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Pack up your troubles in the old kit bag,
And smile, smile, smile.

The more we get together, together,
The happier we'll be.

Submitter comment:

These little songs were taught to informant at school by Mrs. Rosalee Gray at the Hanna School House. Every morning they would sing little verses, but they never had a music book or music to assist.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Joy Happiness

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Strawberry Preserves (Prize Winning Recipe)

2 qts strawberries
6 cups sugar

4 cups sugar over strawberries till boil, get off, cool, add another 2 cups, boil hard for 5 to 10 minutes. While boiling add 1 Tb. butter (keeps off foam to win prize).
Pour shallow pans, shake (makes plump)
Set overnight.
Put sterlized jar (if berries set overnight they will not rise to top).
Melt paraffin pour over top to preserve.


 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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Taffy (Salt Water)

Sugar (substitute molasses for molasses taffy candy)
Water
Vinegar (toughens candy)
Butter
Vanilla

Cook, put piece of salt, hard boil. Set in hollow pan, place in snow, cool. Butter hands, pull. (Whitest piece gets prize.)

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

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Relish

Hot peppers, green peppers, onions, cabbage, pimento, grape tomatoes, celery.

Crush this till fine.
Cook vinegar and sugar on low heat (cup of each). Add whole allspice, turmeric.
Pour over, put in jars.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation

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Making Molasses

Sugar cane, feed cane (cut, stripped; take leaves [head] off) into a mill.
Mule walks around mill to turn.
Pipe runs to pans with four areas (fire underneath pans).
Each pan gets finer (skim, gets redder). Final pan pull out stopper and runs into jars.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

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Chittlin

After gut a hog, put pan bottom and rake intestines into pan. Go to creek, get in water, split intestines. After clean out boil in water (twice). Cut in pieces, roll in eggs beaten. Roll in mean and fry in bacon fat.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

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Kraut

Chop fine (cabbage).
Layer the cabbage kraut then cover with salt.
Do not seal just cover; kraut will begin to fizze, sour (approximately 10 days)
Beat with wooden mallet.
Pack tight and seal.


 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

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Cure for Bleeding Cut

To stop bleeding, put soot on the cut.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer

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Wring a Chicken's Neck

Grab chicken. Hold hand stiff and sling fast so break his neck. (Don't make big swings.) Tear head off.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry

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