Historical Acadian Village in Pubnico, NS

The past few summers we have went to the Historical Acadian Village. The village is run by workers that demonstrate how things were done in the old days. There is a working forge, animals, walking trails and so much more. Each time I have visited it was a totally different experience and awesome.

The Villages Contact Information
Local Phone Number: 1-902-762-2530
Toll Free Number: 1-888-381-8999

This is the entrance to the village.

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Out front of the village is a carved statue of Baron Philippe Mius d’Entremont. It was carved by my brother, James Mackay.

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The forge was going the first time during my visit, he made us a nail to take home. It was amazing to see how they were made and the man running it was so informative and friendly. There are many old tools in this shop. Ask questions they are all very knowledgeable in history. This place should be a school field trip!

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This is the chicken coop, made the old way. The branches weaved to make the outside pen, very cool and cheap chicken pen!

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Mrs. Chicken

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The beginning of a dory, the workers make this over the summer using only hand tools. The young man at this spot was also very informative. Many old tools and baskets.

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Pigs at the farm, they will eat anything including your fingers! Lol

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Salt fish drying, kids loved this..and maybe tested it. The salt fish building smells fishy but its interesting to see how they did it.

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Inside one of the houses at the village. I loved hearing about the items in the house. The ladies in the houses bake cookies in a wood burning oven and give them to visitors. They also bake the staff members lunch each day using older methods. I didn’t get a picture of the gardens, but they grow and tend vegetable gardens and use those vegetables in the meals they cook. The ladies do everything, knitting, cooking, baking, and making preserves. They are also quick to stop and talk about the older items in the house. I love the old kitchen stoves and the kitchen gadgets.

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This was one of the new places I saw this past year. The ladies were working on an entirely hand stitched quilt and they let you help and teach you how. Considering I love quilts, for me, this was awesome. The lady helping me was so patient and helpful and knowledgeable about other areas of the village. She answered many of my questions!

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This guy was weaving nets down by the wharf and talking about all the old fishery methods and tools. This guy was really interesting to talk to and kind. They also gave us a old fashioned lobster claw pin!

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Maddy feeding one of the cows at the village, I think there are 2 there.

Over all I enjoy myself every time I go. There is usually something a little different each time, I know friends have had their kids do laundry the old fashioned way, they have kite flying events, a rhubarb festival, teddy bear picnic day, scavenger hunt events and so much more.

If you can enjoy learning and nature and walking a bit…this is a great place to bring the family for a day trip. They even have a cafeteria on location for lunches and drinks and they are not insanely over priced. There is a cost to get in the village, but it’s worth it.

Admission Rates
Adult $6.00
Children $2.00
Family $14.00

Events Calendar: https://levillage.novascotia.ca/events

Rhubarb Crisp Recipe, Rhubarb Only Recipe

My dad gave me a rhubarb plant before he passed away.  I never actually cooked anything with it until today! Its grown like crazy every year, huge leafs and tons of rhubarb.

Normally I do not like rhubarb as it is way too sour. However this is the first recipe I have found that uses only rhubarb and I enjoy it more then anything else I have tried with rhubarb. Well except my grandmas rhubarb pie.

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Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Ingredients
4 heaping cups of cubed rhubarb soaked in water then drained well

Rhubarb Coating
1 cup of sugar( might try 3/4 next time)
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp of cinnamon

Topping
1 cup of flour
1 cup of brown sugar lightly packed
2/3 cup rolled oats( original called for 1/2, used a bit more so adjusted to 2/3)
1/2 cup melted butter

1. Cut and wash rhubarb into 3/4 inch pieces and let soak in water and prepare other ingredients.

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2. In an ungreased pie plate or 8×8 square pan place well drained rhubarb. Sprinkle with sugar, flour and cinnamon coating and toss with hands.

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3. Crumble topping over mixture and pat lightly. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.

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I actually preferred this over apple crisp due to the tartness!

Thanks for the rhubarb Diddie:)

Served with vanilla frozen yogurt!

My Mom is an Angel. Love you Mom.

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My mom is awesome and beautiful! Since she said she enjoys my writing, I decided to write about her to celebrate Mother’s Day. Love the picture above of mom, me and James, I think she looks like princess Diana.

My mom growing up did so much with us. She was my doctor when I decided to shove random things up my nose and got them stuck, my hair dresser with a bowl for measuring, an awesome cook, especially of kraft dinner. She was our brownie and scout leader, she volunteered at our school to serve hot lunches, taught Sunday school and most of all, my mom was and is my bestfriend.

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Our birthday parties were awesome. We played games like the toilet paper game where we raced to wrap each other up like a mummy. The caramel game where you had to unwrap a caramels with mittens on, or hot potato, all I remember is having lots of friends and family there and having FUN!  Now as I’m older I realize how much work she put into our birthdays. She stayed up late the night before and made our cakes every year too, my favorite was the train cake.

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I loved it so much! She made candy shops, dinosaurs, trucks and a barbie with a cake dress once. I realize how much hard work it was now as I made the train cake for my stepdaughter Maddy, it took hours and patience!

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Mom taught me well!

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Love this picture! Shows the popcorn strings on the tree, I remember mom teaching us to make them with cranberries too and patiently trying to get me to not eat all the popcorn. Mom was always coming up with a new craft idea or being creative. Love my funny brother wearing his ear muffs while opening presents and also in the picture,one of our favorite Christmas presents…marble works! We were always spoiled rotten at Christmas!

