• Gardening

    Favorite Planet Friendly Items

    I realize that we are in the middle of talking about minimalizing your life and house and here I am talking about more things to buy. So I want to make it clear right up front that some of these items should be considered when you are replacing what you already have. No need to be wasteful and ditch stuff…that isn’t good for the environment! With that being said, the world is a wonderful place to live right now, full of beautiful AND useful products that are also ecological. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just things I use everyday and am very pleased with. Without further ado…..…

  • Gardening

    The Minimal Pantry

    We live in a 400 sq. home with minimal storage space and all the food we cook is from scratch…so over the last 10 years we have whittled down our pantry to the bare necessities to make pretty much everything we eat. We have learned which ingredients we simply cannot live without. By pairing down our pantry to the minimum needed we have realized how little you need to cook up very satisfying foods Fats: extra virgin olive oil. Yep that’s the only one. we sauté with it, bake with is and make amazing salad dressings. We do have butter in the fridge. but we are talking about the pantry…

  • Food

    Feeding a Busy House

    Today starts our 4 weeks of minimizing and sorting stuff out extravaganza! Sounds more fun than drudgery and reinvention, right? Anyway, this first week we are tackling FOOD. Anything from your pantry to your fridge; how you store it, buy it, and what you do with it! Along with the blog posts, we are going to have smaller tips and ideas on Facebook and Instagram, so hopefully you will follow along there as well. With that in mind, let’s dive right in. It is no secret that managing life is crazy for almost all of us. For me, it is juggling the kids and Mr. Peach’s job with this blog…

  • Gardening

    5 Tips to Ordering Seeds

    The arrival of seed catalogs in the dead of winter is such pure joy for these two sisters that we believe it should be a holiday!  Dee and I had our first annual Seed Celebration in February 2018, where we discussed the previous years’ gardens, and enjoyed some snacks and libations.  Oh yeah, we also hatched the plan to start this blog!  Definitely seems like an annual tradition to us. In honor of our new, totally made up holiday, we bring to you The Top 5 Ways to Succeed When Ordering Seeds… Order seed catalogs from similar climates as you This year we ordered from Seed Treasures, Bakers Creek and…

  • Organizing

    Streamlining This January

    A new year is the chance to start something fresh, try something you have never tried before and to rid yourself of the crap that has been dragging you down. We thought it was a great time to do a little minimalizing in aspects of our lives as well, and to that end, maybe you were looking to do it with us! We have devised a little 4 week system, starting January 7th, to streamline your life in 4 different areas: Food, Life, Stuff and Environmental Impact (still trying to think of a way to make that into one word). On our Instagram account we will be posting daily what…

  • Sisters

    Our Goals for 2019

    The Peach House: I usually do New Year’s Resolutions as goals, and do as many as the year is (so 19 for this coming year, not 2,019. And I have been doing this about 6 or 7 years, so I totally missed crushing the early 2000s). So, while personally I am still making 19 goals, for the purposes of the blog I am only listing half here! Complete the courtyard in our front yard. The Peach House was sorely lacking in curb appeal when we bought it, and every year we try to do something to make it better. in 2017 we painted the exterior of the house, 2018 saw…

  • homesteading

    18 Great Things I Did, Bought or Discovered this Year

    We have a little 2018 flashback for you all today, in the form of things we did or bought that we loved this year!  For the first time ever, we are also doing a joint post!!  So without further ado… From The Peach House: Happy Not Perfect App – I downloaded this about 6 weeks ago and really love it.  It helps me to start my day with positivism and calmness and usually helps to stop a bad day in its tracks (not always but it has helped me).  It contains a few exercises, such as moderating your breathing, journal your grievances, and listing things you are grateful for.  Every…

  • Holidays

    How we celebrate the winter solstice

    Winter is when we cozy up in the house and really slow down and enjoy all bounty of the homestead. The Crow homestead is located in northern Minnesota and we experience significant changes in the daylight between summer and winter. Because we live off the grid our daily lives are deeply impacted by these natural rhythms….and it turns out to be one of my favorite parts of our lifestyle! The winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Today on the Crow homestead the sunrise was at 7:55 am and it will set at 4:20 pm. We have a couple of traditions to celebrate the dark and the cold.…

  • homesteading

    Why My Present Self is Thanking My Past Self

    This time of year, hey?  Running ourselves ragged, trying to get everything done (she says as her Christmas cards are not quite ready for the post office…) and always feeling behind the eight ball.  I get it and I am there with you!  But I want to tell you how a couple of things I did in the fall is helping me out SO MUCH right now. All of those tomatoes I froze.  I chose to forgo canning this year because our fall was nuts, and pulling out all of the canning gear was more than I could handle.  Instead, I cooked up tomatoes when I had a bunch (and…

  • animals

    3 Tips to Keeping Chickens in Winter

    Chickens are an important part of the Crow Homestead and keeping them happy in the winter takes a bit of work and planning.  The biggest factor for us is that we are located in a seriously cold place…typically in the winter we have several nights dip below -45 F!   Along with the brutal cold, we do not have any electricity….no solar, no nothin’.  This means we cannot use heat lights or heated water containers for our gals. Tip #1 Choose the right animals and the right breed The most important thing to successfully keeping any animal is to choose ones that are best suited to where you live. For…