Appalachia Holidays in Appalachia

Happy New Years!

The whole Blind Pig Gang sincerely hopes the new year is exactly what you want it to be for you and yours.

Don’t forget to eat a big helping of black-eyed peas, greens, and hog jowls to ensure you’re healthy, wealthy, and wise for 2015.

Tipper

 

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Happy New Year to you all too. I am just catching up on my emails from the Holidays. I wish you and all the readers a year full of family, friends, laughter, joy, health and enough!

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    jose luis
    January 2, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Dear Ed Ammons,
    How true and deep is the lyrics of that song. How different would our common home, planet earth, if men realized the message contained in these verses. I am honored by the word BROTHER, as you have directed to me, you the have rewarded, and express with deep feeling, Ed, my brother, with your family, friends and neighbors, have the best year of your life, strong hug, José Luis.

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    Quinn
    January 1, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Happy New Year to Tipper and the whole Blind Pig Gang! Here’s hoping 2015 is a fine year for everyone 🙂

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    Ed Ammons
    January 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    José-There is a country music song that goes something like this:
    When you’re standing alone
    With the mountains and the sea
    Where the arms of the world open wide
    Where the truth is as plain as the falling rain
    And as sure as the time and the tide
    You know we’re all His children
    His next of kin, that’s the way it began
    No matter where you’re going or where you’ve been
    You’re part of the family of men
    When you walk down the road
    And the sun is on your side
    With the sweet river breeze for your face
    Where you don’t hear a sound as you look around
    Everything sort of falls into place
    You know we’re all His children
    His next of kin, that’s the way it began
    No matter where you’re going or where you’ve been
    You’re part of the family of men.
    Happy New Year José Luis my brother and to all those you love and to all those who love you!!

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    jose luis
    January 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    My dear Mrs. Tipper:
    From Buenos Aires, Argentina, perhaps one of your most distant readers that every day is knowing a little more about the history and life in Appalachia, and learn that our ancestors who came from Europe, have taught us the same principles honesty, family, love of God and love of the land that we stand today, you in the north and south of us in our beloved America, I send to your family and neighbors mountaineers, my deepest desire PEACE, HEALTH and HAPPINESS, with a big hug, José Luis.

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    Wanda Devers
    January 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Happy New Year! We’ll be having black-eyed peas & cornbread tonight.

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    b. Ruth
    January 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Tipper,
    and Paul….How could I forget? Easy with this old mind of mine!
    Happy Birthday Paul and many happy returns…
    Is Tipper making the cake? I know it will be good if she or Granny make it!
    I always thought you were supposed to eat very frugal on New Years Day…hence black-eyed peas and greens and cornbread!
    I see some of these mountain folks are adding pork chops and ham…Our hog didn’t fatten up like we hoped, but did notice that mixed pork chops were on sale this week…shucks could have added those, but then there would go the Soc. Sec. cost of living penny raise. Evidently the “guvement” ain’t priced hog meat lately!
    Don, I love Crowder peas from the garden. Didn’t have any Crowder peas in the freezer but could have grappled out a frozen package of kale and turnip greens…didn’t think of it…sounds good!
    Now I know why most ads were featuring Blackberries on sale! I never heard, until Pamela’s post about eatin’ blackberries on New Years…Razzleberry pie…yummm! You need to comment that recipe for us! Is that a mountain tradition or was it a family tradition. Might just start that one myownself.
    Glad you are getting moved today Mike M…although it is a bit nippy here.
    Gayle’s casserole sounded a little different to me…comment that recipe sometime, never heard of a rice, pea, greens and cheese casserole…I betcha’ it is good!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Luann
    January 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Happy New Year Tipper and family! Hope to see you again this year at the Folk School!
    Happy New Year to fellow Blind Pig readers!

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    Suzi Phillips
    January 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Happy New Year!!

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    Tom
    January 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Happy New Year to the Blind Pig Gang and all the followers out there. Hope it is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for all. Happy Birthday Paul!

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    January 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Happy New Year to the whole Blind Pig Gang and a special Happy Birthday to Paul! May your blessings be many through the year and bothersome curves in your personal roads magically straighten out. Same wishes go to all the faithful readers.

