What’s in Your Every Day Carry?

Every Day Carry, or EDC. It’s a thing. Who knew? I sure didn’t, until I stumbled across a video featuring Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame.

“Every Day Carry” is an inventory of the things you take with you on a daily basis. Think about what you have in your pocket or purse (or laptop bag!) and how you use it on a daily basis. How useful is everything in a pinch? What do you have handy that has you prepared to handle the ups and downs of the day?

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Grandpa’s Sunday Afternoon Pocketknife, at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, or at Lehmans.com.

For me, EDC includes an EpiPen, a pocketknife, eyeglass cleaners and my keys. (My pocketknife is a lot like this one! It was my grandpa’s originally, and then my grandma gave it to me.) The eyeglass cleaning wipes come in handy: they clean my glasses, my cell phone screen, my car’s GPS/control panel screen, and I use them to wipe the inside of my windshield in a pinch. Another piece of hardware I’m seriously thinking about adding to my purse is a 3-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver. It’ll clip to an interior pocket, and it’s lightweight. I can use it to keep my glasses snug, pop open electronics and soda cans, and open letters.

Clip it on your pocket, and take three handy screwdrivers wherever you go. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Clip it on your pocket, and take three handy screwdrivers wherever you go. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

In Your Bag

salve, balm, lotion

Rosebud Salve: use for lips, hands, even small skin irritations. It’s a great multi-tasking every day carry item. At Lehman’s in Kidron, or Lehmans.com.

Small means mighty. The Pocket Screwdriver and Pocket Dentist, for instance. Keep your kit as streamlined as possible (especially if you’re active), so it doesn’t weigh you down. Just a pen or two, only the cash you’ll need for the day, just one credit card in case of emergencies. Wallets are the worst collectors of daily bulk. If you’re driving carpool, keep the children’s necessities in the car if at all possible. Can you get by with just a pack of tissues, and a portable pack of wipes in your bag? A flat tin for balm is reusable as a pill box when the balm is used up. I keep my keys and pocketknife on a carabiner, but if you want something less bulky, consider one of these saddle pins. It’s easy to remove keys or individual items.

Look at everything you carry with a view to multi-purposing if possible.

In Your Vehicle
Sure, the standard stuff: antifreeze, oil, windshield washer fluid. But think about what’s compact and may help you in pinch: a foldable shovel, a blanket, an extra phone charger, spare hat, gloves and a scarf; water, snacks…the list could go on. You want to be able to put everything in a container, and keep it nice and tidy, and obviously, you don’t want it to take up tons of room in the car. And contrary to popular opinion, snow isn’t the only weather danger in the latter half of the year. Driving rainstorms that can lead to flash flooding can be equally dangerous. If you’re stranded on high ground, make sure your kit has items that will keep you a little more comfortable.

Emergency survival kit

Emergency survival kit, at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, or at Lehmans.com.

In Your Home
Do you have enough water and food to last you at least 72 hours, should the need arise? Check out some of the blogs right here for ways to get a small stash together should you need to: just type “preparedness” into the search box, and a list will pop right up. 

Kits are available too, and Lehman’s has a nice one packed into a practical, straight-sided square bucket that won’t take up tons of storage room.

At the very least, make sure you have a few gallons of water per person and food that you can eat without heating up–or food you can heat over a fire or on a cookstove. Have a day or two worth of wood for that fire or cookstove inside the house or garage too. Store it someplace where it’s handy, and will stay dry. If the weather is too bad to go outside, it’s going to make a wet mess of your firewood too. You won’t want to wait for it to dry out so you can dry out and stay warm.

Labor Day Goodness From the Grill


Labor Day Weekend – some call it the “Last Hurrah of Summer.” If you’re having one more cookout/BBQ/picnic and blithely pretending school/fall/responsibility doesn’t exist, here are some AMAZING recipes to try. Because, c’mon, we all need some more burgers, chicken fingers, salmon, and veggie pita pockets to enjoy around the picnic table – before it’s too late!

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Journey of An Orchard

kathy H's garden

In 2007 we decided to grow more of our own food. We already had a large garden but we wanted fruit trees and berry bushes as well. There was only one drawback. We knew that trees would likely not bear fruit for a number of years. As I was in my late 50’s and Bruce already in his early 60’s, we wondered if the investment in time, energy and money was really going to be worth it. However, as we truly believe that the highest form of stewardship of the land is to plant trees we did it anyway. I turned 63 yesterday and had a blueberry cheesecake topped with the berries we planted way back then. And for his 70th birthday, Bruce has requested peach cobbler made from our very own peaches. Continue reading

Applesauce Day

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Late summer means it’s time for one of my favorite traditions: Applesauce Day. For years, the kids and I have spent a day or two each summer making a year’s worth of applesauce with my mother. It’s a family tradition that grows sweeter every year.

