• 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? …

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Denise,  DIY

    Adding Outdoor Space

    It has always been a dream of mine to live in a home with a screened in porch.  *sigh*  I am cursed with the tastiest blood known to mosquitoes, and given that Minnesota is home to more mosquitoes per square inch than anywhere else on the planet (I dare you to prove me wrong), a screened in porch has always seemed to be the one way for me to enjoy the outdoors in the evening.  But adding a screened in porch is expensive! Our current home has a two level deck, and ever since we moved in, my husband and I have talked about making that upper deck a screened…