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Wit And Wisdom From The Hermit In The Holler

Saturday, February 13th, 2010


“Don’t eat no yeller snow!”


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Wit And Wisdom From The Hermit In The Holler

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

There’s still snow on the ground…

Leftover Snow

“It’s layin’ around and waitin’ on some more.”


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Old Southern Recipes: Pot Likker And Cornmeal Dodgers

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


Into 3 quarts of cold water, put a 1/2-pound piece of salt pork and place on fire to boil for 45 minutes. Wash young turnip greens in several waters and clean them well. Put them into the pot along with the pork and let boil for another hour. Drain the water from the greens and meat; chop the greens rather fine and season well with salt and pepper. Place the greens on a hot dish and on top arrange slices of the pork; pour over the greens and meat about 1 1/2 cups of the water in which the greens were cooked (pot likker). Cornmeal dodgers are frequently served along with this dish and are arranged around the greens.



1/2 pint white corn meal

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons melted butter or other shortening

cold water

Add salt to corn meal and stir in the melted butter. Add sufficient cold water so dough will hold shape. Mould dough into biscuit size pieces and drop into boiling pot likker. Cook in closely covered pot for twenty minutes. Serve garnished with the greens from the "pot likker".

From: Southern Cookbook -322 Old Dixie Recipes (1935)




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Free Online Genealogy Resource For Smoky Mountain Ancestry

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Are you or your ancestors from the Smoky Mountains area?

Check out this neat website that lists the genealogy of over 100,000 Smoky Mountain Tennessee families:

Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest

(All you in-laws of mine need to visit this site, I got a little lost on it this morning and found out some interesting tidbits that I didn’t know before!)

Thanks go out to Mr. Doug on Mt LeConte for the link. :)



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Wit And Wisdom From The Hermit In The Holler

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

On having to tote water into the house all week:

“All this totin’ water makes me feel like I’m back in the Pigpen Holler days…and them girls sure could use the water!”

(5 sisters)



Recipes From The Past: A Harvest Drink

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

A Harvest Drink

Mix with 5 gallons good cool water, 1/2 gallon of molasses, 1 quart vinegar and 2 ounces powdered ginger.

From: Colonial Recipes by Maude A. Bomberger





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Free Old-Time Southern Recipes

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Ever wondered how to cook leather breeches or collard greens? …or how to make red-eye gravy or apple dumplin’s?

Find recipes for all these and more at:

The Table of Our Ancestors –Old Time Southern Recipes, part of the free online Tennessee genealogy project “TNGenWeb

There’s even a whole section on possum …and you never know when that info might come in handy! ;)

Blessings and happy cooking,



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When Life Gives You A Pig…Make Sausage!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009



Fresh Homemade Sausage

1 pig or hog*

Coooold weather

Legg’s Old Plantation Pork Sausage Seasoning #10 -8 oz. bag seasons 25 lbs. of meat, price is about $2.50 per package (or your own sausage recipe)

Butcher the pig

Cut your meat up, add extra fat (anywhere from 5 to 8 parts meat/1 part fat )*

Grind the meat and fat together

Add seasoning –add extra red pepper if you like it hot/more sage if you like it sagier

Mix, mix, mix and mix some more

Fry a test piece

Adjust fat and seasoning if necessary

Eat –yum!

Freeze or can.


Canned Sausage

Fry sausage in balls

Pack in hot pint jars

Pour grease over sausage (divide evenly between each jar –should be about an inch of grease in each)

Put lids on the jars and turn upside down

Let cool completely and store in cool place


*Note: A hog is just a BIG pig! :)





*Update: I should have noted -If you don’t cut the fat off your meat, you shouldn’t have to add any extra fat.

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First Thanksgiving Proclamation Of The United States

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

1777 Continental Congress First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving

November 1, 1777
FORASMUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success:
It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: To inspire our Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE: That it may please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase: To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth "in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost."
And it is further recommended, That servile Labor, and such Recreation, as, though at other Times innocent, may be unbecoming the Purpose of this Appointment, be omitted on so solemn an Occasion.

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Free Old Time Radio Thanksgiving Shows

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Some free Thanksgiving entertainment from the past…’s Old Time Radio Thanksgiving  -7 free Thanksgiving episodes from various old time radio shows:

  • Burns and Allen: Gracie Buys a Live Turkey (1942)
  • Gunsmoke: Turkey Shoot (1958)
  • Our Miss Brooks: Thanksgiving Program(1950)
  • The Jack Benny Program: Jack Dreams He Is A Turkey (1943)
  • Command Performance: Thanksgiving Special (1944)
  • The Challenge of the Yukon: Thanksgiving (1946)
  • Sam Spade: The Terrified Turkey Caper (1950)

You can find more free Thanksgiving episodes on the daily downloads page.

Want even more? For only $5.00 you can order the Thanksgiving Collection cd and listen to over 30 hours of Thanksgiving-themed radio shows from the past.

Remember “Father Knows Best” ? It was a radio show before it was a television show and you can find many of them at the Internet Archive:

Father Knows Best Radio Shows

Scroll down for two Thanksgiving episodes; “Thanksgiving Show” and “Thanksgiving Dinner”.


Blessings and happy listening,



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