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My Life in Appalachia 8

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Seems like we’ve had a lot going on around the Blind Pig house, but I don’t guess that’s anything unusual.

We had some issues with the wood stove and The Deer Hunter had to clean out the chimney. Of course about the time he did the cold weather headed for somewhere else, although I suspect it will be back before Spring of the year really arrives.

I ended up with way too many carrots and decided to ferment about two pounds of them.

The few warm sunny days we’ve had has gotten us into over drive when it comes to planning this year’s garden so we’ve been doing this and that to prepare for the planting that’s just around the corner.

In my latest video I share a peek at some of things we’ve been doing.

I hope you enjoyed the video!

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    Janis M. Zeglen
    March 4, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    You make your Nanner Puddin’ exactly like my mama taught me to make it. I am fortunate to have the bowl that she would make it in. Thanks for still sparking those wonderful memories!

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    March 2, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful life with us here! I love watching these and feel as if I am visiting with you in person. May the Lord richly bless you and your family!

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    Ruth Binder
    March 1, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Love your Life in Appalachia Videos – – you really put a lot of hard work into each day! Last week when you made the Milk Gravy, you inspired me to try it. So even though I had no biscuits to go with it, I very much enjoyed it with eggs, toast and sausage. Thanks for all the work you put into these videos to bring such pleasure to all of us! Bless you!!

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    Ron Stephens
    March 1, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    I agree Deer Hunter about those bolt heads catching a shovel. Reckon why they don’t know that?

    Let me guess, turnip pieces and carrot peelings go to the chickens? They love that kind of thing and nothing wasted.

    You sure do make me want a nanner puddin. I’m just going to be quiet and see if my wife was put in the notion.

    I like your closing shots each time. But you sure make me want my own little farmstead. So many things I’d like to grow or make or enjoy seeing close by. I grew up with national forest about a hundred feet from the house and I guess it permanently bent me when I was just a twig.

    By the way, I didn’t know the girls spoke a foreign language. That’s what the video caption said. I thoughtv it was just regular chipmunk myself. 🙂

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    March 1, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    You’re love of all things Appalachian brings back such fond memories.
    I think your videos will keep the future of Appalachia near and dear in our multi cultured country.

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    O. P. Holder
    March 1, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for the segment on fermenting carrots. Looks just dandy.
    Does the fermentation make them softer?
    Thanks for another good ‘un.

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      March 1, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      O.P. -the carrots start off pretty crunchy but get softer the longer you leave them in the frig.

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    Donna M Wood
    March 1, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Did you buy the turnips at the store? They look so fresh! Tops and all, look like you just pulled them out of the garden. How do you keep them through winter? I love turnips, and usually all told I go through about a bushel of them from October to December, all by myself because nobody else likes them.

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      March 1, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      Donna-we grew the turnips. We usually have pretty good luck growing them throughout the winter if I plant them in the fall.

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    Betty Brantley
    March 1, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    I loved watching the video! The girls are so talented and just beautiful! I could watch you and listen to you guys all day!

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      Teresa Eidson
      March 3, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      Watched a video of you saving garden seeds, what was the type of okra seed, I would love to try these.

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        March 3, 2021 at 4:12 pm

        Teresa-it was a variety called Jing Orange 🙂

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    Wanda Devers
    March 1, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Now I’m starving!! Your breakfast looked so good and that real nanner pudding looked delicious too. And the greens & turnips & the early lettuce & onions!!

    I’ve got some pretty big pickle jars Mama had that I think I will ferment in. I believe I will do carrots, too.

    Glad you got your chimney fixed. We used to have an actual chimney sweep here and he dressed in the black coat & all. Mama said they could only have small fires since her father had a phobia of chimney fires.

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    Jim Casada
    March 1, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Tipper–Appealing, as always, although the biscuits, sausage, gravy, eggs, and jelly flung a mighty craving on me.

