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I haven't made this dish before--in fact, had not thought about it. But I just may get a jar of the beef and try something new to me. I'd have to soak to get some of the salt out first, though, as I'm limited on salt. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2012 on SOS at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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I think in Appalachia we have our own way of pronouncing words, probably from our Anglo-Saxon English roots. So far as "arrowy" is concerned, we used it to mean somewhat flighty and undependable, as "Her actions were plumb arrowy; you just can't depend on what she's going to do!" So far as hearing "arrowy" to indicate "arrows"--I did not hear that in the section of N. Ga. where I grew up.
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Funny! Sounds just like what two mountain boys assigned a nigh-impossible task would do to make the work easier! If Mr. Fletcher's book follows this same style and honesty, I'm sure it is well worth the read! Thanks for sharing "Digging the Well"!
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2012 on Digging The Well at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Thanks so much for sharing this selection from the Blind Pig's performance at the JCCFS. Enjoyed hearing this! Good job!
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2012 on Friday Night's Concert at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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The eggs are beautiful and today's post made me remember how I loved gathering eggs on the farm where I grew up in Choestoe. But green eggs?? Are you sure some Easter-egg coloring didn't reach them somehow before you photographed them? The brown one looks familiar, but green? Give us a little more explanation, please. And best wishes to all the Blind Pig Gang and their chickens!
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B. Ruth's painting on "Sun Drawing Water" is beautiful. Even though her art teacher took exception, I see beauty and meaning in it and I'm glad she kept it! It is important for a teacher to find something to commend in a student's efforts--else that student will lose interest and motivation. I thought as I read today's post of how rich our language is because we seek to lace it with metaphors and similes. Sometimes it is good for us to "think up" some new ones to put alongside the tried and true ones we've heard all our lives. "Be sure the sun will break through the clouds. It won't be cloudy forever."
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Tipper, Thanks for posting the words to Pap's song, "God's Sunshine on the Mountain" and giving us the link to hear it played and sung. I heard the song early this morning, and wanted to write about it then. However, with getting to church early to set up to teach my Sunday School class, I waited to write about it until now. I listened again, and again and loved the song each time! Your father has such a rhythmical way with words, and his words set to music (his original composition) are superb! The song provides a triple blessing: to the ear, to the spirit and to the mind! Please thank Jerry Wilson for me for writing the words, composing the music, and performing the song! I love his emphasis--perfect for the words. The harmony is delightful, too! The music lingers on, even after the recording is over. The third time I listened, I sang along with them, for by then I had transcribed the words and had them before me. You are right in your evaluation of his words: although they are simple, there is an undercurrent of profound meaning that runs throughout the song. I plan to type up the words and share the poem with friends and relatives who will appreciate the poem as I do--giving "Pap" Jerry Wilson due credit, of course! I hope in the future you will share more words and music of this "prolific songwriter" with us. And I was glad to know the origin of the yellow pages behind your logo: the handwritten words of one of your father's songs from his guitar case! What a legacy! Thanks!
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2012 on Sunshine On The Mountain at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Thanks, Tipper! I sort of got "carried away" as I am wont to do. But you just opened the door to a wonderful experience in learning! May we all be more cognizant of "Sun Drawing Water" and how the phenomenon can be both beautiful and meaningful!
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2012 on Sun Drawing Water at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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Tipper, About teeth, with smiles like the picture shows, I think neither you nor the twins has cause to regret your chompers! Both beautiful smiles! I must admit, though, that I "notice" teeth! I have a distinct "space" in the very middle of my upper teeth! My space caused me a lot of teasing and ridicule when I was young, and I became self-conscious of my "spacy" smile! But somehow I braved the teasing and smiled anyway, because I'm sort of a naturally optimistic, smiling person! Why didn't I get braces? I lived out in the country and a long time before any dentists we visited ever thought of referring someone to an orthodontist! (In other words, we didn't know such a thing as braces existed back then!) And when I got all grown up, I wasn't teased as much about my tooth-spaces, so I didn't get them braced up on my own (couldn't afford it, either!). But in trying to "figure out" where I got my space between my two front teeth, I was always left out in the cold, too, because no one in my family we knew had that characteristic! It's sort of hard to be the "odd one out", too--with a characteristic no one in your family but you has--like Chitter's feet! But, despite the teasing (and sometimes ridicule--for my Aunt Nancy told my father, "You've GOT to do something about Ethelene's teeth? But what could he do?? Her comment really made me feel self-conscious!). But we can come to terms with even our "bad" points if we really determine that there are more important things in life than majoring on minors. Today, I sort of like my teeth! At least they "all mine"--even at my age! And they serve me well!
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Like Miss Cindy, I "used to" make this Fruit Cocktail Cake! How rich and gooey it is! Back "in the days" when I was always looking for a new and different recipe to serve some church group meeting in our home, or to take to one of our famous "covered dish" meals, I remember finding and using this recipe! Maybe I got it off the can of a # 303 size Fruit Cocktail. Thanks to Miss Cindy for "resurrecting" the recipe and sharing it with us.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2012 on Fruit Cocktail Cake at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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I wish you the very best as you participate in and enjoy the Folk Festival. Don't include me in the drawing, because it's so close to the wedding of my granddaughter Christie that we'll be making all the last-minute preparations for her big day! But I know those who attend will certainly enjoy the festival. I have never been to John C. Campbell Folk School that I didn't enjoy just being there, looking around, and enjoying the programs offered. It has meant so much to so many people through the years--not only the fall festival but the teaching offered, and just the "spirit" of keeping our mountain way of life alive and well.
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My favorite? Whatever is currently playing! Awhile ago, it was "'Way Back in the Hills." "I'll Fly Away" is forever a favorite; and "Steel Rails" is nostalgic and pensive; "Until Then" has such hope expressed! With such a repertoire as the "Playlist" gives, we have many good choices! Thank you. And best wishes at the Folk School Festival. I would like to attend, but won't be able to get there. I know many people enjoy the weekend! Keep up the good work!
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I didn't have a notion of what your "fairy tree" would reveal. I had never heard of a "Princess Tree." I completely missed seeing those trees along Nantahala Valley with the big leaves as I drove from Epworth to Western Carolina University the summers of '6a5-68 as I studied for my Master's degree at WCU. Guess I was too intent on getting home for weekends and the amounts of class work to be done! Anyway, thanks for sharing the story of the Princess Tree and Blaine! Delightful. And I'm sorry you will have to cut down the tree because of its massive size! But do plant a leaf in another place and let us know about it, maybe next year?
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2012 on The Princess Tree at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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A long time ago I found this same "easy fruit or berry cobbler" recipe which could be remembered by 1 of each ingredient: Batter: 1 stick margarine, melted 1 cup sugar 1 cup self-rising flouw 1 cup milk. Stir all together and pour over one quart of canned fruit (or fresh fruit to which 1 cup of water had been added). Bake for 1 hour in preheated 350 degree oven. Delicious, quick, and easily-remembered when the cook is in a rush for a good dessert!
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2012 on Granny's Peach Cobbler at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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"Gonna Catch a North Wind" is one of those heart/mind-rending songs that says, always, "Home is the place I want to be!" Pap and Paul did a wonderful job with the lyrics and pickin'! Thank them for sharing it with us. I have a veteran friend who loves country music. I'm going to type the words and include them in his thanksgiving card. I wish I had the CD to include, too, so he could hear it! Thanks, Tipper & Company, for all the "Blind Pig" information/inspiration. You and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2011 on Gonna Catch A North Wind at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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