Cucumber Pinwheels with Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Cream

Our Cucumber Pinwheels with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese are a quick and easy appetizer to bring to family bbq’s, beach picnics or even to have in the fridge on those hot nights when you can’t stomach a full meal. They pair well with lots of dishes.

This has been one crazy week! When we planned out this Summer Produce Series, we chose this week in July because our produce would be ripe and our schedule was open.

We kicked it off Monday, and then Tuesday hit… Continue reading “Cucumber Pinwheels with Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Cream”

Simple Strawberry Jam

Day one of our Summer Produce Series is “filled to the brim” with fruits! Or within ¼ inch of the brim, actually. 😀

Last week we went to visit both of our families for a week; half with each family. While we were at the Gerszewski’s place, we picked pounds and pounds of strawberries and we also jammed some cherries from their early summer crop. Dave’s family has their own farm up in the mountains. They have an abundant variety and thanks to his dad and youngest brother, that variety is constantly growing! My in-loves are pros at processing and preserving their crops to enjoy all year. Their cherries were pitted, bagged and frozen. While frozen cherries are a pretty amazing treat all on their own, they also make a tasty jam for toast or cookies. 
This is our go to jam recipe for fruits that we pull from our yard or receive from the Gerszewski side up in the sierra foothills. All in all we ended up with almost 2 gallons of jam to enjoy even when the winter weather hits. Continue reading “Simple Strawberry Jam”

Summer Produce Series Coming Soon…

Produce season is upon us! It is one of those times during the year where farmers’ markets get fuller and if you are fortunate enough to have your own trees and vines in your yard or homestead…you probably have fruit coming out of every drawer and bin in your fridge!

Produce season is upon us. It is a relatively short season, even in some parts of California. Some farmers’ markets in the mountains are just now seeing the first fruits of all their hard work.

It is one of those times during the year where farmers’ markets fill up with vendors and if you are fortunate enough to have your own trees and vines in your yard or homestead…you probably have fruit coming out of every drawer and bin in your fridge! At one point last week, our entire dining room table was covered with strawberries and plums.
This leads to our first series on the blog; a week of daily recipes to help you preserve and cook your way through all that produce! Continue reading “Summer Produce Series Coming Soon…”

7 Reasons Homesteading is Great for the Modern Family

We believe there are certain lessons to be learned from this lifestyle and we’ve rounded up 7 reasons homesteading is great for the modern family.

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Defining the modern family is often difficult and complicated.  Schedules, sizes, passions and the like, all vary greatly.  While our differences can be great, our goals are often similar in purpose.  We seek a nurturing atmosphere and loving company;  strong and devoted marriages alongside well rounded and developed kiddos.  For me and my husband, having a homesteading mindset is bringing us so much happiness as we build our life together. We believe there are certain lessons to be learned from this lifestyle and we’ve rounded up 7 reasons homesteading is great for the modern family. Continue reading “7 Reasons Homesteading is Great for the Modern Family”

We are the G’s

usHello there!

We are Dave and Elizabeth Gerszewski.  We know… that name is a mouthful!  “Dave” and “Elizabeth” are all you really need to know. Hey, at least our first names are easy!  We are writing to you from the central coast of California.  Our cottage is nestled in a quaint, seaside village halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Sprouted Cottage is all about getting back to the skills and mindset of a bygone era. You know, the stuff your grandma used to tell you stories about. You’ll find articles that show our lifestyle as a young family finding the balance between quality and affordability; convenience and health; living in the media age while desiring a slower pace. We aren’t the perfect homesteading family but we sure do love figuring it out.

Thanks for stopping by.  Grab your coffee (or hot cocoa if you’re more like Dave), put on some fun music, and follow along on our adventure.  We hope you’ll picture yourself right here with us, listening to the waves on the back porch.  Back porch guests are always the best!

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