Friday, August 29, 2008

I'm picking up where I left off in May...

when I closed Bonni Bakes bakery/cafe and set off for Lund, Sweden (a bike to everywhere city) and Rome. It was a wonderful time shared with family & friends surrounded by ancient cultures, multiple languages, confusing foreign exchange rates and lots of great looking food. I was also on a personal mission to change the direction of my life and define my future path. Seemed like a good plan. In reality those two weeks became an opportunity to unwind, recharge, laugh, hug and cry (especially on the 5th anniversary of my husband Rea's death). I kept looking for inspiration, Divine or otherwise, but all I found was gelato...and more gelato. Not that there's anything wrong with gelato!

In the past I've changed careers when I wasn't happy with what I was doing and felt pulled toward something new that intrigued me. This time it was different. I loved what I was doing but work was taking up way too much time, limiting any personal life. I wasn't running from; I wasn't being pulled toward; I was feeling frustrated, confused and immobilized. Years ago, feeling bogged down in this same situation, Rea threw me a lifeline when he asked, "what do you love to do?" The answer came spilling out without a thought, "baking, cooking, playing with food". As a result I wound up reinventing myself as a baker. Today my answer is still the same, so maybe I'm just missing what's right in front of my eyes. Maybe the issue isn't what to do but rather how to do it. It'll be all about food, fun and sharing. Details to follow.


  1. Hi Kiddo,

    love the photo of the kidz cookies and the bikes. I had a vision of you riding the bike using one hand while the other was holding a pizza box filled with cookies. As you flew by me, your chefs hat was bent back by the wind and the strings of your apron were stretched out behind you. This could become your logo. Who knows? love, judy

  2. Hopefully, you were wearing something BESIDES a chef's hat and apron while riding that bike. The chaffing would be uncommonly problematic. I'm just sayin'. Welcome back! Steve2

  3. I've heard the stories about the nude beaches, but nude biking? Nice to "see" you! Ronda

  4. Hi Bonni,
    I miss your food and your encouraging talks. Maybe there is food therapy in your future. Or writing about food. You are a wonderful writer.
    Have fun blogging,

  5. Hi Bonni - I love what you have started here. You may have a future with Facebook as well. I also think many will benfit from your life-sorting process, that you so articulately described. I am looking forward to seeing photos - lot sof photos to accompany your blogs.
    You've got a fan in me!
    - Lin

  6. We would love to see you back in the kitchen making great BREAD and goodies C & H Z

  7. Your cookie idea was so unique. It was a nice break from all the recent hubub in politix.
    Obama 2012 yeah!!!