“Driving” Lessons from Dad and Grandpa

daughter and father with carWith Father’s Day approaching, many of us are thinking about family. I, in particular, am thinking about two people: my dad and my late grandpa.

Growing up, I was always around family and cars. My dad owns an automotive repair shop (first started by my grandpa when he was eighteen), and it’s here where many of my childhood memories took place. Continue reading

4 Ways to Make Better Butter

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Go beyond the basics with these easy butter making tips. (Read on to find out how to make molded butter, like pictured above. Photo by Elizabeth Geiser.)

Editor’s Note: June is National Dairy Month, so in celebration, we’ve asked local homesteader and butter expert Karen Geiser to give us tips for making better butter. So, get ready to churn – it’s going to be delicious!

If you come by the Lehman’s store on a Thursday, you likely have seen my son and me churning butter. It is amazing how many butter stories I hear each week, from reminiscing about churning with grandma to folks who do it on an industrial scale. The grandpas often comment to my 10-year-old son, “When I was your age, that was my job” while others jokingly remind me, “Honey, you know they sell butter in the store these days.” Besides being a great conversation starter during my demos and giving our arms a nice workout, making fresh butter for my family is definitely an act of love and we savor the taste and nutrition from our fresh butter. Continue reading

10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

children with flagsMemorial Day is a time set aside to remember those that have fought and lost their lives in the US military. This day holds a lot of meaning in a lot of people’s hearts. Remembering and honoring these soldiers is very important because they have given the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect us. Americans nationwide do this by spending the day off work, and with family, on the fourth Monday in May. Continue reading

A Mother’s Lament

holding handsAs a daughter I often wondered why my mother did things the way she did…was she just trying to torture me? Or was there a method to her madness? Now that I am a mother myself, I understand why Moms do the things they do. Continue reading

Sugarmaking Makes A Lot More Than Syrup

Michelle and her family

Photo by Ayden Carpenter

When my husband drilled his first a hole in the bark of a maple outside my kitchen window, I thought he was kinda crazy. Surely, I figured, there wouldn’t be too much value in collecting tree sap, drop by drop, and making a little syrup. And, honestly, I didn’t think he’d be very successful, but I just watched him do his thing and figured if nothing else it’d be a learning experience. Continue reading

Outdoor Winter Fun: 8 Ways to Enjoy the Snowy Season

building a snowmanIf you’re like me, you might find it hard get motivated and get outside in the cold winter months. With the cozy couches and warm blankets inside, why would we want to venture out into the cold and windy winter weather? It can be awfully tempting to spend our free time huddled up indoors during the cold months, but when we do so, we miss out on so much fun and excitement that winter brings. Continue reading

Snow Days Bring Baking Memories

ready to bakeEditor’s Note: Today’s guest blogger is Amy, the Kitchen Category Manager at Lehman’s retail store in Kidron. Like for many of around here, baking is a cherished tradition in her family, so today she’s sharing her fond memories of making doughnuts with her children (pictured above).

Cooking and baking in a big family takes its toll on a mom, so at an early age, the Murray Wright kids learned to spend some serious time in the kitchen. From making lemon bars to cinnamon rolls to canning applesauce, those kids learned to cook, bake and put up garden produce. Continue reading

Breakfast Casserole Welcomes Holiday Company

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The smell of melting cheese and browned sausage wakes up the company at our house. Our family has a tradition of enjoying this breakfast whenever we have overnight guests, especially over the holidays, usually on Christmas morning. Continue reading

The Delicious Tradition of Fondue

cheese fondueEditor’s Note: Fondue is a fond holiday tradition of the Lehman family, so today we’re sharing the yummy goodness with you! Keep reading to find two great fondue recipes, perfect for your holiday get-togethers.

When I was a young bride – receiving a fondue set as a bridal gift was as common as receiving a toaster. Having fondue parties were all the rage – then fondue faded from the spotlight. Fondue is now making a delicious comeback. Enjoyed with today’s artisan breads, cheeses and year-round availability of fresh fruits, it is a perfect time for fondue to be popular again. Continue reading

Backpacking For Beginners: Part Two

group photo on the trailEditor’s Note: Jennie from Lehman’s recently went on her first backpacking trip ever. Today she’s sharing with us her adventure. If you missed part one (her preparation for the trip), you can check it out here.

I successfully made it to the other side of the trail! I’m tired, a little sore, and am sporting an impressive collection of mosquito bites, but this backpacking trip was one of the most refreshing things I’ve done in a long time. I never thought I would be the type of person to classify climbing uphill through poorly marked woods for 4 straight hours, sweating more than I thought humanly possible, and getting bitten by mosquitos through my clothing as fun. But I suppose stranger things have happened and so here we are: backpacking was FUN! Continue reading