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Tipper
Appalachia
Celebrating All Things Appalachian!
Interests: *folk art *music-bluegrass, old time *appalachian heritage *blogs *gardening *cooking *canning/preserving *clogging *contra dancing *listening to chitter and chatter
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Anyone who reads the Blind Pig and The Acorn will quickly figure out I'm crazy in love with the unique colorful language of Appalachia. I've never been embarrassed about my accent, even when someone pointed it out in a critical... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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As most of you already know, the John C. Campbell Folk School plays a huge role in our lives. I consider myself very fortunate to live just down the road from the John C. Campbell Folk School. The first time... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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This is the season for apples in Appalachia. I've made applesauce, apple jelly, and apple preserves. Most years I dry at least a few apples, but the pesky squirrels didn't leave me enough to dry this year. Although I use... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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The Pressley Girls - CD photo shoot 2017 It seems like it was only yesterday that I was stirring around the house and heard the catchiest tune coming from Chatter's room. I knocked on her door and said "I like... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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I've never seen Granny's zinnas as pretty as they are this year. She saves her seeds from year to year by snipping off the dried seed heads in late fall and storing them in an old paper envelope till the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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"When I was helping clean out my great-aunt's house after she died, we found an envelope with a lock of auburn hair in it. On the envelope, she had written, "my mother's hair." It was especially touching because her mother... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Today's guest post was written by David Templeton. Hello, Andy! ….… Hello, Davo! … Le’me outta here!. Le’me outta here! By David Templeton Like most kids in the 1950s, I dreamed about getting every gizmo advertised in the back pages... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Alvin and Tipper - September 2017 A few days back I had the great good fortune to spend a little time with Albert Yonce. Albert is 95 years young and as you can see from the photo he's still spry... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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The orange colored jewelweed grows all over my mountain holler, but I've never seen the yellow variety until this past weekend. Let me tell you it is beautiful! Especially when its growing right beside a patch of the orange as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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hurricane noun A variant forms harricane, harricun, herrycane. 1942 Hall Phonetics 42 [harik'n]. B 1 A severe windstorm. 1834 Crockett Narrative 150 In the morning we concluded to go on with the boat to where a great harricane crossed the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Pap and Ben I'm going way back in the history of the Blind Pig and The Acorn to share this week's Pickin' and Grinnin' in the Kitchen Spot. The video is of my oldest nephew Ben picking out a great... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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"All I had to play with was a stick and a pile of dirt and that was enough." ------------------- Tipper p.s. The Pressley Girls will be performing TODAY Saturday September 9, 2017 @ 11:45 a.m. at the Cherokee Indian Festival... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Jen-thank you for all the great comments! You know I don't know for sure about the red corn, but I'd guess its not sweet corn. Maybe someone else will chime in with the answer : )
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2017 on Corncob Jelly at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Sharon-the pears in this recipe are really soft. I bet your mommas were really good!
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Late summer days make me long for the first heavy frost. The cool air the mountains of western North Carolina has enjoyed for the last several days lets me know that wished for frost is getting closer and closer. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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The Blind Pig family spent Labor Day laboring. The girls have several landscaping jobs in Brasstown. They maintain the yard for the folks and do everything from mowing/weed-eating to planting. Their good friend and mentor Tim Ryan played a role... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Miss Cindy's blooming Adam's needle Adam's needle noun A yucca plant (Yucca filamentosa or Yucca smalliana). Cf bear grass. 1940 Caton Wildflowers of Smokies 65. 1964 Stupka Trees Shrubs Vines 32 During some years Adam's needle begins to bloom at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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The other day Chatter and I was out on the back deck when we heard a large rock roll down the steep bank. We've had a bear hanging around the house so Chatter and I both quickly looked up through... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Corncob Jelly - Mountain Cooking by John Parris 1978 Highlands Elizabeth Edwards, who operates a business with a strictly mountain flavor, has discovered a delectable use for the lowly corncob. She's come up with corncob jelly. "I got the idea... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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The Pressley Girls - Appalachian Night at the Hinton Center July 2017 As you might guess Chatter and Chitter are fans of other duet harmony singers. Since they grew up listening to The Wilson Brothers, The Louvin Brothers and The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Excerpt from Snowbird Gravy and Dishpan Pie written by Patsy Moore Ginns During the Depression, you had no money to amount to anything and you couldn't get sugar. And you couldn't get much flour. I remember my mother cooked apples.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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I learned to skip rocks at an early age. There was a pond just below Pap and Granny's house, I learned to swim there too. I always thought of skipping rocks as a solitary thing. Granny forbid us kids to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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It's time for this month's Appalachian Vocabulary Test. I'm sharing a few videos to let you hear some of the words and phrases. To start the videos click on them and then to stop them click on them again. 1.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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dew poison, dew poisoning noun Sores or a rash on the feet or ankles believed to be caused by contact with the dew. This was more likely to occur in summer (and sometimes said to be confined to the dog... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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This year Sow True Seed has graciously donated extra lettuce seed so that I can deputize @ Large Lettuce Reporters during the fall gardening period. I grew all the lettuce types in my spring garden. (click on any of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn