Homemade Holiday Gifts to Start Making Now

making breadHoliday gifts that are handmade hold a special meaning beyond what can be had by store. Though the thought of making them now, in the height of harvesting, canning and, storing may seem misplaced, it is actually the perfect time to make them. Continue reading

Simple Tips to Foster a Love for the Kitchen in Children

mom and daughters in kitchenChildren love what we love. They respond positively when we are positive, and negatively when we are negative. They flourish when they feel trusted, appreciated, and welcomed. I am working hard as a parent to foster a love of food in my child and with my nieces and nephews, which I hope will lead to a love of food preparation and kitchens, where so much of life takes place! Here are a few simple methods I use to foster and encourage a love of kitchens, and all the cooking, baking, and cleaning that happens there. Continue reading

Cold-Packed Sweet Dill Pickles: Canning Without a Pressure Canner or Jar Prep!

sweet dill pickles ready to enjoyBrie, turkey, hummus. As random as it sounds, all three of these things are pairings our family has loved to enjoy with fresh dill pickles. Continue reading

Bottle Up Summer With A Late Summer Project

late summer picnicSummer holds so much possibility, and while I might be more inclined to winter, I love how inviting the warm season feels. Now on the other side of June and July (and half way through August), it can feel like the height of summer is in the rearview. The days are shortening, and soon enough children will be filling their backpacks for the year ahead. (Or, if they are like ten-year-old me, they already have.) Hopefully you tried your hand at something new, or tackled that project you’d been thinking about all Spring. On our part, we got a heap of carrots and garlic into our big fermentation crock. And, hey, maybe you didn’t get to any of that because you were soaking up the sunshine or eating fresh peaches over the sink. That sounds pretty perfect, too. Continue reading

How to Make Dandelion Tea

dandelion teaA weed is just a plant growing somewhere you don’t want it to. Have you ever heard that? I’ve never been much of a forager….or even much for identifying more than a handful of “weeds” I’d see growing in the yard before I yanked them out and tossed them. Continue reading

Campfire Traditions: Snacks To Delight

Our CampfireThis summer has seemed full of gloomy days, however, one thing that I love about that is how it makes me all the more grateful for the sunny clear days we are blessed with. On those days, there is nothing I’d rather do in the evening than sit around the campfire with friends. Continue reading

Learn How To Make Kimchi

Homemade Kimichi

Photo by Christopher Shockey

This magical “soul food” of Korea is popular worldwide and often appears on “super food” lists for its long list of health benefits. Let’s start by answering the question, what is kimchi? Continue reading

Canning for Beginners: 10 Things To Know Before You Start

canning jars with toolsMy dear friend, Sarah, is new to the homestead life and there is a lot she wants to learn. Canning tops the list. She asked me recently what the most important things were for her to consider before she begins. I came up with this list. Continue reading

How to Make Strawberry Jam

Holding finished strawberry jam

Making homemade jam is simpler than you think.

Homemade strawberry jam has long since been a staple in the Lehman family kitchen. I grew up watching my brother eat it on toast, my dad scoop it up with crackers as a sweet dessert, and my mom prepare it from scratch. It wasn’t until recent years, however, that I joined her in the annual jam making. Continue reading

6 Tasty, Time-Saving Recipes for Easy Family Meals

Turkey Pear Salad

Turkey Pear Salad – keep reading to find the recipe below!

When a recipe states that it’s quick, easy, and delicious, my first response is typically skepticism. Quick and delicious? Sounds too good to be true. Continue reading