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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. We loved to hide behind these stacks and to climb them, much to the dismay of my parents. All… Click to see video of Peanuts being Picked

Boiled Green Peanuts – Southern Style

Young, just-dug peanuts are called green peanuts. Here in the South, we boil these peanuts in the shell with a lot of salt.  In late August or early September, you can find these green or boiled peanuts at farm stands and some grocery stores like Piggly Wiggly. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:45] I grew up eating boiled green peanuts… Click to learn more about Boiled Peanuts

Summer Watermelon Salad Recipe

Calling all watermelon lovers!! This Watermelon Salad is a beauty. I adapted this recipe from one in the June, 2017 issue of “Our State Magazine,” the same magazine that did a wonderful story about Big Mill in their August issue. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:44] In eastern North Carolina, we do many things with watermelon. We also are very… Click here to read more …

Fun Things to Do With Edible Flowers

Did you know that some flowers can be lunch? I grabbed my Edible Flower book and wandered around the yard, tasting. I eat whatever is in the yard that I KNOW is edible, including  pecans, blackberries, mulberries, blueberries, tomatoes, wild cherries, figs and cucumbers. Now I have added Edible Flowers to my “Okay to eat”… Click to see what edible flowers grow all around you.

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 …

The most easterly Barn Quilt on North Carolina’s Quilt Trail is on the Pack House barn at Big Mill B&B in Williamston, NC. I just love it! I used to go to Quilting Bees with my mother when I was a child. I would play under the quilt all by myself. There were no other… Click to read more about Barn Quilts and Miss Chloe’s LaMoyne Star …

Easy Blueberry Jam Recipe with Cinnamon & Lime Zest

Blueberries are a gift – they speak “Summer” If you can pick your own blueberries that is the best. I have blueberries growing right outside my kitchen window and I try to use them any way I can. Local farmers’ markets also have good berries. I love cooking with fresh blueberries and this is the… Click to get Chloe’s Blueberry Cinnamon Jam Recipe

Contented Cows at Simply Natural Creamery

All the cows at Simply Natural Creamery dairy in eastern NC  have a name – and they are all women. This wonderful North Carolina dairy and creamery produces some of the BEST ice cream around. And to think – it was started as a project for the children of the owners. Neil Moye bought three… Read more about Cupcake and her life at Simply Natural Creamery

Cotton Pickin’ in Carolina

October is cotton picking time in eastern North Carolina Some things change, but  fall is still harvest time on the farm. I woke up today and the big tractor was outside my window picking cotton. We have words for all the farm jobs — we pick cotton, we dig peanuts and later we pick the… Read more about growing cotton

I grow blueberries and blackberries here on the farm and I love to use them any way I can. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:32] DISTANCES to BIG MILL Bed and Breakfast  252-792-8787 90 miles east of Raleigh, NC 103 miles south of Norfolk, VA 94 miles west of Nags Head, NC 145 miles north of Wilmington, NC… Read more about Chloe’s Blueberry bread