Classic Christmas Cookies: Bulgarian Maslenki Cookie

maslenki-cookies

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

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