10 Vital Tips for Maple Syrup Rookies

maple sugaring starter kitEditor’s Note: The following article was originally published in February 2015. It came to us from Scott Ervin, husband of Glenda Lehman Ervin (Lehman’s VP of Marketing) and son-in-law of Jay Lehman (Lehman’s founder). An avid outdoorsman, Scott tried his hand at maple syrup making and learned many valuable lessons in the process. Enjoy! Continue reading

Part 2: Things Your Grandma Never Told You About Cooking From Scratch

pie cutterEditor’s Note: Here’s the second installment to Things Grandma Never Told You About Cooking From Scratch. If you missed Part One, you can find it here. Enjoy! Continue reading

Part 1: Things Your Grandma Never Told You About Cooking From Scratch

chicken cooker#1 — You’re gonna have to do a lot of dishes (and a lot will be hand wash only).
Baking from scratch means saying goodbye to your one bowl recipes and hello to a sinkful of dishes. Keep in mind that a lot of baking gear isn’t dishwasher friendly either, so break out the drying rack and the dish soap, and hope someone else picks up the slack for you. Continue reading

The Chicken Who Could Stop Time

sarah and her chickenSeems like everyone I know who has kids has, at some point, wished to stop time.  When the little one stands on her own for the first time. When the last kid has Senior Night for football. Continue reading

Delicious Recipes for Cooking with Juniper Berries

juniper berries bush

Juniper Berry Recipes
There are a variety of ways you can use juniper berries to add a vibrant kick to your holiday cooking, from dried to fresh, and game meats to baked goods. Continue reading

Cooking With Juniper Berries: What You Need to Know

juniper berriesJuniper bushes are best known as those prickly evergreens that jab through the toughest layers of your clothing to cause you misery, while perfuming you with every poke, but did you know you can cook with them? 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

Homemade for the Holidays: How to Make Meaningful Gifts and Memories

cast iron pie pan

“I made this for you.”

Those are the words I want to say with every present I give this holiday season. Why do I bother, when there are stores 24/7 where I can purchase anything, at any time? Continue reading

Why We Love Wooden Toys

playtime fun with eli and mattie toy trainOver the years, we’ve embraced a wide variety of conventional plastic alternatives, from rubberwood to BPA-free recycled plastic milk jugs, and we’ve really loved it. My favorite material though for toys, hands down, is absolutely wood. Continue reading