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I am that  hippie kid who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s . When asked from where specifically, I tend to sum it up with “the United States Collective” I’m a product of Growing up Global ly but in a local form, having never left the US until college. I have lived in 10 different states and several places within and most spots in the middle of nowhere, or at least that is what I thought as a kid.  I only wanted to run and do the opposite of my parents like any normal rebellious child. I dreamed of moving to the city where I would marry a man who wore a suit and worked in an office, I have no idea why but maybe because it was different. Years later I’m grown and have run back to my roots to dig up all those skills I ignored, but know I must have assimilated through some sort of crazy osmosis. I remember fresh fish and game, homemade yogurt, and blackberry picking excursions down by the river that were fueled by motivation: more berries = more pies. With those seeds of self sufficiency planted from my childhood and my hands on education in the outdoor world; I hold degrees in a ski bumming, river rat swimming, climbing vagabonding and more title oddities that only a prolific reader of climbing route names would understand, I have begun to grow roots and enjoy the fruits of tending to my plants.

I have a family of my own and if you know me, you know my husband’s suit, top to bottom consists of a ski hat, down jacket and jeans.  I’m excited to share that wonderful childhood with my children but with my twist. I’m just wondering where they’ll want to run!

Join me  as I rediscover the sweeter things of life through food, family, travel and community.

cheers,
~Rachelle Kimbrell Weymuller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I take photos so that I may share and remember. The practice of living in the moment is an aspiration that I try to live up to on a daily basis, and photography helps me recognize and remember that each instant is unique and that every one of us has the capability to fully experience it in our own way. I have chosen to spend time behind the lens to record these blink-and-you-miss-it moments. I strive to capture the positive facets of life as it is presented each day. Be it a smile on a chicken, a mountain range in flux or the drape of a bride’s veil, life deserves an advocate who is devoted to capturing it at its best. View more of my images at Weymuller Photography.

~E.A. Weymuller III

 

The Important Stuff

The content you find on Caramelize Life is 100% authentically our own. We take the time and put our heart into creating the posts and images so we may share them with you.  For this reason all images found on Caramelize Life cannot be used without permission. If you wish to feature some of our photos, text or media in your blog or website, please contact us first to ask for permission and inquire about licensing rates. See “Copyright and Licensing Terms”. If we do share something that we have not produced ourselves, we will give credit where credit is due. We love to give kudos to all those nouns out there for a job well done, so you may find our links take you to those people, places and things who we find make life sweeter. Likewise, we are earnest with you, our readers, and will be transparent if we sing praises and we are benefiting financially in any way.

Frequently Asked Questions?

How do I contact you?

~Blog inquiries: caramelizelife [at] gmail [dot] com

~Media, Brand and Commercial inquiries: rachelleweymuller [at] gmail [dot] com

Twitter: @RKWeymuller
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Do you do giveaways and product or book reviews?

We haven’t done any giveaways or product reviews yet, but are not opposed to it. If there is something to shout about and it is super awesome we would love to know about it.

 

I am planning on a vacation to the Methow Valley, Washington State where should I go and what’s not to be missed?

Oh, the list is long and it really depends on what you would like to do here.

The Methow Valley experiences all five seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Mud) so pick your favorite or just visit often.

The Summer is lovely and if you drove over the North Cascades Highway 20 you already know how beautiful the American Alps really are.
Autumn is an outdoor lovers paradise here in the Methow. If you can think it up it’s probably an option, unless of course you want take out or shopping after 9pm ;0)
Winter is full of wonder. Ullr lays down a beautiful blanket of snow right about mid December just in time for the Piston Bullies to awake from their slumber and leave their tracks for all ski enthusiasts to follow.
Spring is amazing if you enjoy wild flowers and like us love color after a winter of living in an Ansel Adams photograph. It’s beautiful but change is beautiful too.

I am working on a dedicated page with a list of whatever I can think up. Check it out here!

