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My Garden Bed (FAIL?)

November 17, 2017

Hey guys! I decided to tackle my first garden bed and although it took a few attempts to get it just right, I love what we ended up with! If you want to try this at home I would definitely recommend customizing the size and shape for what works best for your property.  The measurements below are what we ended up with after having to seriously re-think our first attempt, but do what works best for you!


 Materials Needed:
-Four 8′ Redwood Planks
(Cut ONE into 2 x 30″ pieces and 1 x 36″ piece)
-Two 66″ Redwood Planks
-Ten 18″ 2 x 4 planks
-Wood Screws

Basic Build Steps:
1. Measure the space and draw plans accordingly (mine are above).
2. Cut, or have cut, each plank to the desired measurements.
3. Lay out the shape of the bed and screw in several 18″ 2 x 4 support planks at each corner where the planks will connect to one another. For long sections middle supports are optional.
4. With the supports in place, begin securing the corners of the bed using a screw gun, drill bit, and large wood screws.
5. Once the bed structure is built, measure and dig holes accordingly to drop in the garden bed so it is flush with the ground.
6. Drop in the bed and fill in each support hole with excess dirt.
7. If you have a gopher or rabbit issue, be sure to install wire mesh using gloves, a wire cutter, and a staple gun. Drape the mesh up the side of the bed and secure with a staple gun.
8. Fill in with soil and ENJOY!


 XO,

Rachel Talbott

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My Weekly Cleaning Routine

August 31, 2017

Hey guys! I partnered with The Grove Collaborative to share some products I like to use while cleaning, and also my current weekly routine. They’ve also given me a great FREE gift for all my viewers when you join and spend $20! Check out the details here!

I created a free print out below to use as a guide for keeping your house clean and organized! I find these EXTREMELY helpful for staying on task and being as efficient as possible because nobody is swimming in time nowadays!

If you are NEW to Grove Collaborative you can click here for the FREE Mrs. Meyers products & scrubber gift with purchase set (FREE with a purchase of $20 or more)! If you are an existing member, click here for a free walnut scrubber sponge!

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The Grove Collaborative can only ship to the lower 48 states and unfortunately doesn’t yet ship to Hawaii or Alaska or Canada. To redeem the free gift you have to spend $20 to check out, and that the gift is for new customers. Existing customers will be able to get a free set of our Walnut Scrubber sponges added to their next order. My tip is to be sure to adjust your order monthly so you get items auto shipped to you that you want, and don’t get too much of one thing that you don’t need. I adjust my order all the time based on what I need and don’t need!

It’s definitely a time saver and I hope you ENJOY!


xoxo,

Rachel

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FREE Moving Guides

July 17, 2017

Here are my essential moving guides and checklist from my latest video! You can print them out at home for FREE and use them for you next move! They made my move SOOOOOOOO much easier for everyone! Let me know how they work for you too!

MovineChecklist

| Free Moving Checklist Printable: HERE |


 RoomGuide

| Free Move Day Room Guide: HERE |


 XO,

Rachel

Recipes

Quinoa Salad Bowl

April 26, 2017

I’m a huge quinoa bowl girl! I usually make it simply by combining some freshly made quinoa with a little arugala, avocado, squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and oh my goodness—SO GOOD! If you want to take that recipe to the next level, this is the recipe for you. It’s still so simple to make and the flavor components are on point =)

Greek Quinoa Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 handfuls of arugula
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 of a sliced avocado
  • pinch of fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp of hummus
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook 1/2 a cup of quinoa according to instructions. Typically it's a 1:2 ration of quinoa and water; cook covered on medium heat until the water is completely absorbed.
  2. In a medium bowl start by adding a bed of arugula. Top with cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, 1/2 of a sliced avocado, the warm quinoa, pinch of fresh parsley, 2 tbsp of hummus, 1/2 of a squeezed lemon, drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. ENJOY!
http://racheltalbott.com/quinoa-salad-bowl/


 XO,

Rachel

Recipes

The Ultimate Pho Bowl

April 25, 2017

I adapted this recipe from TheBlenderest.com and it’s soooooooo BOMB! I made mine with vegan ramen noodles instead, but I’d love to try this with zucchini noodles sometime soon. Either way, this one was a hit in my house!

The Ultimate Pho Bowl

The Ultimate Pho Bowl

Ingredients

    Broth:
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 3-5 cloves
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2-3 drops anise extract
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ramen noodles
  • Toppers:
  • Sriracha
  • Lime
  • Fresh Basil
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Hoisin Sauce

Instructions

  1. Begin by toasting your spices in a small pan on medium heat. Combine 1 stick of cinnamon, 1 tsp of coriander seeds, and 3-5 cloves. Toast until they begin to brown and become fragrant. Place in a cheese cloth and tie with cooking twine. Set aside.
  2. Halve a white onion and a two inch piece of ginger. Place them on a baking sheet and broil until they are slightly charred. Remove from heat and begin to assemble the broth.
  3. In a medium sauce pan combine 4 cups of vegetable stock, charred onion and ginger, the bag of toasted spices, 2-3 drops of anise extract, 2 tbsp of soy sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce to low, and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Once reduced, remove the onion, ginger, and spice bag from the broth. Drop in the ramen noodles and cook according to instructions. When the noodles are perfectly tender, begin to plate.
  5. Carefully pour the pho into a large bowl and top with your favorite toppings. I went with plenty of fresh basil, bean sprouts, siracha, hoisin sauce, and a lot of freshly squeezed lime juice!
http://racheltalbott.com/the-ultimate-pho-bowl/


 XO,

Rachel