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Chloe Tuttle

How to Make Strawberry Jam – Step by Step

Canning Jam for Dummies - Step-by-step How To Make Strawberry Jam How to make strawberry jam - start to finish: Of course, fresh berries are better for the jam, but you can use frozen berries. Spring is berry pickin' time, so get ready to make Strawberry Jam. My father taught me how to raise a [...]

Ram Albemarle – Ironclad Warship of the Confederacy

For Civil War buffs, April belongs to Plymouth, a small town on the Roanoke River in eastern North Carolina. On April 18 & 19, you can be a part of Living History in Motion "Odyssey of an Ironclad - The Incredible Journey of the CSS Albemarle." This 2-day trip on the Roanoke River retraces the [...]

Stone Ground Grits – It’s a Southern Art

Did you know that Grits are made from corn? And stone ground grits are the best. Atkinson Milling Company in Selma, NC produces some of the best grits.  I've tried many kinds and theirs are the best. I was looking for local stone-ground North Carolina grits to serve at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast and [...]

Oden’s Store – Antiques & Old Stuff

Lynda Oden and her family have been running Oden's Store since 1904 Oden's Store and Antiques is chock full of treasures: depression glass, old tools, furniture from the turn of the last century, old doors, some junk, but all of it is interesting. It is the kind of place where you have to poke around [...]

Making Pull Candy – the Old-Fashioned Way

Pull Candy Recipe - Old Time Stewed Sugar  My mother called this wonderful confection pull candy or stewed sugar. Some folks call it taffy. When she described a child's pretty blond hair she would say it was the color of stewed sugar -- a gorgeous translucent white color with a faint golden tint. Making this [...]

Homemade Eggnog Recipe – Yes, it is safe!

Eggnog is the perfect holiday toddy Is it safe to drink eggnog made with raw eggs? Eggnog used to be part of every holiday party. Then we heard all the bad stories about raw eggs so we didn't use raw eggs anymore. And eggnog just wasn't the same. Well, cheer up and worry no more! [...]

Holiday Recipe Roundup 2013

Holiday Recipes, old and new, from the innkeeper at Big Mill B&

We folks in eastern North Carolina celebrate our farm heritage Every year since 2003, we have a big Farm Heritage Fair at the Senator Bob Martin Ag Center in Williamston, NC. This year the Farm Heritage Fair is December 7, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is not just about tractors. It is [...]

How to Make a Cork Wreath

What do you do with all those corks you've saved?  Make a Cork Wreath. It isn't difficult if you follow my directions and take it one step at a time. Here is how to make the perfect Cork Wreath. Cork wreaths are pretty any time of year, but folks like them for the holidays. I [...]

Civil War Battle of Fort Branch

Every year on the first weekend in November the Yankees and the Rebels fight the Battle of Fort Branch on the banks of the Roanoke River near Hamilton in eastern North Carolina. The Battle of Fort Branch is on the first Sunday in November, but the re-enactors arrive on Thursday, set up camp and go [...]