I have started writing short travel articles for Go-Trippin. These articles will then be part of the new Google travel app called Field Trip. If you have this app installed on your phone whenever you ride by some out-of-the way place your phone will give you an alert. That lets you know you just passed some great pub, historic site, garden or you missed an event. It is a fun app.

I spent ten glorious days in the Florida Keys at the paradise home of friends George and Louise. Friends Joy and Michael were also there. So I had a boat and I went everywhere you could go by water within a 20 mile radius.

I wrote articles for Go-Trippin about two of my favorite Keys places. It helps if it is a dive, those are the ones I like – the ones that  haven’t been gentrified.

Check out Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada and the Ocean View Pub in Islamorada, called the O.V. by locals, even though it does not have an ocean view. Word is that it once had an ocean view until Hurricane Donna relocated it.

Fall is a Good Time For History Buffs in Eastern North Carolina

The Ft. Branch Civil War Reenactment is November 1-3; the battle is fought on Sunday.  It is in Hamilton at the dirt mound Civil War Fort on the banks of the Roanoke River. Honestly I cry every time I see the battle.

I shot this video of the battle and smack dab in the middle of it some child said, “The dead guy’s walking!” Guess it gives the video some local color. And I also like the little dance that the canon guy does when he is packing the powder into the canon. I do wonder if the Yankees actually put their hands over their ears like these re-enactors do.

If you are anywhere in Eastern North Carolina on the first weekend in November, be drop by Ft. Branch. There is no cost and you can wander around and talk to Yankees and Johnny Reb sitting outside their tents or cooking over the open fires. You can also buy from the blacksmiths, I love the candlesticks. And they have real beeswax candles for sale in the shops that sell all kinds of Civil War things.

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Honey Roasted Pecans

Pecans are starting to fall here on the farm. I love to cook with the pecans that grow on the trees my folks planted in 1922. These Honey Glazed Pecans are really good and easy to make. And it’s a good way to use honey from your local beekeeper.

Honey Roasted Pecan Recipe

  • 3 cups shelled pecans
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus extra for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Spray a heavy, rimmed cookie sheet with cooking oil spray. Place pecans on cookie sheet in a single layer.

Bake pecans for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and put nuts in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add 3 Tablespoons honey and stir to coat pecans. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir again.

Spray cookie sheet again and put nuts on the sheet in single layer. Bake at 220-250 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring one time

Remove from oven and sprinkle with a wee bit of salt. Separate any nuts that have clumped. Cool and store in air tight container. Nuts will keep fresh for at least a week.

Yield: 3 cups

It's Harvest Time in Carolina Again

Looking out the kitchen window this year I see glorious soy beans. Did you know that the trendy Edamame bean is really a soy bean? They are usually the young soy beans still in the pod. Why in the world didn’t we eat them when I was growing up? I love watching the harvest and I am going to learn how to cook edamame.

Upcoming Events


Sky Diving-Williamston, Trade Wind Sports, every weekend in October info

Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, Tuesday-Sunday info

Estuarium-Washington, River Roving tours, Wednesday-Saturday info

Fossil Museum, Aurora, Monday-Saturday info

Historic Hope Plantation, Windsor, open every day info

Horse Back Riding, Robersonville, Sunset Stables info

October 24-27
Williamston, Carolina Fall Classic & ABI Futurity, Bob Martin Ag Center

October 26
Historic Bath Ghost Walk, Bath

Elizabeth II will be in the Edenton Harbor, Edenton

October 31 
Trick or Tweet, Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park, Scotland Neck, NC.

Washington, Historic Downtown Ghost Walk info

October 31- November 3
Williamston, NCDCTA Autumn Leaves Dressage info


November 1
Candlelight dining Tryon Palace, New Bern

November 1-3
Ft. Branch Civil War Reenactment, Hamilton, NC

November 2
Roanoke River Ramble canoe run, Weldon, NC

Historic Washington Ghost Walk, Washington

November 8-9
Stampede in the Park, Bob Martin Ag Center, Williamston, NC

November 16
Moonlight in the Park, Sylvan Heights, Williamston, NC

November 16-17
Civil War Weekend, Tryon Palace, New Bern

November 21-24
National Barrel Horse Assoc. Coastal Run, Bob Martin Ag Center, Williamston, NC

November 21-24
National Barrel Race, Bob Martin Ag Center, Williamston

November 29 - December 1
Cardinal Classic Horse Show, Bob Martin Ag Center, Williamston, NC

Chloe Tuttle
Big Mill Bed & Breakfast
1607 Big Mill Road
Williamston, NC 27892

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