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Spiced Mulled Cider Recipe

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 get the easy spiced apple cider recipe!

Recipe : How to Make Orange Extract

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. And you can make it again next year because friends… Click here for How to make Orange Extract

Ho, Ho, Ho – Holiday Crafts Roundup

The holiday season brings up memories of holidays past 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… Read more about Chloe’s DIY Crafts from the farm

Honey Roasted Pecans

This easy roasted pecan recipe is a show stopper! [amd-yrecipe-recipe:39]At Big Mill, we grow pecans on the same trees that my folks planted in 1922. Often my guests won’t leave without a to-go bag of my pecans. If you don’t have a pecan tree then look for a farmer who does have pecans. They are… Click to get the scoop on Honey Glazed Pecans

Homemade Eggnog Recipe – Yes, it is safe!

[amd-yrecipe-recipe:25]Eggnog is the perfect holiday toddy National Public Radio (NPR) wanted proof, so they got some scientists to test the recipe. These scientists added salmonella bacteria to the nog and tested it. Good news! The bacteria could not grow in the alcohol. Make this eggnog at least 2 weeks before you plan to imbibe. It… Read More

Holiday Recipe Roundup

Holiday Recipes, old and new, from the innkeeper at Big Mill B&

How to Make a Cork Wreath

What do you do with all those corks you’ve saved?  Make a Cork Wreath. It isn’t difficult if you follow my directions and take it one step at a time. Here is how to make the perfect Cork Wreath. Cork wreaths are pretty any time of year, but folks like them for the holidays. I… Read More

Okra Santa Ornaments from Garden at Big Mill

How to make these cute Christmas Santa Claus ornaments from Okra We must remember to grow and dry our okra here on the farm in the summer so that we can have these wonderful Okra Santas for Christmas. These ornaments are made from the okra seed pods that dried on the okra plants at Big… Read more about How to Make Okra Santas

Christmas Lights in Windsor- It’s Magic

Christmas lights in Windsor – you can see the glow from half a mile away! People come from everywhere to the small eastern North Carolina town of Windsor just to see these lights. Folks turn off their headlighs and drive slowly through the lighted arches, past elves and santas, angels and reindeer, cut-out critters and… Click to see more Christmas Lights

Pumpkin Bread for the Holidays

This Pumpkin Bread is quick, EASY and, oh, so tasty. I really like this recipe for pumpkin bread, given to me by our inn-sitter Jeannie Simmons. I made just a few changes. When we all ate from the land and did not import exotic foods, we ate what was fresh. So in the fall of… Read More