 

48 Comments Post a comment
  1. Skeeter Austin #

    Looking forward to more. Skeeter

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    March 13, 2012
    • RKW #

      Thank you, the wheels are turning and we are excited. Let us know if there is a topic you are interested in or something you’d like to learn and we’ll get on it.
      ~Caramelize Life

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      March 13, 2012
  2. Will Austin #

    Awesome site can’t wait to see more!!:)

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    March 13, 2012
  3. I am so excited for new recipes to share with my family! I am determined to teach my kids to like more food that I do, and my husband is always excited about new recipes! Hoping to learn some new recipes to use up all the veggies that I am growing this summer! Love the site and so excited!

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    March 14, 2012
  4. I am pleased to find your blog site, and I look forward to the sharing of useful ideas.
    Cheers!
    izzi Avis 🙂

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    March 24, 2012
  5. I’m so pleased to have come across your blog. It’s beautiful with superb recipes. At the moment, most of our living space including the kitchen is out of action so while we can’t get in there, we have more time to browse lovely blogs!! Phillipa

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    May 14, 2012
  6. A Table in the Sun #

    You’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. Check out the other nominees at
    http://www.localfoodcalifornia, then….

    Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
    Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
    Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
    Reveal your 5 blog picks.
    Let them know you chose them by posting on their blog.

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    May 18, 2012
    • Hi Table in the Sun, thank you for nominating us with the Liebster Blog Award we are honored!
      We added it to our pages and a will pass it on to five wonderful blogs.
      cheers!
      Rachelle @ Caramelize Life

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      February 22, 2013
      • A Table in the Sun #

        I can’t wait to see who you’ll pass it on to. I find so many nice blogs this way.

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        February 22, 2013
      • Yes, we are excited to pass on the nomination and cheer! A pay it forward so to speak, makes me smile. Thank you again for the kind award and opportunity to share.
        in gratitude,
        Rachelle @ Caramelize Life

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        February 22, 2013
  7. I’d like to take your blog to the next level, among various professional chefs and writers.

    Please email me if you’re interested.

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    May 20, 2012
  8. Love your sumptuous blog – One Lovely Blog award coming to you with pleasure. Phillipa

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    May 21, 2012
    • We are so glad you are enjoying our blog and hard work. We are having fun with it as you can tell but I am sure you know how much it takes to do it right and have unique content that is original. Thank you for the One Lovely Blog award, it is appreciated. Cheers! Rachelle

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      May 21, 2012
  9. You are more than welcome

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    May 22, 2012
  10. In full agreement with Kayi and Zara – sumptuous is rightfully fitting of what you put together in this blog in word, texture, taste and ambiance. Great work! – Renee

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    May 23, 2012
  11. Hello again,
    French Rhubarb fiend here.
    You’ve probably already been there and got the t-shirt, but I’ve nominated your blog for the sunshine blogger award : http://multifariousmeanderings.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/you-are-my-sunshine/

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    May 28, 2012
  12. I love this…I have been an aspiring chef my entire adult life (I will be aspiring for a long long time). Honestly is it hard to find interesting reading on food. This is great.

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    June 1, 2012
  13. Rachelle! It was so great meeting you this weekend at the blogger conference. So tempted to look into that Volvo program ; ) I’m following you now so I can keep up with your adventures. — Nia Sayers, heykidfoodie.com

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    June 12, 2012
    • Nia, I sent you a personal message but wanted to follow up here. It was fantastic to meet you as well. Blog Her Food 12′ was a blast! Do check out the Volvo program i highly recommend it.
      Cheers! Rachelle @ Caramelize Life

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      June 16, 2012
  14. What a beautiful site and stunning pics, not just the food but the backyard and the very connected to nature feel of it, so happy you visited me so I could return the visit and wallow in your bliss!

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    February 21, 2013
    • Claire, I love how the blogging community works. Thank you for your kind words and glad you like our site. I am excited to have stumbled upon yours and now have a book by Elif Shafak on order…so excited for a new book. cheers!

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      February 21, 2013
      • I hope you enjoy the book, I have just reviewed her most recent novel ‘Honour’ which I enjoyed very much, it will be published in the US on March 7. She improves with every book and I am even more interested now as I will visit Istanbul for the first time in May this year, so wonderful to be reading a writer who has such a great love for her city and culture and yet has one foot as she says in cities around the world.

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        February 21, 2013
      • I am looking forward to it. Enjoy your travels to Turkey. I have good friends who live and work between San Francisco and Turkey. Check out their company; http://www.blueodyssey.com/ Jale is wonderful and full of knowledge about her homes.

