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Chloe Tuttle

This easy Strawberry Bread recipe uses self-rising flour 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 [...]

Somerset Place Plantation

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

Southern Molasses Pudding Cake Recipe

Molasses is a staple in the south - we use molasses for everything. 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 [...]

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. 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 [...]

Chloe’s Easy Homemade Suet Recipe

Big Mill B&B birds need special foods in the cold winter.  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. There are two items you really need: grease (either lard, bacon fat [...]

Contented Cows at Simply Natural Creamery

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

Chloe’s Journey to Spinning and Knitting a Hat

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

Recipe : How to Make Orange Extract

This orange extract makes the perfect gift for anyone who bakes or enjoys cocktails 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. And you can make it again next year because friends [...]

Ho, Ho, Ho – Holiday Crafts Roundup

The holiday season brings up memories of holidays past 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 [...]

Honey Roasted Pecans

This easy roasted pecan recipe is a show stopper! 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 [...]