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Month: March 2014 (page 1 of 2)

Buttermilk and Honey Pie

A few weekends ago, Richard and I went to Piebird in downtown Raleigh for dinner. It’s one of my favorite coffee and dessert spots, but their savory pies are equally good!

He and I both love the sweet/salty combination, so we ended up ordering an entire pie for dessert – yep, fatties, I know. We ordered the Honey and Sea Salt Pie, and nommed on it for the next couple of days.

Okay, maybe just the next day.

Give us a break, though. We weren’t total fatties — I gave some to my parents.

Anyways, I just HAD to recreate this pie. With a little help from my Pinterest page, I found a recipe from the blog A Beautiful Mess and it seemed to fit the bill.

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Buttermilk and Honey Pie with Sea Salt // slightly adapted from A Beautiful Mess
Yields 1 pie

3 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
plus flaky sea salt for garnish

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Whisk the eggs, sugar, and honey. Yes, you can still see our painter’s tape…

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Then stir in the remaining ingredients and pour into your favorite pie crust (I used Pillsbury). Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes until the sides are golden brown and the pie is set (it will still have a slight jiggle in the center).

Allow to fully cool before serving — I did not do this, because I have no will power.

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After plating, I generously sprinkled our slices with flaky sea salt, yum… This super-easy pie certainly satisfied our sweet/salty cravings. Plus, it seems perfect for an easy Easter dessert!

Happy Monday!

xo Cassie

Appreciating Family

We’ve made it back home to North Carolina after a rainy but fun and eventful weekend in D.C. with my brother Patrick! Believe it or not, it started SNOWING on our way out of the city today.

Yeah, it’s almost April, and it was snowing.


In happier news, today is Mother’s Day in the UK — and even though Richard’s Mum now lives in South Africa, I’d like to wish her a very Happy Mother’s Day! Can’t wait to finally meet you in a few short weeks!

On the topic of family being afar, when I first met Richard, I was amazed that he lived here in the US, alone. I couldn’t get over how lonely it must be for him, with the rest of his family living thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean. He told me that it was a struggle when he first moved to the US. He made friends, sure, but spending time with your family is a much different feeling. He explained to me that he simply has to work a little harder at maintaining those family relationships and bonds. He tries his very best to stay in contact by texting, calling, sending photos, etc — but it definitely takes effort. When you don’t see someone for months, or even years, it can be far too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of one’s own life, between work, errands, and the occasional social outing with friends. But the effort to keep in touch is worth more than words can explain.

I admire Richard. I didn’t know him when he first moved here from England nearly 14 years ago, but I know that he must have been nervous and uncertain of the new life that he was starting. I’m so very happy to soon be able to call his family my family, too. I mean, I feel like they already are!

Spending the weekend with Patrick was great. I love catching up with him — we’ve always gotten along so well. We have never been the kind of siblings that fight much, if ever. Not being able to see my family would be a huge adjustment for me. For example, I get to see my parents and sister pretty much whenever I want. They live 15 minutes away!

I’m not saying that I’m a baby, but I like knowing that I can swing by their house and drop off a dessert that I want them to try, or pop in to see my sister Kara and ask how school is going (UNCW, class of 2018!), or give Lexi (their poodle) a quick snuggle and some treats.

Me and my parents

I always hug my parents goodbye, too. Even when I have plans to see them the next day. Nothing beats a good solid hug from someone you love.

Apologies if this post is a bit sappy, but seeing my brother this weekend got me thinking — we should all make a little more of an effort when it comes to showing our family how much they mean to us.

xo Cassie

D.C. Brunch and a River Cruise

Ohhh, brunch.

When my brother first moved to the district, he taught Richard and I that “brunch” is a pivotal part of the weekend city culture. And it’s true. Tapas, waffles, dim sum, cupcakes… pretty much whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s never more than a metro station away.

Rich and I are really enjoying our D.C. weekend with my brother Patrick! So far, we’ve been to countless bars and restaurants — and we’re really looking forward to spending another few hours in the Newseum tomorrow (our tickets are good for two days). That place is amazing!

Here are a few pics of the trip so far…

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It was supposed to rain, but somehow we got lucky!

I hope you’ve had a nice start to the weekend!

xo Cassie

Living Room Makeover – Part 1

Today’s post was going to be a stuffed acorn squash recipe.

WELP, 15 or so homemade crab rangoons later… and it’s a post about the progress in our living room instead.

Don’t worry, I’ll share the crab rangoons recipe one day.

I mean, I have to. Richard said that I earned an extra 5,000 wife points with those rangoons. Yay!

We have decided to paint our living room teal. Valspar’s Gypsy Teal, to be exact. Here’s a couple before / process photos. I suppose they aren’t “official” before photos, since they were taken after we started painting.

Plus, there usually isn’t blue tape all over our living room.

Now, the cat stuff all over the living room… unfortunately, my friends, that IS real.


How many cat trees and scratching posts are really necessary anyways? In reality, none. Because they still choose the couch.


You can see where we have started with the teal!


Haven’t done the edges yet, but I’m loving it so far! Definitely a few more coats needed.

I’ll keep the progress pictures coming, and the acorn squash recipe will make it on here one day.

We’re headed to D.C. for the weekend post-work tomorrow — follow me on Instagram (@beetandbaguette or link top-right of this page) for pics!

xo Cassie

Wedding: A Color Palette

Countdown to “I do.” – 278 days!

As some of you know, I love Pinterest. It’s a great tool for gathering little snippets of inspiration — everything from garden ideas to vacation spots to wedding dresses.

Clearly, you can see where this is headed.

For your visual enjoyment, here’s some PINspiration that I’ve been loving lately.


It’s pretty evident that I’m thinking lots of blush pink, soft ivory, sparkly gold, and SOME shade of green (or maybe a few shades?) for our December wedding. It’s all so exciting!

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

xo Cassie

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