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Welcome to Heartstrings.Thanks for stopping by. I am an author of contemporary and historical romantic fiction. My contemporaries, Carly's Rule and Dusty's Fate, are both Amazon Best-Sellers. Ethan's Heart,book one of The Blackwood Brothers' series, will be released Dec. 6, 2016 followed by Escorting Darby Bloom in 2017. Stay tuned for more books in this series.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Back in the Day

Ever wonder how veggies were preserved for the winter back in the day? I did, so I asked my mammaw about this. She'd told me they used to dig a ditch, fill it with straw, then lay in their potatoes, carrots, and onions. To protect the veggies, more straw would be put on top before covering with dirt. The veggies would last through the winter. Who needed a store when you could dig up what you needed in the back yard?

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Back in the Day

Have you ever heard of a gnat smoke? Back in the day, we loved sitting outside on a summer evening at my grandparents' house in West Virginia, but the bugs would eat us up. Mammaw would put an old rag in a coal bucket, then set the rag on fire. She let it burn for a few minutes. After she tamped it out, the smoke would keep the bugs away, which was why she called it a gnat smoke.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

BACK IN THE DAY

Ever heard of leather britches? This isn’t the kind that hugs your curves. LOL Back in the day, people would use string and a large-eye needle to help preserve their green beans for the winter. One by one, they threaded the string through the middle of the green beans. When they had strung a length of about three feet, they tied off the ends and hung the beans in a dry place. My Mammaw hung hers from the rafters of her enclosed porch. When the green beans had dried, they would turn brown and leathery, hence the name, leather britches. When Mammaw was ready to cook a pot, she would take down a string full of beans, reconstitute them in water, and then cook them. My mom said they were delicious.
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