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        February 21, 2013
      • Thanks for the link, I can’t wait to get to know the city, it’s food and people.

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        February 21, 2013
      • you are welcome, Turkey is on my list of places to visit for those same reasons, the food, the culture/people and the landscape are so beautiful.

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        February 21, 2013
  15. Hi Rachelle, I’m working on a food project and I’m currently looking for local food bloggers/chef’s/nutritionist to possibly participate. I would be happy to email you more information. My email address is karistaskitchen@gmail.com Thanks so much Rachelle!

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    March 7, 2013
  16. Beautiful photos!! I have to look around and read some more! We are quite similar in that I too dreamed of getting out of a small town for big city life and actually did just that! Now that i’m older I have followed in my Dad’s footsteps and have taken on gardening and wonder why in the world I never did it earlier in my life. I’ve gone back to my roots in a way. I don’t live in a big city but I don’t live in a rural country town either. It’s interesting how our attitude and beliefs and interests change as we become older. And … that’s a good thing!

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    April 25, 2013
    • Thank you, I am ever learning when taking photos and writing. Gardening can be so rewarding as a child I think I just saw the work part. Now older I enjoy the physical aspect, the meditative time, learning and producing food that is so much more flavorful than what I can find in our grocery stores. I am glad that my children share with me those enjoyment factors too. 🙂 Happy Gardening to you!

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      May 9, 2013
  17. I have nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award. I am not sure if you accept awards, but if you do you can find the rules of the nomination here-
    http://queenzdesire.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/maheshwari-sarees-scarfs-and-stoles/

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    November 27, 2013
  18. I am jealous now! 🙂

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    January 12, 2015
  19. Wonderful about. Love the template you used. The way articles sort of go by. Very beautifully written and the photos are enticing!

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    January 20, 2015
  20. You have a great blog Rachelle. Looking forward to getting to know you.
    cate b

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    January 20, 2015
  21. I grew up living in one place, but it was agricultural. We grew some of our own vegetables, went to farms to pick fruit, and we did a lot of canning. I own three editions of The Joy of Cooking, which got more use when I had to cook for a family of four. Besides those three books, I only own two other cookbooks. I took a look at your cookbook page, which is much more impressive. I love your description of yourself as a hippy kid. That used to be me. Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to following your blog!

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    January 21, 2015
    • Hi Robin, ahh yes! You should see my battered copy of The Joy of Cooking, wait I think I have a photo of it. Anyway, it is well loved and our favorite, most used pages are now stapled together and stuck into the book. My girls use it as much as I do… that’s a good sign. I think I have a cook book or any book for that matter addiction. Bookstores love me. In past they’ve sent me gifts for being such a loyal customer!
      I do love our blueberry excursions each summer and then the full harvest put up in late summer through fall.
      Yes, I think I got lucky with my name. Story goes I could have been Sugar… short for SugarMagnolia. Thank goodness it takes to parents to decide! Still my name is character building as no one can hear, say or spell it as it should be. I am also Michelle, Rochelle, Richelle, Rachael the list goes on. I think I remember wanting to be Jennifer or Stacy because people “got” those names 😉 oh well.
      Thanks again! and Cheers to you.

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      January 21, 2015
      • Having moved often, my husband bought me an e-reader to discourage purchasing actual books. Books are heavy to move. I have had to give up a lot of my books due to moving. When we moved a little more than a year ago, the movers complained about all of my boxes of books. How nice to get gifts for being a loyal customer!

        Blueberries were one of our many excursions 🙂

        Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver?

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        January 21, 2015
      • Oh, I know the packing and moving is not my favorite. Yes, I have and I enjoyed reading Animal, vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. But I could use to reread it again.

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        January 21, 2015
  22. Food+ your writing = Bliss! 🙂

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    January 22, 2015
  23. Hello Rachelle! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #13! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!

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    January 23, 2015
  24. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier. You have a fascinating site. I look forward to reading more from you! 🙂

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    January 27, 2015
  25. Hi, I just nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award. Here is the link to my post: https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/the-creative-blogger-award/

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    April 6, 2015

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