Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days…
Do you remember we had the book club book? Blog readers had written to recommend another book by the same author, Anna Jean Mayhew. The book they recommended was The Dry Grass of August.
Several of you all read the book along with me. I did a follow-up post and review HERE.
Imagine my shock when reading through the comments to find this comment. It’s from the author of the book. People, the author of the book replied in the comments. I’m shocked!!
Anna Jean Mayhew wrote: “Jo, thanks for recommending my novels! I enjoyed reading the comments, and have to say that many people have commented about Jubie driving at the age of 14; my defense is that a 14-year-old could get a license in 1954 in South Carolina (an agrarian state where teenagers could help on the farm driving trucks, tractors, etc.). Many friends from Charlotte took advantage of that law when we were Jubie’s age. Regarding Paula and Bill giving their daughters permission to go with Mary to the tent meeting, a small town like Claxton, GA–less than 2,000 people in 1954–was so much less problematic than say, for instance, the city of Charlotte. And in the summer of ’54, only 3 mos. after Brown v. Board, things weren’t as riled up as they became later. In my writing group, over the course of a dozen years, the same objections were raised; I opted to do a lot of research and be true to the times.
I wish you the best with your book club!!”
Um…I was speechless. The author of the book wrote on my blog. I feel so honored. I’m sure she has a program that searches the web for times when people mention the title of her book but still…I’m honored.
The next topic had LOTS of questions…A bit ago I wrote a post on how I made mini pies in canning jar lids. You can read the post HERE. The pies were so fun to make. I thought they tasted even better than a regular pie. I plan to make them with the kids that are here one day over Christmas break. The post generated a lot of questions.
Micki asked: “So do you use the flats with the rubber on them with the rings. If so is that runner good for a person to ingest“.
Cesar wrote: “What happens to the rubber seal around under the top of the lid when put in the oven?”
I am going to answer Micki and Cesar’s questions together. When I made the pies, I put the ring in the lid upside down. The rubber never touched the pie.
Also, the rubber is made to work in high heat. Remember the purpose of the lid originally. It gets SUPER hot in the boiling water when canning so of course, it doesn’t melt or leave a residue.
Emmyjoyful wrote: “They are cute for sure. Just use muffin tins. Less washing up.”
True, this could work but I think they would be harder to get out of the tins and the tins are even smaller than the canning jar rings. Try it and let us know what you think.
Janice wrote: “Is it alright if I share this on my Facebook page?”
YES Janice, please share this on your Facebook page. Everyone feel free to share any blog from the blog. Share it on Facebook, message boards, groups, or anywhere you like. Your sharing really helps me as it generates more traffic to the blog. It helps me a lot. If you belong to a recipe group on Facebook or your personal page, share away. Please share our free quilt patterns, recipes, or anything else. I’ve had a lot of people share posts I’ve written on grief with their grief support groups. That’s awesome. Ultimately sharing posts helps others and helps me. THANKS for sharing!!
Karen wrote: “You didn’t mention but assume you push the pies out of the ring when cool. Would like to give some as gifts but not the rings? Please explain that one last step. As you can tell I am not a pie baker but am going to make these for neighbors.”
The pies are pushed out by pushing the lid. I had a couple I had to run a knife around the edge before I pushed. They come out quite easily and you will not need to give the lids and rings away.
Linda in NE wrote: “Those little pies are so cute, but I can see where they would be tedious to do. I hope you used lids from the jars you had opened. As scarce as jar lids have been for months I couldn’t see using brand new ones. I haven’t seen jar lids in the stores in months. I ordered some but what I got was cheap Chinese knock-offs that wouldn’t seal and I had to fight for a refund.”
Good point Linda. It is great if you can use lids that have been used already. I am so blessed to have an Amish community south of me and I had no problem getting lids this year.
Bonnie wrote: “These look good! In my family, there is no such thing as “leftover” pie crust dough. My Mom, and before her, my grandmother, used to make what we have always called “little funny things.” Leftover pie crust dough rolled out into a rectangle about ten inches long, any width, spread some butter on it, sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar (or brown sugar, yum), and roll-up. Cut the roll at about 1/4 inch intervals and bake until browned. I sometimes buy pie crust in the freezer section just to make these!”
This sounds awesome Bonnie. I plan on trying this!! I thought some of you might like to as well so I included Bonnie’s comment in this post.
About the same post Lu wrote: “So …. much easier to use muffin tins … and sorry, but “boughten” is not a word. Spell check please.”
I thought Lou might be wrong but thought I would double-check just to make sure. I have used the word boughten many times in regular conversation. I decided to do a google search of the word and see what came up. Here’s what I found:
bought rather than homemade.
“her first store-boughten doll”
I also found this…
Yes. Formed from the past tense of buy, the word boughten takes bought and adds -en, just as hidden comes from hid, the past tense of hide. … And like hidden, boughten has two functions: adjective and verb form.“
I also saw this:
“The adjective ‘boughten’ means “the opposite of homemade,” or “bought.” It can also suggest that something that should have been freely given was paid for, as in “a boughten endorsement.”
Next up a question came from Youtube. Ginny wrote: “So enjoy watching these videos. I have a couple of questions. 1) Where did you have it done and how much was the spiraling of your pattern books? and 2) Does the counter under the pressing mat ever get hot enough to worry about?”
Ginny asked these after watching my “Sew with Jo” episode #4.
Here are the books that I have spiral bound.
I don’t do it with every book. I pick the ones I know will be used a lot. I get mine done at Staples. Typically I can drop them off, do my shopping, and then come back several hours later to pick them up. I know some people have said that local office stores do it as well. Just call around in your area and I’m sure you’ll find it somewhere. As for the cost. Mine has run about $7 a book. Others have said that locally they can get it done cheaper.
Personally, I think it’s totally worth it. These are my most used and loved books. In fact, Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book is in there and I made every single one of the quilts in the book. You can find a blog post I wrote about that HERE.
I don’t think a book with a regular binding would stand up to the use I’ve put into the String Fling book.
Now the other part of the question…I have had ZERO problems with putting the wool pressing mat on my kitchen island. All of my pressing mats are the Nido brand. I really only feel comfortable saying that with this brand as I’ve not ever tried the other brands. I think they would be fine but I can’t guarantee that.
“After reading one of your blog posts about taping recipes on the inside of cupboard doors I started doing that. And this recipe is there because it is so good and easy.”
Then she showed a picture of her cupboard doors.
I do tape favorite recipes that I use all the time to the inside of my cabinets. The brownie recipe is in mine too. You can find the recipe HERE.
Thanks so much for the questions and comments…I’m still a little “high” on the fact that the author left a comment on my blog. Oh, my word!!