• About Rachel

    I live to eat and eat to live, planning every meal to include as much local and seasonal abundance as possible. My favorite color is purple, my favorite vegetable is whatever is fresh and local, and my favorite drink is whatever you're pouring. Follow me @racheltayse

    http://www.harmonioushomestead.com

    Announcing the little farms

    by  • November 14, 2014 • Featured, Gardening & Pets, Ohio • 7 Comments

    the little farms perennial berries

    I’ve long been inspired by the permaculture movement. It just makes sense to invest time in longer-growing, diverse groups of plants because work in the present can benefit for years to come. When I read Mark Shepard’s Restoration Agriculture, I began to see perennial design as a potential humanity-saving system of agriculture and potential...

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    Pet Lovin’ Messes – An Update on Annabel #SwifferEffect #ASPCA #Sponsored

    by  • October 19, 2014 • Family, Gardening & Pets, Home & Family • 1 Comment

    swiffer effect

    Oh, Annabel. Our busy, monochromatic (i.e. hard to photograph!) puppy is the focus of our life right now. Weekly puppy classes, daily training and treats sessions, cuddles, walks, and messes. Messes, everywhere messes. Our homestead normally cleans with rags, reusable towels, and washable mop heads. In fact, it’s a regular goal to eliminate disposable...

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    A New Woodshed

    by  • October 14, 2014 • Featured, Homesteading • 0 Comments

    simple woodshed with pallet sides

    After hobbling through one winter with a tarp-covered pile of not-quite-aged-enough wood, we’re doing it right this year. In a couple afternoons, Alex built a small woodshed. We’re filling it with logs that were taken down over a year ago on the left and standing-dead ash on the right. Alex designed the woodshed as...

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    Meet Annabel

    by  • September 14, 2014 • Featured, Gardening & Pets • 6 Comments

    puppy annabel

    Since Devie the coonhound died in December we’ve been missing a big dog. Our spring and summer were so busy with the kitchen, guests, travel, and farming that we knew we had to wait so that we’d have the time to devote to training a new dog. We said that after Labor Day weekend,...

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    Homegrown Home-canned Salsa {Recipe}

    by  • September 3, 2014 • Featured, Make it Yourself, Preserving, Recipes, Recipes & Meals • 4 Comments

    home canned salsa recipe

    Home-canned salsa. It sounds so simple and yet many people struggle to make something that’s “just right”. The first recipe I tried was too watery. The next was too bland and the third had a too-cooked texture. ┬áThese were all a disappointing use of homegrown tomatoes and peppers! Then finally last year my friend...

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