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Chloe Tuttle

The Hen and The Hog Restaurant in Halifax, NC, is a wonderful surprise. I love to explore local gems and this one is perfect. The restaurant is located in an old hardware store and the old floors remain - no trendy marble tiles here. But don’t be fooled - this is an upscale place; it just… Read More

This Recipe for Banana Bread is a Guest Favorite

Sometimes it seems all banana breads taste the same. Well, not this banana bread. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:27] Did You Spot the Secret Ingredient? My recipe for Banana Bread is a wee bit different from other recipes you'll find. The secret:  Use VERY RIPE bananas, almost fermented. And you know how good fermented foods are for you. When I buy bananas… Read More

Spiced Mulled Cider Recipe

Hot, Spicy Apple Cider Warms the Heart A great way to welcome fall and the chill in the air is to make up some hot, spicy cider. If you live where apples are grown, then you can use fresh-pressed cider. The rest of us can pick up some great cider in the store and create our own… Read More

Big Mill Barn Quilt and the Tar River Quilt Trail

The most easterly Barn Quilt on North Carolina's Quilt Trail is on the Pack House barn at Big Mill B&B in Williamston, NC. I just love it! I used to go to Quilting Bees with my mother when I was a child. I would play under the quilt all by myself. There were no other… Read More

Fig Jam Is Just So Southern

Figs are so special - they are a real delicacy.   Fig Jam is oh so southern and such a treat!  This fig jam recipe actually uses less sugar than you'll typically find, so that is good for every body. I had fun making it because this is the first fig jam I have ever made using… Read More

Summer Punch – Perfect for Hot Summer Days

Refreshing Summer Punch is Perfect for Those Lazy Summer Days  Ah, the Halcyon days of summer are coming to an end at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast and that saddens me. When the green leaves turn to gold and then fall away, you can hear the whine of the train and the lonesome whippoorwill. There… Read More

Bill’s Hot Dogs – Eastern NC’s Best Hot Dog

Bill's Hot Dogs in Washington, NC is an institution It doesn’t matter if you like hot dogs or not -- you just have to eat a Bill's hot dog if you are in Washington, North Carolina. Bill's has been open as a hot dog “stand” since 1928 and it hasn’t changed much; not that I… Read More

Chloe’s Big Mill Barn Quilt : Behind-the-Scenes

Big Mill B&B is going to be part of the Tar River Quilt Trail How did the Big Mill B&B barn quilt idea and project happen? In essence, I read about the American Quilt Trail and I wanted to be part of it. I picked a favorite quilt pattern - one that my mother made… Read More

Easy Blueberry Jam Recipe with Cinnamon & Lime Zest

Blueberries are a gift - they speak "Summer" 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… Read More

Ocracoke Lighthouse on the Outer Banks

Built in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse still in use. 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… Read More