• 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…

  • crow homestead,  homesteading,  Lindsay

    Animals on the Crow Homestead

    We love our animals and they make our lives SO much more enjoyable!   Now…. Since we live off-the-grid and want to be as self sufficient as possible we expect everything to earn it’s keep.   Our Animals included! Here is the menagerie of beings that make up the Crow Homestead: DOGS Our Boris is the watchdog. He likes to stick by the house and never strays when he is out with us in the woods. He is big and strong, but he knows the chickens and ducks are off limits and almost always keeps the desire to chase them at bay. He is a rescue dog who was 9…

  • Gardening

    2018 Crow Homestead Hits and Misses

    2018 was an exciting growing season on the Crow Homestead!  We buckled down and started 100% of our own seeds, we live in one of the coldest places in the continental U.S. and we were able to start tomato and pepper seeds inside without electricity….this is like a mini miracle people!  We expanded the garden by adding four more 8 x 4 foot raised beds and built the fence. We also added to the orchard by planting pairs of apricot trees, chokecherries and Nanking cherry bushes.  Mr. Crow has been VERY busy!  As with everything we do, we had some failures and some successes.  But I do not view our…

  • Denise,  Gardening

    2018 Peach House Hits and Misses

    Since the garden is all sad and empty now, I thought it would be a good time to recap the season.  Lin will be doing hers as well this week, so come back for that! I tried several new things this year: a tomato trellis system, dried beans, potatoes, brassicas, squash (butternut and spaghetti) and onions.  I also planted sweet peppers, peas, green beans, carrots, kale, watermelon and zucchini!  Here’s the good list: Successes: Red beans – this was so fun for me to grow!  I planted maybe 12 vines, they did not take up a lot of space, and I got a substantial harvest from it (maybe 2 cups…

  • Drinks,  homesteading

    Homemade Mead

      These two sisters have been known to share a libation from time to time, and we enjoy it even more when it is homemade. Dee loaned me a book from her always expanding library called “Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Ellix Katz. The first recipe we have explored is T’ej which is an Ethiopian Mead.  Mead is an alchohol made from honey.   The recipe piqued Mr. Crow’’s interest because  it required few ingredients, all of which we had on hand  that moment the mood struck him to start the process. We used honey, some strawberries (but any fresh fruit will work), basil (again, any herbs will work) and water.…

  • Denise,  Food,  homesteading

    My Hard Working Appliances

    Admittedly, I am a gadget loving girl.  I have almost every kitchen appliance out there, and if I don’t have it now, there’s a good chance I will soon.  And while I have everyday favorites that I use a lot and are my bestest friends (looking at you, espresso machine!), today I want to highlight the appliances that I use the most around this time of year for preserving the food I grew in the garden. Luckily, I use several different ways to store food for the winter, and oftentimes what I use depends on how much time I had in August and September (those months are typically when the…

  • DIY,  Gardening,  homesteading

    How to Start Saving Seeds.

    I can’t wait for the day I don’t need to purchase anything in the spring for the garden.  In my fantasy we will produce enough compost to feed all of our beds, attract enough good insects to battle the bad pests, utilize companion planting to perfection and save ALL of our own seeds.  But we are far from that and I have only started dipping my toe into the world of seed saving!  If you have purchased “open pollinated” or ” heirloom” seed you can save the seeds in the fall and plant them again next year.  With open pollinated seeds you always get offspring that are the same as…

  • Denise,  Food

    Fall Baking

    With 3 kids plus a husband who works from home, someone is always hungry.  Sure, I buy granola bars and other processed snacks, but I don’t like it.  I am not shaming anyone here; it is more that I am a stay-at-home mom who has always enjoyed baking and gosh darnitt, I should bake snacks for my kids!  In a perfect world, they would be whole grain, no sugar, filled to the brim with superfoods….but lets be honest here: it is hard enough to carve out time to bake up a bunch of tidbits as it is right now.  I am not adding to the stress by being militant about…