Somerset Place Plantation in Creswell, NC, is off the beaten path.
Somerset is isolated. That is one of the reasons it is so haunting.
In 1860, Somerset Place Plantation near Creswell, NC had 328 slaves, making it the third largest plantation in North Carolina. At one time it encompassed 100,000 acres of land and swamp sitting on the shores of Lake Phelps right in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina, which meant drainage ditches, canals, mosquitoes and basically not an easy life. To read more about Somersest click here
Molasses is a staple in the south – we use molasses for everything.
Molasses Pudding with Bourbon Sauce is a southern tradition
It seemed like everybody’s grandmother made Molasses Pudding and it was always a treat. In some parts of the country, it might be called Molasses Cake, but southerners call it Molasses Pudding. Once you add the Bourbon Sauce, it does seem more like a pudding.
Friend Nancy and I set out to recreate this old-fashioned southern recipe and we did it! We added the Bourbon Pecan Sauce to spice it up. Southerners love molasses and use it everywhere. Read more about Molasses and Chloe’s Molasses Pudding Cake
There is a small wood frame church in Swan Quarter, North Carolina, that was truthfully moved by the hand of God.
Church Moved by the Hand of God traveled by itself to sit on this lot.
In 1874, members of this small congregation in eastern North Carolina tried in vain to buy a piece of land from a Mr. Sam Sadler in order to build a church. This lot was perfect –it was higher land than any other lot in town.
Mind you, almost all of Hyde County is barely above sea level, so a higher lot was important. Mr. Sadler vehemently refused to sell.
The congregation then accepted a gift of another lot behind the courthouse and soon they had a basic structure for the church. It was a simple wood building on piers called the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
Folks began worshiping in this new church. On the eve of the dedication, September 16, 1876, a big storm was brewing out in the Pamlico Sound. By the next day, September 17th, a full force hurricane hit all of Hyde County; Swan Quarter was under 5 feet of water. Click to find out what happened next – it’s quite amazing!
Big Mill B&B birds need special foods in the cold winter.
Woodpecker enjoys suet meal at Big Mill B&B
I was snowed in so I created this easy, new Suet Recipe with foods I had on hand in the pantry. The birds LOVE it! And children love helping you make it.
Read more about Chloe’s Homemade Suet
All the cows at Simply Natural Creamery dairy in eastern NC have a name – and they are all women.
Cupcake #33 poses for the camera.. Just look at that Face !!!!
This wonderful North Carolina dairy and creamery produces some of the BEST ice cream around. And to think – it was started as a project for the children of the owners.
Neil Moye bought three Jersey cows for the milk and to instill a work ethic in his young sons. The boys milked the cows every day when they came home from school. Neil and Jackie, his wife, loved the Jersey cows and so did their boys.
It was an easy decision to start a dairy farm. After much planning and many hours of hard work, the dream of Simply Natural Creamery has come true. Read more about Cupcake and her life at Simply Natural Creamery
My love affair with knitting started years ago when I adopted my sheep, Maggie Belle and Yorick
I was a graduate student at East Carolina University in fiber arts, with a specialty in spinning and natural dyeing. I had lots of wonderful hand-spun yarn, but I never learned how to knit until friend Jody taught me a few months ago. Click to read more about Chloe’s hand-spun yarn
This orange extract makes the perfect gift for anyone who bakes or enjoys cocktails
I love making gifts for friends, especially at the holiday season. This recipe for homemade orange extract is good any time of year. Just having these extracts on display brightens my kitchen.
Click here for How to make Orange Extract
The holiday season brings up memories of holidays past
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I remember making Christmas decorations when I was a child. we would gather things like cotton bolls, sweet gum balls and pine cones. My mother would work her magic and we made pretty decorations for our tree, and they were all made with what we found here on the farm. Read more about Chloe’s DIY Crafts from the farm
This easy roasted pecan recipe is a show stopper!
Click to get the scoop on Honey Glazed Pecans
- 3 cups shelled pecans
- 3 Tablespoons honey (local to you is best)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt plus extra for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Spray a heavy, rimmed cookie sheet with cooking oil spray. Place pecans on cookie sheet in a single layer.
- Bake pecans for 7 minutes. Watch closely - if nuts are older it will take less time. Remove from oven and put nuts in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add 3 Tablespoons honey and stir to coat pecans.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir again.
- Spray cookie sheet again and put nuts on the sheet in single layer. Bake at 220-250 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring one time. I may take less time if nuts are old.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with a wee bit of salt. Separate any nuts that have clumped. Cool and store in air tight container. Nuts will keep fresh for at least a week. Perfect hostess gift or for holiday giving.
- Yield: 3 cups
October is cotton picking time in eastern North Carolina
Showing cotton fields just outside window at Big Mill B&B
Some things change, but fall is still harvest time on the farm. I woke up today and the big tractor was outside my window picking cotton.
We have words for all the farm jobs — we pick cotton, we dig peanuts and later we pick the peanuts, we pick soy beans and we prime or crop tobacco. We never pick tobacco. If you use any other expression, we know you aren’t from around here. So today– they were picking cotton. Read more about growing cotton