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Author Archive | Kayla Tornello

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(Far From) Home for the Holidays

This year will be the tenth time I have celebrated the holidays in Vermont after moving away from my hometown in Ohio. I moved here one week after I graduated from the Ohio State University and two days after I got married. It was a lot of changes to get used to, all at once, […]

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Adventures in Bread Baking

Almost ten years ago, someone gave me a bread machine as a wedding gift. I had never used one before, but I followed the recipes in the little booklet that came with the machine and the bread turned out just fine. However, the loaf was a very strange, tall, and rectangular shape, which didn’t work […]

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An Abundance of Apple Recipes

My entire family loves to visit our local orchard to pick apples. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors as a family while also supporting a local business. However, I always get home from a trip to the orchard and realize that I now have an abundance of apples that I must use before […]

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Thanks, Mom!

As the school year begins, I find myself incredibly busy. My son just started kindergarten this year and my daughter began preschool. There is a whirlwind of paperwork, various meetings, and a constant shuttling of kids back and forth between activities. I work hard to keep things running smoothly, but my kids are completely oblivious […]

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Preschool Prep – Learn from my Mistakes!

My five-year-old son graduated from preschool in June and will be headed off to Kindergarten soon. At the same time, my three-year-old daughter will begin her preschool experience. This time around, I know everything that my child will need in order to be ready for preschool. As a novice preschool mother with my son, I […]

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Why It’s Okay to Talk to Strangers

My son is the most outgoing person I know. He absolutely loves talking to strangers. When he was two years old, he convinced two teenagers to read him a story at the library. Last week, I lost sight of him for a moment at a local park. When I located him, he was sitting on […]

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The ABCs of CSA

When I first moved to Vermont nine years ago, I decided that I wanted to start eating better. I slowly started cooking meals that required fresh ingredients, and not just something from a box or a can. After buying a house two years later, I planted a small vegetable garden. My husband and I loved […]

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Kids’ Picks at the Shelburne Museum

The first time I visited the Shelburne Museum, I was completely intimidated. The museum grounds are huge and filled with so many interesting things. Unfortunately, it is impossible to see everything in one visit, particularly if you have children in tow. Now that I have visited the museum countless times over the past several years, […]

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