• 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


    Ten Days…Still Incomplete DIY Kitchen

    by  • April 15, 2014 • Featured, Kitchen Renovation • 2 Comments

    ikea kitchen in progress

    Distractions like mushrooms, transplants, work and baby chicks aside, our DIY kitchen still isn’t completely functional. So much for the ambitious schedule. But we have been working day in and out. The IKEA cabinet delivery was a disaster but we’re working with them to make it right. We do have double ovens, sink, dishwasher, a...

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    A Mycophilia Interlude

    by  • April 11, 2014 • Featured, Gardening & Pets, Homesteading • 1 Comment

    wild oyster mushroom bed

    Our #diykitchen renovation project should be taking all our time, but we’re distracted by babies. Tiny seedlings, baby chicks, and these exciting newborns. Way back in the late autumn, I built a bed of wood chips, straw, and oyster mushroom spawn. It was old, suspected non-viable spawn from Swainway Urban Farm worthwhile only of...

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    Lessons in Demolition

    by  • April 6, 2014 • Featured, Kitchen Renovation • 2 Comments

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    1) Demolition is fun for the first swing. Then you will get tired. Lil effectively removed zero material but has been a trooper about entertaining herself while we work. 2) You will need a sawsall. We had two going at once a few times. 3) You will struggle with certain tasks until you find...

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    BIG Plans {Friday Five}

    by  • March 14, 2014 • Featured, Home & Family, Kitchen Renovation • 2 Comments

    What’s going on behind the computer these days? Planning, saving, measuring, and more planning. In the coming few months, our little homestead will undergo a lot of changes. Here’s what’s going on: Kitchen Renovation Underway – When Uncle Leonard, our personal contractor-like friend, suggests moving up the start date for the big gut and...

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