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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, Raggedy 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,  check out 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.......

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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, January...... 

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

                    JoAnn, storekeeper, at Yesteryear Country Store

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas       in Louisiana

Christmas in Louisiana is a wonderful time for families and most of all children. Because my Grandparents were on my Father's side French and Irish and on my Mother's side Italian I had the best of three worlds. Every other year my parents and I would spend Chrismas with one or the other.

 

Christmas on the French side meant going to the Mississippi River for a trip up to Baton Rouge. Travelling on a paddle-wheeler we would have supper with jazz music and cajun clowns. 

 

Along the river up high on the levels, we would see wooden structures of all type. Some would be built to look like cabins or lookout towers or a beast from another world.

 

Once we reached Baton Rouge, Port Allen, to be exact the paddle-wheeler would turn around and head back to New Orleans. But this time all of the wooden structures would be on fire burning high into the night sky to welcome Papa Noel and guide him to their homes.

 

It was quite a sight to see. Before long Papa Noel in his pirogue, no sleigh for him would stop the paddle- wheeler and climb on board to give small gifts to all of the children. Then he would depart to fill the stockings of the children living along the river. 

 

Once we reached New Orleans we would step off the paddle-wheeler to the smell of fresh chicory coffee and sweet beignets, a French doughnut. But, we could not stop to enjoy the treat until we crossed Jackson square and attended Mass at St Louis Cathedral. Once Mass was over we would cross back to have coffee and beignets. Now it was time to go home to see what Papa Noel had left for us.  Joyeux Noel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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rememberingyesteryear.com

 Stop in our store for your decorating needs....from trim the tree to decking the halls.

Wooden signs and rag dolls are always fun.

We're baking up all sorts of Christmas goodies with old and new cookie cutters, rolling pins, wooden spoons, and cookie jars. Trim your tree with cookies and Country tin ornaments for an Old Fashioned Christmas. We are on the corner of aisles A and E in Flea Land of Bowling Green.  

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