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Thank you for Tasha! She is like a sister to me because you babysat her so much and had her over for sleepovers. I know we got along most of the time but I was a brat maybe at times lol. Thanks for treating her like a daughter too. I am glad she was around so much as a child.

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My mom the protector is what this picture makes me think. One of my earliest memories of my mom, was also one of my scariest. Not because mom was scary but because she saved me from drowning!  I do not remember how old I was but I remember vividly sitting near the edge of the water (ocean) with mom a few steps away. I was at least 4 I think? I remember sitting with my back to the water playing in the sand and a rogue wave came and knocked me back into the water and because of the undertow I could not sit back up. I remember trying so hard and then just freaking because I realize I cannot get up no matter how hard I tired, the current was too strong. Just before I needed to take a breath in, my mom got me out of the water. Thanks for saving my life mom! 🙂

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Love this picture of Mom, Kara, Teaghan and Alex. Moms still like a big kid and I love that about her.

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This is Mom and Alex at the dollarstore playing with swords lol. Mom I love that you can do silly things like this still!

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Mom and Alex shopping, Alex standing on the cart like I remember doing often when shopping with mom.

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This is one of my favorite pictures of mom…pure joy and happiness. Some other things I remember mom doing clearly is making me barbie clothes, making play dough, teaching me how to make Ukraine easter eggs, making many different crafts, mom was always doing something with us.

My mom is kind and completely non judgemental. What you wear, look like, age, sex, race etc. my mom is kind to everyone. It does not matter who you are! I love that mom has always accepted people for who they are.

I love the piano. Many influences like Robert Mackay and my one of my best friends Lena, kept me going…but mom first pushed me, got the piano and lessons for me. I didn’t like the lessons, but to this day I still love the piano. Oh and thanks for letting me also get out of piano lessons! I didn’t like to sit still that long lol.

Thanks for teaching me some lessons as a child too. I personally think I was a great child..didn’t do anything wrong lol.

For example when I was young I remember being out back by the sandbox with Tasha having a swearing contest lol. I am guessing I won! I should have been given an award, but got punished instead. I was so stubborn I’d find a way to enjoy any punishment you gave me lol except when you gave my Christmas Santa pin to Tasha lol. That was traumatic lol. I was a bit of a brat I guess. How did you not spank me mom?? Lol.

I remember how well me and James got along at times! I would scream if James looked at me and him the same. James would line up his army men for hours and have hundreds of them lines up, then I would fall on them, or get the dog to run through them. I would line up my crayons in a box and James would knock it over…. didn’t we give each other hair cuts too? Lol I’m sure that was so much fun for you.

Oh and mom, I promise not to make you breakfast for Mothers Day this year as I remember you saying you didn’t enjoy breakfast one year for Mothers Day. Apparently me and James took flour, eggs, milk and other things out of the fridge and mixed them on the floor and cooked it directly on the stove burner. Again, how did you not beat us? Lol

Thanks for letting me express my creativity! My aunt Shirley one year got us an art set for Christmas! I can picture it clearly as I remember loving it! I am guessing you may not, lol. Me and James got up one night and decided to paint my room! We painted chairs and antique furniture and the floor, walls, ourselves? I don’t even remember getting in trouble for it lol. But hey, I am sure that night painting, contributed to part of James drawing talent today. Thanks for striping the paint off the vanity and fixing it and still letting me keep it.

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Thank you for your patience, and love and caring. I am so lucky to have a mom like you. Love you always mom! PS when I cook you supper Sunday, I promise not to prepare it on the floor:)

Old Fashioned White Bread Recipe Dense for Kitchenaid

old fashioned white bread recipe card
White Bread Recipe Hand Written Old

Old fashioned white bread recipe by my grandmother Elsie Mackay. You can tell she used this recipe very well! I have never made homemade white bread until recently and the purchase of my Kitchenaid mixer. I halved my grandmother’s recipe to make two loaves so the dough would fit in the Kitchenaid. Recipe is below for the readable and halved recipe.

Elsie Mackay Vionette and Grandchildren
Elsie Mackay Vionette

This is me, my brother and my grandmother, Elsie Mackay (Vionette) aka Grammie.

I love making bread when I have the time watching it grow or rise and nothing beats fresh bread. The best part about this recipe is that it is a moister dense bread.

White Bread Rising
White Bread Rising

Old Fashioned White Bread Recipe

To make the dough you will need:
• 1 cup of boiling water
• 1/4 cup of white sugar
• 2 tsp of salt
• 2 tbsp of shortening (like Crisco)
Mix these until the shortening melts…
• 1 tsp of sugar
• 2 cups of warm water
• 1 tbsp of yeast
Mix these 3 ingredients and let stand for 10 minutes…
The waiting times are important not to skip!
• 7-9 cups white flour
Mix all wet ingredients and add flour gradually up to 7-9 cups..until the dough doesn’t stick to your hands easily, knead for 10 minutes( I use my kitchenaid mixer)
Let the dough rise in a greased covered bowl in a warm area, when it’s doubled cut in half or quaters and then put dough in large bread pans.
Bake at 425° for 30 min

White Bread Basted Butter on Tops
White Bread Fresh out of Oven

When bread comes out I immediately baste the tops with butter.

Homemade White Bread
Turkey Sandwich on Homemade White Bread

Sandwich on fresh bread!

My next bread recipe to try is one a friend of mine posted for No Knead Dutch Oven Bread.