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- Rows of Mason jars filled with homegrowns make your heart swell with pride
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Check out the video and comments here–> Mountain People
And so she points to one jar and she said, “this is my crep” C-R-E-P. Then she points to another jar, and she said, “this is my crout”, looks like a sauerkraut , and then she points to another jar, this is my tomato crep, again that’s C-R-E-P.
There’s a huge debate saying, no she’s really just saying Kraut for all of it and we are just misinterpreting her accent and somebody typed it wrong and we were doing all this Google searching. I searched, for some fun, WHAT IS TOMATO CREP?
This video had a lot of views and a lot of people wanted to know what is crep. When I did a Google search and a couple of other gals were also doing Google searches, and we could find post where people asked “Does anybody know what Tomato Crep is?” or “what is Tomato Crep” or “what is Crep from this video” but there was no answer.
Keeping Old Time Ways Alive
There’s this danger of things being lost. This was from the 1970s and here we are now and nobody knows what this is, and I look into my different canning books that I have and I wasn’t coming up with anything. I even looked up “on how to say soup in different languages” and that kind of thing, trying to see if I could find out if that’s slang for a different language. I couldn’t find anything.
Here’s where the really cool part gets in. In the town that I work in we have some people from, we call it, Tarheel. My dad’s from North Carolina and a lot of people here came out to work in the woods when the great Smokey Mountains became a national park then dropped the logging jobs that were available then. We have a lot of transplant Southerners. Because this woods opened up and there were experienced loggers. They were hard workers, and they migrated out here for the jobs in the woods. There’s a lot people from North Carolina and Tenesee here in Pacific North West where I live. That’s why my grandparents came out in the 1940s.
What is Tomato Crep?
I had a gal come in, and I knew that she was originally from back South and so I asked her, I said, we have been Googling, and do you have any idea what this is. I explained her the video and she knew it instantly. “Oh yeah, Tomato Crep, yeah, I know what that is”. I ‘m like, oh my goodness! I was so excited. Tomato Crep, your soup based, that is just your canned soup based. And she listed out all the ingredients for me that were on it.
Tomato Crep Recipe Ingredients
We have to have that relationship with the older generations. There’s so much vast knowledge there that it’s gonna be lost if we are not documenting it and not spending time with them and this is such a busy, hurry-up world that we don’t take the time… I’m talking about myself here to…we don’t take the time to engage with people and visit like we just do things hands-on with them like we used to.
I was so excited to find out. It is a thing! She wasn’t saying Kraut. It is Crep. I went to my canning books and based on what she told me, I have altered a recipe for canning Tomato Crep.
You have that canning recipe and this little bit of American history.
The second video I found was Great Depression Cooking with Clara, who was 94-years-old when the video was filmed. I realized that most of the videos were from a couple of years ago and so I got to go on her channel and she has since passed away but all of her videos are still up their. Her grandson has left them all up, you know, it’s more of a tribute and it’s great information.
Like I’ve said I have never met her before, but I was so sad. I would have love to just sat and visit with her like that information and the knowledge that she has was so amazing which then, it dawned on me y’all. Oh my goodness, she’s so my dad.
My dad is 78 years old and he was born in the 1930s. He was raised on the time of Great Depression and he, like I’ve said they lived that lifestyle, they have no electricity, they have no running water they didn’t have an indoor bathroom, no refrigerator, I mean all of that. He grew up like that. He only went to school through the 10th grade. He was a self-made man. He had his own logging business and who has always raised cattle and raised a lot of our own food.
He’s got all that knowledge and I’m lucky now that I get to talk to him if I have a question, I can come up, maybe something like about cows. “Hey dad, what happens when you do this. Or what do I need to watch for this.” Just all of that kind of stuff, or hey how did grandma do this, or how did she used to do this back then.
He’s like my source, but why am I not sharing him with everybody. Like, why am I not filming this stuff and putting it up on Youtube? So everybody can watch and learn from him. Learn this, not just second hand from me, but learn it first hand from him, through him. I’m gonna hear his voice and his stories, and I am so excited, you could tell that by this.
