beets, cake

it was my friend jessica’s birthday the other day, so we celebrated by baking a beautiful beet cake!  (well, to be honest, my friends made the cake and i just documented its creation.)

i baked this cake once last year, but this time around was so much better.  it was probably due to the addition of icing, a second layer, and the fact that miss taylor is a baking wizard!  you can find the whole recipe (and more photos) on her lovely little blog.

who ever thought beets and chocolate would go hand-in-hand!  they totally do.

(inspired by tiger in a jar)

folk fest

these five days are one of my favourite things about summer.  no matter how stressful or busy the previous week was, as soon as i find myself driving to bird’s hill park, car packed full, with the windows rolled down and the warm sun on my arms,  i can’t stop smiling. bare feet, delicious food, running into friends, throwing a frisbee around as the sun sets, sleeping in the shade during the day (as opposed to sleeping at night), dancing in a sea of people and feeling the music in my bones. i love how everyone just lets go and there are no judgments or expectations. my friend janis has some beautiful photos from her festival experience here and here.

the music was excellent this year.  my favourites (new and old, in no particular order) were: feist, bahamas, the barr brothers, the head and the heart, james vincent mcmorrow, devotchka, k’naan, iron and wine, blitzen trapper, ozomatli and royal wood. lots of chills and plenty of dancing!

sidenote: that last photo is actually two exposures that overlapped on my film camera! two separate jumps, isn’t that nuts? totally unexpected.

(these two songs i love especially)