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While waiting on the plane to carry me back to Big Mill B&B, I decided to dash off a quick blog post in honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month (October).  I've been 95% vegetarian for decades, so it is second nature for me. But it can be quite a fun adventure to explore the tastes and [...]

Honey Glazed Pecans

I love the pecan trees that my parents planted in 1922 - and honey roasted pecans are just the best. This year I picked up 6 bushels of pecans. Hurricane Sandy knocked them off the trees for me. I had the pecans cracked at Martin Supply and then I picked them out.  I usually sell [...]

Spinning & Raising Sheep on the Pamlico River

In another life, I had sheep in my yard. Remember the sixties? Chloe, Maggie Belle & Yorick (photo by Peter Galuszka) I didn't have a lawn mower and I really did believe that the sheep would groom my yard. I needed the fleeces - I was working on my master's degree in fibers - spinning [...]

Politics & Youth

Politics resurrect memories. There was another election:  Richard Nixon in the 60s. Pat Nixon, Ginny Tuttle (Chloe's Mother-in-Law) & Richard Nixon in Atlanta during the Eisenhower campaign of the 50s Back then, I had decided that if Nixon was re-elected, I was moving to Africa. Remember, this was the sixties.  I can't remember where in [...]

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 [...]

Peach Jacks – a Southern Tradition

I remember eating fried peach jacks whenever I went to Dinner on the Ground at a small country church in eastern North Carolina. Dinner on the Ground all over the south celebrated the end of revival - they called it Homecoming. Like peach jacks, these celebrations are a fading tradition. A great southern treat, these [...]

Christmas at Romantic Big Mill Country Inn

It's Christmas on the farm at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast and what a pretty time to be in the country (Photo of Emily & Claire Fowler and Viola Music Video by Guy Livesay of Livesay Photography) We have lighted trees, even under the grapevine. Guests can see a tree from every room. This year [...]

Elopement on the Farm at Big Mill B&B

Getting married on the farm, surrounded by nature has a calming effect. What a great way to start your new life together, away from the crowd. Photo of Francis & Laura Jo by Guy Livesay I have friends who love their motorcycles, old trucks and all their grown-up "toys." So why not be married beside [...]

Big Mill B&B Named Inn of the Year by NCBBI

Big Mill B&B has been chosen Inn of the Year by North Carolina Bed & Breakfast and Inns.  We are waving flags and tooting horns. This is a great honor - we are thrilled. At the celebration dinner at King's Daughter Inn (in Durham) our outgoing president Frank Salvo of White Gate Inn (in Asheville), standing in [...]

Blessing of the Hounds: Our State Magazine

Photo by Stacey Haines of Stacey van Berkel Photography If you venture to Southern Pines, NC on Thanksgiving Day, and stand with horses and hounds on Hobby Field, you will hear the Episcopal priest begin his blessing: "Bless, O Lord, we beseech You, rider and horse and hound. Shield the rider from danger to life [...]