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It may be a bit early to think of gardening for some of you and we know the groundhog saw his shadow and all that jazz, but here in California we are getting warmer and warmer everyday. Winter was very, VERY mild this year and never really held on. I’m sure this sounds wonderful to some, but we really missed the snow, rain, and chilly weather that reaches a lot of areas in our state. After that horrific, record breaking drought and wildfires, we hoped for more than just one wet year (2016-2017). It wasn’t meant to be apparently, so now it’s time to move on and be grateful for longer days, (and hopefully some spring showers!) Longer days mean there will soon be new fruits and veggies popping up in grocery stores, farmers’ markets and possibly your own back yard! Not sure why you should grow your own food? Check out our post about why you should consider homesteading and why its great for modern families.
“I’ve never grown my own food, what on earth should I plant in my garden?!”
One of the questions we get asked a lot is, “I’ve never grown my own food, what on earth should I plant in my garden?!” It’s a good question and super complex. Until we moved to the cottage, we always had limited space to plant or unique gardening circumstances like minimal sunlight, poor soil etc. As we’ve mentioned before, we both grew up with summer gardens that we loved, so we knew we just needed to work with what we had and figure out the rest. We learned that even a small deck can provide a good amount of fruits or veggies if you choose the right ones for you and your family. You may not be able to grow everything you want, but you’ll know what you can grow successfully and save yourself a ton of money and frustration. Read More
Around here, we eat a lot of soup this time of year. It’s chilly and blustery and soup just comforts you. Our Sprout enjoys soup too. She gets antsy at dinner time because she has to sit still. Haha! I’m sure you all know what I mean, especially if you’ve ever had a high energy, strong willed toddler. Anyways, soup is a quick meal for her and for us. Which is just what we need this time of year.
Soup requires very little skill, which makes it great for busy families like ours. Basically any soup is comprised of a base (usually broth or cream), meat or protein, vegetables, flavor add ins (think bacon, scallions, etc.), and toppings. Once you get that down, the options are endless! It also freezes easily for future meals. Make a big batch a freeze for up to 6 months! Read More
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We thought we would change subjects for a bit and do our very first tutorial here on The Sprouted Cottage! Today we are going to be building a portable, “A” frame chalkboard sign.
Fall is officially here and it’s starting to show. Our maple tree is turning red, the plum tree is turning too. We love autumn, especially here on the coast. The weather is mild and sunny and most of the tourists are back home in school. The other beautiful part of fall is the abundance of produce that ripens at the end of summer/early fall. Especially cucumbers, tomatoes, and green beans. The cooler weather also makes pickling a little less exhausting at the cottage. Read More
In true punny form, we are ending this series with a bang! Today we bring you a delicious and spicy condiment in Day 7 of our Summer Produce Series. Our Spicy Stone Fruit Chutney is the perfect match for grilled pork chops, goat cheese flatbread, or paired with your favorite meats and cheeses. Read More