• Holidays

    Christmas on the Crow Homestead

    We are all about starting new holiday traditions on the Crow Homestead.  I will admit Christmas has been a bit complicated for us because it sometimes can be about things we are not  fans of…… consumption and waste.  But instead of being all bah hum bug we are finding ways to celebrate this wonderful season that resonate with us. Traditions:  This year we are starting a new tradition that I heard about on the radio; I believe it comes from Finland.  On Christmas Eve everyone receives a book and after dinner everyone gets nice and cozy in their pajamas and cracks open their new book.  I love this idea and…

  • Entertaining

    Holiday Hosting Help

    Let’s all take a moment and appreciate that clever title, ok? So, you’re having a Christmas party, huh?  GREAT IDEA!!  What is better than gathering people you like to hang out with and having some fun together?  All you need is a little planning and trust me, it will be great. For the holidays, we like to send our invites early, like right after Halloween (we used Facebook this year, since everyone we wanted to invite was on it!  EASY!).  Even if you don’t know all of the particulars, send out the date so that people don’t make other plans.  Details like time and even a theme or pot luck specifics…

  • Food

    Winter Meal Plan

    The most difficult thing about cooking on a wood stove is heating that bad boy up, but in the winter we always have it hot and ready, so it is the easiest time of year to cook at the Crow Homestead! The oven can be used for slow roasting and baking or we crank it up for pizza…and with the bonus that it doesn’t make it too hot to sleep at night (summer cooking is tough!). We also love winter because our entire property becomes a freezer, due to the cold weather conditions here in northern Minnesota.  We can easily make double portions, freeze them and then have meals ready…

  • Food

    Cookie Game Plan

    I grew up in a house with a Mom who took her Christmas cookie baking seriously. She made several different kinds and always had an assortment out from thanksgiving to New Years. As a mom with kids who take cookie eating seriously, I try to replicate this in my own house. Each year, I ask the members of the peach house what they would like to eat. I peruse Pinterest for fun or new recipes that I think we all would like, and I like to add in a couple things my mom made as well. I feel it is important to note: we host a Christmas party every year,…

  • Gardening

    Gift ideas for gardeners

    I am horrendous at giving gifts and cannot possibly give you any direction on how to be a wonderful gift giver….that is my sisters area of expertise.  But what I’m very qualified to give you is recommendations on gifts a gardening enthusiast will LOVE!  So just for you I have gathered a variety of gift ideas any gardener will love, for any price point! Gifts up to $25 In the dead of winter what does every gardener escape to….Books!! Here are two ideas that truly rocked my gardening world! You can give either of these books to a veggie gardener with confidence. Beginner:  One of the very best books for…

  • Holidays

    What I Am Looking at This Black Friday

    Admittedly, I am bonkers for shopping.  Honestly, Christmas is partly so wonderful because shopping is practically a requirement!!  So, clearly, this is my Superbowl World Series NBA Finals, with Black Friday being the first playoff game.  But instead of listing every Black Friday deal I can find, or rounding up a million things I think you could be interested in, I am going to let you inside my madness and take a peek at what I am buying (or really want to buy but my husband reads this and so I guess I can’t buy it all). Tech Things – this is always a big list in our house, partly…

  • Gardening

    5 things to do today to make Thanksgiving easier

    The stress of getting that Thanksgiving feast to the table is a REAL issue!    These 5 tried and true techniques will help you get everything done and hopefully still enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.  This year Thanksgiving on the Crow Homestead will be pretty quiet…just  Mr. Crow and I, but that won’t stop us from doing it up right with ALL the trimmings! To get everything done on time requires a great deal of planning on my part.  Of course cooking the whole meal on a small wood stove creates it’s own unique challenges, but the following tips can help anyone whether your on or off-the-grid….or if your serving 2…

  • Denise

    Rethinking Hostess Gifts

    Gift guides are starting to pop up all over the internet right now and I LOVE looking at gift guides.  I love finding new things or just the right gift to give someone.  I guess you can tell that gifts are one of my love languages. As I look at hostess gift guides that have been making their way around my social media feed, I can’t help wondering what people are thinking when they make these lists?  Maybe it is because I live in the good ol’ practical Midwest, but I can’t imagine gifting someone a $40 platter as a hostess gift.  What are you trying to say with that? …

  • crow homestead,  Food,  Gardening,  homesteading,  Lindsay,  off-the-grid

    One Cut of Meat = Three Meals

    The Crow Homestead does not have electricity so keeping our food from spoiling can get pretty complicated.  It takes some planning and one of the main issues is ensuring meat is used quickly and very little is wasted.  Regardless if we get our meat from the grocery store, or from the woods we generally need to consume it within three days.  We have found a good plan that has us eating like kings while wasting very little, and I thought ….why not share this easy, efficient and satisfying plan with others?!?  Please remember when we buy meat we always buy it WITH bones… none of this boneless, skinless meat for…

  • Denise,  Organizing

    5 Things to Help You Get Ready for the Holidays

    ….especially if you aren’t ready to start the holidays quite yet! It seems like there are two types of Americans these days – those that decorate for Christmas starting November 1st, and those that get mad that people start decorating on November 1st.  I happily exist in the first group, while Mr. Peach is deeply entrenched in the second.  Therefore, without trying to suffocate him with my holiday cheer, I do little things to prep and start my holiday season.  Which got me to thinking that the few weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving are the perfect opportunity to do some things in preparation for the big show.  Items that seem…