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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 [...]

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 [...]