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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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Photo by Atlas Obscura Near Siler City, NC is a large circle that measures 40 feet across. No vegetation grows within the circle. Early white settlers who came to the area thought the circle was used for Indian Ceremonies. Somewhere... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Appalachia has a great tradition of story-telling. Many of the stories have been passed down through multiple generations and are continuing to be told today. There are more than a few story-tellers who read the Blind Pig and The Acorn.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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haunt tale noun A variant forms haint tale, hant tale. B A ghost story. 1938 Hall Coll. Emerts Cove TN People's quit seein' hants and tellin hant tales. (Glen Shults) 1940 Haun Hawk's Done 174 Just some little old hant... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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This time of the year I always start getting a taste for pumpkin recipes. A couple weeks ago, one of my favorite girls and me whipped up some Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins. I've had the recipe for ages. Years... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Photo from The Pressley Girls' cd cover shoot at the John C. Campbell Folk School If you've been reading the Blind Pig and The Acorn for a good while you already know what an important role the John C. Campbell... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Every year fall seemingly arrives when we have several consecutive cool mornings in the far western mountains of North Carolina. Only fall isn't really here, the luscious refreshing temperatures are only a tease. Before you know it summer is back... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Who Will Watch the Homeplace written by Kate Long Leaves are falling and turning to showers of gold As the postman climbs up our long hill And there's sympathy written all over his face As he hands me a couple... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Way back when I was in college taking an Appalachian Studies class I was amazed when the teacher discussed the way we use the word one in place of either or either one. I just couldn't fathom that everyone in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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The 1974 Winter Edition of the Foxfire Magazine contains a compilation of newspaper articles written by Harvey Miller. At the time of the magazine's publication Miller's weekly column had been around for sixty years and was till being published in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Molasses making in Haywood County NC molasses boiling, molasses making, molasses stir off noun A social work activity, sometimes lasting all day, at which the juice of sorghum cane is squeezed and slowly boiled, producing a thick syrup that became... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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The first overnight trip we took the girls on after they were born was to Papaw Tony and Nana's house. As you might imagine newborn twins caused quite a stir. Lots of family came over to see the newest members... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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I'm sharing two more songs from the concert at the Historic Union County Courthouse in Blairsville GA. If you missed the two songs from last week go here. I hope you enjoyed the peak into the concert! Tipper p.s. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Sow True Seed generously donated enough lettuce seed for me to deputize Lettuce Reporters @ Large. Eleven Blind Pig readers signed up for lettuce reporting. I guess there was twelve if you count me. Even though I planted all of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Creek and holler folks is one of many synonyms used to describe people who live in the mountains. A few others that come to mind: Hillbilly Branch water people Mountain people Ridge runners Hill people I don't care what you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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The other morning Granny asked The Deer Hunter if he heard someone shooting way up in the middle of the night. He didn't hear it nor did Paul or I so I'm thinking Granny heard something she thought was a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Brasstown is all a buzz with the preparations for the biggest doings of the year: the John C. Campbell Folk School's Annual Fall Festival. This will be the 43rd consecutive year of the festival and I believe it gets bigger... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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all vines an' no taters Used to describe something or someone very showy but of no substance. "He'll never amount to nothin'. He's all vines and no taters." Probably was suggested by sweet potatoes, which produce a lot of vines... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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I came across this apple recipe in the cookbook Mountain Cooking written by John Parris. When I read it I was immediately intrigued because it sounded almost exactly like the way Granny taught me to make pear preserves. Uncle Henry... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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We always have a great time when we perform at the Historic Union County Courthouse, but somehow our recent concert there seemed especially enjoyable. Like Pap used to say it had a good spirit about it. There were several Blind... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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We never grow onions to store through the winter. We plant the type of onions that are best eaten as spring green onions. Most of them get eaten quickly once their green sword shaped leaves shoot above the fresh spring... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Have you ever gotten tangled up in a sawbrier? I have and let me tell you it hurts like the dickens. I know there are scientific names like Brown Sawbriar or Woodland Sawbriar, but to me there are basically two... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 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 Sep 28, 2017 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Tamela-thank you for the comments! Yes Granny made their sweaters. I'll ask her if shell share the pattern : )
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B.Ruth-Thank you for all the great comments! No we're not getting any rain from Maria. Hot today but supposed to feel more like fall by the weekend!
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Evie-the lady who wrote the post said she left the beans in the jar and didn't refrigerate them. I tried her method twice and both times my beans went bad so I'm not sure what I did wrong.
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