Ways to Simplify Your Life – Part One

baking bread“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci, brilliant Renaissance artist

I am not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Why should there be only one day a year when you are encouraged to make a fresh start?

That said, the beginning of a new year does make me think of ways to improve myself and the world in which I take up space. Because we stand for a simpler life, allow me to share some simple living thoughts running around my already-crowded brain this January. Continue reading

Employee Spotlight: Meet Roger

Roger from Lehman's

Meet Roger. He’s just one of the many friendly folks you’ll see at our store.

Get to know the folks at Lehman’s. Each month we’re featuring a different employee and asking him or her a few quick questions. First up is Roger – he is one of the many helpful folks at our store that has a vast knowledge of many homesteading skills. Continue reading

Winter Is A Homesteader’s Time To Plan

winter gardeningWinter is a time of sleep and rest. The work is still there, and it’s not easier…in fact, it’s often harder when you’re dealing with ice and extra shelter and bedding, and worrying about animals being warm enough. (Note: They are…Mother Nature gives them a natural winter coat. It’s not uncommon to see my Great Pyrenees out in 0 degree weather lying in the snow!) Continue reading

Soup Recipes To Warm You Up

bowl of soupHappy National Soup Month! January is the perfect time to make a homemade batch of hot, hearty soup and warm up from the winter chill. Today we’re sharing with you two delicious soup recipes from Lehman’s Diamond Jubilee CookbookSo get the bowls ready – it’s going to be soup-er!
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Illuminating Tips for Non-Electric Lighting

Oil lamps at Lehman's

Oil lamps are not only a sustainable source of light, but they also provide a tranquil glow to your home.

Living simply begins with making sustainable choices, from the food you eat to the light you use. A staple in our Amish community, oil lamps and lanterns are a dependable, sustainable source of light that never need an outlet. It’s no wonder that after all these years, folks around the world still use them – from remote, off-the-grid areas to suburban power outages. Continue reading

Join Us For Our Homeschool Days And More At Our Store

homeschool days with BJLooking for fun and educational activities to do with your homeschooled children? Look no further than Lehman’s! Every Tuesday from 9:30am-11:30am, January through March, we will host homeschooled children to educate them on the basics of simpler living with hands-on activities and presentations. Continue reading

Snow Days Bring Baking Memories

ready to bakeEditor’s Note: Today’s guest blogger is Amy, the Kitchen Category Manager at Lehman’s retail store in Kidron. Like for many of around here, baking is a cherished tradition in her family, so today she’s sharing her fond memories of making doughnuts with her children (pictured above).

Cooking and baking in a big family takes its toll on a mom, so at an early age, the Murray Wright kids learned to spend some serious time in the kitchen. From making lemon bars to cinnamon rolls to canning applesauce, those kids learned to cook, bake and put up garden produce. Continue reading

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