Hello, old friends! I’m officially baaaaack from vacation. I spent 10 days away from my usual routine – in Vermont and Maine – and then took a two week blogging break as I adjusted to some new life changes (read on to find out more!). I’m excited to share with you some stories (and lot’s of pictures) from the last couple of weeks.
My first stop on vacation was Enterprise Farm, the supplier of my beloved farm share. The farm is just a 45 minute drive from my house (which is typical in Southern, VT/Western, MA), so it was a no-brainer to take the drive down to South Deerfield and visit. They have a pick your own (PYO) garden for shareholders – while we were there we picked peppers (including purple ones!), kale, rainbow chard, herbs, and flowers.
There’s something special about visiting the place where your food is grown. Doesn’t hurt that it’s a beautiful place.
While I was home, I said goodbye to my childhood home. For the last 26 years, we’ve own about 11 acres of land up a long dirt road in my hometown in Vermont. My dad, who built the house, is downsizing and moving into a condo one town over. While this has been a long time coming, it felt very strange to be in my house and know I wouldn’t be back. For my entire life, this has been home. To say goodbye, my sister and I hiked up to a special place in our backyard called big rock mountain. It’s a small hill in the back of the house that overlooks a steep ridge with a beautiful view (especially in the fall when the leaves clear away). It was much more of a “big” mountain when we were kids, but nonetheless it’s a special place with a lot of memories.
Mid-vacation, my siblings and I were supposed to go camping in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, but bad weather foiled our plans. Unfortunately, I don’t have any Camp Like Kayla recipes to share. I was fortunate to spend some quality time with them though – mostly in the form of getting ice cream every day.
I ended my vacation near Bar Harbor, Maine in a secluded cabin on a large pond with three close girlfriends. We had little to no cell phone reception, only the food we picked up at the grocery store on the way there, and spent most of the weekend in bathing suits and yoga pants having dance parties and drinking frozen cocktails. Talk about a way to relax.
It was the first time in a long time I’ve actually been unplugged (mostly by force) and it felt really good. When you’re isolated from the world and the distraction of facebook/texting/instagram/twitter is removed, it’s nearly impossible to look inward and reflect.
We also made some AMAZING food, pictured below.
Since vacation I’ve kept busy – I moved into a new apartment, had my first jury duty experience, and started grad school (part-time). I feel a little bit like I have a whole new life. It’s that time of year (back to school – literally), where the air changes and things just feel… new.