cry
My heart is filled
With sorrow great
And tears spill from my eyes
Where is Jesus?
Where is my friend?
My Savior and my Lord?
He is the way
He is the truth
He is the life
And  more
He hasn't changed
 He never will
His love abounds to all
 He lives in Me
He lives always
He is my dearest friend
His love is high
It's deep and wide
His grace is free for all
Who trust in Him
Believe He is
The One who died for all
So saints why do you try
To decide and plan your way
Jesus is here
He's waiting for you
To let Him lead the way
The way He's planned
Before your birth
The way that leads to life
The way that's marked with tenderness
Free from fear and strife
Hard times will come
They'll hit with a blast
But safe you'll always be
Hidden away in the secret place
Just Jesus, you and He



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Quick and Easy Pasta

Good Afternoon! On this beautiful Autumn afternoon, we have a recipe to share. The quick cooking time and light, fresh taste make it the perfect go-to dish on busy days. Recommended accompaniments are crusty bread and tossed salad. 2 small red onions sliced 3 T. butter 1/2 gallon frozen mixed veggies(recipe was tested using zucchini, yellow squash, red and green peppers) 1 can of diced tomatoes (undrained) salt and pepper small pkg. of pasta (recipe tested with spaghetti) parmesan cheese *Cook pasta according to directions, drain, and set aside or use pasta cooked ahead of time for freezer. Pasta from an earlier meal would work also. *Saute onion in butter *Add vegetable mix *Reduce heat and cover pan *Cook over low heat approx. 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally (if crisp tender veggies are desired, cooking time will need to be decreased) *Add tomatoes *Stir in and heat through *Season to taste *Serve over pasta *Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese


Have You Ever...Had Trouble With Your Computer Mouse?

 *Thank You for the Have You Ever... Stories sent in so far.  We will have a new one every week for at least a month.  Here is our first one!!!  Thank You so much Aunt Barb! 
Well, of course, my funniest story requires us to have fun at someone else's expense.  Years ago, I asked Uncle Kent to click out of a program that I had inadvertently left running on the computer in his office.  I had gone down to the kitchen to start dinner and had forgotten to close the program.  In those days, we conserved precious hard drive and RAM space by closing our programs rather than leaving them running.
Every so often, over the sound of my boiling pasta, I could hear Uncle Kent grumbling.  I went to the base of the stairs and asked him what was wrong.
"This mouse doesn't work!" he shouted down to me.
"What do you mean it doesn't work?  Of course, it works!" I replied.
(Grumble, grumble, grumble.)  "No, it doesn't!" he shouted back.
"Keep trying," I encouraged as I went back to the kitchen to stir the pasta.
(Loud grumble, grumble, grumble.  More grumbles, edited for family audiences.)
"It's broken and I don't have time to mess with it!" he shouted in desperation.
I turned off the kitchen burners and headed upstairs to figure out the mouse dilemma.  When I walked into the office and surveyed the situation, I burst into hysterical laughter.  Uncle Kent had the mouse upside down in his hand, and was using his index finger to roll the little ball on the bottom of the mouse in order to move the cursor.
Did I mention I was using his computer?  Nuf said.



Overflow of New Ideas

Have you quit laughing from the past two posts yet? I don't know about you, but I needed to laugh like that, even if it was at myself. God blesses us in the perfect way every time. I am so thankful for His tender-loving care.

Occasionally ideas shared on A Mother's Rewards and our sister site, Living Large on Less, overlap; especially on topics like gardening, cooking, and preserving the harvest. Wednesday morning, Not of This World, administrator at Living Large on Less shared a great article on canning dried beans Living Large on Less: Canning! I would like to pass on. This is definitely an article you won't want to miss. Not of This World has some future posts planned on canning Beef Stew and putting potatoes by in the freezer. I can't wait until they come out. You will be blessed over and over again with usable information to help you bless your friends and family and save money too.

The sights, smells, and sounds of Fall are all around! Here at A Mother's Rewards we got out the "Fall Box" and began decorating our home for the Autumn Harvest Season. Every year around this time we pull out the "Fall Box" and lovingly place colorful ears of Indian Corn, rubbery bunches of grapes, candles shaped like pumpkins and leaves, and other autumn looking decorations around our home. Every room gets at least one reminder to be Thankful for the abundant harvest season.

The decorations that are pulled out of our Autumn Box aren't costly or lavish. As a matter of fact, some are beginning to bear testimony to all the years little fingers have "loved" on them. No matter how shabby or "loved" our treasures become, the sight of them stirs up a spirit of celebration in our hearts. Nothing can take the joy of this treasured season from us.

Our bank account balance can't diminish or increase the wonder of Thankfulness either. Many an Autumn has been spent in what most would term as lack. Many an opportunity to trust in the Lord for His perfect provision has come during the Fall season. Yet through every season, our hearts have delighted to celebrate the Lord's care and harvest. I guess you could say it's a tradition.

