Holidays in Appalachia

Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Turkey feast on table

Today as all of us are eating good food and fellowshipping one with another I’ll be thinking of all the things I have to be thankful for.

Blind Pig Readers are at the top of my thankful list so you’ll be one of the things I study on.

I am truly grateful for each of you who stop by for a daily dose of Appalachia. Your visits and comments make me more determined to continue my endeavor of celebrating and preserving the rich culture and heritage of Appalachia AND they enrich the very life I’m living each day.

I wish each of you a day full of blessings!!

Happy Thanksgiving from the whole Blind Pig Gang! And as Pap used to say “Don’t eat too much or you’ll bust your belly.”


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    Sarah Grimes
    November 29, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Tipper, I have read many blogs but yours is the only one I follow. Your posts are part of my daily routine now and I’m thankful for them and all the work and sharing you do here as well! Blessings to you and all you family.

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    November 27, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Your articles and videos really are a blessing to me! Thank you!

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    Barbara Parker
    November 25, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Today is almost over and tonight as I read your message and the comments of others I am thankful for many many blessings. I hope your day has been wonderful. I loved baking the turkey and doing the rolls and side items as well as desserts. It’s a blessing to be able to cook and to do the things that I can do at my age. God is so Good to us and as for me and mine, we need to remember to thank God every day for all the blessings He sends to us. Thank you for all you do to share so many wonderful things on the Blind Pig and the Acorn. It’s such a blessing to me! Keep up the good work! You are loved and appreciated.

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    Angelyn McLain
    November 25, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Tipper! I am so thankful for all the wonderful posts and all of the books you recommend for us. I have finished The Tall Woman and now I am reading Dorie Woman of the Mountains. I just love them. I also have some of the cookbooks and my husband is getting me the one from Cades Cove for Christmas.

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    November 25, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. God Bless each and everyone if you.

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    Hank Skewis
    November 25, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    We are a bunch of lucky so-and-so’s aren’t we? I think of those beautiful mountains with a smile. Your blog is a blessing to me …

    Many blessings to you and your family Tipper.

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    November 25, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂

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    Betty Hopkins
    November 25, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Tipper, and the whole Blind Pig gang! We don’t acknowledge it often enough, but just wanted to say, especially on this day of Thanksgiving, how much you bless our lives daily with your posts, keeping our Appalachian history alive and keeping us firmly grounded in our Appalachian roots!

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    Kim Jones
    November 25, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving. I just found your blog and videos a little while back, and I was tickled to find it. My people came from NC, Northeastern GA, KY, and TN for generations before they made it to TX. The sayings, foods, and traditions remind me so much of Mamaw and Papaw. It is truly a blessing.

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    Denise R
    November 25, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful family!!!

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    GoodGriefLouise Bill
    November 25, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Tipper to you and all your family.

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    Jonathan Blakeslee
    November 25, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Blind Pig and Acorn readers and family!

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    Tina Huffman
    November 25, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! God bless all of you!

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    Ron Bass
    November 25, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Pressleys and BPA readers. Today is my 69th birthday and my daughter called to tell me she is most thankful for Jesus Christ and that God created me to be her dad. It don’t got no better.
    Love you all and God Bless.

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    November 25, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and all who read The Blind Pig and Acorn!!

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    Ann Applegarth
    November 25, 2021 at 10:38 am

    I am definitely thankful for Blind Pig!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Donald Allen
    November 25, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope y’all have a wonderful day!

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    Allison B
    November 25, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Thankful for Appalachia…and Tippers way of keeping it alive. Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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    Donna Brewton
    November 25, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Happy Thanksgiving and Grateful for Blessings, ❣️❣️❣️❣️

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    Nancy Johnson
    November 25, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Have a wonderful, blessed day! I know you will have a busy day.

    Here’s are true turkey story : we ordered a small fresh, not frozen, turkey (almost 12 pounds) from our local butcher shop that does a booming business. My husband picked it up yesterday, paid for it and came home. That’s when we noticed that he paid over $90 for that small turkey! Turns out it was priced as a fresh turkey breast. He called the shop and politely asked to have the difference in price deducted from the credit card he used. They then sent us an email wIth a copy of receipt for a full refund. I wrote back and thanked them profusely and told then they will have our business for ever. So kind, so nice. All we wanted was the difference in price.
    This is not the first time that we have received greatly from The Butcher Shop in Traverse City. I run a food pantry and when I was in the butcher shop I thanked the owner for the meat we received for the food pantry through the Northwest Food Coalition. In turn, He gave me a ham from the lesser outside muscles but in smoked at the store and asked me to try it in a crock pot with brown sugar. Then he promised two huge boxes of hams and 100 packages of their best ground beef for the food pantry. I left the store stunned. We picked up the meat soon after and filled our car. Of course they will my business for ever! P.S. We then purchased a bunch crock pots to give out to the food pantry clients for their hams.

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    Nancy Boswell
    November 25, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Tipper and your whole family. Love the saying, Don’t eat too much or you’ll bust your belly. That’s a new one to me 🙂

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    Crystal Kieloch
    November 25, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Happy Thanksgiving from me – a random reader who greatly enjoys this celebration of Appalachia.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    November 25, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Tipper and all the Blind Pig gang! May God richly bless you.

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    November 25, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Happy Thanksgiving and many blessing to the Blind Pig Family! We are thankful for all you do, Tipper. I’m older than you and 100% Appalachian to the bone, yet I learn so much each time I read your post.

