About Karen Johnson

Web copywriter, Lehman's Hardware in Kidron, Ohio.

Glamour Camping Catches On All Over

glamping tentGlamour camping–glamping–is catching on everywhere.

What is it, you ask? It’s camping for those of us who prefer a nice glass of iced tea to cowboy coffee, a real bed (or as close as we can get) to a cot, but still want to enjoy the outdoors. We envision picnic tables with tablecloths. We prefer to sit in real chairs, chairs with backs, not something that’s a couple of pieces of nylon slug between poles. We see ourselves cooking mouthwatering meals in well-seasoned cast iron pans swinging gently from a tripod mounted over a beautiful campfire. In short, we imagine a woodland journey that’s a little more upscale than your typical bedroll-and-bugs trip. Or as Dictionary.com defines it, “the activity of camping with some of the comforts and luxuries of home.” Continue reading

Top 11 Reasons to PREPARE

Family with flashlight readingWelcome to National Preparedness Month! Prepare for what, you ask? Well, the list is long and can include both natural and man-made crises: hurricanes, ice storms, thunderstorms and disruptions to the power grid among them. These kinds of events can strike at any time, at any place on the planet. Continue reading

Amish Woodcarver Displays Work At Lehman’s In Kidron, Ohio

paul weaver carvingsEditor’s Note: This article was originally published in January of 2014. We’re happy to announce that Paul Weaver’s wood carvings are back on display in our store. We’ve added a video and photos below for your enjoyment, but as other customers have told us, the photos don’t do them justice. This is something you’ll want to see in person! Continue reading

Roast Beef and Barley Build the Best Cold Weather Soup

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2015. Since most of us have been experiencing bitter cold temperatures lately, we thought a good, hot soup is just what we need. Enjoy!

After a frantic few weeks of holiday cooking, you’re probably ready to put together some meals that are nearly heat and eat. Beef Barley Soup can do that for you, putting roast beef leftovers to good use, and adding barley for more protein and staying power. We usually plan for a chuck or arm roast that will allow us to have a pound or so of meat left, and we usually freeze a fourth to a half batch of the beef and barley soup made from the leftover beef. Continue reading

Local Brothers Bake Up One of Our Best Holiday Goodies

Richard and pose in front of their giant gas baking oven, which is nearly 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide.

Richard, left, and Steve pose in front of their giant gas baking oven, which is just under 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide. It can bake 50 loaves of stollen at once. The brothers moved the vintage oven from a school that closed to the bakery.

Everyone knows that Ohio’s Amish country bakeries are the best anywhere. Now we can share a traditional holiday treat with you: stollen bread. Continue reading

Amish Family Brings Iconic Axes Back to the USA

Originally designed for trappers, hunters and fisherman, the Hudson Bay camping axe is a durable, dependable tool for all around around the cabin and campsite. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Originally designed for trappers, hunters and fisherman, the Hudson Bay camping axe is a durable, dependable tool for all around around the cabin and campsite. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Generations of lumberjacks have relied on the iconic Snow & Nealley® axes (known for their superior craftsmanship). But when they closed their doors, these axes disappeared. Wanting to bring back this legacy, an Amish man and his sons bought the company. Continue reading

Are You Ready? September is National Preparedness Month!

A potential lifesaver in emergencies, and a helpful light on countless other occasions. This bright LED flashlight never needs batteries, so it's always ready to use. A best-seller at Lehmans.com.

A potential lifesaver in emergencies, and a helpful light on countless other occasions. This bright LED flashlight never needs batteries, so it’s always ready to use. A best-seller at Lehmans.com.

Are you ready? We’re in the thick of seasonal change, with summer sliding into fall. Hurricane season still has a month to go. Although many weather sites say tornado season ‘ends’ in July, folks in the Plains states may beg to differ. And in the upper northwest and the mountains, there could already be some snow.

Throughout the month, we will feature preparedness articles so that you and your family can stay safe. We’ll take a look at Lehman’s best preparedness products too–the ones my fellow employees and I have in our own homes.

And don’t forget: the National Weather Service, the American Red Cross, and Ready.gov are all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The advice on these sites is time-tested and reliable. Let’s all do something to be better prepared for emergencies this month! Stay tuned.

 

 

Homemade Maraschino Cherries: Easy, Delicious, Fun!

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I decided to try out a recipe for homemade Maraschino cherries for my summer beverage and dessert enjoyment. Who knew it was so easy – and soooo delicious? Continue reading

Top 10 Tools for The Baker’s Toolbox

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I bake a great deal. So when Lehman’s asked me to name my top 10 baking supplies, 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

Coming Clean about Toockies®

Handmade, ultra-soft washcloths help Indian women support their families. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Handmade, ultra-soft washcloths help Indian women support their families. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

 

Here at Lehman’s, we’re all about values. The good buy sort of values, bedrock family values, and the value of helping improve a community. 

Amazingly enough, our Toockies Organic Cotton products cover all three. The woman-owned company manufactures a variety of organic cotton cloths and woven jute products for use in the kitchen, bath and living room.

Toockies founder Anna Marie Strauss started small in the early 2000s, working with co-founder Jaya Basu to teach women in Nababpur, India how to knit cotton washcloths, circulation gloves, cleaning cloths, scrub cloths and coasters. At the time, in this tiny village, employment, especially for women, was just about non-existent.  Continue reading