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    Cici
    January 1, 2015 at 11:12 am

    2015 is said to be the turnaround year from 7 devastating fiscal years. Lovejoy’s comet passed overhead at midnight last night, which is a rarity. That seals the deal in my book. Today we start a new thing for a new year -7 years of increasing prosperity and restoration. New money, new friends, new places! May everyone have a peaceful, prosperous, and joyous New Year!

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    Lola Howard
    January 1, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Happy New Year to everyone.
    May God Bless everyone with good health this year.
    Tipper how is Pap , sure hope he is recovering ,can’t let a voice like his be quiet for too long.

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    Lola Howard
    January 1, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Happy New Year to everyone.
    May God Bless everyone with good health this year.
    Tipper how is Pap , sure hope he is recovering ,can’t let a voice like his be quiet for too long.

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    Lola Howard
    January 1, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Happy New Year to everyone.
    May God Bless everyone with good health this year.
    Tipper how is Pap , sure hope he is recovering ,can’t let a voice like his be quiet for too long.

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    Lola Howard
    January 1, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Happy New Year to everyone.
    May God Bless everyone with good health this year.
    Tipper how is Pap , sure hope he is recovering ,can’t let a voice like his be quiet for too long.

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    Kerry in GA
    January 1, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Happy New Years to the Blind Pig Gang & Happy Birthday to Paul.

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    Jackie
    January 1, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Here’s wishing you and yours a blessed year ahead. I’ve been eating pork chops and greens for about three months and the only ‘wealth’ I can see is a monthly 32 dollar raise in Soc. Sec for 2015. Prices at the grocery store for the things we eat went up three times that much this week. Maybe I’ll open a can of peas today to see if that helps.

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    Don Casada
    January 1, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Happy New Year to all the fellow readers of Tipper’s fine blog. (And to you, too, Tipper).
    Don’t have blackeyed peas, collards or hog jowls on hand. Hope that crowder peas, mustard and turnip greens from the garden and backbone meat, courtesy of IGA will make do.

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    Pamela Danner
    January 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Happy New Year to you as well! The black eyed peas have been soaking over night, the greens are ready to be cooked, and I am baking a ham. My Mom always said you should have blackberries for New Years so I have a Razzelberry pie.The diet is going to have to wait.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    January 1, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Thanks Tipper! Now please tell me that the celebration at Clay’s Corner was carried out as USUAL. We would have liked to be there but had to stay put – by the fireside! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Eva Nell

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    Mike McLain
    January 1, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Happy New Year to the Blind Pig Gang and all of the blogger acorns. Yes, our greens, blackeyed peas and for us, pork chops, are on the menu today. Our house, which started construction in March, is ready and we are spending the new year moving.

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    Gayle Larson
    January 1, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Happy New Year to the whole gang .
    This is a great site to enjoy with my coffee every morning.
    We do the pork and sauerkraut dinner.
    My neighbors think my house is like a new restaurant in town with my Dutch
    cooking.
    I make a casserole with greens, black-eyed-peas, rice, ham and lots of cheese on top for them. It really is pretty good.
    Hope everyone gets to have all their wishes come true in 2015.

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    dolores
    January 1, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Ditto – Happy New Year!
    (I don’t know about those hog jowels thing)

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    Miss Cindy
    January 1, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I’ve got it all covered, Tipper. We’ve got the collard greens, ham, and black-eyed peas to insure our happy and prosperous new year ahead….with an apple pie to add a little sweetness!
    Wishing a prosperous and peaceful new year to all!

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    William Dotson
    January 1, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Happy New Year to you and yours Tipper.

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    b. Ruth
    January 1, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Tipper,
    Good Morning on this New Year Day!
    I’ve got my black-eyed peas and collards ready to put in the kettles to cook-up for dinner.
    Sometimes I make Hoppin’ John the next day if I have cooked too many black-eyed peas. Sometimes I just do like my Mom and add diced tomatoes an a bit of sugar for a small pot of leftovers. The greens, be it kale, turnip, mustard or collards just continue to be good until they are gone. Never have very much left-over cornbread at all…lol
    Well, guess we pack up last year and put it in the box of good ole days!
    I stayed up too late and watched everything that can drop at midnight around the country, from guitars in Memphis to masks in New Orleans!
    Did you hear if the “fake opossum” dropped OK? Haven’t seen anything on the news or Internet about it this year.
    Happy New Year to all!

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