• Gardening

    Homesteaders Goals

    A 2019 review and 2020 plan It is a great time to look back AND ahead….so let’s get to it! Peach House Goals 2019 edition: Complete the courtyard in our front yard. DONE! Install maintenance free decking on the front entry. Not done. It was a very rainy summer, plus we took a vacation in August that wasn’t planned when I made this list, so we ran out of time. It is slated for the spring! Finish the front entry project. This hit a major hurdle and frankly, not sure when we will be able to do it. We found out that we have plumbing going through the closet we…

  • Gardening

    How to Host an Easy, Breezy Holiday Party

    I really love planning parties. I love adding little details to make it memorable, trying new recipes and just gathering ideas, even if I never use them. I really should have been a party planner, to be honest. But as I get older, and my time gets abbreviated, I have looked towards streamlining my hosting duties. I don’t to sacrifice ALL of the things I love about having a party, but I am trying to be a little smarter about how I incorporate them. Do 1 or 2 “special” items – Make a unique cocktail, or fancy appetizer. Put together one of those giant charcuterie boards that have been sweeping…

  • Gardening

    What Worked This Year (and What Didn’t)

    Another gardening season has passed and it is time to add up our wins and losses. Dee’s Take: It was a good season for me this year at The Peach House. We had a lot of rain, but for the garden is was a perfect amount so that I never had to water! Awesome! However, we went on vacation in August and I feel as if I missed out on a lot of the harvest because of it. Oh well, it was totally worth it. Let’s start out with what went well: Artichokes. Hoooo wheee, did I love growing these! May wasn’t as warm as I would ideally like, so…

  • Kids

    Summering with Teens

    Summer is finally upon us here in Minnesota, and with that comes long days, so every spring I try to come up with some sort of a plan or system to keep our lives running somewhat smoothly during these few months of togetherness. A little backstory…I have been a sahm since my oldest was born, 16 years ago. Around 8 years ago, my husband took a new job and started working from home. For 9 months out of the year, it works great. But summers are always a little tough, at least at the beginning, because the house seems to be brimming with people when all 5 of us are…

  • Food

    Old Fashioned Donuts Taste Test

    On Presidents day this year, we found ourselves with a quiet day at home and a desire for something fun to eat. My middle kid is somewhat of a donut connoisseur, having received a gift card to a supermarket with an impressive baking department for his birthday, he has been working his way through their case of goodies. Lately, he has been enamored with old fashioned donuts, and I can’t say that I blame him! The nooks and crannies give it some crunch with the soft, and they just plain taste awesome! Of course, that lead me to wanting to make my own. Now let me preface this by saying,…

  • Environmental

    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…..…

  • 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…

  • 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…