What We’ve Learned from Mom

daughter and mom gardeningFor many of us, Mom’s words and wisdom have shaped us through the years. And even the simplest lesson has a way of sticking with us.

“Do the right thing.”
“If you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all.”
“If you take it out, then put it back.” Continue reading

The Joys of Bird Watching

birdBy Scott Ervin

When my wife Glenda asked me to write an article about why I am a bird watcher, I realized I didn’t know why. I have enjoyed feeding birds and watching them for decades, but I had never thought about why I enjoy it so much.

It’s safe to say I’m a fanatical bird watcher. I set up a bird feeding station at each the places I’ve lived since my mother pushed me out of the nest shortly after high school. (16 places so far). I’ve kept a record of all the different species spotted at each of these places. I just completed drawings for a critter-proof bird feeding station I plan to build that looks a lot like the board game Mouse Trap. I really don’t want to know how much money I‘ve spent on bird food.

So, it’s clear I enjoy my birds, but why? Continue reading

Words of Wisdom From My Dad, Jay Lehman

Editor’s Note: In memory of our founder Jay Lehman (1929 – 2020), we are rerunning a touching article his son, Galen, wrote for Father’s Day a couple of years ago.  This is in honor of Jay’s birthday, April 21, when he would have turned 92.  Rest in peace, Jay.  We miss you.

In so many ways, our fathers are our first teachers. Often, they’re our most important teachers throughout our lifetimes. My dad, Jay Lehman, has been teaching me my whole life, first as a parent, and then as the only boss I’ve ever had. (I started sweeping floors at Lehman’s at age 15!)  Continue reading

Easter Lamb Cake, The Next Generation

decorated lamb cakeEditor’s Note: We’re so excited to share with you a heartwarming family tradition. A few years ago, Galen Lehman shared how making a lamb cake was part of his family’s Easter celebration. Today his daughter, Lindsay, is continuing the tradition with her own daughter. Learn step-by-step how to make this cake for your family!

To say things have been abnormal this spring, would certainly be an understatement. However, with coronavirus uprooting so much of our lives’ normal patterns and routines, I find myself clinging to traditions even stronger. One of these is an Easter tradition started by my grandma—our chocolate lamb cake. Continue reading

A Simple How-To: Making A Winter Wreath

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We had just trimmed our tree to help it fit into our tiny home, and what we were left with seemed too good to just toss back outside: branches and sprigs of fresh, soft pine with a fragrance incredibly befitting of the season.

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Creative Celebrations for Christmas 2020

family video callAs if 2020 hasn’t given us all enough strangeness and unfamiliarity, the year is coming to a close with a holiday season that, for most of us, is going to feel anything but normal. We can acknowledge the changes we’re making this year, and how inconvenient and even sad they can be, while still making the very best of it. Continue reading

From Apple Tree to Apple Pie: My Trip to the Orchard

Editor’s Note: With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, we have pie on the mind!  Enjoy this sweet photo trip through the apple orchard from Allison Ervin, daughter of Glenda Ervin VP of Marketing. Keep reading to find the recipe she used to make a fresh, homemade apple pie! Continue reading

5 Tips to Keep Your Chickens Warm This Winter

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by Lisa Steele, Fresh Eggs Daily

Chickens, like most animals, do far better in the cold than the heat, but will appreciate and benefit from a bit of extra care when the frigid winter months arrive. Interestingly enough, heating your coop isn’t one of the things I recommend. 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

10 Ways To Manage Homeschooling (And Actually Enjoy It!)

homeschooling kidsWho’s suddenly finding themselves being involuntary homeschoolers?! I have some friends whose kids are already home and some who are preparing for it.

I’m here to give you some tips for being sudden homeschoolers from those of us who certainly aren’t perfect, but maybe just used to it. Here are some things that can help you in the process! Continue reading