Top 11 Reasons to PREPARE

Family with flashlight readingWelcome to National Preparedness Month! Prepare for what, you ask? Well, the list is long and can include both natural and man-made crises: hurricanes, ice storms, thunderstorms and disruptions to the power grid among them. These kinds of events can strike at any time, at any place on the planet. Continue reading

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

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

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream the Traditional Way

chocolate ice cream

Editor’s Note: Nothing beats homemade ice cream! In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, Galen Lehman, CEO of Lehman’s and son of founder Jay Lehman, is sharing how to make this sweet treat in a traditional ice cream freezer (like the one pictured above).

Our family spent 10 years in Africa doing missionary and disaster relief work. In those days, dairy products and especially ice cream were rarely available. Our version of a great party included homemade ice cream (if we could find the ingredients). Fortunately, the list is short: Cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla. And, if you can’t get the first three ingredients, Carnation Condensed Milk and vanilla makes a passable (but not especially great) substitute.

The real question with every homemade ice cream party is “hand cranked” or “electric”? Continue reading

Happening This Month: Christmas in July and More at Our Store

Lehman's ornamentFor family fun that’s close to home, visit Lehman’s on the square in Kidron. Glenda Lehman Ervin here, inviting you to my family’s store. Plan to attend our annual Christmas in July celebration on Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 10 am to 3 pm. Receive a free Lehman’s Christmas ornament with a purchase of $50 or more, while supplies last. Take a socially distant “elfie” with Mrs. Claus and check out the stunning new year ‘round Christmas department.
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Homemade Ice Cream: How to Create the Perfect Flavors

girl with ice creamEditor’s Note: July is National Ice Cream Month, and we’re celebrating with making our own ice cream. Read on to discover yummy ways to create the best homemade ice cream. (Originally published July 2018)

“The whole is only as good as the sum of its parts” definitely applies when making homemade ice cream. Why? Because of the simplicity of taking 3 common ingredients; dairy, eggs, and sugar, and changing them into luscious, creamy ice cream is awesome. Once you have homemade ice cream, you will never look at grocery store ice cream the same again! Continue reading

We Churned Butter: A Beginner’s Story of Making Butter and Memories

bread and butterHere at Lehman’s, we often hear from folks about their latest homesteading adventures, from raising chickens and bees to planting tomatoes for the first time. Recently, one of our own shared his story of how he went from an ordinary day at work of managing Lehman’s website and all things digital to going home and churning butter for the first time. Continue reading

Words of Wisdom From My Dad, Jay Lehman

In so many ways, our fathers are our first teachers. Often, they’re our most important teachers throughout our lifetimes. My dad, Jay Lehman, has been teaching me my whole life, first as a parent, and then as the only boss I’ve ever had. (I started sweeping floors at Lehman’s at age 15!)  Continue reading

Secret to the BEST ice cream? Get crankin’

immergood amish ice cream freezerEditor’s Note: This article was originally posted in June 2015.

Our favorite foods and our best memories are inextricably linked. The flavor and aroma takes us back to those times of laughter, joy and camaraderie. And, what food is a better sweet memory starter than ice cream? What are your favorite ice cream memories? Running after the ice cream truck as its bell rings its way past your house? Sharing the cold sweetness with cousins at a summer family reunion?

Mine revolve around the ice cream freezer, because we always like to make our own. In fact, our hand-cranked ice cream freezer took on mythical importance to our family life. It was like an ice cream fount of goodness, the horn of plenty from which sprang sweet, creamy cold-on-a-hot-summer-day fun. Continue reading

Mother’s Day Social (Distancing): Creative Ideas to Surprise Mom

homemade mothers day cardThis year has been filled with new and different experiences for all of us. Granted, most of these new and different experiences are ones we probably could have done without. That doesn’t mean that we need to cancel or forget about the events that bring us joy, though. With the coronavirus changing almost every aspect of how we go about our daily lives, it’s important that we take some time each day to do something that makes us feel normal. And with spring having just arrived, one way I plan on not letting the quarantine put a damper on my days is to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. Continue reading