Real Food, Real Life: City Girl Churns Butter

Alison and her husband Jacob.

Alison and her husband Jacob.

This might be the coolest blog post I’ve written in a long time, if not ever. It’s all about the magical, real essence of butter. Continue reading

Pick Up The Christmas Pickle Tradition

Christmas Pickle ornament

Now’s the time for a new tradition! See Christmas Pickles at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

For many, the holidays are all about traditions in the family and as the Christmas season approaches I’m reminded of one special tradition in my own family.

My father takes tremendous pride in decorating our Christmas tree. We love to help him pick out the ornaments and he places them in their specific spot on the tree. We often joke about how meticulous he is about decorating and it’s a special time for the family to be together, even now that I’m married and living away from home Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Honey Infusions

Five varieties, all minimally processed in the heart of Amish Country. In stock now at Lehmans.com or Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio.

Tonn’s honey: five varieties, all minimally processed in the heart of Amish Country. In stock now at Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

Around this neck of the woods, honey is a big deal. With so many local beekeepers close to Lehman’s retail store in Kidron, Ohio, we tend to be very particular about our honey. So when I came across a cooking class that was teaching interesting ways to include honey in your cooking, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. Continue reading

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Answer to New Cook’s Prayers

Quinoa

As a newlywed, I have been attempting to cook more often for my husband. I try to create unique, healthy and flavorful dishes and it’s been quite the adventure. There have definitely been more valleys than peaks, burnt suppers and tears. I was becoming very frustrated and thought about giving up. Continue reading

Backstage At Lehman’s: Jammin’ with Jay

“The Grasshopper”, parked beneath the sign at the entrance to Lehman’s retail store parking lot in Kidron.

Our latest video here at Lehman’s is an ‘Auto-Tune’ style video, which is something completely different for us–we hope you like it as much as we do! (Check out pbs.org and their videos of Mr. Rogers, Julia Child and Bob Ross. Those are the ones that inspired us!)

Here in the Marketing and Production Department, we watched the PBS videos with great interest. And we thought to ourselves,Hey, we can do that! So we did.

Luckily, we had the cooperation of our founder, Jay Lehman. He’s always game to try something new, especially when he is talking about Lehman’s. Planning for the video was a fairly simple process. It didn’t take too long to actually get the script to paper but some thought when into it because I wanted it to include different things I have heard Dad say, said Glenda Lehman Ervin, Vice-President of Marketing for Lehman’s, and Jay’s daughter.

A very young Jay Lehman–this photo appears in the “My Name Is Jay Lehman” video.

There’s so much archived video footage of our store, so we knew that we had enough material. We thought it might appeal to all sorts of folks, and give a different perspective of life here at Lehman’s. Although we’re serious about providing the best to you, our customers, we’re always ready to have a little fun.

Jay is a great sport and is always interested in reaching out in any way possible. While filming, Jay really enjoyed himself. You can tell–he’s very relaxed on camera. The entire process ran smoothly. We filmed Jay as he talked about different products from all over the Kidron retail store: the stove department, housewares, the garden room and even the toy room!

Jay today, during the video filming.

Once our audio consultant edited the video and sent it back to us, our marketing-web-creative team in the office reviewed it, and made some final editing decisions. After those final tweaks, “My Name Is Jay Lehman” was ready to be released. The overall experience was a blast! I hope everyone enjoys this very fun take on Lehman’s.

Summer Pizza 2: Grill Up A Cheeseburger…Pizza!

Every year when the weather begins to warm up and the evenings aren’t so dim, I get the urge to cook everything on the grill. But this year, I decided I wanted to look for new and creative ideas for grilling. I began to think of all the foods I love and then it hit me! Why not try pizza, my favorite food of all? It’s definitely a unique approach to grilling and I’m always up for a good challenge. The great thing about pizza is that there are so many different ways to create a great tasting meal catered to each individual’s taste buds. I began to think about what kind of pizza I’d like to make and of course, it had to include a lot of cheese. Continue reading