Q&A Session with my father from the Great Depression
So, I asked him, because he’s very private. I mean, he likes to talk but, he does not know the Internet. He does not have E-mail. I don’t even know if he has even been on a computer, no joke, he does not do that kind of stuff. So, I asked him if he would be a guest on the Podcast and let me record him. And he didn’t say NO, which means YES. If he doesn’t say no, he means yes. I am so excited so I want you my awesome listeners and my readers to email me in…you could hit me up on my Facebook page , Instagram or Twitter with your questions for him or email me at [email protected] (Put Great Depression Era Question in the subject line)
I am super, super, super excited. So send me in your questions and he’s gonna be live on Podcast. I’m hoping I could film that too, and post it on Youtube so for you to be able to see him and I’m hoping we’ll have more questions come in, and we’ll have enough material to do several podcast and series with him.
Verse of the Week
I thought this verse is so fitting when we’re talking about the way the world is changing and preserving the things weren’t and focusing on the things, not just being busy but focusing on relationships and working with one another.
Do not be conformed to this world, this age, fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs, but be transformed be changed by the entire renewal of your mind by its new ideals and its new attitude, so that you may prove for yourselves what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect in His sight for you. Romans 12:2 Amplified Version
I think that’s why so many of us really like to look back at the ways things used to be. I don’t know with you guys, but for me, when I look at the way that the world is going. First of all, God is still in control, He is still on the throne, so I try not get too caught up in all the bad stuff that we tend to see on the news and tends to talked about as much. I try not to focus on that and to just focus on the good because what we choose to focus on it tends to be what we see, so if we are continually praising and thanking God we tend to see the good in people and the good in situations and the good in life.
But when we complain, we focus on the negative then that becomes where our focus is, and that’s what we see. I try to just look for the good, look for His hands in everything.
When we look at the modern society we are going down the path opposite on what the Bible teaches. And that’s what I follow is the Bible, the Holy Bible. That’s were my faith comes from and that’s where I take everything back to Scripture. Cuz that’s what we have to do for ourselves, we can listen to pastors and preachers, and all that, and I think that’s great. But whatever they’re preaching or talking on if we don’t have Scriptural background ourselves, then that’s where things can get dangerous.
We need to be in Scripture for ourselves and to know what the Scripture says to be able to trust and know if that’s the truth.
I think that, when we talk about external superficial customs that tends to be a lot of what we see. You know there is something about when you step back and we slow down.
I tell you what, when you’re raising food, you’re growing your garden and you’re doing all of that, you have to tend it. And that makes you slow down and you’re out in the things that God created, you’re out in nature which He created and you see His hand because we cant do what he did. You watch the seed that you plant on the ground, and you watch it grow, and you have to weed it, and you have to tend it. Then you watch it fruit and you watch it harvest.
Suddenly, parables in the Bible they take on a whole new meaning and a whole new depth because you see when you got your grape vines, when you have your fruit trees it just brings it to a whole new level because you know it happens when you have to prune like you know the benefit that it does to the plant, when you see that true, that metaphor, in the physical sense. And you start to see it in your own life, and you get this revelations, it’s just really amazing.
There is something about the homesteading way of life that I see a lot of correlation, and I see God’s hand and a lot more when I’m doing that. Not that God can’t be anywhere and can’t use any situation to talk to us because He’s always with us, that’s not what I’m saying. Like if I’m my town, or I’m in my car, or I’m at my day job. I work as a pharmacy tech. I’m using the computer and I’m encountering prescriptions and I’m filling insurance companies and there’s multiple lines ringing at once not that I don’t see God there, because I do. And I see Him in people and interactions with people. You feel His presence but it’s very different.
I feel Him stronger when I’m out in nature and dealing with the livestock and our animals and stuff and the herding of the shepherds and how we care for them and how He cares for us. I just wanna give you that verse and remind you to just keep your focus on God and to not let everything that’s been going on to let the headlines on the news and the world and all that. Don’t let that have a hold on you.
Just remember that He is still in the throne, and He has still has plans for you, and just to trust Him and have faith on Him, no matter what situation you are facing in right now. He’s got you.
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