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Chloe Tuttle

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 [...]

Cotton Pickin’ in Carolina

October is cotton picking time in eastern North Carolina 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 [...]

Clean the World Recycles Soap Donated by Hotels & B&Bs

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

Post Office Murals – Depression Era Art

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

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

The 3 Lives of Bodie Island Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse - a Beacon for Seamen since 1848 Bodie Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1848 on North Carolina's Outer Banks near Oregon Inlet - but it had to be abandoned in 1859 because the foundation was shifting. And for those who don't know - it is pronounced body, like all the bodies that [...]

Martin Supply, an Old Timey Hardware Store

I love old hardware and farm stores but they are fast-disappearing lost treasures  Martin Supply has been in Williamston, NC for as long as I can remember. It is one of those old-time feed stores that's disappearing all across the U.S.A. When you walk in the front door you know you have entered a time past. [...]

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 [...]