Spreading The July Love

Blind Pig & the Acorn 2013 In Review
My July has been full of canning jars, fresh vegetables, dancing, good music, new friends, old friends-no wonder it went by in a flash-and now it’s time to Spread the Love for the month of July.

I’m sending a big thank you to each of you who took the time to add your 2 cents to the Blind Pig during the month of July-you truly do make it a better place to visit.

Sandy Carlson, JanetKathleenJust JackieJulie at Elisharose, Miss Cindy, Brenda Kay LedfordOsagebluff Quilter, Terry, GrannyPamWarren, LannyThe Fishing GuyPetra Michelle, David Templeton, Nancy M., GlendaFencepostRick’s Whitetail WoodsTrisha Too, Mary Life In A Cordwood Cabin, Farmchick, Paul Saltcreek, Patty Hall, B. Ruth, CheE, Sallie Covolo, Vicki Lane, Ethel, Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D., Sarah, Wanda, Stacey South Western PA, Lynn, Pat in East TN, TeresaJen,  Sandra, Betsy from Tenn, Granny SueJennifer in OR, Sheryl Paul, Frances, Kenneth M. Roper, Anastasia, Mike McLain, Kim Campbell, Rachelle, Connie, Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski, John Dilbeck, Greta Koehl, Sandra VanOrman, Helen G, Georgie, Will Dixon, Nancy Wigmore, Susie, Matthew BurnsNancy Simpson, meemsnyc, Leslie Farm Fresh Fun, Apple, Nancy, Kenneth O Hoffman, Grace Willard, Mamabug, Cher’ley Grogg, Elizabeth Thomas, Em, Sue, Janice MacDaniels, Clint, Kat, Carri Dawn, Kimberly Arwood, finnishwahine, Lauren Koch, Cheryl Soehl, Audrey, Bradley, Lynda, Elithea, Lise, Pointless Picks, Tracy Henderson, Diana, Lonnie Dockery, GardenOfDaisies, Elizaabeth, Gary, Alana, Gayle, GaFarmWomanPam, Gary Millwood, Merry, Canned Quilter, Boyd Guthrie, Kathryn Magendie, Carolyn McCarter Wood, Chip Giddens, Sharon, Haystack Jackson, Malcolm, Sheila Bergeron, Caro, Janera, Sue, Dreamagail, Jay Henderson, Staib18, Carolyn Knutter, Karen D White, Keith Stewart, Liesha, Trish, Lu, Sable Purvis, Eric, Shannon, Rosemary Giordano, Dragonbutterfly1, Greg Zeck, Kay, Doug Davis (Buck Hendrix), Dean, Margie Mc, Sandy Eyler, Steve Elrod, Solstice Dreamer, and Brian Blake.

During my busy month of July-I also managed to fit in one of my favorite things-stopping at yard sales. I decided to share one of my yard sale finds with this month’s winner. I scored a whole box of old time canning jars for nearly nothing at a yard sale.

Although canning has come a long way since the days of using them to preserve food-the old jars are still great to store things in. I use them for dried beans, qtips, buttons, craft supplies, yeast, tea, herbs, and the list goes on.

This month’s winner is…Cher’ley Grogg!



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    August 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Tipper, I am so glad the garden is almost gone, I am give out, we have canned so much. and put stuff in the freezer, we have no more room, but I cannot think of anything going to waste, I know their is someone out in this world hungry, and they might knock on my door for food and I will have it,have a wonderful and God Bless you, kay

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    Fishing Guy
    August 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Tipper: Neat find, I don’t see these around anymore.

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    teresa atkinson
    August 3, 2010 at 10:12 am

    we missed the mountain fair. life got in the way. but we are planning a trip to the festival in october. cant wait. hope you have a wonderful day.

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    August 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve been “down home” for the past week and, oh, all the memories poured out of the pines and the honey suckle. I bought mayhaw jelly at a stand along with pecans and fried peanuts.The jelly brought back memories of my mother standing in a hot kitchen stirring the little red berries and the house smelled so, so good. She put up the jelly in pint jars with rings and lids and we ate that wonderful tart sweet treat for breakfast every morning on hot biscuits. The jar I bought doesn’t have the same taste and I wonder if they use something other than sugar to sweeten it.
    I’ll have to see if the label tells me anything. My south Georgia youth was much like that of the folks growing up here in the mountains.
    But I am glad to get back to these mountains. It was just too hot down there.

