• 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


    Garden Experiments 2014

    by  • May 29, 2014 • Featured, Gardening & Pets • 9 Comments

    artichoke seedling

    I don’t believe much of anything that doesn’t have some evidence to go along with it. Maybe I have issues with authority, or maybe I’m too well-trained as a scientist, but sometimes I don’t even believe evidence provided by other people. I like to test things myself. The garden is my experimental lab. I...

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    Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market

    by  • May 15, 2014 • Farm & Market Tours, Featured • 0 Comments

    westerville farmers market

    Lil and I needed to pick up vegetables for dinner yesterday and decided to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market. The market is held on Wednesday afternoons at the corner of North State and East Home streets. It is a small market but highly selective about vendors, choosing the best vegetable growers, meat farmers,...

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    Tiny Turtle

    by  • May 13, 2014 • Featured, Gardening & Pets, Ohio, Travel • 0 Comments

    juvenile midland painted turtle

    Guest post today by Lil! We found a tiny turtle at Magee Marsh along Lake Erie this weekend. It was so cute I wished I could take it home.   I observed that it had a very orange belly and some stripes on its shell. It looks like its shell was layered like shingles....

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    All The Details #diykitchen

    by  • April 30, 2014 • Family, Featured, Kitchen Renovation • 2 Comments

    drawer pulls on ikea ramsjo

    The flooring, appliances, and cabinets are all set in our DIY kitchen project so now we’re left with the little, annoying, time consuming details. I focused, measured, and drilled the fourscore drawer and door pulls so now the doors are functional. Alex has two of five zinc-covered counter tops installed. I replaced outlets and switches...

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    Finished Enough #DIYKitchen

    by  • April 23, 2014 • Featured, Kitchen Renovation • 1 Comment

    DIY kitchen in progress

    On Easter Sunday, sixteen days after tearing out the old kitchen, we hosted our first dinner in the new kitchen. The physical and emotional exhaustion of working morning to night for weeks washed away in the company of the people we love most. The counters might still be in progress, cabinets still empty, and...

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    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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