The mystery – What happened to the Lost Colony? Are they in Manteo or maybe still in eastern North Carolina?
In 1587, a colony of 120 souls established the first English Colony in this new world on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Three years later when John White returned from England with supplies, the colony had vanished. He found only the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree. Recently researchers have found a clue that the colonists may have moved to Bertie County — to what is now an Arnold Palmer Golf Course. [click to continue…]
Do you need a easy punch recipe for that special summer party?
This great-tasting party punch is quick and easy to make and pretty – and you can do most of the prep ahead of time. Here is the recipe. [click to continue…]
Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park is a fascinating world of birds
There are more than two thousand birds from six continents in Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park located in Scotland Neck in eastern North Carolina. It is truly a bird watcher’s paradise! In fact, it features the largest collection of waterfowl in the world. [click to continue…]
Does washing strawberries in a vinegar wash keep them fresh longer?
Everyone has an opinion. I think you should at least give it a try, then decide. I know the vinegar wash works for me, but then I think white vinegar is “gold.” We use it here at Big Mill B&B for an eco-friendly cleaning product. I also use it as a fabric softner.
So if you want to try the much-lauded and oft denied vinegar wash, here is the recipe: [click to continue…]
Come and celebrate Sage at the Second Annual Sage Festival in Windsor, North Carolina. The festivities kick off on Friday night, May 30th with a street dance downtown on Granville Street. There will be three bands, farm equipment displays and vendors and lots of stuff about sage. The festival continues on Saturday May 31st downtown Windsor.
Bertie County and the surrounding counties in eastern North Carolina grow 15,000 acres of Clary Sage. This sage is in the Salvia family; I remember my mother calling the red salvia that is so popular “scarlet sage.” Clary Sage is a beautiful plant that grows upright and blooms with vibrant, mostly purple flowers. [click to continue…]
Little Raisin Fur Person came to live at Big Mill in November of 2012. I have wanted to write about her for a long time, but she has been in motion – I couln’t get a picture of her. I finally have a photo, but only one. Meet Raisin:
When I was little, my sister and brother had already moved out. But they left stuff behind – my brother John left all his 78 rpm records, so I played them all. My favortie song was Brazen Little Raisin. (you need to listen to this fun song).
It seems that a little grape didn’t listen to his mama – he stayed in the sun too long and he became a raisin:
“way out in California where the sunbeams shine
a little grape was hanging on a big grape vine.
Mama Grape said, “Careful, don’t get too much sun,
’cause grapes turn in to raisins when they’re too well done.”
So all these years I have wanted a cat named Moses; that I have done. I wanted a cat named Sausage; that I have done. And now I have Raisin. She’s sweet, albeit strange and a bit shy. She would love to meet you. There was also a record about a big baboon at the Animal Fair. I do NOT want a cat named Baboon – or, maybe I do?
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 guests, I also make suet for our lovely feathered travelers. And this suet recipe is made from things that we all have in our larders, especially innkeepers. Recipe below is easy! [click to continue…]
The mighty Roanoke River is heaven for the Rock Fish Fisherman
(Rock fish – Striper in the Roanoke River – photo courtesy Mitchell Blake)
Beginning in March, 2013, the entire Roanoke River basin is open for Rock Fish fishing or Stripers with some rules, of course. The minimum limit is 18 inches and only one river bass above 27 inches can be kept, in the creel, as they say. [click to continue…]
Americans have a love affair with our marshmallow PEEPS
… and we eat more than our share – we will eat 600 million PEEPS this Easter. (I call them all PEEPS, even if they are bunnies.)
PEEPS marshmallow candy – those bright-colored chicks and bunnies that we see at Easter have a long history. In 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Peep. Now the factory in Bethlehem, PA makes a billion a year. The first PEEPS were squeezed out of a pasty tube and the eyes were painted on by hand. Each PEEP is a character – as they settle the nose and eyes rearrange and they get a personality. [click to continue…]
The Message of Easter – a free outdoor drama near Williamston, NC
For thirty five years, the folks of Piney Grove Baptist Church in the Farm Life Community near Williamston, NC, have been performing this 90-minute outdoor drama of the life and death of Jesus Christ.
We love outdoor dramas here in North Carolina. These home town folks put on a big city drama. Every year they give their time and talents to bring this message to all who will listen. [click to continue…]