7th Annual Country Christmas Craft & Bake Sale


Enjoy a craft & bake sale in an old country setting!

Our 7th Annual Country Christmas Craft & Bake Sale will be on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Its a great time to pick up hand-made gifts, decorations and baking for over the holidays.

Come in out of the cold, we’ll have the wood stove burning and you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a sweet treat while you browse. Please note, there will not be a meal served on this day, just samplings of fruit cake and sweet trays and coffee and tea.

We’ll have baking: fruit cakes, raisin brown bread, sweet breads, donuts, meat pies, apple pies, pickles, jams, jellies, and variety sweet trays!

In the craft section there will be beautiful knitting, men’s socks, shell pattern mitts, cute little mittens & socks for the kids, slippers and hats, assorted crafts, Christmas wreaths, ornaments, decorations, arrangements and more!

For large baking orders, to ensure you get what you want on that day, please call ahead to order at 843-7878.

Location: 186 Barnettville Rd, Blackville. Only 30 minutes from Miramichi or Doaktown. Tel: 843-7878
When: Saturday Dec. 7th, 2019, 10am to 2pm

Old Fashioned Cooking with Darlene – Crinkles

by Darlene Jardine

Old Fashioned Cooking with Darlene -Crinkles CookiesI love looking through cookbooks, sometimes for hours, so I was delighted when my niece brought me a collection of old Good Housekeeping cookbooks.

I got out my vintage egg beater, fresh eggs from the chickens and whipped up a batch of “Crinkles” from the Book of Cookies, printed in 1958. I’ve also heard these called Ginger Sparklers.


2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
3/4 cup soft shortening
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/4 cup molassesgranulated sugar for coating


Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Mix shortening, brown sugar and egg until creamy.

Mix in molasses then flour mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour or longer. When ready to bake, heat oven to 375°F.

Shape dough into walnut-size balls; dip one side of each ball into granulated sugar.

Place balls 3″ apart, with sugar sides up, on greased cookie sheet.

Sprinkle each cookie with 2 or 3 drops of water.

Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until done. If desired, flatten balls before baking. Makes 4 to 5 dozen.

Darlene’s Tips: There is no need to flatten the cookies before baking. For best results line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Start checking these cookies after 8min, when they crack and are lightly browned on the bottom, they are ready.

I love collecting antiques, especially kitchen utensils and gadgets. When I first came across this egg beater I didn’t know what it was. Then one day I found it in an old Eaton’s catalogue from 1901. The listing reads: Surprise egg beater 2 cents or better quality 5 cents.


Darlene Jardine has worked as a chef most of her life and used to operate Darlene’s Tea House in Blackville. She has since turned it into a quaint cottage for rent in the summer. www.DarlenesCountryCottage.com

Open House at the Cottage

FB-event-pic_Open-House-2018Open House at Darlene’s Country Cottage – we’re ready to accept guests for the summer! There will be a yard sale, a table of vintage items, and a display of hand-made quilts, which are also for sale. Coffee and tea will be served (in china cups of course) along with some fresh-baked cookies. Enter in a draw to win a one night stay at the cottage!

Saturday June 16th, 9am to 2pm. 186 Barnettville Rd, off route 8 in Blackville. Tel: 843-7878

Formerly Darlene’s Tea House, the building has been renovated to include 3 bedrooms. The cottage was built in 1896 and it used to be an old general store. The original hardwood floors and walls are still in place from that time and they hold a lot of history from the days when patrons would come to buy molasses and ginger ale for a nickel. The vintage feeling of the building is accentuated by antique furniture and rustic décor throughout.

Memories of the Old Store

The old general store in Barnettville that became Darlene's Tea House and is now part of Darlene's Vintage Cottage.

The old general store in Barnettville, NB that became Darlene’s Tea House and is now part of Darlene’s Vintage Cottage.

By Franklin & Lorraine Lebans, Barnettville

In the early years when Mr. & Mrs. British Nathaniel Underhill were running the store, they would order a puncheon of molasses, a barrel of vinegar, one of salt pork, one of corned beef and salt herring. There would be kendals of cod fish, wooden boxes of smoked digbies (digby cod), raisins and dates as well as dried apples and prunes. They also ordered 50 lb. Bags of coarse salt, 100 lb. Bags of white sugar and brown sugar, bags of oatmeal, corn meal, beans and oats (for horses).

