50 Years

Granny and paps 50th anniversary

Yesterday Pap and Granny celebrated 50 years of marriage. In true Granny fashion-there was a crocheted cake that totally rocked. There was also Granny’s famous Holy Smoke Cake, lots of laughter, and tons of love.


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    Granny Sue
    May 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    What a lovely photo! The cake is a work of art, and the marriage is a strong example of the work of love. Congratulations to all!

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    Julie Hughes
    May 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I know this is a late post. Any way, better late than never. I wish you all nothing but the best. I pray you continue with a healthy, blessed life. Godspeed.

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    April 28, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Tamela-thank you for the comments! Granny is planning to make us all a bouquet with the flowers-great minds think alike : ) I haven’t shared the holy smoke cake recipe but I will soon!
    Blind Pig The
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    April 28, 2014 at 9:03 am

    C. Ron-LOL thats a good question! Granny found the pattern in one of her books. Once she crocheted the outside she stuffed the inside-sorta like a pillow in the shape of a cake.
    Have a good day : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    April 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for the comment! I’ll post the recipe for the holy smoke cake as soon as I can : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Susan Cook
    April 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Congratulations to Granny and Pap. Beautiful cake.

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    April 27, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Congratulations, 50 years is such a blessing to see.. and pray you have many more to come..

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    Bill Burnett
    April 26, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Congratulations to the lovely couple and thanks to them for allowing us all to share their wonderful family through their daughter Tipper and the Blind Pig & Acorn. I hope they have many more wonderful years together and with their wonderful descendants.

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    Sue Crane
    April 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations! You are so blessed to have these many years together — am wishing you many more.
    p.s. Pap, did you sing her a love song?

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    Joyce Mullikin
    April 26, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Could you give the recipe for holy smoke cake? Our 55 th anniversary is May 5, maybe I could make it. Love your blog

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    April 26, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Congratulations to Pap and Granny, and many blessings in the years to come!

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    Joy Newer
    April 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Congratulations Granny and Pop, you are a beautiful couple. God Bless You Both.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    April 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Tipper, Please pass my personal congratulations on to Pap and Granny. I feel like I know them through Blind Pig–through Pap’s playing, through his original songs, their answering Appalachian Questions and through “Grannyisms.” Thank you for introducing us! I know they are down-to-earth people as my forebears in the mountains were! “Salt-of-the-earth,” they are, and fellow Christians on the road of life. My husband and I (although he was sick for several years prior to his death) had our 61st anniversary Dec. 23, 2010, a month before his death on Jan. 26, 2011. How I miss him still! We traveled a wonderful road together. The crocheted cake is beautiful! What excellent handiwork. And you’ll have to share the recipe for “Holy Smoke” cake!! Congratulations to a wonderful couple. Please share this poem with them. I wrote it today just for them!
    Anniversary Song
    (for Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wilson)
    When we started out so long ago
    Our hopes were very high;
    The way was bright and any woe
    Buried–far from any faltering cry.
    The path we chose was close and sweet,
    Beset by changes we often met;
    But we kept a strong faith to meet
    Whatever came; our goals were set.
    Looking back over fifty years
    See now two lives, yielded, blended;
    And family joys, superseding fears.
    Thus may we be ’till earth-life is ended.
    Come with me, my Love, my Friend,
    Let’s celebrate the life we’ve made.
    Let others wonder about triumphant end;
    We, we rest on laurels in Love’s Garden glade!
    -Ethelene Dyer Jones 04.26.2014

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    Ed Ammons
    April 26, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    The average marriage in this country lasts seven years. If Granny and Pap were average, they should be starting their eighth one. However, as we all know, Granny and Pap are way above average!

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    April 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Tipper,Congatuations to your parents!!I have the Holy Smoke cake crust in the oven now,can’t wait for supper!God Bless.Jesn

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    Glynda Chambers
    April 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Congrats on 50 years!!! Please tell us about the Holy Smoke Cake, sounds interesting. Hope you two have many more years together.

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    Suzi Phillips
    April 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    What a handsome couple!! And what a beautiful family they have raised. Wishing them many more years of happiness!

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    Gina S
    April 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I love the picture of your parents with your mother’s awesome cake. Best wishes to them for the years still to come. Now I’m off to Google ‘holy smoke cake.’

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    Charles Fletcher
    April 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Congratulations to Pap and Granny!
    I remember our 50th. very well.
    I wish you many more happy years togather.
    Charles Fletcher

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    April 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Congratulations! May you enjoy many more years together. That cake really honors the occasion! God bless!

