My goal here on RE is to help people see the simple side of entertaining. It does take effort, but it’s also so rewarding! Today’s recipe is easy, Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream, a recipe almost anyone can make. How about adding it to your next dinner party menu?

Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream

We’re all in different seasons of life. I like to think of it as the sweetness of life, because every day is a gift. Some of us single, married, with little kids, no kids, big kids. Some of us are longing to entertain more, some of us have been burned by people, so we’re no longer interested in opening our homes. Some of us say we don’t have the money to entertain, some of us really don’t have money, but we’ve figured out how to delegate so we don’t have to do it all.

Some of us see what others have–beautiful homes, we live on Pinterest and Facebook–and it not only reminds us of our failures, of what we do not have, but it can also make us selfish. I hate it when I get sucked in to these joy-stealers. (One of the most common joy-stealers for women is jealousy!) It happens to all of us!

Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream

Stop comparing.

I say stop comparing, and live a joyful life! Put aside what’s bugging you or that you don’t have control over, work on what you do have, the blessings you’ve been given, and be grateful. All eyes off ourselves and on to bigger and brighter things, with purpose and fulfillment in God!

Twenty-four years ago my husband and I started off with a tiny house under 1000 square feet, yet we still hosted (small) dinner parties. I yearned for more space, but I also learned that contentment is a real gift. And that gratitude changes everything. And eventually things do change in life … (By the way, 24 years ago today, my husband asked me to be his wife!)


Start easy.

One thing important for hosting is to make recipes that you’re sure will turn out. Nothing worse than trying a brand new recipe, and it’s a flop. Also, knowing it’s good (and easy) gives you confidence that your menu is going to be great! It’s good to be confident when you host others. When you’re not confident, you’re thinking about the wrong things, and it steals away from what you can offer your guests!

Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream

Embrace the moment.

After making this recipe several times (which, by the way, I used my own peaches from summer canning, but any peaches will do!), and seeing how simple and yummy it was, I actually told myself, I’m serving this at my next dinner party. It doesn’t have to be fancy or gourmet, and the whipped cream on top is enough to “wow” the guests! (Mm-m-m, peach whipped cream!)

Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream

Practice gratitude.

Gratitude changes everything, even when you realize you’re not in the space you want to be in, or how blessed you really are, or that you can never measure up (comparing yourself to so-and-so, and the way they entertain).

Gratitude helps me as I prepare for my dinner guests. It brings me back around to give thanks for what I’ve been given. It helps me accept my gifts and use them, and it helps me rest in the fact that everything is going to be just fine.

Gratitude keeps me grounded.

*I just read Edie’s post today, “You Don’t Have to Change the World … just make dinner.” It’s pairs well with my post today – thank you Edie!

Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream

Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream.

Hospitality is as easy as opening 2 cans of sliced peaches, with the end result a lovely bowl of sweetness with a fluffy cream on top–which is usually how we feel when our guests leave our home and we say our goodbyes. Grateful, tummies full, happy hearts, deeper friendships–the sweetness of life.

Does gratitude help you stay grounded and focused, to enjoy the sweetness of life?

Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream

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Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream

You can make this dessert with fresh or canned peaches; serve warm with sweet peach cream or Vanilla ice cream!


  • 2 24 oz. cans peaches, sliced, drained
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups granola
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp. peach jam


  • Preheat oven to 350. Cut peach slices in half and place in an 8×8 pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • In a small bowl mix the granola and melted butter. Sprinkle on top of the fruit.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Whip cream until almost thick. Add the sugar, vanilla, and peach jam. Mix together until smooth.
  • Serve the crisp warm with Peach Whipped Cream.
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Peach Granola Crisp with Peach Cream

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