As we travel through yet another Autumn I pray that our hearts thrill with the celebration of God's abundant Harvest in our lives. He is a good God! His care of us is perfect and He is worthy of our praise!


Have You Ever?

Prompted by my recent raccoon speaking adventure, I decided to go ahead and begin a regular "Have You Ever?" post.   Now before you get all settled in and ready to laugh at me, I'd like to let you know that I share really well.  Naturally, I will probably have more than my share of "adventure" to share, but surely some of you have some funny stories of your own to help us all stay healthy.   Send me your own adventures, escapades, and/or mishaps via email and they'll be included in our regular "Have You Ever?" post.  The amount of stories sent in will determine whether "Have You Ever?" will be a weekly or monthly post.  Life is fun, and funny, let's enjoy it together.  Shall we?  Ok now.  I'll start the ball rolling with a sad tale of my own.

Have You Ever....
caught your hair on fire?  Sad to say, I have.  It happened a number of years ago.  Two houses ago.  We lived in town.  Those facts are completely irrelevant to the story, sorry for the wanderings.  There was a candle burning on the back of the toilet.  Completely engrossed in something other than the candle, I bent over to look at something.  The sound of crackling fire entered my consciousness and the thought that something sounds like it's burning went through my mind.  I stood up to look for the source of the sound.  Looking around for the fire, I happened to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror.  It was me!!!  My hair was on fire!!!  Immediately I began swatting the top of my head to put out the fire.  I'm certain that was a spectacle to behold all by itself. 

It finally dawned on me, after the fire was out, that I had a plastic clip on top of my head which ought to be removed.  When I removed the clip, locks of burnt hair fell out.  I realize that at this moment a normal individual would have been freaking out and concerned over whether there was any hair left on their head, but honestly, the sight of my head on fire that I had seen in the mirror was so crazy funny that I was laughing too hard to do much of anything.  With tears running down my face, all I could say between laughing gasps was "I looked like someone on the Home Alone movie!" 

Finally, after I had quit laughing continuously, I was able to have My Beloved, who was not at all amused by this adventure of mine,  look at the top of my head to access the damage and amount of hair loss.  I guess seeing your loved one with fire on her head isn't funny when you love her.  Anyway, thanks to the clip, hair loss was minimal and easily hidden by changing my part.  That patch did pose some challenges growing back in, but nothing major. 

Oh yes, as a sidenote, I still laugh until I cry whenever I remember this situation, and My Beloved STILL does NOT find it at all amusing. 

Now, this was adventure enough for anyone, but there is more...yes, it happened more than once.  I have caught my hair on fire twice.  Same house, not very long after the "Home Alone Head" fire, I was cooking breakfast for My Beloved when fire went up the sleeve of my robe and into my hair.  Never wear hairspray to bed.  Nothing much was burned.  My robe didn't even have a mark.  I did have to wonder what was up with me and fire though.  OK, now I'm done.

THERE!  See how easy that was?  Surely some of you have stories to share now.  Actually, I know some of you do.  Remember to get them to me in an email so they can be posted in future "Have You Ever...?" posts.  Laughing feels great.  Really it does.  Ready to share the joy!  Blessed Mama



Here's the email address to send in those "Have You Ever...?" stories amothersrewards@gmail.com.  All blog correspondence will be done through this email address.  Please feel free to submit ideas for future post ideas too. 
Thank You!
Blessed Mama

I Speak Raccoon

I speak raccoon.  Yes, I do.  Yes, I unfortunately do.  Today's post is one of those that will either have you laughing until you cry or you won't think it's funny at all.  It's just one of those "Blessed Mama" adventures that seem to fill my life. 

OK, please allow me to preface my story with the fact that I only snore really loud when I'm tired, and I was really tired.  So...here we go.

Night before last, My Beloved was brushing his teeth in the bathroom with the door shut.  He could hear his lovely bride, that's me, snoring---clear across the house---with the door shut.  In spite of my snoring, he came to bed.  As he was laying there he could hear an unfamiliar noise.  No, it wasn't me.  Finally he figured out what the noise was.  It was a raccoon outside of our bedroom.  It kept making its chattery little speech every so often.  After a while the truth of the situation dawned on My Beloved in full.  Everytime I snored, the friendly raccoon would answer with his chattering. 

Yes, it's true.  I am so talented that I can talk raccoon.  In my sleep nonetheless.  I guess it's just one of the many perks of motherhood, I don't know.  Recently, our family heard that 10 minutes of belly laughter is equivalent to 30 minutes of exercise.  Needless to say, my family is very, very healthy today thanks to mama's latest "adventure".  By the way, why do these things always happen to me?

