Grateful For Tradition

Today is Thanksgiving and I have so much to be grateful for. I have two lovely daughters, an awesome family, passion for life, good health and amazing friends. My Mom is a great cook and many of the recipes I’ve posted and will post in the future come from her little brown wooden and worn recipe box. Favorites that we enjoy year after  year, holiday after holiday. Every Thanksgiving we have corn pudding. So, my Thanksgiving gift to you is this all time favorite recipe!

Mom’s Corn Pudding

1 can corn niblets
1 can creamed corn
1/2 cup sugar (1/4 to 1/2)
2 Tbs. flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup whipping cream


Mix sugar, flour, eggs and milk
Add corn and cream, mix well
Grease a baking dish
Dot with butter on top and sprinkle with nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Bake uncovered for 1 hour



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Art With Soul

There is a wonderful, deviant, and internationally recognized art exhibit in The Motor City called the Heidelberg Project. It’s an eclectic and artsy outdoor living space with homes and yards that span a couple of blocks on Heidelberg and Elliot Streets. You really have to experience it to fully comprehend it’s scope. Some of it is way too deviant for my taste but much of it is cooler than cool. People actually live in these houses that have accumulated years and years of rescued “junk yard” artifacts like moldy old mildew infested stuffed animals that hang out of windows and are piled high in high piles…or rusty old bicycles and tires twisted around rocks…or neon painted  shoes hung on fence posts and heaped under old lawn mowers. It’s eclectic and horrid and magical. The project was started in 1986 by an artist named Tyree Guyton and his Grandfather after he witnessed the Detroit riots at the age of 12. Armed with paint brushes and massive amounts of creativity, they embarked on their vision by turning a few inner city blocks into a gigantic art environment. Read more about this on I find it fascinating and intense and raw. Some of it is bone chilling, some amusing, some fanciful, some down right creepy…all at the same time. Most of all, it’s art. An expression, an emotion, an enigma. You can’t see it and then forget it. It’s one of those places with a dark soul personified in exotic artful expression as the light shines upon it. It’s run down and blighted but beautiful and bright. Although hard to explain, here are some images I took there this weekend. It’s perfect for lensbaby shots. Come on, let’s go on a tour…

The first house I stopped at had alot of girlie pink stuff…

A truck cab turned planter

Each house has it’s own style…this next set is from my favorite house…lots of great textures and forms and sculptures…


Check out this rusted oven filled with all these crazy things that look like big walnuts…

And crazy face sculptures

This one, is, Ummm, creepy…

This one is a little different…

And this next one I took looking up towards the sky and had some fun with it in post editing…I used the “ghostly” filter in Topaz…

This next one one is pretty cool I think…

This image begged for HDR…

Next is a colorful sculpture thing perfect for my lensbaby…

Remember those shoes I mentioned above? Well, voila…

There’s rust down here. Lots of rust. Have I mentioned that I LOVE to photograph rusty things? Well, now you know…and I had alot of fun photographing lots of rust…

Seriously, this is a rust lover’s heaven…

Rust and lensbaby…what a combination!! 🙂

Just one more, I promise…

OK…now for some colorful and fun collectibles…or junk??

In case you need to make a quick call…

Or Pray for Salvation…

You’re covered…

Not even the trees or fire hydrants were left untouched by a paint brush…

Did I also mention that I love to photograph chipped paint? 🙂

Check out the tree…

And to wrap up this little tour, here are some views of the houses…

Remember those mildewy stuffed animals I mentioned earlier, well…

One more house…

And last but not least…one little bloom, still blooming, HOPE…

Hope you enjoyed the tour of this unique little treasure…



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Friendly Faces And Market Places

As most of you who read my blog know, I get alot of my inspiration from my weekly jaunts to Eastern Market. One of the things I love is that I can get lost in the crowd down there. Time is non-existent and I am one with my lens. More often than not, however, my zone is penetrated by farmers or vendors or musicians who strike up conversations with me or make a gesture that makes me smile. Today was no exception. Come with me and I’ll give you a little tour…



This is Rosalie. Her Dad is 88 years old. He’s been a farmer and market vendor since he was 13 years old. For over 70 years he’s been selling his home grown vegetables, every week, every year, at Eastern Market. Roslie asked me to take some photographs for her Dad. She wants him to keep his enthusiasm going as he grows older, and she thought some photos of his stand would help. I’m going to bring her the photos next week. Here are a couple…

This is Rosalie’s 7 pound turnip. She was so proud of it.

