At the end of March, Mike and I headed to Fayetteville, GA, right outside Atlanta, to visit my aunt and her family. My parents drove down from Michigan - bringing numerous pounds of Kowalski kielbasa with them - and together we had a crazy weekend that I have dubbed Kielbasa Fest 2013. A healthy amount of family and an unhealthy amount of food and alcohol. Night One - beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and salad with an apple bread pudding concoction for dessert. Night Two - kielbasa, kraut, and cheesy potatoes. Day Three: homemade pierogi. Ok and I can't forget Aunt Gloria's ambrosia salad... as she was making it, she claimed that she would be the only one eating it, but in reality everyone found themselves digging in after the drinking started. We even filled a couple pierogi with it to create a bizarre dessert pierogi when we ran out of regular filling. The majority of the weekend was spent outside on the back deck with music playing.
I shot one roll of Ilford HP5 Plus on my Pentax K1000 - unfortunately I ran out of film by the time we got to the pierogi-making, so I am hoping to recreate a bit of that for you this summer. I don't know what it is, but I am loving shooting film. I think shooting film is also rejuvenating my excitement for photographing family events, and all of the normal, everyday moments that sometimes you can take for granted. There was even something serendipitous about picking up the film... as the woman behind the counter found my film she said, "oh, Mee-hall-eek, that's a Polish name!".