LEAPING toward Spring…

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Happy Leap Year, everyone! We love fun holidays because they give us a chance to have fun sales. So head on over to Lehmans.com today for our Leap Year Sale – 29 great items on sale for $29 each! This special sale, like Leap Year itself, ends tonight at midnight, so don’t miss it. Click here to shop our Leap Year Sale.

A “What If” Kit for Your Vehicle

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Snow and ice storms can quickly turn even modern-day Interstate Highways into very cold parking lots. What if you skid off an icy winter road into a ditch and have to wait for help to come and tow you out? Are you ready?

My Mom always carried her “In-Case Pack” in the trunk of her car. I have carried on the tradition. My children call it “Mom’s What If Stuff”. Continue reading

The Warmest Blanket In My House

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Everyone who works with me here at Lehman’s knows that my absolute, hands-down favorite thing we sell is the Amish Buggy Robe. They’ve heard me sing its praises, rave over it and talk it up for a long, long time. They are all very much aware that I. LOVE. MY. BUGGY. ROBE. Continue reading

Hot Breakfast: Fuel for Cold Winter Mornings

“Busy” is an understatement to describe the lives we live today. But we all remember mom’s saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Why is that? It’s simple, really. We need good fuel to get our engines restarted. The time between dinner or our late night snack and breakfast is generally 8-12 hours (that’s why it’s called “break fast”). And here’s a big surprise: “Not having enough time” to make a hot breakfast is the number one reason given for not eating well in the morning.

Did you know that in the time it takes to set up your coffee maker at night, you can start a batch of slow cooker oatmeal that will be ready to dish out and enjoy when you get up? Set out bowls and spoons and voila – you’ll wake to a homemade, hot meal. Continue reading

Introducing Our New Class Series: Homemade 101!

We’re excited to introduce our brand-new, in-store class series for 2016: Homemade 101.

Ever wanted to start a vegetable garden, can vegetables and other foods, make your own candles or soap…but just didn’t know where to start? Well, look no further! We’ve gathered expert instructors to present informative, entertaining and friendly DIY classes at our store, just for you.

If you’re already familiar with these simple living skills, you’ll have the chance to “pick the brains” of our instructors, ask questions and glean the most up-to-date information on your favorite old-time skill.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming classes, and read on to learn about our first event!

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Candlemaking 101

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I’m a huge fan of candles. I love their wonderful scents and their warm glow. My bedroom shelves are filled with half-burned candles I’ve acquired over time. I always thought they seemed like an easy enough thing to make myself, but up until recently I hadn’t gotten around to actually doing it. I’m glad I did though, because despite my lack of experience, the candles turned out great! And it was a very fun activity to do with my mom.  Continue reading

Good Morning, Slow and Simple: Coffee By Hand

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In my experience, every day committed to simple and intentional living begins the same way — with a quality cup of coffee. The rest of the day seems to flow forth more smoothly after that. Perhaps it’s the caffeine, but I tend to believe it is more than that. I believe it is the whole process—the slow ritual—that has the power to get your day off to the right start. Continue reading

Seed Starting Tips and Tricks

Our wooden potmaker turns newspapers into perfectly sized and shaped, 100% bildegradeable seedling pots you can plant right in the ground. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Our wooden potmaker turns newspapers into perfectly sized and shaped, 100% bildegradeable seedling pots you can plant right in the ground. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

The snow lies deep in the back pasture. The wind whines sharply between the branches of the pine trees and the days remain painfully short. But still, something is happening. I can see it in the changed slant of sun’s rays at 4:00. The chicks I hatched last spring are laying pullet eggs and the year-old Buff Orpingtons are gifting us with huge, double yolkers. Wood piles are shrinking and there is tubing snaking through the maple bush waiting for the first run of sap that will be boiled into syrup.

This is a busy time of year for us, outdone only by harvest but a lot of this work is done in the dreaming. What should I plant and when and where? I will confess that I am always too early. My impatience for something crisp and green outweighs my good sense.
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I Was ‘Barn’ to Love You: Rustic Wedding Decor

Barn Wedding_17 RGB.jpg550x350An old-fashioned hardware as a source for wedding supplies? That seems as ironic as a wedding in a barn. Yet, “barn weddings” have become the rustic venue of choice for country and hipster couples alike as they re-envision this humble structure into a stunning new space for their big day.
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A Homemade Valentine: Cast Iron Skillet Peanut Brittle

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I never really cared much for peanut brittle — that is, until an older gentleman introduced me to a recipe handed down to him long ago.  He said he enjoyed making it at deer camp each year, and brought a batch to share at our workplace too.  It was amazing!  Crispy and delicious, it melts in your mouth, with nothing sticking to your teeth.  Only 5 ingredients: peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, salt, and baking soda.  The real secret though, according to him, is using a cast iron skillet and a wooden spoon. Continue reading