Welcome to Yesteryear Country Store
Our attention to quality has made us a gift shop leader. At Yesteryear Country Store the customer always comes first, and we constantly strive to exceed your expectations! With our wide range of gifts, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for.
Our country primitive store in Bowling Green, KY, has a year-round Christmas section that has old time tin ornaments and Coca-Cola tree trims. You will also find roosters, apples, funny wooden signs, ragged Ann & Andy dolls, jams, jellies, honey and Cowboy Candy. Plus Silver rings set with beautiful gemstones from around the world. Come step back in time with us.
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Our little store is like stepping back in time. Filled with old-time goodies that are perfect for the country-prim home and those who love the primitive look.
A rag doll shows off our collection of country jams and jellies all Amish made.
We also have relishes, butters, pickles, and salsas, locally made, from old, old Kentucky recipes. Such country favourites as Corn Relish, Green Tomato Pickles, Farmer's Market Corn Salsa, Pear Butter, Pickled Beets, Sweet Pepper Relish, Squash Pickles, Jalapeno Relish, Apple Butter, Black Bean Salsa, Watermelon Pickles, Moonshine Jelly and a lot more.
Come in for a taste!
Please note: At this time we are unable to ship Jam, Jelly or Relishes.......
Halloween 2018 ......at our store
Stories from my childhood. Hope you enjoy....
JoAnn, storekeeper, at Yesteryear Country Store
The week before Halloween was always exciting. There were pumpkins to be carved and costumes to be found. As Halloween drew near my Dad would get the pumpkins and start his carving and my Mom would look for things to put together for a costume.
Somehow, every year I became a witch and my best friend, Gilbert, became a ghost. Mom would dress me in one of her old skirts that would go to the floor on me, add an old shawl that Grandmother no longer used and put a witch hat on my head. As for Gilbert, his Mom would cut a hole in the centre of a white worn out tablecloth and a pillowcase with cut out holes for his eyes and mouth on his head That was it, we were ready. People in those days did not buy costumes.
Every year it was the job of one of the parents to hold a party at their house at the end of Trick or Treating. That year it was to be at my house.
The gang, as my Dad called us, would start out just as the Sun set. Pumpkins glowed from every house and soon it would be very dark. Standing on each corner was a parent. Their job was to make sure we were all together. At the end of the night, we would go to my house for cake, punch and candied apples.
My Mom made her own caramel by using 2 cups of white sugar. 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter and 1 cup of heavy cream. She heated it slowly in a heavy pot until it browned and became thick.
But, years later when my sons would bring home their gang, I would make candied apples the easy way.
Caramel Candied Apples (1978)
Use Granny Smith, Macintosh or any firm apple you like. Wash apples in warm water to remove wax. Put apples in your refrigerator for 8 hours. Buy a 14 oz bag of Caramels and some pop sickle sticks. Put wax paper on a cookie sheet and you are ready to candy your apples.
Remove wrappers from caramels (give this job to your children)
Put a stick in the top centre of each apple.
Put caramels in an 8 cup microwavable bowl and heat for 3 minutes - checking after 1 and a half minutes to see if it is stirrable, but not hot. Just real, real warm.
Dip each apple in caramel and place on the cookie sheet.
Add sprinkles or salt to the top of the apples, if desired.
Halloween is a very scary good time and candied apples make it even better!
Every Fall when the pecan tree began to drop its nuts, I knew it would not be long before Momma would be making her pecan pumpkin cookies. Right after school we would grab a bucket ( big one for Moma and a small one for me) and search the ground for newly fallen nuts. The wind would be blowing and the nuts would be falling. It was a fun time. To me, a seven-year-old, it seemed the leaves were dancing and I was caught up in a whirlwind. Moma and I would laugh and talk and she would hug me. Those were wonderful afternoons.
Once the pecans were gathered we would take them into the house to be shelled and chopped. 'Now,' Moma would say, 'let's make some cookies.' And I would shout 'yes'.
