Our Employee Christmas Wish List

It’s getting to be that time of year here at Lehman’s–we’re finalizing Christmas plans for our online and Kidron retail stores. I hear a lot of “Oh, I’d love to have one of those!” when a certain product is discussed, or is being tested. Some of us dream big, and others are more practical. Check out these wish lists…I’m sure you’ll find a kindred spirit.

Odor-Free Compost Pail.

Shonda Miller, HR Assistant
One thing on my running list…The Odor-Free Compost Pail. We go through a lot of kitchen scraps at home, and this is nice because it doesn’t require daily disposal. On my dream list: The Memphis Pro Wood Fire Grill. I would love, love, love to have one! Brisket, pizza, or steak on a wood-fired grill? Yummy.


Sarah Nussbaum, Direct Sales/Catalog
I want a BUGGY ROBE! I have been eyeing these for years, because I

Robe is reversible and warm!

would love to get one for my dear mother-in-law. She is always cold. I’d never gotten to see or feel one up close until we brought one into the office to examine it. (Honestly, I need two: one for her, and one for me!) They are so plush, luxurious and soft that I can believe they would keep one toasty while riding in a buggy or horse-drawn wagon during the winter. They’ll make the perfect snuggly lap robes for wintertime movie watching, reading or just relaxing at home. They’d be great to take to frigid sporting events, too.

Kristina Smucker, Customer Service
I would like the Kristin Candles(especially the Sandalwood scent!)

Greg Wood, Direct Sales/Web
I would like a lifetime supply of coal because I need to feed my beloved Hitzer coal stove all year. I really love the Aladdin lamps too. We use well water at home, and I would like to use a Berkey to filter our drinking water. I would love to find out how nice those Rockford red heel socks (AKA ‘sock monkey’ socks) are too. I am planning on getting my wife a buggy robe  for outdoor soccer games. She really likes Uncle Harry’s All-Natural Tooth Powder too. I would like to get her a sleigh full of that.

Our Best Butter Churn has an easy-to-clean glass jar base.

Nancy Menotti, HR Director
A Reproduction Steamer Trunk, to store our wood stove accessories: matches, glass cleaner, kindling and so on. I’d also like a Cypress Potting Table.

Celesta Yoder, Customer Service
I would love a Lehman’s Best Butter Churn!

Amy Mast, Customer Service
I have a real ‘thing’ about keeping the laundry caught up. I’d love to have a Large Lehman’s Best Floor Dryer and a Lightweight Laundry Cart.

Diane Hostetler, Direct Sales/Graphic Artist
I’ve just moved into what was my grandfather’s house, so I have quite the wish list:
Efel S33 Wood Stove
Efel S33 Wood Stove Remote Kit
Lehman’s Best 15-1/2 qt. Pressure Cooker/Canner
Roma Food Mill
Cherry Steamer Trunk
Amish-Crafted Maple Work Table
Cypress Hanging Porch Swing, Rocking Chair and Potting Table
RazorCut Premium 38 Reel Lawn Mower
Lots of gardening supplies

Once I read over everyone’s lists, I realized my list covers both practicalities and “big dreams.” For instance, I need a Post Popper, to tidy up the old dog run. And the Amish-Crafted Maple Work Table would be perfect in my kitchen. I suppose in about 8 weeks, we’ll all see if our dreams come true!

Karen Johnson
Web Copywriter


The “Real Toy” List for 2011

Many of the big-box stores have already come out with their top toy lists. In late September, Toys R Us lead the pack with theirs, and more are coming out every day. And I’ve noticed something about these toys–they need stuff. Accessories, batteries, booster packs: the list goes on.

How about a toy that only needs your child’s imagination?

Handmade glass marbles

You can find 'this many' marbles in our Kidron retail store!

Lehman’s has you covered there. Our traditional toys have been loved by children for generations. I’m betting you’ll see things you had as a child on Lehman’s Top Ten Toy list.

1. Wooden Marble Track
2. Dutch Blitz
3. Multi-wood Three Piece Train
4. Barnyard Friends Plush Set
5. Carrom Cues (because the game boards last forever!)
6. Replacement Carrom 20 Piece Play Package (see above)
7. Classic Wooden Stacking Rings
8. Miniature Cast Iron Wood Cookstove
9. Button and String Toy
10. Genuine Glass Marbles

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing gift wishes from many of our employees. And there’s more seasonal fun planned. Stay tuned!

Karen Johnson
Web Copywriter


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Popcorn Love

Mmm, popcornIn my family, we love popcorn. When I was younger we had an electric popper and grew our own popcorn.  As my brother and I grew up mom and dad moved to the bagged stuff.  It was easier and more convenient.

Evenings at my parents’ house used to start with the opening of plastic wrap from a bag of popcorn and starting the microwave.  That all changed soon after I started working at Lehman’s.

In 2006, I asked my mom what I should get for my dad’s birthday. She told me recently he had been trying to pop popcorn in a saucepan on the stove and wondered if I could remedy that.  She didn’t like the thought of having popcorn all over her kitchen while dad struggled to keep it in the pan and stir.  I then purchased a Whirley Pop and all sorts of popcorn with it. I also added some Ladyfinger popcorn because he had recently said he liked that kind. Continue reading

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Homemade Venison Jerky

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to deer hunting season again! I can’t wait to get my hands on some fresh venison. Though I’m still trying to acquire a taste for deer roasts and stews, I absolutely love deer jerky.

