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My Life in Appalachia 14

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I don’t know if the blooms are prettier this year or if its that I’ve had more time to look at them. Every time I go outside my eyes drink in the beauty of summer in its full glory.

I tried to capture some of the loveliness I’ve been feasting on in my latest “Life in Appalachia” video.

I’m not sure I captured what I wanted to, but I hope you enjoyed seeing the views I’ve been relishing.


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    Sharon Cole
    July 8, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Enjoyed this video. Your garden & flowers are beautiful. Love to see you make those delicious biscuits. I look forward to your videos every day!!

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    Ed Ammons
    July 7, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Is that all the ingredients that go into the soup Matt is making? I’m assuming it is a soup and thinking about trying it. It looks like it would be good with cornbread to sop it up!!

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      July 8, 2021 at 7:56 am

      Ed-that was mostly it. He did add some chicken broth to make it richer. He might have added some other seasonings too. It’s a good soup especially with cornbread.

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    Gina Smith
    July 7, 2021 at 11:44 am

    You captured it beautifully

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    Pastor Lon
    July 7, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Well I’m not sure if you captured all you wanted but all I know is you captured ENOUGH!!!! Thoroughly enjoyed the video loved the beautiful flowers, the breakfast , the alterations the deer hunter made on his knife case and last but not least my all time favorite THE CREEK!! GOD Bless Y’all. ☀️☀️

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    Wanda Devers
    July 7, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I always love seeing yall cook. Everything looks so good and I learned something too–I never thought to use a press on country ham but I will now. I’m the only red eye gravy lover here and I pour it over everything!

    Also love the creek! Daddy once rented land for corn that had the most beautiful little creek with a rocky bottom–most West Tn creeks that I had seen had sandy bottoms so this was unusual to me. It had a footlog which we loved.

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    Kat Swanson
    July 7, 2021 at 10:04 am

    My favorite blooms are my marigolds and hibiscus. The marigolds I grow from flowers my little daughter planted when she was two….she’s 37 this week….I save the seed heads and have marigolds to share. The hibiscus are from my great grandpa’s old homeplace where my dad was raised…we keep the seed , now over 100 yrs in our family.
    Yesterday was my parents 81st anniversary. The miracle happened again this year…right on time. The big pink hibiscus , their favorite flower ,opened their first big blooms on their anniversary.
    .Mommy used to say that it was bad luck to thank folks for plants they gave you. Just say…I appreciate it….not thank you or the plants won’t grow. Has anyone else ever heard of this? Yes, Wise co. Va. Has some odd customs.

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    July 7, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Your videos do a wonderful job of depicting Appalachian life. I just keep intending to do the biscuits the way you do. Many years ago I remember your blog covering something about “making do.” It is a little vague in my memory, but it was Appalachian foods or depression era foods that were inexpensive and could feed a family. I think this would be an excellent topic I would love to see in your videos. Since YouTube is almost exclusively my television, I have noticed this is what seems to be very popular since all the shortages of 2020. I grew up on food my Mom learned about during the depression era, and she continued to cook those same foods throughout her life. You will certainly keep increasing in popularity just because you have such dedication to the subject matter.. Your blog family is rooting for you.

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    Margie G for got it going on
    July 7, 2021 at 9:51 am

    The video was an excellent one in my opinion! You had working and picking from the garden ( and one must work to reap the bounty.) Deer Hunter concocted a wonderful cabbage soup! I liked his modifications on the new knife too! He’s a handy dude!!! I love listening to you play as a family too and without Corey’s fiddle, you all don’t sound as melodious I must say. Breakfast looked delish too! Is it just me or was that bumble bee getting DOWN ON SOME HOLLYHOCK POLLEN which he adored!!!? You hillbillies got it going on down in the Carolinas!!!! Thanks for a look at your life.

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    July 7, 2021 at 9:15 am

    That video reminds me get out and enjoy the creek and wildflowers that I sometimes take for granted. It’s such a busy time of year for us all that we forget to stop and smell the roses.

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    Ron Stephens
    July 7, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Your all’s garden is so neat, not a weed. That mulch sure makes a big difference about weeds, moisture and keeping things clean. I see your beans have overtopped the panels and are waving in the air.

    I’m of a similar mind with the Deer Hunter. Off-the-shelf things often have features that are less than the best and need to be customized. A fella ought to have things that fits him and the way he uses his tools.

    Your all’s woods look like you have had a blowdown or a dieoff of white pine several years ago.

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    July 7, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Enjoyed the video and was delighted to see what I thought was red eye gravy. I have never made it but I sure loved it when my Mother and Grandmother made it and it was poured over home-made cat-head biscuits. As always, I loved that little creek behind your house.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 7, 2021 at 7:48 am

    I don’t know what you wanted Tip but what you got is real life and you’ve done an excellent job of it! I love watching you make buscuits and other things whithou measuring. That is a talent in itself!
    Country ham, eggs, biscuits, Red Eye Gravy, butter mashed with honey…now that’s eatin’ fine!
    Good job…as always!

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    Gayle Larson
    July 7, 2021 at 7:04 am

    How fortunate we are to live in this wonderful place. I had 12 100 foot oak trees taken down so I am looking forward to planting some flowering trees in their place. Dogwood, magnolia and flowering cherry are at the top of my list.

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