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Chloe Tuttle

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 [...]

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&