    You really had my attention with the carrots for a short time, because I was operating under the mistaken assumption that you had grown them. I guess there are places in the high country (sandy river bottoms) where you can grow long, straight carrots, but otherwise the shorter, stouter types seem to do best.

    Then a did a second double-take with the bowl of fruit on the counter when you were doing the carrots. After looking at that segment two or three times, I decided it was citrus fruit although my initial impression was Asian pears. I’m interested in Asian pears because I just planted one which was a gift from one of the writer organizations I belong to in memory of my wife. It has joined some Asian persimmons in a row and I hope it will fare well. I love Asian pears and would be curious to hear whether any of your readers grow them. If I can have the same success with them I’ve had with the persimmons, I’ll be a mighty happy fellow.
    Jim Casada

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      March 1, 2021 at 11:36 am

      Jim-thank you!! The fruit was citrus. Miss Cindy had a friend who used to send me Asian pears-we really enjoyed them!

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    Ray Presley
    March 1, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Thanks to you, the Deer Hunter and the girls for sharing a day in your lives. Those sights, sounds and smells, if I could smell them, paint a beautiful picture of a lifestyle that I surely envy. I enjoyed seeing the early garden, work on the mulch and the concert in the garage. My favorite scenes/stories were making the ‘nanner puddin and hulling the green walnuts.
    Bless her heart. She knows what works for her.

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    March 1, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Your Milk Gravy, that is what we call it, looked delicious. My son made some last night for the biscuits I had made for supper. And I really got hungry for Banana Pudding. My Mother made the best and made it just like you did. I didn’t know you had a new member of the family, he sure is beautiful! I think he wanted to be with Chitter and Chatter when they were playing.

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      March 1, 2021 at 11:35 am

      Dee-the dog was Molly Dog 🙂 She belongs to my brother Steve. She’s an old extended member of the family LOL!

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    Margie Cornbread maker
    March 1, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Out of all your videos, I must admit your life in Appalachia videos really make my day and I learn old ways from you, Tipper. I have you to THANK HUMBLY for my new and improved fluffy cornbread! I’m sorta proud of it. As I watched you get the carrots and garlic cut, I thought those carrots are beautiful carrots! Take my word for it, at Dole carrots in CA there must be 2 feet tall squirrels with bellies so big you’d be astounded from eating carrot trimmings. Is that The Fiddler on the Roof? No, it’s Deer Hunter cleaning his chimney. Lord, I was afrighted for him up there but he did good as always. I know people in this town with a big fine old mansion who got run out one morning cause the whole house got smoked out from a dirty creosote laden chimney… Clean it every year, ya hear??? Your life and home depend on it. The twins playing in the garage cracked me up. When you hang out with musicians, they will throw an impromptu jam session anywhere anytime and they’re always entertaining and fun!!! Your old dog is pretty, sweet and knows he’s loved. God bless you hillbillies and top o’the mornin’ to ya!!!

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    Miss Cindy
    March 1, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Tipper, I find it very interesting how you can portray your whole life without a word, well very few words, and your pictures speak so eloquently! I think you have a rare gift and a love for Appalachia and her people.
    Who would have ever thought that every day life could be so interesting!
    On behalf of Appalachia, Thank You!

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    Dona DiBernardo Silver
    March 1, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Good morning Tipper
    I loved watching this video especially when the eggs were frying and that delicious gravy was being poured over the hot biscuits. I enrolled my grandson Michael in a farm class that is sponsored by our Suffolk County farm here on the Island. Even though we are in the suburbs and have lawns we do not have acres of land or animals for Michael to experience so I thank god for this farm available to us. I envy the nature surrounding you. It is worth the hard work you and the deer hunter put out I’m sure.
    I think I will make some of your biscuits for Michael this morning. I canned about 90 something jars of jams a few weeks ago. So I think this morning it will be strawberry with those biscuits.
    I leave one on my pool deck every time I bake them for a squirrel friend.
    I noticed he gained some weight. Lol
    Thanks again for sharing.

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