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Every farm and definitely every farm girl needs an old red truck. Somebody must agree because photos of old red trucks are everywhere – on fancy dishes, Christmas decorations, everywhere you look. One Christmas I parked my Old Red Truck in front of the Pack House and decorated it with a Christmas tree and wreath… Click here to see all olf Old Red Truck’s portraits

Extended Stay Lodging Eastern NC – Home Away from Home

Nurses, doctors and folks doing Locum Tenens work who need lodging in eastern North Carolina for short and long-term stays will find Big Mill B&B rooms, suites and apartments the perfect Home Away from Home. We offer special long-term rates and and most reservations qualify for tax-free stays. Rates range from $250 to $400 week… Click to find out more about Big Mill Extended Stay

I’ve Written a Cookbook!

I have always wanted to write a cookbook that told the stories behind the recipes. One time, I took a month off and house-sat for my friends in the Florida Keys. Well, as usual, I was sidetracked with the beauty of the area. I would make a recipe and spend all my time taking photos… Read more

Mule Room Suite — Perfect for Long-Term Rentals

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 …

Summer Punch – Perfect for Hot Summer Days

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

This easy Strawberry Bread recipe uses self-rising flour I just love this photo – I was outside getting ready to take a picture of these berries when a rainstorm made me take cover in my Old Red Truck. While I waited out the storm, I took this photo — the lighting was perfect. It is… To get Chloe’s Strawberry Bread Recipe click here

Clean the World Recycles Soap Donated by Hotels & B&Bs

Recycling has many faces. Big Mill B&B saves used soap for Clean the World. At Big Mill we just can’t waste or throw anything away that might have a second life. Recycling soap is such a good idea! Big Mill B&B saves used soap and sends it to Clean the World; they are the world’s… Read more about recycling soap

While waiting on the plane to carry me back to Big Mill B&B, I decided to dash off a quick blog post in honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month (October).  I’ve been 95% vegetarian for decades, so it is second nature for me. But it can be quite a fun adventure to explore the tastes and… Read more

Honey Glazed Pecans

I love the pecan trees that my parents planted in 1922 – and honey roasted pecans are just the best. This year I picked up 6 bushels of pecans. Hurricane Sandy knocked them off the trees for me. I had the pecans cracked at Martin Supply and then I picked them out.  I usually sell… Read more

Spinning and Raising Sheep on the Pamlico River

In another life, I had sheep in my yard. Remember the sixties? I didn’t have a lawn mower and I really did believe that the sheep would groom my yard. I needed the fleeces – I was working on my master’s degree in fibers – spinning and natural dyeing. I lived on the south side… Read more