One of the great things about late summer is that we have luscious figs. And when they ripen, they all ripen. Luscious Candied Figs are Fit for a King 2 cups sugar + optional 4-5 Tablespoons2 cups water½ gallon ripe figs-small figs like Brown Turkey work best. Use figs that have stems Day 1:Add the… Click to read ways to use Figs
Every summer I grow Basil and it thrives here in eastern North Carolina.What can you do with all this basil? Well, I make Pesto and freeze it to enjoy all year. Pesto will keep a long time in the freezer. It can be frozen in ice cube trays — handy if you only need a… Click to get Chloe’s Pesto Genovese Recipe
Did you know that some flowers can be lunch? I grabbed my Edible Flower book and wandered around the yard, tasting. I eat whatever is in the yard that I KNOW is edible, including pecans, blackberries, mulberries, blueberries, tomatoes, wild cherries, figs and cucumbers. Now I have added Edible Flowers to my “Okay to eat”… Click to see what edible flowers grow all around you.
No matter what you think about bears, when someone says, “I saw a bear,” you listen. Increasingly, we are beginning to see bears here in eastern North Carolina. They are mostly in the mountains and coastal regions – bears love our coastal pocosin habitat. In one of the articles I read, eastern North Carolina was… Click to read more about Black Bears and the Black Bear Festival in eastern NC
When I was growing up we had mules: Big Red, Little Red, Rock, Kit and Mary. There were other mules before my time, but I don’t remember their names. We have spiffed up our mule Mary’s quarters and we call her home the Mule Room Suite. Much discussion went into what to call it. A… Click to read more about the Mule Room — past and present …
The Hen and The Hog Restaurant in Halifax, NC, is a wonderful surprise. I love to explore local gems and this one is perfect. The restaurant is located in an old hardware store and the old floors remain – no trendy marble tiles here. But don’t be fooled – this is an upscale place; it just… Read more about Hen & Hog
Hot, Spicy Apple Cider Warms the Heart A great way to welcome fall and the chill in the air is to make up some hot, spicy cider. If you live where apples are grown, then you can use fresh-pressed cider. The rest of us can pick up some great cider in the store and create our own… Click to read more about Chloe’s Mulled Apple Cider recipe!
The most easterly Barn Quilt on North Carolina’s Quilt Trail is on the Pack House barn at Big Mill B&B in Williamston, NC. I just love it! I used to go to Quilting Bees with my mother when I was a child. I would play under the quilt all by myself. There were no other… Click to read more about Barn Quilts and Miss Chloe’s LaMoyne Star …
Figs are so special – they are a real delicacy. Fig Jam with Less Sugar • 2 ¼ pounds ripe figs* (4 cups prepared figs)• 5 1/2 cups sugar• 2 lemons• Zest from one the lemons• 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice• ½ teaspoon butter• ½ pouch liquid pectin (1 ½ ounces use Certo NOT… Click to get the Recipe for my Fig Jam with Less Sugar and some great photos too …
Refreshing Summer Punch is Perfect for Those Lazy Summer Days Ah, the Halcyon days of summer come to an end each year and that saddens me. When the green leaves turn to gold and then fall away, you can hear the whine of the train and the lonesome whippoorwill. There are fewer whippoorwills than in… Click to get Chloe’s Summer Punch Recipe