Lehman’s Staff Spotlight: 5 Things About…Andi

Lehman's Data Analyst Andi and her daughter Jaelin collaborate on selling their farm-fresh eggs under the name Petra's Flock.

Lehman’s Data Analyst Andi (right) and her daughter Jaelin collaborate on selling their farm-fresh eggs under the name Petra’s Flock.

1. Current Job and how you got it: Data Analyst- following a layoff, I took a year offto spend time being a stay at home mom to two teenagers. That gets kind of boring quickly- I can only put off cleaning for so long! I found this job doing searches online for data jobs. My dad, a LONGtime Lehman’s customer, was just as excited I landed the job as I was!

2. Unique factoid about yourself: I met my husband in an online chat room via a dial-up modem back in 1994. We met in person in March of 1995 and I moved from my family and friends in Connecticut to Wooster (Ohio) over Memorial Day 1995. We just celebrated our 20th anniversary!

3. Finish this sentence: “I never in a million years thought I would …” live in the country, crocheting and raising a small flock of hens!

4. Favorite old-time skill and why: I make my own laundry soap and fabric softener. My husband has had some bad reactions to commercial detergents so I looked for a way I could get my clothes clean without flaring up my husband’s allergies.

Petra's flock currently comprises seven chickens: Petra, Garnet, Magee, Bellatrix, Leia, Bo and Hortence.

Petra’s flock currently comprises seven chickens: Petra, Garnet, Magee, Bellatrix, Leia, Bo and Hortence.

5. Something from Lehman’s I use all the time (or, something from Lehman’s I just LOVE): Just one? I know as soon as I say one thing I will think of another that I love just as much! This spring we got a new clothesline so I tossed out all my old spring clothespins and bought the Grandma’s Pegs. Our line faces west and we get some terrible winds. These clothespins hold on my husband’s heavy jeans thru those winds!

Backstage at Lehmans: Shelley’s Favorite Pumpkin Flavor In A “Brownie”!

Shelley at her desk in Lehman's creative department.

Shelley at her desk in Lehman’s Dalton office.

If you’re a regular reader of Country Life, you’ll know that Shelley Salsburey, part of our merchandising team, is a big fan of pumpkin. (We always have pumpkin treats in the office for her October birthday!)

Recently, she came across a new-to-her recipe for Harvest Pumpkin Brownies. And it sounded so good, I went right into the kitchen to make it! It’s a perfect treat, and it goes together so quickly. It’s ideal when you need a goodie for an impromptu get-together.

This recipe’s prep is super easy. The pumpkin that makes the brownies moist also makes the batter easy to mix. So using just a big mixing bowl, a wooden spoon and a whisk, the batter was ready in no time! Continue reading

Behind the Scenes At Lehmans: A Sweet 16!

Andi's Root Beer Float cupcakes

Here you can see the final chocolate-rootbeer cupcake, the ‘root beer float’ topping, and the ‘ice cream’ scoop. Lehman’s USA-made muffin pans are a perfect fit for cute cupcakes too!

Andi Williams joined Lehman’s merchant group just over two months ago, but she’s already served up a great treat for Country Life! She shared photos of the cupcakes she served from her son’s 16th birthday party: root beer floats and popcorn were featured.

After a trip to Lehman’s in Kidron, I was set to make root beer float cupcakes. I started with this recipe from a favorite baking site, which calls for TWO CUPS of root beer–it makes a rich, fudgy, tasty cupcake.

Lehman’s has a wide selection of root beers to choose from.  I chose to make the cupcakes using Dad’s Root Beer and supplemented with Homebrew Root Beer Soda Pop Base. Continue reading