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    petra michelle
    April 26, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve never seen a cake like it, Tipper! It is amazing! Are they common by you, because I’ve never seen anything like it.
    And congratulations! 50 years! I’m so happy for you all! Thank you for sharing, Tipper! Beautiful! :))

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    Susie Swanson
    April 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Oh Wow, That cake is awesome and so are your parents. Happy 50th Anniversary to them both.

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    April 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Congratulations to Pap and Granny on your 50th anniversary! May God bless you both with many more happy years together.

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    b. Ruth
    April 26, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I love the picture of your parents. What a great cake! I wonder when she crocheted it, if every loop-over was thought of as a day or hour in her marriage. The crochted roses and hearts are a wonderful touch as well. What a great idea! Of course it is a lot less fattening. I was glad to read she had a “Holy Smoke” cake as well!! After 50 years one should imbibe a bit and celebrate…”Holy Smoke” 50 years! Wow!
    The Ring
    Hold the trinket near thine eye,
    And it circles earth and sky;
    Place it further, and behold!
    But a finger’s breadth of gold.
    Thus our lives, beloved, lie
    Ringed with love’s fair boundary;
    Place it further, and its sphere
    Measures but a falling tear.
    ~~~ by John B. Tabb ~~~
    Congratulations Granny and Pap…and many, many more happy years together!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS..Roy and I have one coming up the 30th of April…not quite 50 but close..49th…

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    Mike McLain
    April 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Congratulations to Pap & Granny. That is an amazing milestone! Best wishes for many more healthy and happy years together.

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    Ken Roper
    April 26, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Congradulations to Granny and Pap on
    their 50th wedding Anniversary. Hope
    they have many more. The Cake looks
    really nice…Ken

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    Lola Howard
    April 26, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Congratulations to Pap and Granny.
    What is the holy smoke cake?

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    April 26, 2014 at 10:35 am

    What a fantastic anniversary! Congratulations!!!

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    Don and Susan Casada
    April 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

    What a fine-looking couple! Congratulations – and thanks – to Pap and Granny

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    April 26, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Great! I feel as though I know them. I send my best wishes to them, and may they have many, many more years of happiness together. Great things happen in good families.

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    April 26, 2014 at 9:54 am

    How do you make a crocheted cake?

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    Basel Hildreth
    April 26, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Happy Anniversary Granny and Pap. I wish you many, many more. May God Bless.

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    April 26, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Congratulations! What a beautiful testimony of love and God’s grace and such a precious family and heritage. Many blessings to you.
    Wow! My husband and I are right behind you in two years!
    ,,,and what is a Holy Smoke Cake?

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    April 26, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Congratulations to Granny and Pap!
    Love that crocheted cake! What a creative soul Granny is! Perhaps the roses and hearts could be saved to incorporate into the bouquets, dresses, or decorations for future family weddings.
    Will you be sharing her Holy Smoke cake? -or have you already and I missed it?
    Congratulations again – not only for Granny and Pap’s 50 years, but for a family with such wonderful family values and ties.

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    Nina Chastain
    April 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Congratulations to Pap and Granny ! Beautiful Cake ! May the Lord Bless them with many more years together !

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    April 26, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful cake! What’s even more beautiful is the couple standing beside it.

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    Ken Kuhlmann
    April 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Congradulations to Granny and Pap!!!
    Little Blue and I are coming up on our 43rd anniversary.
    We need to hear more about the “crocheted cake” and the “Holy smoke cake”

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    Eldonna Ashley
    April 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Congratulations to Pap and Granny! Fifty years of marriage is quite an accomplishment. I know, hubs and I are coming up on 53 next year.
    Holy Smoke Cake? I had to Google that. It is one of my favorites. We call it “Lucky If There Is Any Left” because it is a favorite dish to take to a church supper. I have also heard it called “Lush.”
    It is good when made with other puddings, lemon, pistachio, and home made butterscotch.
    So happy for the happy couple and for the family. All of you are a blessing to so many.

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    April 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Congrats to Granny & Pap. Hope they have many more to come.

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    Roy Pipes
    April 26, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Congratulations to Pap and Granny. Today not many marriages last 50 years.
    My late wife and I had been married 52 years when she passed away.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 26, 2014 at 7:17 am

    WOW! Fifty years, that’s a long time. Congratulations to Pap and Granny.
    You are right, Tip, that is a cool cake!

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 26, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Congratulations to Pap and Granny! My hubby and I are getting close to 50, exciting! I hope you enjoyed both the cakes, the one in the picture is beautiful!

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