Meet Anne Of All Trades

anne briggsWhat do you do when you’re a low-tech person in a high-tech world? You harvest the best of both.

Anne Briggs was born of missionary parents and traveled internationally during her youth, but she envied her friends with ranches and roots. “I loved animals and always wanted animals of my own, but we could never have any because of our travels,” she remembers. “I always vowed that someday, if I lived in America, I’d live on a farm.” Continue reading

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

10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

children with flagsMemorial Day is a time set aside to remember those that have fought and lost their lives in the US military. This day holds a lot of meaning in a lot of people’s hearts. Remembering and honoring these soldiers is very important because they have given the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect us. Americans nationwide do this by spending the day off work, and with family, on the fourth Monday in May. Continue reading

Take a Sneak Peek at Summer Fun at Lehman’s

goat yoga

Goat yoga, anyone? Stop by Lehman’s this summer for our fun, family-friendly events.

The Peach Truck, Goat Yoga, Ax Throwing, a talented wood carver, pottery demonstrations and Blueberry Days…what do these all have in common? They are all happening at Lehman’s, on the Square in Kidron this summer 2021.

In addition to over 35,000 square feet of shopping [including over 14,000 new products we have added] and enjoying our museum-quality antique display, plan your trip to Lehman’s to take part in many family-friendly, free events! Continue reading

Recipes from Around the World – Part 3

family making spaghettiIf you’re a regular reader of the blogs posted here at Lehman’s, you might have seen my last two additions, Mexican and Korean dishes. I love both of those regions’ foods, and the recipes there are some of my absolute favorites.

This time, it’s a real crowd pleaser – Italian! When you think of Italian dishes, you probably think of delicious pastas with creamy sauces, crunchy bread with olive oils and garlic, a great selection of cheeses, and of course, the best pizza in the world. Maybe seafood, like shrimp, also comes to mind, or chicken crusted with Parmesan. Just about every ingredient associated with Italian food makes the mouths of most water. This blog post includes two pasta recipes (of course), and one recipe that might surprise you! Continue reading

Enjoy the Thrill of the Grill – Grilling Recipes Inside!

Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned barbecue? Outdoor cooking is as American as apple pie. Whether you live in the country or are grilling on your apartment patio, cooking outside connects us all with the great American outdoors. And the taste of grilled food is out of this world.

Although nothing beats a grilled hot dog or burger, grilling has advanced far beyond those outdoor staples. With the right product, you can cook anything you would in your kitchen on your grill. Breakfast, lunch, dinner – you and your grill can do it all. Beyond meats, you can ‘cue up an assortment of tasty veggies and delicious desserts.

Our own Amanda Burt shares one of her favorite summer meals, along with some helpful hints. Continue reading

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

How to Love Your Garden in a Time of Waiting

planting plantThis is an antsy time for gardeners. Where I live, late February and early March usually contain a “false spring” as I’ve heard it called, where the temps go up and the sun comes out, and I’m fooled into believing it’s the beginning of spring. But even just last week right after the weather had reached nice warm days, it snowed…in April. 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

Baking Up Memories: Ice Box Butter Ring Recipe

ice box butter ringI guess you could say that my passion to bring old family recipes to life happened while rescuing old English tea cups from garage sales and flea markets. I have always enjoyed having tea with friends and collecting unique and beautiful tea cups. Over the past few years, I found myself stopping at various markets in search of my favorite tea cup patterns. It was during one of these tea cup hunts that I started noticing old recipe boxes being sold; complete family recipe boxes; old tins and boxes filled with handwritten recipes; recipes clipped from old magazines and even cut from product boxes. I suddenly started to wonder about the person who may have made these recipes. I wondered about the hands that kneaded the dough and the origin of the various recipes in each box. I wondered how far the recipe may had traveled. Some recipes even had stars on the top or a note that said favorite. Then I started wondering why a family would want to get rid of family recipes. When I would ask the sellers, many would reply, “I should have spent more time in the kitchen with my mother” or “I just can’t seem to figure out the recipe(s).” Continue reading