beet&baguette

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Month: March 2013

Easter Weekend

Ah, Easter. I grew up with neighborhood Easter egg hunts, hiding dyed eggs in the grass that later condensated and stained dye all over our hands, candy-filled baskets, and later eating 3 or 4 hard-boiled eggs in a single sitting. Talk about ruining your cholesterol early on…

Here’s one of my favorite pictures of my little sister and I on Easter Sunday two years ago.

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It was a warm and sunny Easter, unlike today! Oh well, at least Rich and I were able to enjoy a late lunch with my parents and sister at their place. Haven’t dyed any eggs yet, but maybe we’ll get around to it later this evening.

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These beautiful “Graffiti Eggs” are from Paper & Stitch! Seriously, how cute are they?! Today, Easter eggs are like miniature works of art!

Any Easter search on Pinterest will have you grabbing your car keys and heading to the nearest craft store for things like paint pens, gold leaf foil, and electrical tape! Just don’t forget to swing by the grocery store to stock up on more eggs!

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Yesterday, Rich and I visited Fearrington Village, a quaint village community just south of Chapel Hill, NC.

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The village center boasts three amazing eateries (one being a AAA 5-Diamond rated restaurant), a beautiful inn, an enticing spa, a bookstore, various other shops, as well as a cow pasture!

Ha, Rich is going to hate me for this…

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The weather was perfect for walking, dining al fresco, and photographing the famous belted cows known as the Fearrington Belties!

You’ll quickly see how they got their name.

Meet Cupid. Born on February 13th, Cupid is Fearrington’s second-youngest beltie.

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What a total cutie. According to the Fearrington Instagram feed (@FearringtonNC), an Easter Beltie calf was born at 2pm today! Wish we could have been around for that!

These older belties love showing off for the camera…

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We enjoyed dinner and a bottle of Malbec at The Fearrington Granary after our little photo-excursion.

To make Richard (a Hertfordshire native) feel a bit more at home, I made Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns from Seeded at the Table. Amazing! I think Richard preferred the authentic English Hot Cross Buns from the Fearrington deli. Do you think it has anything to do with Fearrington’s Chef Bedford being English?

You can follow me on Instagram by searching @beetandbaguette — you’ll find hot cross buns, more cow pictures, and some nature shots from this weekend, too!

I hope that you had a wonderful Easter!

Salted Caramel Pie

Thursday was Pi Day. I realize that I’m a bit late to the party, but I DID make a pie on Pi Day, and it was (and still is, we’ve been eating it all weekend) delicious, and quite decadent. This was my first time making caramel… and wow, I was not prepared for the amount of kitchen counter scrubbing that followed. STICKY!

I followed this Food & Wine recipe for Salted Caramel Pie. I was just in the mood for salted caramel and thought, “Hey, why not try that in a pie? Oh look, a recipe!”

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So tasty. And with homemade whipped cream on top… Ugh, to die for.

So incredibly rich and gooey.

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I even used a pre-made graham cracker crust, just to save me the time and effort.

Hey, why not?

During my pie-slicing attempt (imagine slicing through Werther’s Originals), the crust sadly cracked and crumbled.

Not to worry — I used the crumbled graham cracker bits as a topping!

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Make this pie! It’s simple, oh-so-tasty, and… ended up photographing quite well!

Oh right, then this happened today…

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Yep, Guinness Cupcakes.

I may or may not have eaten two of them tonight. In bed. While writing this post.

Happy belated Pi Day and St. Patrick’s Day!

Signs of Spring and Girls’ Brunch

I’ve been in the mood for yet another what’s been going on post.

The season is rapidly warming up here in NC — I’m seeing daffodils everywhere, hosting a brunch that migrated onto my front porch, and Rich and I have had the heat off and the windows open since Friday. The cats love it.

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Yep, more cat pictures. Perhaps that should be the new theme of the blog?

Anyways, I hosted a girls’ brunch on Sunday with two of my good friends Rachel and Bethany. For some impromptu table arrangements (though, we ended up standing around the kitchen counter and bar the entire time, like always), I mixed some fake flowers with some real ones leftover from the arrangement that Richard brought me to celebrate the day that we met one year ago. I used mason jars (cheap, simple, and always elegant no matter the occasion!) and some ribbon to brighten up the miniature bouquets.

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Someone (ahem, a cat, not one of my guests) was later caught with a suspicious rust-colored powder all over their face and tail in the latter part of the morning.

Any ideas?…

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It wasn’t this one…

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She was too busy studying up on her British Seafood, thanks to chef Nathan Outlaw (and Julie for the lovely Christmas gift!)

I have been desperately doing whatever possible to bring springtime into the house, since the weather has me just craving cut flowers (though not in the same way that my cats do) along with bright colors, and fresh, spring air. A blend of colors and unique textures (like my World Market pillows–we got a Union Jack one to represent Rich and an American flag one for me!) always makes for an interesting interior style.

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All in all, brunch was a success! I have the Instagram to prove it.

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My brother Patrick, a fan of D.C.-style brunch no matter the location, would have approved.

Cheers!

March Motivation

How is it already March? Summer is truly going to be here before we know it! With it only being March 4th, I feel pretty accomplished so far. On Saturday, Richard and I ran in the competitive Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K in Wilmington on Saturday.
It was unique to be a part of Komen history, if you will, considering it was Wilmington’s first time hosting the race. I’m not a runner by any means, and I completed the 3.1 miles in exactly 31 minutes, so I am not ashamed of my 10 min/mile pace. I never stopped to walk!

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To start the day off, we woke up at 4am, arrived in Wilmington by 7:30, ran the 5K at 8:30, and were back in Apex by lunchtime. We were in desperate need of carbs and caffeine (new blog title?) and decided to stop at Panera on our way home. We tried their new Mediterranean Egg White Breakfast Sandwich (21 grams of protein!) — Delicious! Healthy and filling. Oh, and we finished it off with some espresso, of course.

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My brother (Patrick) was in town from Washington D.C. this weekend, so Rich and I were able to spend a lot of time with him and the rest of the family. We hung out at all three of the locations that Aviator (a local brewery) calls home — the brewery itself, the taproom (their bar), and the smokehouse (their restaurant specializing in all things NC, like pulled pork and collard greens). You can check out Aviator Brewing Company’s website here.

I watched one of my friend’s cats while she was away this weekend.

Warning, adorable cat pictures ahead.

Meet Leo…

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And Lola…

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Are they not the most precious kitty niece and nephew ever?

Anyways, I’m really excited about my fitness and health goals for the month of March. And speaking of health goals, I’m curious about some of these farm-to-table produce delivery services? Or anything like NatureBox? Seems like a great idea, but I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences if you have used a service like either of these. Now that I’m all 5K-ed up, I am going to try to run every other day. Who knows? Maybe there is a half-marathon in my future! I’d love to hear your fitness and wellness goals!

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Until next time,

Cheers!

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