Pat's Chat (Oct. 29)

I am trying to get used to the cooler weather while missing our really wonderful “Indian Summer” (which is what we used to call warmer-than-usual glorious days this time of year).  I love warmer days and cooler nights.  I just love watching leaves changing color, blowing away in the gentle breezes.  I really think this is my favorite time of the year.  

My neighbor, Dr. Marvin Carr, told me that many years ago when my grandparents lived in this house, Frank Shaffer who was a pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church here in Buckhannon gave him a seedling of a pine tree.  He said he put it in the ground beside his beautiful, large garden.  After my grandparents died, their daughter, my Aunt Hazel, lived here for many years and left the house to her niece, Christy Davis.  Her brothers, Joshua and Jeremy lived here for a few years, then we bought the house and have lived here since 2005.  The little seedling Christmas tree is now over 40 feet or more tall, towering higher than their big tall house, still in the shape of a Christmas tree.   I wish I had a picture of it to share with you, but I am not good at pictures.  When you drive down our alley, you can see that beautiful tree beside Marvin and Sarah Carr’s garden.  

If any of you have green tomatoes left, you might like to try this.  I made another recipe out of the 1981 edition of Old-Fashioned Tomato Recipes (including Green Tomato Recipes).  My daughter didn’t think she would like green tomatoes in this savory recipe.  She changed her mind as soon as she tasted it.  I decided to make it when Judy Riley made it and told us she liked it.  I hope some of you can make this from some of the last of the season’s green tomatoes.  

Green Tomato Casserole

6 large green tomatoes (I had to use a big bowl filled with little green tomatoes)  

1 lb. ground beef (I used Morning Star Griller Crumbles)

½ cup chopped onion (I always use more)  

½ cup chopped green pepper

¼ cup chopped sweet red pepper (I used pimientos)

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. garlic salt (I used 6 to 8 chopped peeled garlic cloves) 

½ tsp. cumin (I didn’t have cumin, so I sprinkled some McCormick original Chili seasoning mix)  

¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 cup tomato sauce

1 cup whole kernel corn

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Dash cayenne pepper 

Cut tomatoes in small chunks.  Set aside.  Brown beef (Crumbles) in a large skillet.  Add onions, peppers, and tomato chunks.  Sauté several minutes.  Stir in seasoning, sauce, and corn and cook several minutes, stirring frequently.  Pour ingredients into a buttered casserole dish, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and dash of cayenne.  Bake in 350-degree F. oven 35-40 minutes.

I will be glad when the election is over.  I am so glad we live in a nation which is supposed to derive its powers from the consent of the governed; a land where we all have the right to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; a land where the highest law states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  Jew, Gentile, Protestant or Catholic, or in whatever other connection, we are free to serve God without molestation.  That is what Jesus taught in Matthew 22:21, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.” Then it would mean that our money, and such would go to the government (Caesar) and to God would go our faith (Hebrews 11:6), our love (Luke 10:27), our obedience (Matthew 5:19).  For us to serve our country best, we should serve God best—with better homes, better churches, better schools, but above all with better hearts.  What wonderful world it would be if we could only come back to God!  Back to the Bible!  Back to prayer!  Back to faith!  Back to obedience!  




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