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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. [...]

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 [...]

How to Save Flower Seeds

It's time to save seeds for next year's flower garden.  These datura or Devil's Trumpet seed pods will dry out and turn brown. That is the time to harvest them. Georgia O'Keefe liked Devil's Trumpet or Jimson weed as it is often called. ~~~~~~~~~~~ To everything there is a season. It's late September and, like [...]

Chloe’s Fragrance Garden at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

Late summer evenings in Big Mill B&B's garden are filled with sweet scents Photo by Chloe Tuttle The show begins in the afternoon at 5 o'clock, when the Four O'clocks start blooming. They are an old flower that my mother and grandmother raised and shared with their friends. It is a wonderful plant and each [...]

Gazpacho – Chilled Tomato Soup

I first tasted Gazpacho in the sixties when I was a young student in Spain. Photo by Chloe Tuttle It was in a little cafe in Toledo and I still remember the cafe, the handsome young man and the Gazpacho. It seems there are as many Gazpacho recipes as there are barbecue recipes. I finally [...]

Sweet cucumber pickles are as southern as iced tea (photo credit: Chloe Tuttle) Not just any pickles either - they must be homemade and preferably homegrown. It is alright if someone gives you the cucumbers, or you pick them up fresh from your local Farmers Market. We all have a family recipe that has been [...]

Watermelon Punch Recipe for Two

Big Mill B&B's Watermelon Punch  Refreshing libation for sultry summer days (Photo credit: Chloe Tuttle) Southerners love watermelon. If you want a real treat, make watermelon punch. And don't wait for the party - serve it up for just the two of you - for romance or just for good friends. (Photo credit: Chloe Tuttle) [...]

Night Blooming Flowers in the Gardens at Big Mill

Our Evening Primrose, wildflower and beautiful King's cure-all, is often considered a weed Evening Primrose photo by Chloe Tuttle But here at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast, Evening Primrose is glorified, photographed, written about and touted as entertainer - watching it bloom is a great way to spend an evening in the garden. Take a [...]

Spiderwort – Edible flower in the Big Mill Garden

Spiderwort - Big Mill's "Canary in the coal mine" This wonderful blue flower that grows in my eastern North Carolina garden is Spiderwort (Tradescantia). Each day in spring and early summer I am greeted with the vibrant blue of these odd beauties. Then about noon, they close. My mother loved these flowers - hence, so [...]

Miss Sadie’s Mill – the Original Big Mill

"Miss Sadie" James ran the Big Mill gristmill for as long as I can remember. (Sadie James & Chloe Ann sitting out front of Miss Sadie's country store. Photo by Joy Greyer) In the 1940's prior to when she and her husband, Columbus, bought it, it had been a water-powered sawmill. It was converted to [...]