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Recently, one of our newest bloggers, Glynis, shared how she found Lehman’s. How did you find us? Share your story in the comments, please!
I lived in northern VA and PA for a very long time. The humidity was awful there. You couldn’t get me back there. Ugh. I was back east for nearly 40 years and never adjusted to the weather. But, living in Amish country in PA is how I discovered Lehmans. Way back in the day of mail order, pre-Internet, I went to a homeopathic doctor in Lancaster, PA. His name was Henry Williams. He was known all over as the doctor of the Amish. Every time I went to him there were buggies in front of his office.
I had an old treadle sewing machine that I was restoring. Everything was perfect but there was no belt.
I was in the doctor’s office for my annual poison ivy prevention medicine and I asked the two Amish women who were in the office if they knew where I could buy a treadle belt.
They said the best would be Lehman’s mail order. The receptionist in the office happened to have a catalog so I got the address and got my own catalog and the belt. That was around 1980. Wow. It’s been a long time!
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This is my gluten-free peach cake recipe. I’ve changed many of the ingredients from the original recipe to suit me! For instance, I don’t use butter, I use honey and yogurt, and I bake it off in a cast iron skillet. I think my version is healthier, and (after trying the original) tastier! Continue reading
On Monday, I told you all about the ways I cook without using my stove. Here are two of my favorite recipes, which I make with only minimal use of stove and fuel. I can put dishes together, and let them develop for hours. It’s been really warm and sunny here, so my main motivation is to keep the house cool. But I use these methods in the winter too! Today, let’s talk about Flower Pot Hoppin’John and solar cornbread. Here’s how it’s done.
There is a gas stove in my kitchen. It runs on propane. If the power goes off, a match can light the burners. The oven is a different matter. It has something called a glow plug that uses electricity (and a lot of it!) to maintain the temperature in the oven. It doesn’t light with a match and cannot be used in a power failure. I’m not fond of it.
Out here in the desert, gardening is quite challenging. I guess that’s why it’s so rewarding.
We live amidst volcanic craters. They last exploded in about 1100A.D. Our dirt is volcanic ash and cinder. Under the cinder is clay. This type of soil requires constant fertilization and compost. We also dump old potting soil into it. We do just about anything we can think of to improve the soil.
Fortunately, the people who lived here before us dumped their compost in the garden area. They never grew anything, just dumped their compost. This actually helped when I was cleaning the garden and preparing to grow food there. We also compost everything, but we have a big composting bin. The rodents would go crazy in an open compost pile. Continue reading
There are so many things I love about laundry day. Something about clothes hanging on the line, an empty hamper and the idea of general cleanliness. The best laundry days around here are sunny so there’s plenty of solar power to run the machine and to dry the clothes quickly on the line. We try to get the laundry out in the morning so the heavier things have a longer time to dry.
We use a front loading washer here at the moment. It was here when we bought the house and it works fine. It’s an old machine, smaller than the new ones, but it holds quite a large load. It uses far less water than the top loaders, but still comes in at 30 gallons per load. I put a meter on it once to find out. It gets stuffed full and we put in a bag of soap nuts and wash in cold water. On a perfect laundry day with weather and washer co-operating, It gets done quickly and easily.
I grew up here in Arizona. As a child, we lived in the middle of nowhere outside Phoenix. What are now strip malls and housing developments was just desert in the early 60’s. Hot, dry desert.
My father was interested in all kinds of things. He experimented with everything from greenhouses to healthy foods. We were the only children who had to eat wheat germ on our cereal. We weren’t allowed dyed foods or much sugar. Dad kept bees. We ate honey. He was ahead of his time in a lot of ways. I thought he was crazy.
Before yogurt was commonly sold in grocery stores, flavored with everything imaginable and loaded with sugar, gelatin and who knows what else, my dad was making yogurt. Worse yet, he was making us eat yogurt. He made it by burying jars of milk in the ground. He said that’s how people did it in the Middle East. Didn’t he know we lived in Arizona? This stuff made wheat germ taste like candy! It was horrible. He ate it warm! He made us eat it warm. Even our dog wouldn’t eat it. But we had to “try it.” Yuk. Continue reading
My husband and I agree on most things. We love the off grid-lifestyle, the hard work and the rewards. One thing we haven’t ever agreed on is breakfast. I like eggs; he likes bagels. He likes cold cereal, even in winter. I don’t. Most of the time, we go our separate ways for breakfast. Except when it comes to oatmeal.