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Month: July 2014

What Have I Been Doing This Week You Ask . . .

Why I’ve been baking up a storm!

Not only is this Holga Week 2014, but for me it’s also been “Baking Week.”

I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies:

chocolate chip cookies - photo by Susan Stayer
Chocolate Chip Cookies

I bought a bunch of peaches to make peach jam (another kitchen adventure this week) and had enough leftover to make a peach pie. My Mom is THE BEST pie maker (and chocolate chip cookie maker, too) and this is the closest I’ve ever come to matching hers. It was really, really good.

peach pie - photo by Susan Stayer
Peach Pie

I recently bought a gorgeous red Emile Henry Dutch oven from King Arthur Flour to bake my sourdough bread in. Today was my first attempt at using it. I have to say I’m VERY happy with the way the loaf turned out. Crusty and crunchy on the outside, soft and delicate on the inside, with a mild sourdough tang.

sourdough - photo by Susan Stayer
My ‘artisan’ sourdough

Oh, and I’ve been taking lots of photos with my Holgas, too. You know, for Holga Week 2014!



Found Film

I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for “found film.”

I found a 35mm Minolta point-and-shoot camera at a thrift store in Dayton, Ohio, a couple of summers ago. It had an exposed roll of film in it so naturally I HAD to buy it. Also, it was $3.

Here are some of the photos from the roll:

This interior scene is my favorite:

Found Film 11


Do any of these people look familiar? Do you recognize this room? I’d love to know!

The XA Files: Northeast Minneapolis ‘Edges’

Back in May I went to Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s the largest open studio tour in the country. Two days is not enough time to see all the artists, hear all the music, and eat all the food! We’re talking artwork in more than 60 locations across the Minneapolis area. Before the doors opened at one of the larger studio buildings, I walked around the block and photographed what I considered to be the edges — old buildings and warehouses that are empty, abandoned, or undergoing renovation and repurposing, like many of the artist studio spaces.

I’d like to spend more time wandering around this part of the city. There’s so much to photograph!