10 Ways To Manage Homeschooling (And Actually Enjoy It!)

homeschooling kidsWho’s suddenly finding themselves being involuntary homeschoolers?! I have some friends whose kids are already home and some who are preparing for it.

I’m here to give you some tips for being sudden homeschoolers from those of us who certainly aren’t perfect, but maybe just used to it. Here are some things that can help you in the process! Continue reading

Easter Lamb Cake, The Next Generation

decorated lamb cakeEditor’s Note: We’re so excited to share with you a heartwarming family tradition. A few years ago, Proprietor Galen Lehman shared how making a lamb cake was part of his family’s Easter celebration. Today his daughter, Lindsay, is continuing the tradition with her own daughter. Learn step-by-step how to make this cake for your family!

To say things have been abnormal this spring, would certainly be an understatement. However, with coronavirus uprooting so much of our lives’ normal patterns and routines, I find myself clinging to traditions even stronger. One of these is an Easter tradition started by my grandma—our chocolate lamb cake. Continue reading

Springtime Fun: 10 Ways to Enjoy the Season

family gardeningSpringtime has always been my absolute favorite time of year. Maybe it’s the way that spring marks the end of the long, cold season in Ohio that makes me love it so much. Or maybe, it’s because I celebrate my birthday in May, so springtime is always filled with excitement and joy for me. Or, maybe, it’s how all the woodland animals have their babies in the spring, so I always see tiny ducklings, goslings, bunnies, deer, and raccoons. Mostly likely, it’s all of these reasons combined! 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

Classic Christmas Cookies: Bulgarian Maslenki Cookie

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Editor’s Note: Kathy Harrison, preparedness maven, is also a fantastic cook! Every year, her very large family gets together, and what she calls the “cookie wars’ break out! This year, she’s got an international surprise in store for them, and she shares the recipe and story with us. Continue reading

6 Fast Jar Gifts + Printable Gift Tags

5-Minute Jar Gift - Hot Cocoa

Feeling a tad busy this season? Join the club. But in spite of our harried schedules, we can all still give heartfelt, homemade gifts the recipients will love. Continue reading

Goat Yoga + Lehman’s = A Good Time!

GoatsInterested in learning about goat yoga? Visit Lehman’s for FREE goat yoga demos on Saturday, July 6 (during our Made-In-Ohio event) from 9 to 11 am, Saturday, July 27 (Cowboy Cook Kent Rollins demonstrations), or Saturday, August 3 (check out our new Tiny House) from 11 am to 1 pm. At the demos, you’ll have the chance to meet Amber Long and her friendly goats. Continue reading

“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

Butter from molds

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