Seems like only yesterday I was looking back over the year of 2010. I really enjoyed the year in review post I did last January-so I decided 2011 deserved a look back too.
Once again I was amazed at the posts I had totally forgotten about. As I looked back through the year-the posts below were the ones that caught my eye.
- The month of January was all about make do cooking-you know the dishes you make when the groceries are mostly gone and payday is still a few days away. We ate light bread, pinto beans, Granny’s homemade potato chips, cornbread and milk, and we even made microwave popcorn in a paper lunch bag.
- Since we’d been making do with food-I started February off with a song about making do: Poor Man. Me and Pap are still crazy about that song. February was also the month I started my photo series Appalachia Through My Eyes. I worried myself to death over the series-I have a tendency to want things to turn out exactly as I planned them. The photo series didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted it too-but I think it’s been o.k. My plans were to do the series for a year and then move on to something else-but I’ve grown quite fond of it. I think I’ll continue with the series Appalachia Through My Eyes-but I won’t worry about it near as much.
- March was a busy month-we made biscuits, swung on grapevines, burned the garden, and marveled at the maple blooms of spring.
- Another busy month-full of the unlikely duo of dancing and ramps. Me and the girls made the trek back to Berea KY to celebrate the 75 Anniversary of the Mountain Folk Festival, and Charles Fletcher took us all on a Ramp Tramp.
- The beginning of May brought me a greenhouse, the least May Pole Dancer, and the story of Maggie Collett Martin. The middle of the month was tasty with Granny’s Biscuits and chocolate gravy. May was also the month our 3rd Annual Planting By The Signs Test sponsored by Hometown Seeds got started-and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t even shared the results with you yet-and it’s almost time to start another test!
- The Blind Pig Family went back in time and took you along for the ride. Pap showed us how to string greenbeans, and 2 Blacksmiths moved into my house.
- Granny showed us how to make kraut in the jar, I learned a little more about Fred O. Scroggs (a fellow Brasstownian) by way of David Anderson, and as the corn began to come in we went with Pap to the cornfield.
- This was the month my Ola Belle Reed and Little Cataloochee Baptist Church project came to fruition-with the story of Cora Lee Mease and the video of Undone In Sorrow. Other highlights from the month included going back to Hazel Creek with my good friend Mildred Johnson and telling you about the old biddies-better known as Queens of the Meadow.
- As fall of the year arrived we had wild hazelnuts, pawpaws, chinquapins, molasses bread and pear preserves to eat. September also brought us the fun Week Of the Crow with posts like Uncle Joe’s Pet Crow and Crows on the Ridge.
- My Spooky October Series made another showing during 2011. The series was full of spooky tales from Blind Pig readers and a special edition Spooky Appalachian Vocabulary Test.
- We started the month out with a sweet smelling plumgranny then filled our bellies with Granny’s Pumpkin Bread and a batch of lunchroom cookies. After catching a ride on a North Wind we finished out the month with a well written essay about the Leaves of November.
- The month of Christmas started off with a heartwarming story about a pocket knife and ended with Interesting Weather Lore to guide us through the forecast for the coming year. Along the way, were 2 sweet voices singing O Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.
When I try to pick a favorite post for the entire year-its impossible. But the story of Cora Lee Mease and the video for Undone In Sorrow would be hard to beat out of the top 5 for me. How about you-did you have a favorite Blind Pig & The Acorn post for the year 2011? Maybe one I mentioned above-or one I failed to mention?
I’m giving away another digital download of my book today-if you missed the new book hoopla go here to read about it. All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is-leave a comment! The giveaway ends Friday Jan 6th.
2011 was a great year for the Blind Pig & the Acorn-and I know 2012 will be too. I hope you stick around for the ride!