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Holiday Cheer

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

Christmas at Romantic Big Mill Country Inn

It’s Christmas on the farm at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast and what a pretty time to be in the country. (Photo of Emily & Claire Fowler and Viola Music Video by Guy Livesay of Livesay Photography) We have lighted trees, even under the grapevine. Guests can see a tree from every room. This year… Read More

Chloe’s Homemade Cranberry Liqueur

-‘Tis the season to make, give & enjoy homemade spirits with this easy-to-follow recipe for festive Cranberry Liqueur I LOVE cranberries and I try to use them any way I can – I even float them in my kitchen sink on Christmas Day. So I knew that Cranberry Liqueur just had to be wonderful –… Read More

Vanilla Extract Recipe – How to Make your Own

Want to make a special gift for the cook in your life? And for not much money? Homemade vanilla extract is the perfect gift – everyone cooks. And at Big Mill B&B, vanilla is one of our favorites. But not all vanilla beans are equal. If I can even find vanilla beans in eastern North Carolina… Read More

Cast Beeswax Ornaments

I saw my first Brown Bag Cookie Mold in the early eighties in a tiny shop in Virginia Highlands, a small Yuppie neighborhood in Atlanta, where I was living. This love affair has never ended. I have St. Nicholas from the 1983 collection, which was the first year they were made. The Brown Bag name comes from… Read More