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.

       We are working on our website and it is far from complete - we are a work in progress. Tell us what you think about our site, what we offer and what you would like to see us added. Send us an e-mail at yesteryear09@yahoo.com. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, sign up for our Newsletter (we have great DIY projects) and read our blog: rememberingyesteryear.com and thanks for stopping by.

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.......

       Maybe soon.                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barn wood birdhouses and oven kitchen towels add charm to any home.

Large wooden signs and wooden boxes give a delightful country look.

Collectable Tin canisters

add a perfect touch to your kitchen with smaller signs for an accent.

Welcome December...... The most                        wonderful time of the year

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 Stories from my childhood. Hope you enjoy....

                    JoAnn, storekeeper, at Yesteryear Country Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Christmas Package​

 

Always around the second week of December, it would arrive. Mama never showed much interest, but I did and I knew it was time for the Package to arrive. Always wrapped in brown paper the kind that came from grocery bags and tied with rows and rows of string. 

 

Once the Mailman dropped it off it would sit on the dining room table and my Dad would act like it didn't exist. We never used that table unless it was a holiday or if we had company. Most of the time we ate supper at the long kitchen table, but even from there I could see the Package.

 

I must have been about 5 years old when I first discovered the Package and learned what was in it.  From that year on I looked for it to come. About five days before Christmas Mana would bring the Package to the kitchen and take off the strings replacing them with a bright ribbon. Tying the ribbon into a bow she would add some small pine cones or a bell and some greens making it look pretty. Afterwards, she would put it under the tree and tell me it was for my Dad adding that once it was opened she was sure he would share some with both of us.

 

On Christmas morning the Package would be the last one opened. And Daddy would say that after dinner we would have some, just one at a time.

 

In the Package now a gift box was the most wonderful delicious Pralines made by my Dad's God Mother and who I knew as Aunt Florence. My Dad's family was Louisianna French and Pralines are a famous New Orleans candy made only at special times of the year by skilled candy makers.  The candy is a blend of roasted pecans,  light brown sugar and sweet whipped cream which makes the Praline melt in your mouth.

 

When I was old enough I talked  Aunt Florance into teaching me the art of making Pralines. She used a marble slab that she cooled in the refrigerator to drop her candy on as she made it. And she would say it is important to make the candy only on very dry days. Today I have her marble slab and her recipe, but I use wax paper.  Below is her recipe and you still have time to make a dozen Pralines before Christmas.

 

You will need:

  • 2 cups pecan halves and pieces
  • 3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Wax paper
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely (about 15 minutes).

    Step 2

    Meanwhile, bring brown sugar and next 3 ingredients to a boil in a heavy dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 236° (soft ball stage). Remove sugar mixture from heat.

    Step 3

    Let sugar mixture stand until candy thermometer reaches 150° (20 to 25 minutes). Stir in vanilla and pecans using a wooden spoon; stir constantly 1 to 2 minutes or just until mixture begins to lose its gloss. Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto wax paper; let stand until firm (10 to 15 minutes).

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    Candied

                 Apples

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.

 

                                       Caramel (1948)

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!

 

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Moma's Pecan               Pumpkin                    Cookies

 

 

    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!  

 
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Where to Find Us:

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

Email: yesteryear09@yahoo.com

Phone: 270 791-1241

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