Party Recipes

Are you planning a New Year’s Eve party or just a family get together over the holiday weekend? Here is an old favorite recipe – Party Mix and one with a new twist – Barbecue Party Mix – it’s really good, you need to try it! I use my Roaster with Granny Speckles to make both of these recipes. Did you think the only use for a roaster is for your Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham – think again. Enjoy!

Large Enamelware Roaster

Large Enamelware Roaster

Original Party Mix
Ingredients:
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3 cups corn cereal
3 cups rice cereal
3 cups wheat cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup bite-size pretzels
1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch piece Continue reading

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Cleveland Newspaper Article – Plain Dealer

One of Cleveland’s newspapers, The Plain Dealer, recently featured an article about Lehman’s.

The article features an interview with Galen Lehman, Glenda Lehman Ervin and Jay Lehman as well as a glimpse into the workshop and work of Eli Miller (Lehman’s Craftsman) and Chuck Kirkpatrick.

Galen, Glenda, and Jay talk a bit about preserving quality American-made products, while focusing on Eli and Chuck’s role in Lehman’s efforts to continue to supply Historical Technology. Eli and Chuck work hard to manufacture and assemble some of our most historical and popular products that are still very useful today. Such Eli/Chuck exclusives include:

Reading 78 Apple PeelerLehman's Butter ChurnLehman's Best Grain Mill
Old-Style Bucksaw
Old-Fashioned Corn PlanterThe Froe

Also mentioned in the piece is a bit of Lehman’s history including the oil embargo and Y2K that are prominent chapters in our long proud story. There is even an audio interview.

And the winners are…

As part of our grand opening celebration in July, we had six wonderful prizes in our store. Customers were encouraged to register to win one (or all) of these prizes. Galen got to draw the winners’ names, which was fun. But I got the best job! I contacted each of the winners, and arranged delivery for the prizes. It is always a wonderful experience to speak with customers, but chatting with folks from across the country, who remember their trip to Lehman’s with fondness, was a real treat. Do you feel lucky?

One woman told me how her trip to Lehman’s was a tribute to her grandmother, who had recently passed away. Receiving her prize was a bright spot in the first holiday without her beloved grandmother.

Another mentioned he had family in the area and never missed a chance to stop by Lehman’s on his way through Ohio. We received thousands of entries, and some included requests for the catalog and/or to be added to our e-mail list. If you were one of these folks, you should be receiving information from us shortly.

Each prize was worth over $250 and included an electric skillet; cherry rocking horse; copper kettle; collector’s set of Case knives; limited edition oil lamp; and retro stand-up radio. Winners were from Florida, Ohio, Tennesee and Pennsylvania. Vist our web site, or watch for our next e-mail newsletter, for more information on our winners. Although I want you to know — every Lehman’s customer is a winner in my book.

Here is the Prize Winners Announcement.

Have a blessed holiday and a safe new year!

Working like crazy!

Sonya of Conway, AR: If you’re reading this post, here’s a photo of my son, Matthew, getting your order ready for packing.

This is the time of year when we pull out all the stops. Most of our business happens near the end of the year, partly because of Christmas and partly because we sell so many cold weather items. Examples include woodstoves to keep the cold outside where it belongs, oil lamps for dark winter nights, snowshoes from the Huron Indians and “Yak Trax” to keep you on your feet when it’s icy.

And, just as we’ve been for 52 years, it’s still a family affair. When I first started working at Lehman’s, I was still in high school. One of my first jobs was to prep and pack food strainers. Check out my personal review of these strainers if you want to learn more about them.

This year, my high school age son, Matthew, joined us help pack orders. This makes the fourth generation of the Lehman family to work here. (Although my Dad, Jay, started the store, his first employee was my grandfather, Ezra.)

I hate to admit it, but Matthew probably works harder and smarter than I did at that age. (Hopefully, he’s not reading this post or I’ll have to take a ribbing later.)

Of Bartering and Buggies

Buggy by an Amish Barn

Buggy by an Amish Barn

One of my favorite things I enjoy about living in Kidron, Ohio is the Amish. My husband has family here but I grew up maybe 20 miles north. 20 miles doesn’t sound like much in distance but as far as culture it is worlds apart. I lived on a farm so the rural lifestyle is not new to me. What was new were the Amish and in particular having Amish neighbors. Contrary to popular belief my experience with my Amish neighbors is they are not standoffish at all. They are quite friendly and quite talkative. We meet in our shared lane or by the mail box often and chat for long stretches of time about all sorts of things. I happen to like horses so we can talk horse talk or talk about gardens, livestock or the weather. We talk about my dogs (who misbehave) and their dogs (who behave). The wife makes soap that she sells to Lehman’s so I help her by printing off soap labels on my computer. She makes a beautiful product but to label it would be difficult as you can imagine without a printer or computer. I am glad to help her with this. Last time I did she wanted to pay me for the soap labels but we decided she could just lend me their billy goat to visit with my doe instead of exchanging any money. How’s that for bartering? Not your usual exchange but it works and now with any luck I’ll have goat’s milk this spring.

I also give my Amish neighbors rides to doctor’s appointments or the bus station for the times they travel to see relatives. Continue reading

Instant potato sourdough starter

Years ago I had a recipe for a sourdough bread that used sugar, warm water, and instant potato flakes to “feed” the starter. In searching on the web for a sourdough starter, I ran across a link to countrylife.net. However, I could not find the recipe on the website. If anyone has the recipe for the starter, please respond as I would like to make some for the Christmas holiday.

southern farm(north florida)

trying to respond to southern farms ~ gafarmwoman~i live in north florida ~ we have homesteaded for some 30 years ~is a pleasure to find someone in the south~we have milk cows,feeder pigs(two,three/yr)sheepes(i spin and weave) chickens, geese, turk……you name it, we have it, probably. nice to ‘chat’ with others of similar interests~and not have folks look at you as tho from another planet. tingo

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Crunches galore and a little boo-boo

Okay, we’ve all been getting a little slap-happy around the catalog office, it being a mere 11 days until Christmas and all.  That said, this posting is both a “Rant” and a “Rave” (not necessarily in that order).

Rave first: we’ve just added a really, really neat product to our website. (Personally, I wish we would’ve had these a tad bit sooner because they would make amazing stocking stuffers. But, what can you do?)

Several weeks ago we received a mysterious box in our department, full of what sounded like wooden marbles or ball bearings or something of the like.  Continue reading

Jazz Band provides Snazz to restored Buggy Barn

Dalton Jazz BandDalton Jazz BandThursday evening (last night as I write this) we had the pleasure of hosting the Dalton High School Jazz Band in our 1830’s Buggy Barn. They played a rousing assortment of Christmas songs, from Frosty the Snowman to Jingle Bell Rock.

I had to wonder what the gentleman who built the barn in the 19th century would have thought about all the festivities. I have a feeling he would have been both pleased and honored. The event would have even surprised the Amish gentleman that sold us the buggy barn, as my brother Galen pointed out after the event.

We served free cookies and cocoa in the Cast Iron Cafe and it was lovely to see our store filled with local residents and young people, admiring the antiques on the walls and enjoying the cookies.  It was also interesting to me that, once again, we have teenagers in the store, learning about 19 century history, before they head back to their 21st century lives.  And here at Lehman’s we are able to bridge that 200-year gap using the modern tools that are available to us, like this blog.

We invited the Dalton Jazz Band to perform again and hope to have another concert in the spring.  We’ll keep you posted (pun intended).

Check out the videos we posted on www.youtube.com/lehmanshardware for more about their performance.