If you’ve never made it, you have to give it a try. It’s super easy, and with this recipe, the taste is better than anything you’ll ever buy at the store. Here is the recipe I use:

Venison Jerky

1 lb venison (fat and skin removed)
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon A-1 Steak Sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup soy sauce Continue reading

Lowering the Boom on Winter

With winter fast approaching we need to make like the squirrels and the bears to prepare.

We all want to be warm, but we also want to reduce our carbon footprint. One of the best ways of maintaining both objectives is to make sure you have really snug roof and loft insulation.

While for some of you it may not be timely to do it before the first snow you can make sure that all your pipes are well-lagged. Bubble wrap can be used; but even old blankets or rags can be put into service as an improvisation.

By law in Ireland we have to have our propane gas cylinder that we use for our cook stove outside of the house. It suddenly occurred to me that the insulating jackets that we use around our hot water cylinder could be used to wrap it up. So now our gas cylinder is going to get the Michelin Man fashion makeover for winter. This may reduce the number of icy mornings that we pick our way out to lay hot water over the cap to thaw it out before we can make breakfast. Continue reading

Backstage at Lehman’s

“Wow. I bet you get to play with all the cool stuff first.” Everyone that works at Lehman’s hears this from folks when we tell them where we work.

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It all depends on the product, really. This Monday, though, we got the Christmas kaleidoscopes in, and everyone had to try them out. They were floating all over the first floor, not just the creative department.

There are traditional cardboard ones (that’s what Shonda, on the left, has), and then this really cool one that has metallic moons, stars, blue sand and white sand suspended in a tube of glycerin. When you look through the eyepiece, it’s like looking at sunlight reflecting on water.

That’s what Greg has, on the right in the picture above, and what Pearl’s looking at the picture here. (If you’ve called about a gas refrigerator or freezer, you’ve talked to Pearl.)

So, sure. We do get to play with the cool stuff first. And this time of year, I think we’re all kids at heart!

A Place in the Country, Part II: The Wood Cookstove

Keeping warm on top of the Pioneer Maid

Keeping warm on top of the Pioneer Maid

“Are you sure you know what you’re doing?”

My friend Curt looked at me across the cookstove, with concern in his eyes. He has more experience with cookstoves than I do.

“Of course not,” I thought. “A few months ago, I still lived in a city neighborhood, cooked on a gas stove, and never dreamed I’d be using cast iron cookware and fire to make dinner. I have no idea what I’m doing.”

“No,” I said.

“I wondered, because that’s the hottest part of the stove, and if you let the chili simmer there, it can burn faster than you’d think. That cast iron can get pretty warm.” I moved the chili pot nearer to the right side of the stovetop, which is cooler.

Eventually, things turned out—the chili wasn’t burned, and my husband and I had a nice dinner with our very patient friends. Continue reading

Two Cozy Fall Meals in One: Lamb Stew and Shepherd’s Pie

The calendar says Fall is here. The weather agrees: we’re experiencing cool nights and the turning of the leaves beginning in the Northeast.  Here in the mountains of North Carolina, our precious gardens are starting to die back.  There is a crisp bite in the morning air and the trace of fireplace smoke adrift.

This is a season of changes.  Bountiful fruits and vegetables turn into rows of gleaming mason jars full of bounty put up for  our winter health and enjoyment.

Warm, luscious suppers are taking the place of salads and cold food.  This is still a busy time, and making meals easier to prepare makes them that much easier to enjoy. Cooking nice, warm, hearty suppers doesn’t mean extra work.  Look for recipes that you can cook once and make a second meal of from your hard work.

Meal One:

Lamb Stew
2 pounds lamb cubes* (inexpensive cut works best)
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons oil Continue reading

Putting The Garden to Bed for Winter

It’s important to state your personal tastes at the outset. I don’t believe in a tidy garden. I consider its general mussyness a sacred principle.

A productive garden is the goal, but I am of the stout opinion that country gardens should not be formal. Only aristocrats who could afford Capability Brown have formal gardens beside country houses; oddly, this 18th-century landscape architect affected and influenced the surrounding English countryside, giving it a rather manicured look.

For me, I like the wildish rough beauty in nature in my area of Ireland. Our garden reflects that ethos, so when we begin to put the garden to bed in autumn we adopt a rather relaxed attitude.

Frowsy has its own chic when it comes to gardening. Continue reading

Waste Not, Want Not

Bamboo Compost Pail

Bamboo Compost Pail

It’s funny how your view of food changes when you start growing and processing it yourself. Not only do you become more aware of where your food comes from, and what’s in your food (rather, what’s not in your food), but you also become more appreciative of every tiny morsel.

When you raise a hen from a hatchling, feed it, water it, protect it from predators, gather eggs from it for a couple of years, and then butcher it, you are keenly aware of the life that has been sacrificed for your nourishment. It isn’t just a hunk of meat you picked up from the refrigerator section of the grocery store- a faceless, meaningless piece of meat… it was a life, a beautiful creature, and the meat from that bird becomes almost sacred. Cherished.

Wire Egg Basket from Lehman's

Wire Egg Basket

Wasting any of it feels like a crime. You don’t take it for granted, and you truly appreciate every ounce of the life that was given.

The same goes for growing your own produce. You put a lot of time, sweat, love, and effort into those plants. When you are finally able to reap the rewards of your labor, however meager they may be, you are truly thankful and even excited about your harvest, and want to make the most of it all, letting nothing go to waste. Continue reading

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