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In the Garden

Sweet cucumber pickles are as southern as iced tea Not just any pickles either - they must be homemade and preferably homegrown. It is alright if someone gives you the cucumbers, or you pick them up fresh from your local Farmers Market. We all have a family recipe that has been passed down and it… Read More

Watermelon Punch Recipe for Two

Big Mill B&B's Watermelon Punch  Refreshing libation for sultry summer days (Photo credit: Chloe Tuttle) Southerners love watermelon. If you want a real treat, make watermelon punch. And don't wait for the party - serve it up for just the two of you - for romance or just for good friends. (Photo credit: Chloe Tuttle)… Read More

Night Blooming Flowers in the Gardens at Big Mill

Our Evening Primrose, wildflower and beautiful King's cure-all, is often considered a weed Evening Primrose photo by Chloe Tuttle But here at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast, Evening Primrose is glorified, photographed, written about and touted as entertainer - watching it bloom is a great way to spend an evening in the garden. Take a… Read More

Spiderwort – Edible flower in the Big Mill Garden

Spiderwort - Big Mill's "Canary in the coal mine" This wonderful blue flower that grows in my eastern North Carolina garden is Spiderwort (Tradescantia), pronounced  trad-ess-KANT-ee-uh. Each day in spring and early summer I am greeted with the vibrant blue of these odd beauties. Then about noon, they close. My mother loved these flowers -… Read More

Miss Sadie’s Mill – the Original Big Mill

"Miss Sadie" James ran the Big Mill gristmill for as long as I can remember. In the 1940's prior to when she and her husband, Columbus, bought it, it had been a water-powered sawmill. It was converted to a grist mill, the stones to grind the corn were shipped over from England. Sometime later in… Read More

Creamy Brie with Chloe’s Fig Preserves Appetizer

It's late summer and figs are ripe... so gorgeous and luscious, they hardly look real. Each one is a work of art. After I take many photos of these just-picked figs, I make Chloe's Fig Preserves. One of my favorite ways to eat these preserves is with warm, creamy brie. This dish makes a great presentation… Read More

Fruit Stands and Pick-up Trucks

In summer, folks flock to farmer's markets to get all those fresh fruits and vegetables. In small towns we grow our own and go to roadside stands. And in very small towns, we count on the farmer who sits by the road in the back of his pickup truck loaded with things from his large… Read More

It’s Planting Time on the Farm at Big Mill

Everywhere you look, it's planting time in eastern North Carolina Nephew Monk Gurkin above in 1959. Monk and Aunt Chloe (that's me) had our own garden that year. We raised tomatoes to sell to local restaurants - and for our tomato sandwiches. Note the hog pen in back. Seems we all dig in the dirt… Read More

Miss Chloe’s Fig Preserves

Ah, figs ... a wonderful way to welcome Indian Summer to the South. There was a time when everyone's grandmother had a fig tree at the home place. I am lucky to live and work at Big Mill B&B - it is my home place. We have the old orchard, but the fig trees are… Read More

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe at Big Mill Bird & Breakfast

Our hummingbirds arrive at Big Mill B&B sometime around Easter - and it is with a flourish and a big show, chattering and demanding food.  And since we are a designated Bird and Breakfast Bird-Friendly Business, we willingly obliged. Guy's outstanding photo, taken here at Big Mill B&B, earned him 1st place in the 2010 Beaufort County Arts… Read More