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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

The holiday season brings up memories of holidays past

So romantic AND festive! Now is the perfect time to make wine bottle lights for holiday decorating. Find complete instructions on the Big Mill Bed and Breakfast innkeeper's blog. |  chloesblog.bigmill.com/light-up-with-wine-bottles/

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I remember making Christmas decorations when I was a child. we would gather things like cotton bolls, sweet gum balls and pine cones. My mother would work her magic and we made pretty decorations for our tree, and they were all made with what we found here on the farm.  Read more about Chloe’s DIY Crafts from the farm

Honey Roasted Pecans

This easy roasted pecan recipe is a show stopper!

Try this easy Honey Roasted Pecan Recipe for holiday parties, as a perfect hostess gift or DIY food gift from Big Mill Bed and Breakfast, a farm B and B | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/honey-roasted-pecan-holiday-recipe/

At Big Mill, we grow pecans on the same trees that my folks planted in 1922. Often my guests won’t leave without a to-go bag of my pecans.

Personally, I think pecans are better if you can find a farmer who sells them – that way you know that the nuts are this year’s crop. Our local feed store Martin Supply has a pecan cracking machine that makes the shelling easy.

Anyway, the other day I was looking at which things from Chloe’s Blog and the website are being pinned to Pinterest.  I was surprised and delighted that my recipe for Honey Roasted and Glazed Pecans is so popular!

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Cotton Pickin’ in Carolina

October is cotton picking time in eastern North Carolina

Cotton Fields in eastern NC at Big Mill BB |  www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/picking-cotton-farm-bed-and-breakfast-nc

Some things change, but  fall is still harvest time on the farm. I woke up today and the big tractor was outside my window picking cotton.

We have words for all the farm jobs — we pick cotton, we dig peanuts and later we pick the peanuts, we pick soy beans and we prime or crop tobacco. We never pick tobacco. If you use any other expression, we know you aren’t from around here. So today– they were picking cotton. Read more about growing cotton

Recycling has many faces. Big Mill B&B saves used soap for Clean the World.

Children get soap from Clean the World, the world's largest soap recycler |chloesblog.bigmill.com/recycle-soap/

At Big Mill we just can’t waste or throw anything away that might have a second life. Recycling soap is such a good idea!

Big Mill B&B saves used soap and sends it to Clean the World; they are the world’s largest high-volume soap recyclers.

In the U.S. we throw away over a million bars of soap every day. “Each day nearly 9,000 children die from diseases that can be prevented by up to 62% through regular hand washing with bar soap,” a sad statistic from Clean the World. Read more about recycling soap

All across North Carolina there are some hidden art gems on the walls of old post office buildings.

In many post offices and public buildings across the US, you'll find spectacular murals painted on the walls. This is a WPA mural of First Flight in Williamston, NC | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/post-office-murals-nc

Post office mural of First Flight in Williamston, NC

Here in eastern North Carolina, in this small town of Williamston, we have a real art jewel.  The First Flight mural was painted in 1940 on the wall of the post office on Main Street, and it is still there for all of us to see.

The artist was Phillip Von Saltza. He entered a contest with 1, 475 other entrants and won the commission.  He was paid $725 to paint this oil-on-canvas mural. That was a sizable sum during the Depression. Read more about WPA Post Office murals

I grow blueberries and blackberries here on the farm and I love to use them any way I can.

Tasty Blueberry Bread Recipe has a secret ingredient | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/blueberry-bread-recipe/

Homemade Blueberry Bread with Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread from berries grown on the farm at Big Mill B&B in Eastern North Carolina

Blueberry Coconut Bread with Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread

My mother Chloe used self-rising flour, but I never did. Lately I have been experimenting with her recipes and some of my own and now I am a believer, especially if I am pushed for time. I am the innkeeper at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast on the farm where I was born. Sometimes this wee bit of saved time is a life saver! Can you spot the secret ingredient? Read more about Chloe’s Blueberry bread