January is for Homemade Soup (Recipes Inside!)

chicken and gnocchi soupHappy National Soup Month! While we can’t avoid the cold weather, we can surely find ways to make it more tolerable, and homemade soup is the perfect remedy.

Today, we’re sharing with you a recipe straight from Lehman’s newest cookbook, The Sapphire Cookbook Collection. We hope you enjoy! Continue reading

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas…In Our Store

store-at-christmas1‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through our store
Every creature was stirring, wrapping gifts and more.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Lehman’s goodies would soon be there. Continue reading

What’s Happening On The Homestead: Thoughtful Gifting

homemade giftsHere on the homestead we love giving gifts. Most of our gifting happens spontaneously throughout the year as we share fresh picked bouquets or extra veggies with friends and family. It seems we seldom leave home without something to drop off along the way. Continue reading

Classic Christmas Cookies: Bulgarian Maslenki Cookie

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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

What’s Happening On The Homestead: Thanksgiving Time!

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Thanksgiving is almost here…what are you thankful for this year?

In the spirit of the first Thanksgiving, this is an ideal season to celebrate using the best of local bounty for your big meal. Food coming out of jars and cans from the store shelves simply weren’t options when that inaugural three day feast happened in 1621. Everything was by default hyper local. Foods were hunted, foraged or harvested by hand and every delicious dish was made from scratch and eaten with thankful hearts. Sure sounds like a celebration worth repeating in our day of fast food and grumbling. Continue reading

Make Gift-Giving Easy with Our Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas decorations in the storeChristmas time is coming fast – less than 30 days! If you’re anything like me, then you’ve been slowly picking things up throughout the year to give to people for Christmas, and you don’t find this time of year stressful at all. If you aren’t like me, though, then you might be starting to feel the pressure of making sure to cross every last person off your Christmas shopping list. Continue reading

What’s Happening on the Homestead: The Family Larder

cold frame gardening

We’re busy preparing our homestead for winter from preserving food to putting up cold frames (pictured) to protect our harvest.

October is when we are near the end of gathering and preserving food for the winter ahead. In olden days, this cache of food squirreled away was sometimes called a larder and had enough sustenance for a family to stay well fed till spring. In our modern times, many folks depend on the super market to be their sole larder and expect the shelves to always be full. However, in the event of a political crisis, natural disaster or other disruption that might not be the case. When preparedness guru Kathy Harrison visited Lehman’s this fall, she shared that we are 9 meals away from anarchy if a disaster would hit because people today simply do not have that amount of food stored at home. Financial advisors often suggest keeping a 2-3 month emergency cash fund and perhaps everyone should wisely consider having a 2-3 month supply of food on hand for their family. Continue reading