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Blueberries are a gift – they speak “Summer”

Just picked blueberries make the best jam. Easy recipe on NC innkeeper's blog| www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/easy-blueberry-jam-Recipe-with-cinnamon-lime-zest

Just Picked Blueberries from the farm at Big Mill B&B

If you can pick your own blueberries that is the best. I have blueberries growing right outside my kitchen window and I try to use them any way I can. Local farmers’ markets also have good berries.

I love cooking with fresh blueberries and this is the very BEST jam recipe I have ever made – and it is EASY. If you don’t like the cinnamon and lime, then I have another Blueberry Jam recipe for you. And remember – Don’t Double the Recipe! Click to get Chloe’s Blueberry Cinnamon Jam Recipe

Built in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse still in use.

Ocracoke Lighthouse - fun thing to do in the Outer Banks, NC | http://chloesblog.bigmill.com/ocracoke-lighthouse-on-the-outer-banks

Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island

In fact, Ocracoke Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse still in use in the entire United States, although this is controversial. It has been in constant use since 1823, except for a brief period during the Civil War when the Rebels dismantled the light. It continues to emit its constant fixed beam, visible for 14 miles – a welcome beacon for sailors. Click to Read More about the Ocracoke Lighthouse

This easy Strawberry Bread recipe uses self-rising flour

Fresh strawberries make the best bread. Get the easy Strawberry Bread recipe from innkeeper at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast in eastern NC on Chloe's Blog.  | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/easy-strawberry-bread-recipe/

Fresh strawberries make the best bread

I just love this photo – I was outside getting ready to take a picture of these berries when a rainstorm made me take cover in my Old Red Truck. While I waited out the storm, I took this photo — the lighting was perfect. It is one of my favorites.  To get Chloe’s Strawberry Bread Recipe click here

Somerset Place Plantation

Somerset Place Plantation in Creswell, NC, is off the beaten path.

Somerset Place Plantation in eastern North Carolina is an easy day trip from Big Mill B&B | http://chloesblog.bigmill.com/somerset-place-plantation/

Somerset is isolated. That is one of the reasons it is so haunting.

In 1860, Somerset Place Plantation near Creswell, NC had 328 slaves, making it the third largest plantation in North Carolina.  At one time it encompassed 100,000 acres of land and swamp sitting on the shores of Lake Phelps right in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina, which meant drainage ditches, canals, mosquitoes and basically not an easy life. To read more about Somersest click here

Southern Molasses Pudding Cake Recipe

Molasses is a staple in the south – we use molasses for everything.

Molasses pudding with Bourbon Sauce is a southern staple | http://chloesblog.bigmill.com/southern-molasses-pudding-cake-recipe

Molasses Pudding with Bourbon Sauce is a southern tradition

It seemed like everybody’s grandmother made Molasses Pudding and it was always a treat. In some parts of the country, it might be called Molasses Cake, but southerners call it Molasses Pudding. Once you add the Bourbon Sauce, it does seem more like a pudding.

Friend Nancy and I set out to recreate this old-fashioned southern recipe and we did it! We added the Bourbon Pecan Sauce to spice it up. Southerners love molasses and use it everywhere. Read more about Molasses and Chloe’s Molasses Pudding Cake

The Church Moved by the Hand of God

There is a small wood frame church in Swan Quarter, North Carolina, that was truthfully moved by the hand of God.

Church moved by the Hand of God in Hyde County, NC. This is a story so unbelievable, even Snopes had to verify it is authentic. Read more on Chloe''s Blog. |  http://chloesblog.bigmill.com/the-church-moved-by-the-hand-of-god

Church Moved by the Hand of God traveled by itself to sit on this lot.

In 1874, members of this small congregation in eastern North Carolina tried in vain to buy a piece of land from a Mr. Sam Sadler in order to build a church. This lot was perfect –it was higher land than any other lot in town.

Mind you, almost all of Hyde County is barely above sea level, so a higher lot was important. Mr. Sadler vehemently refused to sell.

The congregation then accepted a gift of another lot behind the courthouse and soon they had a basic structure for the church. It was a simple wood building on piers called the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Folks began worshiping in this new church. On the eve of the dedication, September 16, 1876, a big storm was brewing out in the Pamlico Sound. By the next day, September 17th, a full force hurricane hit all of Hyde County; Swan Quarter was under 5 feet of water. Click to find out what happened next – it’s quite amazing!

Big Mill B&B birds need special foods in the cold winter. 

Woodpecker at Big Mill eating innkeeper's Suet | http://chloesblog.bigmill.com//easy-homemade-suet-recipe

Woodpecker enjoys suet meal at Big Mill B&B

I was snowed in so I created this easy, new Suet Recipe with foods I had on hand in the pantry. The birds LOVE it! And children love helping you make it.

Read more about Chloe’s Homemade Suet

All the cows at Simply Natural Creamery dairy in eastern NC  have a name – and they are all women.

Simply Natural Dairy in eastern North Carolina has the BEST ice cream |  chloesblog.bigmill.com/natural-dairy-simply-natural-creamery-in-eastern-nc

Cupcake #33 poses for the camera.. Just look at that Face !!!!

This wonderful North Carolina dairy and creamery produces some of the BEST ice cream around. And to think – it was started as a project for the children of the owners.

Neil Moye bought three Jersey cows for the milk and to instill a work ethic in his young sons. The boys milked the cows every day when they came home from school. Neil and Jackie, his wife, loved the Jersey cows and so did their boys.

It was an easy decision to start a dairy farm.  After much planning and many hours of hard work, the dream of Simply Natural Creamery has come true. Read more about Cupcake and her life at Simply Natural Creamery

My love affair with knitting started years ago when I adopted my sheep, Maggie Belle and Yorick

Innkeeper Chloe Tuttle's handspun yarn will be knit into a hat | http://chloesblog.bigmill.com/spinning-and-knitting-alpaca-fleece

I was a graduate student at East Carolina University in  fiber arts, with a specialty in spinning and natural dyeing. I had lots of wonderful hand-spun yarn, but I never learned how to knit until friend Jody taught me a few months ago. Click to read more about Chloe’s hand-spun yarn

Recipe : How to Make Orange Extract

This orange extract makes the perfect gift for anyone who bakes or enjoys cocktails

Try this Orange Extract recipe from Chloe's Blog and the farm Bed and Breakfast at Big Mill. It's easy to make and perfect to give as a homemade gift at Christmas or anytime of the year. | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/how-to-make-orange-extract/

I love making gifts for friends, especially at the holiday season. This recipe for homemade orange extract is good any time of year. Just having these extracts on display brightens my kitchen.

Click here for How to make Orange Extract