Harvest Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale

Harvest Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale

Saturday, October 6th, 2018 – 9am to 2pm

Darlene’s Country Cottage

186 Barnettville Rd, Blackville

Join us at the Country Cottage for our annual Harvest event.  This year we’ll be serving a Pancakes & Sausage Breakfast from 9am to 2pm, on Saturday October 6th.  Choose from Blueberry, Apple or Pumpkin pancakes with sausages, tea or coffee for $12.

In the Bake Sale we have – Assorted pies, Darlene’s home-made bread, fresh made donuts, and a variety of pickles & preserves.

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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.

Crinkles

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.

Thanksgiving Brunch and Pie Sale

We are getting ready for the brunch and pie sale tomorrow, Oct.7th, 2017. Potatoes are being peeled for pan-fries, pies are cooking, beans are baking in molasses, and the teacups are set out… We are ready for you!

The brunch plate is a great value, for only $12 you get a big dinner sausage, egg with hollandaise, baked beans, pan fries, meat roll, “Miramichi” muffin, blueberry or cranberry scone, and tea or coffee. There are also pies for sale (apple, blueberry and pumpkin), jams and preserves, knitting and fall crafts. See you tomorrow 9am to 2pm, 186 Barnettville Rd, Blackville NB.

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.

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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.

Bake Sale & Brunch Featuring Shredded Wheat Bread

Darlene has been busy in the kitchen! She has an assortment of pies made, blueberry pie, strawberry rhubarb, apple, and lemon pies with the filling made from scratch, and raisin pies (not canned!). There are also containers of baked beans, biscuits, molasses cookies, banana bread and shredded wheat bread. Shredded wheat bread was always a favourite at the Tea House, now you can pick up a loaf to enjoy at home!

The Brunch Plate has grown and now includes: poached egg, sausage, pancake blueberry or plain, toast, a bran muffin, pan fries and tea & coffee – $8.

shredded-wheat-bread