Breakfast Casserole Welcomes Holiday Company

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The smell of melting cheese and browned sausage wakes up the company at our house. Our family has a tradition of enjoying this breakfast whenever we have overnight guests, especially over the holidays, usually on Christmas morning. Continue reading

A Wish List for Advanced Homesteaders

diamant grain millWe hear all kinds of advice for novice homesteaders, those brave souls just venturing into the exciting world of self-sufficiency. But eventually novice homesteaders become experienced homesteaders. Through a combination of book learning and trial-and-error, people learn the intricacies of country skills and lead lives of great independence. Continue reading

The Tradition of Advent

advent candlesEditor’s Note: Happy December! As Christmas nears, we’ll be sharing with you some of our favorite holiday traditions. So cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy!

Many people have fond childhood memories of advent calendars and candles marking the days in anticipation of Christmas time. A calendar of the month of December was proudly hung in many kitchens and family rooms to share the excitement of the coming celebration. Advent begins four weeks before the week of Christmas and includes two parts: candles and the calendar. Each Sunday of Advent, a candle on a wreath is lit to mark the nearing of the holiday. In some traditions, on Christmas, the final candle in the center is lit together as a family to celebrate the holiday’s arrival. Continue reading

They’re Here! Our Top 10 New Toys

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Over a year ago, we created Eli & Mattie, a toy collection that is deeply inspired by where we live. Instead of over-complicated, mass-produced toys that barely make it past Christmas, we wanted something different, something that reminded us of the toys of yesteryear when things were built to last. Continue reading

The Delicious Tradition of Fondue

cheese fondueEditor’s Note: Fondue is a fond holiday tradition of the Lehman family, so today we’re sharing the yummy goodness with you! Keep reading to find two great fondue recipes, perfect for your holiday get-togethers.

When I was a young bride – receiving a fondue set as a bridal gift was as common as receiving a toaster. Having fondue parties were all the rage – then fondue faded from the spotlight. Fondue is now making a delicious comeback. Enjoyed with today’s artisan breads, cheeses and year-round availability of fresh fruits, it is a perfect time for fondue to be popular again. Continue reading

The Perks of Shopping Locally

Christmas in the Store

Small Business Saturday is THIS Saturday! Come visit our store in Kidron and see our beautiful Christmas decorations and displays.

Editor’s Note: In celebration of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24th), today we’re sharing with you a glimpse of the shops in our hometown (Kidron, Ohio). Enjoy!

I love needing to travel only a short distance to have a good time. Spending time and money at local shops in my area is great because it’s quick, fun, personable, and the people there know my name! I can walk into a bookstore just a five-minute drive from my apartment and they greet me personally when I walk in the door. I’m a regular at the fair-trade shop, coffee shop, and several restaurants in my neighborhood. It’s so nice to be known where I go, and to know the people that are benefiting from my purchases personally. It also feels great to know that I’m contributing to the growth and maintenance of their stores and helping to keep them going.

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A Wish List for Novice Homesteaders

digging in gardenOne of the most joyous steps you can ever take is to sign on the dotted line to purchase your new homestead, that little slice of rural paradise you’ve always wanted. And now it’s yours. Your imagination takes flight at all the things you want to accomplish: a huge garden, chickens, cows or goats, an orchard. The sky’s the limit! Continue reading

Splitting Wood By Hand

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When I have procured my firewood and get it back to the woodlot at my farm, the fun really begins. Despite their necessity in working up a truck load of firewood, I really don’t like using chainsaws. They are loud, heavy, smelly and even in the most skilled and experienced of hands, supremely dangerous. Some people enjoy revving them up and feeling powerful with that big ole saw in their hands, but not me. The saw has the juice, not the worker. However, when I have an axe in my hand and pile of wood, I know that I will be the one powering through this stuff and turning it into a nice neat stack of fuel. Continue reading

Prepare In Advance Meals For Company

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Find the recipe for easy Chicken Noodle Casserole and more below.

There are some days where there is nothing I enjoy more than planning meals and taking my time to cook the kind of meals that require hours of prep and leaves people oohing and ahhing. Sometimes, though, there just isn’t time. Thankfully, I’ve found quite a few crowd-pleasing recipes that I can whip together ahead of time and have ready in no time. Continue reading

How To Host a Vegetarian Thanksgiving

making vegetarian mealsThe holidays can be a hard time for people with restricted diets, whether they’re restricted by choice or by force. To be surrounded by piles and piles of holiday meals, treats, candies, and baked goods while trying to stay on your chosen diet plan can seem impossible. However, you can enjoy the holiday season and its deliciousness just as much with a restricted diet as with a regular one. It just takes some creativity and planning. Continue reading