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    November 25, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Tipper to all your family and to all the gang on Blind Pig and Acorn.
    David C, thanks for sharing your cute Thanksgiving Day funny with us.
    Have a blessed day everyone!

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    Dennis M Morgan
    November 25, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Thanks, Tipper. We do have a lot of things to be thankful for. This thanksgiving I have focused on simple things that I am thankful for: food, warm clothes, a warm house, transportation, fairy good health, friends, and most importantly that Jesus was sent to us. checking your posts is one of the most pleasant ​things I do each day.
    Thank you for what you do. Dennis Morgan

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    Sharon Cole
    November 25, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I am so thankful I found you and your sweet girls in YouTube. Then I was able to find Blind Pig and the Acorn. You have taught me so much. Very thankful for my Appalachian friend!!!

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    Ron Stephens
    November 25, 2021 at 8:24 am

    You think we give you so much. We think you give us so much. Either way, it is a great and wonderful thing. And none of us are keeping score. First of all, we wouldn’t know how. But if we did know, we wouldn’t want to. And all of it is a blessing.

    Here is a fun Thanksgiving Day fact. At daylight this morning the temperature at Newfound Gap in the Smokies was 40-degrees Fahrenheit. That is warmer than it was here over a hundred miles south. I’m thinking there are few days in the year when that is so.

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    Janice McCall
    November 25, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to your entire family. I don’t comment often, but I read and enjoy every day your postings. Thank you.

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    Larry Paul Eddings
    November 25, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Happy Thanksgiving. May God richly bless you and your family.

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    Maggie Dent
    November 25, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Tipper, I have so much to be thankful for. This year brought many new fun things to my life. Your videos. Being my husband caregiver is a full time job not to mention the other household things. My beloved husband knows when I tell him. I’m watching a Tipper video, he let’s me sit and rest. Sometimes he says when your Tipper video is over I need this or that. Tipper video time means rest and rejuvenate time. For a little while I can think about things that are comforting and familiar. Thank you.

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    Don Byers
    November 25, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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    Kevin Knight
    November 25, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Happy thanksgiving to Tipper and all of the BPG.

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    donna sue
    November 25, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!! to everyone at the Blind Pig And the Acorn house, and to all of us fans who feel like family with Tipper, Paul, Katie and Corie; and family amongst ourselves. I pray everyone has a day of enjoyment making new memories and remembering past Thanksgiving days. God has been so good to us everyday. Most of the time we see His hand in the big things of our lives, but we tend to forget to notice all the little things He blesses us with every minute of our day. I am thankful for a loving and very much alive God and Saviour! One day I will get to meet all of you in Heaven where we will spend eternity praising the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! What a glorious day to look forward to!

    Donna. : )

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    Kathy Gautier
    November 25, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of y’all. I am so blessed that I found this site. I look forward to your daily blog and all the comments. It reminds me of where I come from and helps me to be true to where I am going. Let be and prayers to all of you.

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    November 25, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Oyster dressing is made (my son’s favorite) & I’ve listened to ‘Bless this House’ (my mom’s tradition). Many blessings to count – including You! HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you & your family & the ‘Blind Pig…’ family.

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    Janet Smart
    November 25, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Tipper and family. I’ll try not to gain back the 10 pounds I’ve lost. It wont be easy, tho, with turkey and dressing, gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, rolls, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, pecan pie mini muffins and pumpkin pie. And we can’t forget the punch my son makes. Wishing everyone a blessed day.

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    Margie G
    November 25, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to the BP&A family from Tipper to each blog reader! I wish you a day of reflecting on God’s blessings in your life, a wonderful dinner, love, peace and joy in communion with your loved ones!!!! Taste and see that the Lord is good!!!

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    Roger Greene
    November 25, 2021 at 7:30 am

    1 Chronicles 29:12-14
    New International Version
    12 Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
    In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
    13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name.

    14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

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    Doreen B
    November 25, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I’m thankful for you, your family and your entertaining talents. And I’m grateful y’all are willing to share.

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      Patricia Voigt
      November 25, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      Happy God blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours!!! So enjoy watching and learning from you all.

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    J. David Chrisman
    November 25, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your tribe and may the gravy flow freely at your table!
    May your stuffing be tasty
    May your turkey be plump
    May your taters and gravy
    Have nary a lump
    May your dumplins be delicious
    And your pies take the prize
    And may your Thanksgiving dinner
    Stay off of your thighs!

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    Miss Cindy
    November 25, 2021 at 7:03 am

    I love you, Tipper, you have such a beautiful and sharing heart and I am so proud that my son picked you for his wife and those beautiful twins the two of you have!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Blind Pig Family!

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    Charles Rasmussen
    November 25, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!!! Family!!!

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    Sheryl A Paul
    November 25, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Happy Thanksgobing yo uou snd yours Tipper, and to the enture Blind Pig gang

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    Garland Gray Davis
    November 25, 2021 at 6:35 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and all the Blind Pig readers…

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    Dan O’Connor
    November 25, 2021 at 6:35 am

    Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

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    Martha D Justice
    November 25, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Thankful for your ministry. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    Greg Church
    November 25, 2021 at 6:15 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thank you for the daily dose of home and, too often, disappearing values. I am thankful for where I live but I long for bygone days and those no longer gathered around the table.
    My grand pap was want to say “ pin your ears back and commence to eating but don’t bust your belly”.

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    Jane ODell
    November 25, 2021 at 6:08 am

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well. I am very thankful for you!

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    Danilee Varner
    November 25, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Tipper!

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