Rosalie’s Dad’s Heater! 🙂


These friendly ladies were there with Detroit Council of the Aging…

The market has five sheds. This is the new, big shed. It’s really nice. It’s heated and architecturally pleasing. This fellow was just hanging out in the crowd.

One of the things I love most is the cultural diversity. There are all kinds of people who frequent the market.

This friendly musician is there almost every week. He and I were laughing so hard when I took this photo because he had just blown his horn really loud with a Christmas jingle and startled these two women so much so they practically fell over. Don’t cha love his smile?



These guys are friends. The guy on the left makes popcorn 🙂

I posted this woman a few months ago. She is wonderful. Now she’s making beautiful vine wreaths and I think I’ll get one next week. She is so knowledgeable and friendly. This week I gave her this photo and a couple others I’d taken of her. I always try to bring photos to the vendors that I’ve photographed. It makes us both happy!


Sadly, I think we know the fate of this little fella…

I’ve noticed quite an array of vehicles down here 🙂

Lots and Lots of Bikes down There…

This woman was waiting for her daughter…


And here are a few photos from warmer days at the market…

Nothing like the sound of drums beating on a hot summer day…

I love listening to the musicians!


And I love when the mimes perform…

And then….there are those….that actually fall asleep…on the job 🙂

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Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s a time of transition and introspective reflection for me. The richness of colors, pulling out my favorite sweaters, crisp walks on crunchy leaves, all are like eating comfort foods. And speaking of comfort food, I have a wonderful recipe to share with you all today. It’s full of roots. Roots are a connection to the earth, and this soup will feel warm and grounding. Enjoy!!

Fall Root Soup

1 large Parsnip
2 medium Turnips
1 stalk celery
1 small Butternut Squash
1 medium Sweet Potato
1 medium Sweet Onion
1 quart Organic Vegetable Broth
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper (I like Janes’ Mixed Up Salt)
3 tbs. Butter

Peel and chop vegetables into 1″ cubes and place in baking dish. Generously coat with olive oil and add salt and pepper seasoning. Bake for about 1 hour in a 425 degree oven, or until vegetables are soft.

Meanwhile, saute the onion in the butter in a large pan until they are just clear. Add the vegetable broth and the oven baked vegetables. Simmer for about 5 minutes.

In batches, puree the vegetables and broth in a blender or food processor.

It’s an amazing meal in itself!! Enjoy!!



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Lesson Of The Lens

The farmer said to me…”I can think of alot more interesting things to photograph than those eggs” to which I replied…”You’d be surprised”…

But I wasn’t surprised…

The more I focus in, it seems, the more I see. The lesson of the lens is pretty amazing. When I focus in on someone’s finer qualities, the more I appreciate their essence. When I let go of my old impressions, I can see goodness where before I might have seen imperfection. I’ve looked at ordinary eggs a million times. But on this farmer’s table, I saw them again for the first time.



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The Good That Remains

Sometimes life deals a crummy hand. Sometimes you marry the wrong person for the right reasons. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. I married young and after 15 years found myself in the middle of an ugly divorce. I can sum it up in one sentence. He got all the Christmas ornaments (and there were thousands) but I got his relatives (and there are thousands!) 🙂 Literally. That said, I didn’t get to keep his wonderful Grandmother, but I did get to keep my fond memories of her and this all time favorite recipe.

Noonie’s Chicken
4 Chicken Breast halves
1/2 Cup Sour Cream (I use 3/4 cup)
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce (I use an extra dash or two)
1 Tsp. Celery Salt
1 Tsp. Onion Powder
1 Tsp. Paprika
1/2 Stick of Butter
Mix the sour cream, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, celery salt, onion powder and paprika together. Dip each piece of chicken in the mixture, then roll the chicken and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle generously with bread crumbs, and dot with a generous slice of butter.
Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until done and the breadcrumbs are slightly browned.
Serve with rice pilaf and glazed carrots for a fabulous meal. Enjoy!!




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Humor The Humans

“It’s Like this Sparky…

…it’s a four hour petting farm gig in the City. Suck it up and stop being a stubborn ass. Do you want to make this more miserable than it already is? Fine, then keep bugging Sammy the sheep. Seriously, I know it’s less than desirable when annoying humans say dumb things like ooohhhh you’re so cute and reach out to tossle your head. But here’s the deal Sparky. Can the attitude. We need the gigs. Humor the humans. Let them scratch your ears and you’ll get a handful of peanuts. Now scoot!”



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