Monthly Archives: September 2015

Zen, Motorcycles, Kerouac and Road Less Traveled

sunflower path

sunflower path in my backyard

I’ve tried to read Keroac’s On the Road.  I couldn’t get past the first chapter.  The women are left at home.  Stories tend to leave the women at home. Makes it hard for me to relate.  I’m a woman and before the story starts, I’m left behind.

I haven’t tried reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  It’s on order from the library.  I  do have Zen and Now.  It’s author has traveled the same route and wrote about it.  I don’t feel left out but it does make me wonder why not go on ones own journey.

This thought could be the result that the book I was given when I was in my 20’s was The Road Less Traveled.  I don’t remember much of it other than it was a type of self help tome.  It seems I’ve assimilated the messages for I tend to be doing what I do regardless what others are doing or think.

I can tell you that staying home is an adventure in itself. I find life very rich, even in my backyard. I have tall sunflowers, a knee high ash tree, passion flowers, turk’s cap, basils, tomatoes, grape vines and a wisteria which makes me think of my paternal grandmother.

If I sit still long enough and watch I’ll see bees, moths, finches, dove, robins, as well as my chicken owning the whole yard instead of staying in her section I’ve created.

Don’t get me wrong, I have been out and about, California, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Florida, Mexico, England, France and Dominican Republic to name a few.

If you’ll sit still long enough, I may just wax poetic and share a few stories.


Creating Frankenstein Breakfast Casserole

frankenstein breakfast casserole

frankenstein breakfast casserole

This morning I took a little of this and a little of that and created what I call Frankenstein.  There is a lot of things I will do different next time, but I wouldn’t know if I hadn’t put this dish together the way I did.

I was curious and wondered, “What if…?” I combined what I do for bread pudding with a souffle recipe. We also had some stovetop apple pie left and I added it in the middle.  I waffled on when to put the crumb topping.  I put it in the middle but think the dish would look nicer with it on top.

The souffle part didn’t rise.  But the pan isn’t right, will need to figure out what I want to do to correct  that.

Almost wish I had made apple turnovers, otherwise known as hand-pies.  It would have been fun to harvest with one hand and eat with the other.