Foolproof Homemade Yogurt

yogurt maker

Our children seriously love yogurt. They will eat it every day, in a bowl by itself, with various toppings, in smoothies, right out of the container, you name it. I know it’s good for them. However — and I’m probably the last mom on the planet to notice this — most store-bought yogurt has an obscene amount of sugar in it. Also, yogurt is not cheap, especially the all-natural/organic varieties I like to buy. So, in order to save money, feed their (healthy) yogurt habit, but reduce the (not so healthy) sugar habit, I invested in a yogurt maker from Lehman’s – and I made my own! Continue reading

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

Top 10 Tools for The Baker’s Toolbox

baker's tools

I bake a great deal. So when Lehman’s asked me to name 10 Essential Baker’s Items, I jumped at the chance. No matter what you hear about kitchen tools, there’s one thing that holds true: if you pay for quality, it will last ages. These are pieces that will last you for years. You’ll find yourself using many of them for everyday cooking chores, too. Continue reading

Secret to the BEST ice cream? Get crankin’

Our favorite foods and our best memories are inextricably linked. The flavor and aroma

Immergood means "always good" - and that's just what these Amish-made freezers are, and they produce ice cream that's "always good" too!  At lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Immergood means “always good” – and that’s just what these Amish-made freezers are. They make ice cream that’s “always good” too! At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

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

Happy National Pet Week: Your Dog’s Most-Wanted Toy

Yep, it’s a stick. But…it’s not just a stick. It’s the best stick your dog will ever fetch.fetchinstixx

Those of us who have owned retrievers of any kind know the stamina of these amazing dogs to fetch and bring back…fetch and bring back…fetch and bring back. My husband and I used to say our yellow lab was a bit like a small child shouting, “Again! Again! Again!” after being tossed in the air or tickled or something else they really liked. After all, retrieving is in their blood. It’s what they were made for. But lots of other breeds love to play fetch, too. (That’s why this specialized stick comes in two sizes – for for dogs 25-50 lb, and for dogs 50 lb and up.)

This stick has a story. Like many of us humans, the creator of Fetchin’ Sticks battled bouts of depression. Maxx, the golden retriever he had rescued years before from Continue reading

Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour Tonight!

 

silver metal alarm clock

Daylight Savings Time Ends today! Remember to turn your clocks back one hour tonight at bedtime.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             No power needed! The Chrome Twin Bell Alarm Clock is easy to set, and is one of our favorites at Lehman’s.

Goodbye June…Hello, National Ice Cream Month!

The Ice Cream Bible at Lehmans.com

Expand your dessert skills: includes recipes for gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbets. At Lehman’s in Kidron or at Lehmans.com.

June’s a big month for us at Lehman’s. We’re smack in the middle of Ohio’s Amish Country, which means we’re surrounded by dairy farms. Dairy products are big business in our area of Ohio. But there’s one dairy product we love more than any other…ice cream!

And July’s National Ice Cream Month!

Why celebrate with boxes of stone-cold-frozen bricks from the grocery when it’s just as easy to make your own? Here at Lehman’s, we can offer you some of the easiest (and most enjoyable) ways to make your own ice creams. Ice creams that will be fresh, sweet, and homemade, exactly to the tastes of you and your family! Continue reading

American Gardeners Seeing Some Green!

Kendra, NC-TN Mountains

These Black Cherry Tomatoes made their appearance April 4 for Kendra!

These Black Cherry Tomatoes made their appearance April 4 for Kendra!

We’ve enjoyed a good rain, and the seedlings are thriving. My carrots are just emerging from the soil, and are finally making an appearance among the radishes in the garden.

The lettuce is also making its first showing, safely covered with chicken wire to keep the cat from scratching in the bed. I was excited to find my Black Cherry Tomatoes sprouting indoors recently. The seedlings are now warmly growing under fluorescent bulbs on my kitchen counter. Continue reading

Bio Blocks® Turn Up Trumps At Farmer Hannah’s

Our off-grid farmer, Hannah Breckbill, is still working to keep a consistent temperature in her woodstove-heated greenhouse. Her northern plains location means that nights still get pretty chilly, even in April. We sent her some Bio Block® Heating Blocks to see if they can help.

Bio Block® Heating Blocks from Lehmans.com

Made in Ohio by a family-owned business, Bio Block® Heating Blocks are handy and efficient, and available at Lehmans.com.

The problem with wood heat is that it’s inconsistent.  Sometimes your wood is wetter, or dryer… there are usually some funny-shaped pieces so you can’t pack your stove all that consistently.  Firewood is also hard to transport efficiently, in my experience.  On the other hand, wood has perks: it’s relatively inexpensive (very inexpensive if you cut it yourself!), it provides a really satisfying and cozy fire, and it comes from current solar energy, rather than fossilized sunlight—meaning that it is carbon-neutral. (Fossilized sunlight: oil, natural gas…carbon-based fuels.)

I had the opportunity to try out some Bio Blocks® the other night in my greenhouse’s wood stove.  Bio Blocks® are made of compressed hardwood waste. The company is based in Wayne County, Ohio, near Lehman’s. Continue reading