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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 are coming to an end at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast 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… 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

Politics & Youth

Politics resurrect memories. There was another election:  Richard Nixon in the 60s. Back then, I had decided that if Nixon was re-elected, I was moving to Africa. Remember, this was the sixties.  I can’t remember where in Africa — either Ivory Coast or Liberia. Made sense to me at the time. T.S. Applegate, physics professor… 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