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On the Farm

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. [...]

We folks in eastern North Carolina celebrate our farm heritage Every year since 2003, we have a big Farm Heritage Fair at the Senator Bob Martin Ag Center in Williamston, NC. This year the Farm Heritage Fair is December 7, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is not just about tractors. It is [...]

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 [...]

Fig Bread Recipe with a Nip of Grand Marnier

If you like figs, you will love this Fig Bread - I bet you will like it even if you don't like figs! I love figs and fig trees; I now have four fig trees planted in my orchard. That might be a bit obsessive, but this is a farm and I can share. When [...]

Innkeeper’s Suet Recipe for Bird and Breakfast

Innkeeper's Suet Recipe Our special Earth Day gift to birds here at Big Mill Bird & Breakfast Earth Day 2013 is just around the corner, so it seemed like a perfect time to celebrate the birds we love with a suet recipe they delight in eating. When I am cooking for the bed and breakfast [...]

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 [...]

Intimate Weddings at Big Mill

For couples who want  romantic seclusion for their wedding or vow renewal, the private, rustic setting of Big Mill Bed & Breakfast is perfect. No crowds. Just you, your mate and a few friends - if you want them. No fuss, no stress - our team does it all for you with your guidance. Our [...]

Hand Drawn Map of Big Mill B&B

I love our new hand-drawn B&B farm map - made just for Big Mill Lydia at Hand-Drawn Maps is a very talented English artist and she has drawn a map just for Big Mill B&B and the farm. I love the outbuildings here on the farm - they are almost 100 years old. We have [...]

High Cotton in Eastern North Carolina

High Cotton in the antebellum South meant that the cotton was high, prices were good and all was well on the plantation. Yep, we're in High Cotton on the farm here at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast this year. Right outside my kitchen window the cotton is as high as I can remember. My brother [...]