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Life Lately

Whew, it’s hard to believe that 46 days have passed since our winter wedding!


If you’re on Facebook, you’ve likely seen our wedding photos! I won’t waste time posting them here! I can’t wait to share the link to Krystal’s blog with you once she has prepared a post showcasing her beautiful photography. She did a spectacular job capturing every moment of our big day. Thanks to her collection of photographs, our wedding will never be a fleeting memory, but instead a wonderful photo-story that we can treasure forever.

Here’s a little recap of what we’ve been up to lately:

We saw Tony Bennett at DPAC last night and it was absolutely AMAZING. At 88 years young, that man certainly knows how to captivate his audience. I was a baby and cried pretty much the entire time. And this photo reminds me, I got a haircut! A “long bob”, I believe they are calling it. I had about 7 inches of hair cut off and it feels great to have lighter, more manageable hair!


Mom and I went back to Night Kitchen in downtown Raleigh after picking up my wedding gown from the cleaners. More tasty treats!

Night Kitchen

I made my prettiest dinner the other night! Yes, pretty! Grilled polenta cakes topped with homemade basil pesto, garlic-sautéed shrimp, cherry tomatoes, chopped chives, and a balsamic glaze drizzle. It tasted amazing and was certainly photo-worthy as my most-successful “plating” endeavor.


I finally got around to recreating that adorable sign that I saw at Brewgaloo — just a wooden shadow box frame, a couple of cheap bottles of acrylic paint, and two Sharpie paint markers!


Richard has been very busy at work lately, so I’m doing my best to keep things at home running smoothly — laundry, cooking, cleaning, decorating… The weather has been quite up and down lately. Warm and sunny, and then chilly and drizzly. The weekend weather is looking particularly “all over the place”, with Saturday’s forecasted high climbing to 52°F and Sunday’s only reaching 30°F. Brr! At least Valentine’s Day won’t be the cold day!

We’ve booked a romantic prix fixe dinner for two at Cary’s Belle at the Jones House, as I really enjoyed my lunch there a few weeks ago with my friend Sarah. Excited to spend Valentine’s Day with my husband!

I hope that you’re inside staying warm on this dreary Thursday afternoon. If not, grab some coffee. I hear it helps!

xo Cassie


  1. Your food plating is beautiful!! And I love the “sign”! So cute!

  2. Sign still sideways here! Lovely though.
    Love that polenta and shrimp presentation – you are good girl!!! where’s the recipe (if you used one) from?

    Jasmin is going to help me regarding your wedding photos later today. For some reason when I download any to move them into iPhoto – they just show up as black squares! I really want to keep some and post a few perhaps on my blog – share in e-mails with family and friends – but haven’t been able to yet!

    Glad your celebration for Val-Day was such fun – great pic of the two of you – and love the one with mom.

    Hugs – stay warm – snowbirds (and squirrels) perhaps tomorrow and Tues!!!
    Jasmin has no work today – they won’t open the shop when this cold!
    Love you – Grandma X

    • Cassandra

      February 16, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Eek, FINALLY fixed. Remind me to never try “editing” a post from an iPad! Haha! Hope you are staying warm and toasty inside — happy to hear that your injection is helping with the pain already! xo

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