It's actually kind of funny that happened as I was just thinking about some of the "funny" things that have happened to me over the years.  I had been thinking that I really ought to write them down before I forgot about them--again.  Now I have another adventure to write.  Ooh boy, how healthy I keep my family. 


I love canning! It is so rewarding once those pretty jars are all lined up in rows on the shelf. The only thing better than canning is canning something new and different! Recently, I canned beef stew and dried pinto beans for the first time. Although we have not tried the beef stew as of yet, the beans turned out great!
Buying dried beans in bulk is more cost efficient than buying them in cans, but if you are like us remembering to soak and cook the beans before hand is a trick. Then when we want to use beans in a recipe we don't have any ready or usable for the next several hours. So, I was looking through our Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing & Dehydration and I discovered a recipe for canning dried beans and peas. No more dried beans that need soaking before every use ! Now we have jars of ready to use beans! Canning beans takes a little time but doesn't require that much actual work. Especially compared to corn or green beans.
Use any variety of dried beans or dried peas. Cover beans or peas with cold water. Let stand 12 to 18 hours in a cool place (Not in the refrigerator). We set our beans to soak the afternoon or evening before we wanted to can them. Just set them in an out of the way location and let them be all night. No work there! Drain. Cover beans or peas with cold water by 2 inches. Boil 30 minutes. Pack hot beans or peas into hot jars, leaving 1-inch headspace. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to each pint, 1 teaspoon salt to each quart, if desired. Ladle hot cooking liquid or boiling water over beans peas, leaving 1-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps. Process pints 1 hour and 15 minutes, quarts 1 hour and 30 minutes, at 10 pounds pressure in a steam-pressure canner.
Now you have your own jars of beans ready to use. Home-canned beans are both cost efficient and healthier than store bought. Not only that, who can beat the feeling of satisfaction that comes from your accomplishment?
Once we taste our beef stew I will post on how I did it. I changed up the recipe from the book a little. I wouldn't want to tell you the recipe until we try it, in case I need to tweak it some more!


Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

"because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.  Mercy triumphs over judgment!" NIV
"For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy.  Mercy triumphs over judgment." NKJV
"for to him who has shown no mercy the judgment [will be] merciless, but mercy [full of glad confidence] exults victoriously over judgment." AMP
James 2:13
"But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle), [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity), And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God's will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
James 3:17,18 AMP
One of the blogs I receive used these verses in their most recent post, and I've been pondering on them ever since.  The last sentence in James 2:13 says "Mercy triumphs over judgment."  The Amplifed Bible says mercy "exults victoriously over judgment".  Hmmmmm.  I think I need to read through the entire book of James and ponder on what I've read; and then read it all again :)  So much loving instruction is contained in the Word of God!  What a blessing it would be to my family if I were to spend more of my day focusing on the truths in the Word instead of the many distractions surrounding me.  What a blessing it would be to my loved ones if I would allow mercy to triumph over judgment in our home and walk in the wisdom from above. 
Can you imagine the atmosphere in a home where family members walked in this wisdom that is peace-loving, courteous(considerate and gentle), willing to yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits, wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and free from doubts, wavering and insincerity?  The presence of Almighty God would be so soothing and calming that those who came into the home would be blessed simply by entering.  Ministry would take place on a daily basis.  Husbands, wives, children, and guests alike would return home at day's end driven by their eager longing to be safely nestled in the loving warmth of such mercy and wisdom.  
Heavenly Father I pray in the name of Jesus that this wisdom from above would be walked in within my home.  May I be a mother who works for and makes peace in the home You have assigned me to bless.  May mercy triumph over judgment as I go about each day loving You by loving those around me.  In Jesus' name, Abundantly Blessed--


Using Green Tomatoes

The first hard frost has come and gone. Our counter is filled with green tomatoes attempting to ripen. Many of them will rot if we don't find an alternative use. Not wanting our harvest to spoil, I went on a search for recipes using green tomatoes. Here is one of the yummiest I found. It is a cake very similar to a spice cake. 4 C. chopped green tomatoes 1 T. salt 1/2 C. butter 2 C. white sugar 2 C. all-purpose flour 1 t. ground cinnamon 1 t. ground nutmeg 1 t. baking soda 1/4 t. salt 1/2 C. raisins 1/2 C. chopped walnuts Place chopped tomatoes in bowl and sprinkle with 1 T. salt. After ten minutes, place tomatoes in colander and rinse with cold water, drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9x13 baking pan. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat until creamy. Sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and 1/4 t. salt. Add raisins and nuts and then add dry mixture to creamed mixture. Batter will be very stiff. Mix well. Add drained tomatoes mixing well. Pour into prepared 9x13 pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. * we used half the amount of nutmeg called for and really like that ratio of spices. We also increased the cinnamon just a tad. Cake can be sprinkled with powdered sugar or frosted with a cream cheese frosting. We frosted ours with a caramel frosting. It was delish!