The temperatures have been dropping this week and mornings are quite frosty.


I finished the Portland Headlight painting — definitely not my favorite, but since I’m just getting back into the swing of painting… I’m okay with it.


I am trying to be better about how I judge my own work and not beat myself up quite so much. I meannnnnn, it has been 4 years since I last painted.

For lunch today, I made myself a delicious tomato, mozzarella, and basil panino (yeah, Giada De Laurentiis would be proud) with a little balsamic glaze — so simple and so tasty. It’s pictured (pre-grilled) at the top of this post!

And last night, I made cookies with some of our wedding gifts! My friend Lesley bought us two Silpat baking mats and some beautiful stainless steel measuring cups. (Thank you!!)


The cookies were my version of an impromptu “ah, we’ve been married for one month!” celebration. I used NestlĂ©’s new caramel-filled chocolate chips. And yes, they are delicious.

Hope you’re staying warm and toasty on these cold NC days!

xo Cassie