As the years passed when my sons would go to see Moma in the Fall, she would take them out (with a bucket in each hand) to the pecan tree to gather nuts and later make cookies. This is her recipe:
Pecan Pumpkin Cookies ( 1948)
2 eggs beaten
1/2 butter (or margarine)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree (or can pumpkin)
2 1/2 cups flour (Gold Medal all-purpose)
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pecan pieces
If you do not want to use pecans, you can use raisins or a 1/2 cup of each.
Preheat oven 375 degrees
Spray or grease 2 cookie sheets
Mix butter, sugar, and beaten eggs together until smooth
Add remaining ingredients and blend well
Fold in pecans or raisins or both depending on what you want
Drop dough by tablespoons about 2 inches apart
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until set Cookies will a sugary look.
Moma baked one cookie sheet at a time and when they were cool, if not eaten, the remaining cookies were stored in her favourite cookie jar, a fat little pig!
An Irish tale with a very sweet ending......
On the second weekend in October, I sat on the back steps with my Grandfather and talked about the coming of Winter. There was a chill in the air and I button up my sweater. 'You cold, honey?' Grandfather asked. 'A little,' I admitted. 'Well, that's the work of Jack Frost,' he said. 'Who?'
'With long icy fingers, he touches the branches of every tree turning their leaves to colours of gold and orange and then Jack calls the wind to change into a chill,' Grandfather added. He does?
As a child, I could just see Jack Frost... a small man dressed in dark green with a pointed nose and long icy finger. In my mind's eye, I could see he had ice dripping from his green jacket and wore a pointed crooked black hat.
'Have you ever seen him?' I asked. 'No,' Grandfather said. 'He works at night.' Dismissing my question Grandfather added, 'There will be frost on the pumpkins in the morning and if you want pumpkin pancakes for your breakfast we need to get going.' So out to the field, we went to pick a sugar pumpkin.
Now, back in the kitchen, my Grandmother waited for us to bring the pumpkin in. 'What have you two been doing.' she asked? Then looking at my Grandfather she added, ' telling tall Irish tales?' 'Oh, no, we were talking about Jack Frost,' I answered and a smile crossed her face.
Taking the pumpkin Grandmother cut it in half cleaning out the pumpkin halves. Then placing them half side down on a cookie sheet to bake to make pumpkin puree. In the morning she would make pumpkin pancakes. Oh, so good with spiced honey.
Today, I still make pumpkin pancakes always on the second weekend in October, but I do it the easy way. Let me tell you how:
Cut one sugar pumpkin in half. Remove stem and clean out pulp and seeds.
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Cover pumpkin halves with foil. Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until tender.
Scrape out pumpkin meat and put in a blender and blend until smooth.
Extra puree may be put in jars and frozen for later use.
I like to use Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix.
1 large egg beaten.
1 1/4 cup milk.
2 cups baking mix.
1/2 cup puree.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice.
Mix well by hand. The batter will be thick.
Use butter, oil of your choice or cooking spray on frying pan or griddle. Heat frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Use 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. The batter will make about 14 pancakes or 8 very large pancakes. Serve with butter and spiced honey.
Add 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice to 1 cup of honey. Use on pancakes, toast, ice cream or on just about anything you want to add a taste of goodness.
Make some this weekend and celebrate the start of Fall - a beautiful time of the year!
Welcome Fall ...
Fall is a wonderful time of the year. All of the colours seem to jump right out at you. You can grab just about anything you have around the house to fill with late-blooming flowers adding a few Fall leaves for an extra touch of colour. Oh. and don't forget the Sunflowers.
Make centrepieces and wreaths with ease just take an idea or two from the photos below.
Check out our Halloween and Fall page for more ideas....Click here: Halloween & Fall
Yesteryear Country Store
Flea Land, Bowling Green, Ky
Store 54 - 55
1100 Three Springs Road
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Open: Sat & Sun 9 to 5
Phone: 270 791-1241
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