The Underhill family in front of their store.

The Underhill family in front of their store.

All of these items would be sent up from Newcastle on the freight train, which made a trip to Fredericton every second day. There was a train siding close by their house and store, which made it very convenient for their supplies to be delivered.

They had practically everything in their store. Mrs. B.N. had a glass showcase with needles, thread, yarn, etc. She also carried yards of pretty cotton print for making aprons. In the showcase also were straight pins, hairpins and hairnets. She said no woman had the right to cook or make butter without having a hair net over her hair. She had all the items necessary for daily living in those days including yeast cakes, oil lamps, toilet soap and talcum powder.

Each family could get their supplies and pay for them at the end of the month. She kept a record of each item in a big “Bear” scribbler and it was always 100% correct. Included among their supplies were scribblers, pencils and slates as the school was close by.

An exciting thing for the children were big red suckers that sold for 1¢ each, also chewing gum which was often referred to as “boughten gum” (as opposed to spruce gum from the trees). All the various varieties of tobacco were available also as well as nails and rabbit wire at 5¢ a roll.

The old store transformed into a Tea House.

The old store transformed into a Tea House.

45-gallon drums of kerosene for oil lamps were sent down from Swims in Doaktown on the freight train’s return trip to Newcastle from Fredericton. Later on in years they carried soft drinks, root beer, ginger ale and lime rickey which sold for 5¢ a bottle.


The old store has been well cared for over the years.

They owned a lovely Guernsey cow named Bess that would come to the fence near the house each time to be milked. Mrs. B.N. milked her and made marvellous butter. She was a nice salesperson, a terrific worker and a great neighbour.

Mr. and Mrs. B.N. owned a Plymouth car for years but it always looked the same because of their loving care of it. The little store was a wonderful place to gather in the evenings to swap yarns and gather the current news. There were more logs hauled and more horses traded there than any place in the county. This all occurred in the building which later became Darlene’s Tea House.

Darlene's Vintage Cottage - dining room

The dining and living room still have the original hardwood walls and floors from the old store.

Update: The Old Store in the story above has gone through several transitions through the years. It was purchased by Darlene Jardine and moved down the Barnettville Road where it became Darlene’s Tea House. Darlene built a section onto it to add more dining space for the Tea House. Now that the Tea House is closed, that section has been turned into bedrooms and the building has once again been reborn – this time as Darlene’s Vintage Cottage.

For more information about the cottage, visit www.darlenesvintagecottage.com.

Darlene's Vintage Cottage

An addition was later built onto the building which now serves as bedrooms for the cottage.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

blueberry-muffinsBlueberry Oatmeal Muffins

“Blueberries are one of my favourite ingredients to cook with and I love making blueberry pie, jam and muffins. I pick blueberries every summer and freeze them so I always have some on hand.“

Makes 10 to 12 muffins

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
¼ cup melted butter or margarine
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

-Combine oats and buttermilk in a medium mixing bowl and let stand.
-Combine the first five dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir well.
-Add the eggs and melted margarine to the oat mixture and mix well. Add this to the dry ingredients stirring just until moistened. Do not over-mix!
-Gently fold in the blueberries.
-Line or grease 10 to 12 muffin cups and fill 2/3 full with the mixture.
-Bake at 375 F (190 C) for 20 to 25 minutes until the top springs back when lightly touched.

Tip: Buttermilk Substitute
You can sour regular milk to use in place of buttermilk. Put 1 tbsp of lemon juice in a 1 cup measuring cup. Add milk to make 1 cup. Let stand for 5 min, then stir and use in recipe.

When a recipe calls for folding in an ingredient it is to prevent the batter from becoming over mixed which can result in a tough muffin. To fold, sprinkle the blueberries over the batter. Next, cut down through the centre of the batter with a rubber spatula. Draw the spatula across the bottom and up the side of the bowl, folding the batter over the blueberries. Give the bowl a quarter turn and do it again. Repeat just until the blueberries are distributed through the batter.

darleneDarlene has had a passion for cooking her whole life. She has worked in the restaurant industry for many years including owning her own restaurant, Darlene’s Tea House in Blackville. She currently has renovated the Tea House into a rustic cottage getaway, for rent to guests in the summer (www.DarlenesVintageCottage.com). In her spare time she volunteers at the Greater Blackville Resource Centre. She may be reached at 506-843-7878.