Friday, September 19, 2014








Drove thru Vermont checking out a Sugar Shack to see how syrup is made, then to a covered bridge It was a wonderful trip

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Drove cross country and didn't blog a bit. So gonna post some pictures anyway
Birds in Thads backyard

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Heading Back

Heading back to what really feels like my second home, Fort Irwin CA. I have been there twice in the last couple of years, once when Stephanie retired and again when Bill quit. I have a real love/hate with the area. I hate the long drive from Barstow to the base, it is dull and boring, folks drive to fast or to slow and its nothing but creosote bush, dry lake beds,sand and rocks.

 Barstow is a rather sad little town, a relic of the 40ies and 50ies, with lots of liquor stores, a couple of grocery stores, empty stores, and fast food stores and a downtown that looks much like every small town in America that WalMart has ruined.

But I love the desert, and the weather. When the wildflowers bloom, they really make a show. I love how the sun plays on the mountains. I love those occasional water feature where birds or all shape and sizes flock to. I love Death Valley, Ash Meadows. I love the Mojave and Lake Havasu and I'm so lucky to be only a couple hours from Joshua Tree.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mexican Onion Soup now that the Onions are so cheap

Mexican Onion Soup.
This was a favorite once upon a time. Going to try it again.

6 large onions, thinly sliced
7 1/2 cups of veggie broth, I'm going to try the No-Chicken broth if I can find it.
1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves,
1/3 cup flour
2 Tablespoons ground NM or California chilies
1 1/4 cups shredded Jack Cheese with jalapenos,
Fried tortilla strips

In large pan place the onions, 1 cup of the broth, and the 3 spices. Cover and cook stirring occasionally until most of the liquid evaporates 25 to 30 minutes, Continue until the onions are caramelized
Mix in flour and cook a few minutes to get the starch out, then add rest of broth,
Garnish with cheese and Tortilla strips.

Note: Okay, 3 T flour at most.  1/3 cup is way to much.











Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Travel while Vegan is always an issue. You can't just stop at a fast food place because even if they have something you can eat, like salads, you can bet something will have an animal byproduct. And when cooking you don't want a million different ingredients. So this is going to be my travel blog with recipes.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Never added our pictures from Jim Creek. We had a wonderful time and actually managed a full week without a cell phone or WIFI.  Its a wonderful campground


Tuesday, July 30, 2013





We spent two days in the town of John Day, Oregon and it was wonderful. We toured the fossil beds, a restored ranch and the Kah Wa Chung Museum all which were pretty wonderful, especially the museum.
Roy's family had a farm in a small community called Lookout. Now the only claim to fame that Lookout CA has was a rather embarrassing and down right nasty event when the town hung a family of Natives for stealing. They really had no proof but that didn't seem to bother the residents, one who could have been Roy's grandfather for all we know. Its very funny that no one's name is mentioned in connection with this event. We stayed in Adin, CA and checked out the cemetery where we found not only Roys Great Grandfather, Isaac Hastings but also two of his children. The broken tombstone was a surprise. It belonged to George Washington Oxendine who was Roy's 2nd Great Grandmothers brother. We didn't know any Oxendines lived in the area. The town of Lookout and Adin are now both pretty sad places, although Adin had a great hamburger restaurant and friendly General Store. Lookout was just ghost town status.