Using a Wash Line to Dry Clothes Won’t Leave You Hanging

At one time in the not-too-distant past, the sight of lines strung with freshly washed laundry flapping in the air were a common sight to passersby. Unless traveling the countryside populated with the Amish, that sigh is increasingly rare today. At some point, the joys of laundry dried in the fresh air gave way to the convenience of indoor electric clothes driers.
The first dryer was actually invented way back in 1799 by Pochan, a French inventor. The ingenious contraption required clothes to be placed inside a crank-operated container that was punched with holes. The container was suspended over a fire, and if the ‘ventilator,’ as it was called, was cranked correctly, the clothes came out dry. When used incorrectly, the clothes burned. By 1909, hand cranked dryers spun clothes to help dry clothing quicker, and by 1920, electric dryers first emerged on the scene. Suddenly, anyone with electricity could cut their time invested in laundry day chores significantly.
Such was progress. But was it, really? According to www.laundrylist.com’s Project Laundry List, April 19 is designated as National Hanging Out Day. “For many people, hanging out clothes is therapeutic work. It is the only time during the week that some folks can slow down to feel the wind and listen to the birds,” states site organizers, who also point out that the average American uses more energy running their electric clothes dryer than the average African uses in total for an entire year.

Hanging clothes to dry is a great way to conserve energy, thereby preserving the environment and helping to cut down on pollution. Six percent of the average household’s electric bill is from running an electric clothes dryer (77 percent of homes have electric dryers, while the others have gas or propane fueled ones). Eighty percent of American homes have dryers, while less than four percent of Italian houses own them. Supporters point out that sun dried laundry has the benefit of having sunlight bleach disinfect naturally, as well as providing exposure to the sunlight for the person hanging it. There is also a degree of positive exercise in the healthy work that this moderate physical activity provides. During wet and cold months, indoor racks can be substituted, and they actually help to restore needed humidity to the dry air.
Electric clothes dryer fires are responsible for about $194 million in damages each year. Hanging clothes to dry on a clothesline, however, means you can hang them and forget about them for awhile. You can leave without making sure an electrical appliance is turned off. They can also add heat, particularly in southern climates where homeowners struggle to keep their homes cool during hot, humid months.

Many do not realize that clothes that are air dried last longer and retain their original characteristics much better than if they were dried in a clothes dryer. Check out the lint in the lint catcher to see this effect for yourself. In the U.S., 23.8 billion pounds of clothing and textiles end up in landfills, often because they are past their useful life, a number that could be reduced by stringing clotheslines.

Laundrylist.com highlights these savings, noting that if all Americans who currently do not use a clothesline started to one for 10 months of the year, we could avoid 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually.

Probably the most pleasant reason that most people find for hanging out their laundry is the wonderful, pleasant scent that air dried laundry brings back into the home.
“I love to hang out my bed sheets, because they smell so fresh,” said Kathy, a clothesline fan. “I am convinced that we all sleep better on air dried sheets.”
Try it yourself. A simple clothesline, strung across the backyard, just might change your life for the better.

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Around the House: Making your space a better place! By Jennifer Kneuss. Spring 2012 edition of Graphic Publications.

Old to New

At Lehman’s, we love finding new and exciting ways to recycle old things into new. Recently, one of our crafty customer service representatives, Desi, took on a refurbishing project that could not have been more perfect timing, considering Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22nd. The project consisted of stripping down an old church pew, found through Ebay, and refinishing it to look brand new. The staff was thrilled to have the new seating addition in our lobby to welcome guests.

If you’re thinking of purchasing new furniture for your home, we encourage you to check out used furniture stores, garage sales, or even the internet first. A project like refurbishing might take some tender loving care, but we’re certain you’ll take pride in your like-new and unique piece of furniture.

Before

After (in Lehman’s lobby)

13 Tips for Comfortable Country Living

  1. Steaming is an easy, practical, and economical way to cook vegetables. No other method preserves the flavor, color, and texture of fresh or frozen vegetables quite so well. Try it with your spring vegetable harvest. You’ll love the tastes and textures.
  2. Herbs should be harvested when their essential oils are at the highest level, usually right before flowering or bolting time (when Continue reading