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    August 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I can’t believe July is gone already! I love the love you’re spreadin’!

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    B. Ruth
    August 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Hey Tipper,
    Don’t forget..The Worlds Longest Yard Sale starts officially August 5th thru the 8th..on the Hwy 127 Corridor from Hudson Michigan thru Alabamba..It is so much fun…
    More “STUFF” and “FUN” and “FRIED APPLE PIES” than you can imagine!..(we will be there selling our vintage glass & ‘tiques)…but buy more than we sale I think!LOL
    If you are looking for something, I ‘gar-un-tee’ it will be there somewhere along the road…I will be looking for some glass lids for the “bail jars” like the one you pictured…I’m especially looking for the blue green ones…
    Happy Yard Saleing….
    PS…It is not too hot on the Plateau from Crossville to Jamestown…either…at least most days…LOL

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    Miss Cindy
    August 2, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Congratulations to Cher’ley, that’s a great picture she won.
    I love those old jars too. Somehow they just make me feel connected to a long ago time that was much simpler than now. I understand that those times were hard too and probably not really simpler except in my mind.

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    Frances Ellsworth
    August 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

    So identify with fresh vegetables and canning. I had forgotten how time consuming it can be. I also decided to research how long women have been canning. I was surprised.
    Cute primitive at the top.

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    August 2, 2010 at 7:52 am

    You are right, July has flown by. Actually I think the whole summer has flown by.
    Congratulations to the winner and to you, Tipper, on that terrific find! I LOVE old jars. Of any kind.
    Okay, I’ve never eaten blueberries in anything but muffins. So I’m looking forward to this recipe!

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    Just Jackie
    August 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Hope you have a great crust recipe. I make great filling but my crusts are the worst !!!!
    I bought a tub of canning jars at a yard sale, too. I think there are 20 and I got them for $3. What a deal.

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    August 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Congratulations to the July Winner

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    Grace Willard
    August 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    My Mom always used this kind of jar for hard candies and small cookies.
    I’ve been canning up this way too – so far just raspberry jam.
    I’ve been collecting oregon grapes and salal (which are two berries only found up here on the west coast) so some jelly is on its way!

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    August 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Those jars are so neat. I just did some pressure canning for the first time and got some floating tomatoes. hehehe I’ll have to get some of those old jars. 🙂

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    Sheryl Paul
    August 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Oh yes what Sandra said, it has been hot long enough!
    I am awaiting anxiously for your blueberry pie recipe. I made one for the 4th of July and want to compare.
    My mother didn’t can, but my “Aunt” Gladys put up guava jelly every year and we all helped. I am sure she would have rather we did not, but she was very patient with all us kids.

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    Janice MacDaniels
    August 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Ahhhh I can feel the love! And I love that jar! I, definitely, need to get out and scrounge around on a more regular basis!

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    Pat in east TN
    August 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Congrats to the July winner, and what a yard sale find! I love old jars, milk bottles, creamers … do you remember the small glass containers that cream used to come in for your coffee when you ate out?

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    August 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Although it has been hot as the Dickens, seems like July just flew
    by this year. I got a real treat
    lately with my daughters and grand
    daughters being here. Girl Heaven!
    They’ve all gone home now, just as
    I was getting use to the screams,
    the laughter, the pouting, those
    tender moments of honest love from
    from all of them. WOW!
    Hope the Blind Pig Family enjoys
    the summer. Ken

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    August 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Also enjoy yard sales. Never know what goodies might be found.

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    August 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I love old jars! I use them to store herbs and spices, pulses such as beans and lentils and even pasta. I also think homemade jam tastes better when stored in traditional jars. Can’t wait to read your blueberry pie recipe!

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    August 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Ooooh..can’t wait for the Blueberry Pie recipe!

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    August 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Hey Tipper: August 1, is a sad day for me – the anniversary o the day we laid our mother in the grave. Hwever,I don’t want to spoil your positive note today! So just hurry and send that BLUEBERRY PIE receipt as we are fast running out of fresh blueberries in our back yard!
    Eva Nell

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    August 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

    yet again another memory. love that old jar. Mother did not have many of the kind like this one, she had the one with the metal rings and had to buy jar lids each year. this kind were beyond her purse at that time. but i do remember them and the few she had and others had way back when. now we are spreading the August Love and I would LOVE for August to cool off a little.

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