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A Brand New Chapter

It’s official — Richard and I tied the knot! On December 28th, we partied the night away with family and friends at the beautiful Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC. Our professional photos will be ready in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for that! For now, I’ll just share this one photo of our first dance.

We got back from our 2-week honeymoon on Sunday afternoon and have spent the last couple nights going to bed early to get some well-needed rest. We had an absolute blast, but certainly missed the kitties!

I’m off work this week and trying to get back into a daily routine, especially since the last month has felt so incredibly chaotic. Did I mention that Richard and I were both sick the week leading up to our wedding? Meaning… the week of CHRISTMAS. Yeah, that wasn’t fun.

We’re doing much better now (whew!) and working hard to shed the ~5 lbs that we each gained from eating too much “cruise food”. I’m loving lunching on veggie sandwiches and kale salads and throwing together easy baked fish with healthy sides for dinners. I made this sandwich for myself yesterday and for Richard today (I pack his lunch — such a good wife, right?!)



So simple:

1 store-bought potato roll or onion roll
1 tbsp little light mayo
1 sliced sweet pepper (such as piquillo)
1 small sliced beet (I buy Love Beets from Whole Foods or Target)
1 slice swiss cheese (or any variety!)
a handful of alfalfa sprouts

Seriously, super yummy and satisfying.

New Year 1

Also, how cute are these “pierced” dessert plates that a friend gave us as a wedding gift?! Another thing on my to-do list: find places for all of our gifts. From beautiful Anthropologie cloth cocktail napkins to an 18-piece Pyrex set… I’ve got a lot of organizing to do!

New Year 2

I hope that you had a lovely holiday season and warmest of wishes for a fun-filled new year!

xo Cassie


  1. Welcome home – glad to know your honeymoon was fabulous!
    You’ve been missed.
    Looks like a good sandwich – we love beets too! Those plates are so pretty.
    See you soon – hugs to you both XX

    • Cassandra

      January 23, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Beets are so unique! I tried beets for the first time only a few years ago — and I absolutely love them! We had these veggie sandwiches again for dinner last night before heading to the Daily Planet Cafe for one of their “Science Thursdays” discussions. This week was hosted by the NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Turtle Rescue Team! Pretty neat to learn about what they do to help those poor turtles that get hit my motor vehicles.

  2. Such a lovely picture of you and Richard. The entire evening was a complete joy. I tried reaching in to grab the sandwich you showed on your blog, but didn’t have any success in retrieving it unfortunately. It looked so good! Wishing you and Richard all the best through the coming years as husband and wife. You should be the perfect couple.


    Granddad Bob

    • Cassandra

      January 23, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Looking back at these photos (I can’t wait until we get the professional ones back from Krystal) reminds me of how magical the entire day truly was. It was so special to be able to spend it with our families and friends in such a beautiful location! Also, I’ll have to bring you one of these sandwiches one day! 🙂

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