That Good Old 9×13 Pan. Only Better.


Like so many couples, one of our wedding gifts was a glass 9″x13″ baking pan. Just like the old standby ones our mothers had as we were growing up. Back then, it seemed huge for just my husband and me (although we do love leftovers). Continue reading


When I was in college, my Dad would send me a handwritten note every so often. This was just before email came into being, and he wouldn’t have used that anyway. Most often there would be a few dollars enclosed and the note would encourage me to take a break and treat myself to a coffee and pastry at the student coffeehouse.

The note usually came with the same basic instructions: “Eat. Sleep. Study. Brush your teeth.” (Yes, Dad paid for several years of orthodontic work on me.)

In a sense, Dad was telling me, through that note: “Take care of yourself. Take care of what’s important. Enjoy learning. Enjoy life.”

Here are a few more “Dad-isms” that have stuck with me:

“To each his own.” (Love and tolerate others, even when they are different from you.)

“You pays your money and you takes your chances.” (Life is not certain. There are no guarantees. We all take risks and we must live with the consequences.)

“Go outside and get the stink blowed off ya.” (Enjoy nature. Be active.)

I love my dad and appreciate the wonderful example he was (and is) more and more the older I get.

What are some Dad-isms your father instilled in you? Feel free to share a comment, and Happy Father’s Day to all Dads out there!

Spring Picnics: Simple tips for fun and safety

family picnic

Graduation parties, spring picnics and holiday cookouts are here! Unfortunately, we’ve all heard stories of big gatherings and that unwanted guest: food poisoning. Make sure everyone enjoys the moment – and has no regrets later – with these very important food safety guidelines. Continue reading

Made for Mom, with love and fingerprints.

Oh, the things we made for our Moms for Mother’s Day, often at school, preschool, Sunday School or perhaps just by ourselves. Here are a few photos of some classic “homemade-for-Mom” treasures from our employees. Because that’s what they are, aren’t they: treasures. What are your favorite memories of Mother’s Day gifts, both given and received?

coffee mug

A classic: the homemade mug. This one even looks stable enough to actually use! Lots of other ones may have ended up as cherished pencil and pen holders on desks everywhere. Continue reading

Ascension Day in Amish Country

Tomorrow, May 5, is Ascension Day, also known as Ascension Thursday or the Feast of the Ascension.

Farm work such as plowing would never be done on Ascension Day. The Amish faithfully refrain from working on this religious holiday.

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For The Mom Who Has Everything: 10 Fresh Picks for Mother’s Day

Holiday Alert: Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away! For many of us, finding the right gift that says “I love you, Mom!” can be tricky, especially if our moms have everything they need and most things they could want. Here are some unique options we love – and we’re sure your mom will, too. Continue reading

Amish Wash Day Dinner is a Busy Day Timesaver for You

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As you might imagine, a traditional Amish Wash Day is filled with activity – and not much goes on in the kitchen. This is a delicious, slow-baking dinner that frees you up to work on other projects.

Amish Wash Day Dinner
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  1. 1 Tbsp. butter
  2. 1 large onion, sliced
  3. potatoes, peeled and sliced
  4. 2 Tbsp. flour
  5. 1 can tomato juice (store-bought or home-canned)
  6. Sliced sausage (country-style or Italian)
  7. boiling water
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Using a roasting pan or dutch oven, melt butter in the pan and line the bottom with a layer of onion.
  2. Place potatoes on top of onion.
  3. Sift flour over potatoes.
  4. Pour tomato juice over all and cover with sliced sausage.
  5. Add boiling water to cover and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake slowly at 300 degrees for 3 hours. Turn meat if it gets too brown.
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A Homemade Valentine: Cast Iron Skillet Peanut Brittle

peanut brittle done

I never really cared much for peanut brittle — that is, until an older gentleman introduced me to a recipe handed down to him long ago.  He said he enjoyed making it at deer camp each year, and brought a batch to share at our workplace too.  It was amazing!  Crispy and delicious, it melts in your mouth, with nothing sticking to your teeth.  Only 5 ingredients: peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, salt, and baking soda.  The real secret though, according to him, is using a cast iron skillet and a wooden spoon. Continue reading

From Amish Country, With Love: Handmade Chocolates for Your Valentine

chocolate sea salt caramels

I won’t beat around the bush: when it comes to Valentine’s Day, it just has to be chocolate. Am I right? Even the most painstakingly chosen gift adorned in fancy trimmings isn’t nearly as sweet without some chocolate-y goodness to go with it. And we’re all in luck this year, because Lehman’s is offering some of the choicest chocolates made in Ohio’s Amish Country, delivered directly to your doorstep. It’s a sweet tooth’s dream. Let’s take a little tour, shall we? Continue reading