This year, the day was extra-special because for the first time, we did not have to buy any apples. Our young trees produced a bumper crop of chemical-free, mostly worm-free apples. We did a batch of Transparent apples and a second batch of Summer Rambos. Continue reading

Ready to Go Meatless? Here’s Why You Should (+ 4 Yummy Recipes).

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Becoming a vegetarian is a big decision that many people make because of compassion for animals, health concerns or just food preferences. I myself have been a vegetarian for several months and it has impacted my life in a very positive way! I find myself with more energy, a clearer complexion and a healthier heart. Also, it’s a great feeling knowing that what you’re eating is cruelty-free and got to you without any living creatures being harmed in the process. Continue reading

Sauerkraut, Lehman’s Style

Doug recommends washing cabbage well, and trimming off the limp leaves before quartering cabbages prior to shredding.

Make homemade sauerkraut? Yes, you can! It’s not only delicious, it also contains many more beneficial bacteria, enzymes and nutrients than most store-bought kraut. It’s really, really “good for your gut.” In this article, one of Lehman’s own shows you just how easy it is:

Doug Hamelink’s homemade sauerkraut is a popular dish here at Lehman’s! His wife, Kathleen, is a long-time customer service rep for Lehman’s. Doug has come in to help out during seasonal rushes. They’re definitely part of the Lehman’s family. Our warehouse staff took Doug’s recipe and made kraut last year, using products right off the shelf, including fermenting crocks and stompers.

Doug has been making sauerkraut the old-fashioned way for over 30 years. “When my wife and I moved to the farm back in the ’80s, an older fellow that was a neighbor out there taught me how to make kraut.”

Doug’s kraut is highly sought after here at Lehman’s. He took some time to describe his methods for foolproof fermented goodness. Continue reading

Baking a Pie, Making a Memory

blueberry pie kathy harrison

There are many lovely things about living in my small New England Village. For me, one of the loveliest is hosting the longest running agricultural fair in the country. It’s very much an old-fashioned fair. There is standing room only when the 4-H sheep and cows are judged. An antique car parade honors all the couples married more than 50 years. Hay is judged as are mountains of vegetables, shelves of jewel-toned canned fruits and piles of quilts. But the stiffest completion of all is the pie contest. Continue reading

3 Ways To Remember You are Important

Many of you who read my articles on a regular basis know I love recipes, food ideas and gardening. This month I felt the need to make a change to remind us all of something that is very hard to keep in prospective in today’s busy world. We all need to remember and be reminded that we are each important.

To remember you are important sounds like an easy task. It is instead very challenging, especially with the crazy lives we live today. Here are some thoughts — humble as they are — that may be of help.

1. Stop for a few moments every day to enjoy a favorite time. Mine is a sunset;  yours may be sunrise, or noon, or 3pm, or whenever. Step outside or look out the window and observe the colors and watch the movement as the scene is changing so slightly each moment. Stay for the whole show – until the twilight brings down the curtain, the sun completely rises or you simply need to go back to whatever you were doing. This brief break will give you time to breathe and your mind and body a moment to relax. Continue reading

The Recipe That Will Save You From Drowning In Zucchini

zucchini relish in pot kathy h.We are drowning in zucchini. I find them hiding under leaves I would have sworn I checked the day before but here they sit, as big as baseball bats and crying out to be used. Some is sautéed with diced tomatoes and onions and served over rice or pasta. Some is gently steamed and served as a side dish. Still more is shredded and bagged in two cup measures to be turned into fall breads and winter pancakes. Still, I’m left with a lot of huge green squash.

The solution to this bonanza of squash for me is zucchini relish. It has much to recommend it. First and foremost, it uses a lot of zucchini. I make double batches and the recipe I use calls for 10 cups to start, so I can get rid of a lot of squash with Continue reading

The Perpetual Garden: Enjoy Garlic for Decades

garlic kathy harrison

As I age, I am growing to appreciate the perpetual food plants in my garden. By this I mean the food plants that either set their own seeds (tomatillos and kale are good for this), produce seed that is easy to gather, store and replant (tomatoes and lettuce fall into this category) or produce a tuber or bulb that can be replanted over and over (think potatoes). Garlic produces a bulb that can be harvested in the spring, then dried and replanted as individual cloves in the autumn. I am eating garlic now that was grown from bulbs I was gifted a decade ago. Continue reading