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Picking Peanuts in Eastern North Carolina

Picking peanuts reminds me of growing up in eastern North Carolina. My nephew Barney and I loved to play hide-and-seek in the peanut fields. Back then, the peanuts were dug and stacked on poles to dry. There is a certain earthy smell that is everywhere. We loved to hide behind these stacks and to climb… Click to see video of Peanuts being Picked

Okra, Corn and Tomatoes Recipe

I love growing okra – it reminds me of late summer on the farm [amd-yrecipe-recipe:37] With all the great summer produce, sometimes we just want to make something that takes us back to the farm and to Grandmother’s cooking. In coastal North Carolina, this recipe is an expected summer treat. Big Mill Bed and Breakfast… Click to read more about Corn, Okra and Tomatoes

Fig Jam Is Just So Southern

Figs are so special – they are a real delicacy.   Fig Jam is oh so southern and such a treat!  This fig jam recipe actually uses less sugar than you’ll typically find, so that is good for every body. I had fun making it because this is the first fig jam I have ever made using… Click to get the Recipe for my Fig Jam with Less Sugar and some great photos too …

Love Affair with PEEPS

Americans have a love affair with our marshmallow PEEPS … and we eat more than our share – we will eat 600 million PEEPS this Easter. (I call them all PEEPS, even if they are bunnies.) PEEPS marshmallow candy – those bright-colored chicks and bunnies that we see at Easter have a long history. In 1953… Read More

Intimate Weddings at Big Mill

For couples who want  romantic seclusion for their wedding or vow renewal, the private, rustic setting of Big Mill Bed & Breakfast is perfect. No crowds. Just you, your mate and a few friends – if you want them. No fuss, no stress – our team does it all for you with your guidance. Our… Read More

Williamston in the News!

The “Dart” Found Williamston Fox News-Detroit does a segment called “throw the dart.” Wherever the dart lands – that town gets a call. Well, it landed on Williamston, NC, and they called the Martin County Travel & Tourism Authority. There was a fun video of small town meets big city.  My nephew Barney Conway took… Read More

Best in the South – Cause for Celebration

We won!  BedandBreakfast.com, the foremost online Bed and Breakfast directory has released their 2009-2010 winners for the “Best Bed and Breakfast of” series. And we won — Again! This is better than winning the lottery. Winning the lottery is totally by chance.  But winning a BedandBreakfast.com award is an honor given by our guests. The winners are… Read More

Keysy Bars of the Florida Keys-Part Two

In a June, 2000 USA Today article Jimmy Buffett names Ten of his  Favorite Watering Holes in the world. Two of these are in the Florida Keys: Louie’s Backyard Restaurant and Lounge in Key West and Alabama Jack’s in Key Largo. Speaking of Alabama Jack’s, Buffett commented that many of the characters looked like they crawled right… Read More

Keysy Bars of the Florida Keys

You can step right off your boat and sit at the tables with the cute umbrellas…the view of the Atlantic is breathtaking.  Once Ed and I ordered a glass of wine and it was so bad we dared not throw it overboard…that would be polluting and an environmentally serious Innkeeper couldn’t do that.  Luckily the wine list… Read More

Oh, but I love to pick up pecans. And I like to play with limbs and sticks in the yard; but mostly I like to roll in the sunshine and throw out a few sage remarks while Chloe picks up the pecans. (I am not sure if she enjoys this as much as I do.)… Read More