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Asheville Recap & Life Lately

Whew, where has the time gone?

How is it already May?

Better yet, how is it May 11th?!


Asheville was wonderful. We enjoyed countless local beers, the Biltmore Estate gardens in full bloom, beautiful historic accommodations, and of course, amazing food. Here are some photos from our Asheville adventure!

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If you’ve got a free weekend this summer, make your way to Asheville and be sure keep in mind where to…

STAY // Rankin House Inn or the 1900 Inn on Montford.

EAT // Cúrate, Tupelo Honey Cafe, Corner Kitchen, Table, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, and let’s be honest… there are far too many to list.

DRINK // Asheville Brewing Co., Hi-Wire Brewing, Green Man Brewery, Twin Leaf Brewery, Burial Beer Co., and if you’re into cocktails… Nightbell (owned by Head Chef Katie Button of Cúrate).

DO // Brewery tours, visit the Biltmore Estate (and don’t forget to do the wine tasting and enjoy live music on the lawn in Antler Hill Village), check the calendar for Asheville Community Theatre, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, or just kick it at your awesome B&B.

By the way, many of you already know via Facebook… but I am very excited to announce that I am the newest sales associate at Dovecote at Fearrington Village! Yep, got engaged at Fearrington, got married at Fearrington, and now working at Fearrington. It’s basically a dream come true. I’m so thrilled to be a part of such an amazing team. Also, the beautiful peony at the top of this post is a recent Fearrington garden snap!

Enjoy your week, and stay cool!

xo Cassie

Packing for Asheville, NC

We are so thrilled to be heading off to Asheville later this week for a long weekend getaway!

Back in February of last year, Rich and I spent a weekend there for Valentine’s Day (as an engaged couple!) and then Rich celebrated his bachelor party there back in October with the guys.

The weather should be sunny, but cool, so I’ll be dressing in casual and comfy layers. I’m taking a few favorites from my little springtime fashion roundup!

The fun, printed Aspire Ankle Pants are certainly coming along, as they are my new go-to pant for spring. Lightweight and quick-drying… what’s not to love? I’m bringing a breathable Sugar Wash Tank and a couple of scarves for layering, too.

Packing for Asheville, NC //

Packing for Asheville, NC //

This time around, we’ve got quite a list planned:

1. Visiting Biltmore Estate for the Dressing Downton exhibit
2. Drinking at more than half a dozen local breweries (duh)
3. Seeing A Streetcar Named Desire at Asheville Community Theatre
4. Eating a romantic Spanish dinner at Cúrate
5. Checking out some antiques shops
6. Lunching at Tupelo Honey Cafe
7. Indulging in tasty treats from Vortex Doughnuts

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In other news, congratulations to Kylee — you’ve won the Blue Apron giveaway! Email me at, so that I have your email address to submit for the free trial. Oh, and get ready for some tasty dinners!

Have a favorite spot in Asheville? Let me know about it in the comments below!

xo Cassie

4th of July in D.C.

When deciding what to do for the 4th of July this year, Richard and I decided against Topsail Island with my parents and sister (come on, we just got back from an epic vacation with them). We also decided against drinking IPAs poolside with my friend Rachel (yep, did exactly that for the last two years in a row).

We made plans to head up to DC to spend the long holiday weekend with my brother, Patrick.

And we had a BLAST.

In roughly 80 hours, we…

…ate/drank at approximately 11 bars and restaurants…

Scorpion Bowl

Birch & Barley

Farmers, Fishers, Bakers

Old Ebbitt

…watched the 4th of July parade (and got a tad sunburned)…


…got a little touristy around the White House and National Mall and went inside the Washington Monument, which Patrick and I hadn’t done in 6 years…

White House

White House 2


…went on a moonlight boat cruise…


…watched the DC fireworks show (see title photo)…

…and spent Sunday evening at Busch Gardens where we were able to watch ANOTHER fireworks show! Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any Busch Gardens pictures. I leave my phone in the car, as I’m always paranoid about it slipping out of my pocket on a coaster.

I loved getting spending time in DC with my brother. Richard and I are slowly learning our way around, too!

Bro Sis

Thanks for a fantastic weekend, Patrick! (See you in Busch Gardens soon!)

xo Cassie

Beer Cheese Soup


Beer and cheese in SOUP FORM, what’s not to love?

This may be Richard’s new favorite. Okay, and mine, too.

Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup // slightly adapted from Food & Wine
Yields 4 bowls

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 container Mirepoix , unless you feel like chopping your own celery (1 rib), carrot (1 large), and onion (1 small) — I get my Mirepoix at Trader Joe’s!
1 large jalapeño, seeded and chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
One 12-ounce bottle lager or pilsner — I used Bud Light. I mean, what else am I going to do with it?
About 2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 more tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 pound sharp yellow cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Crusty bread, for serving

1. In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium-high heat. Add the mirepoix (celery, carrot, and onion), chopped jalapeño, garlic, and thyme to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened, 8-10 minutes.
2. Add half of the beer and cook until reduced by half, 5 minutes.
3. Add 2 1/4 cups of chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
4. In a small skillet, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Whisk this roux into the soup until incorporated and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.
5. Add the heavy cream, cheddar cheeses and the remaining beer and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes.
6. Use an immersion blender to puree slightly (it’s so much better when there aren’t huge chunks of carrots or celery).
7. Season with salt and pepper.
8. Ladle into bowls, top with more chopped thyme, and serve soup with crusty bread for dipping.

Beer Cheese Soup


Make this and eat it before you realize that summer is almost here and you’re going to have to put a bathing suit on.

xo Cassie

Family time, and big news!

Okay, I think I am finally returning to my spot in reality after a whirlwind of events this past week!

Last Friday, I drove up to Washington D.C. to stay with my brother for a long weekend.

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He rents the basement apartment of a pretty cool row house in walking distance to the national mall, shopping, Whole Foods Market, awesome eateries, etc.

We had a great brother-sister week that included the Cherry Blossom Festival, fancy cocktails, the best calamari of our lives (on pizza, believe it or not), a day at Busch Gardens, an Andrew McMahon show, vegan recipe tips from new friends, minor sunburns due to the most AMAZING weather imaginable, JUMBO SLICE PIZZA, and plenty of tasty beer flights.

Patrick and I always have a blast together, so I’m thankful that I was able to take a couple of days off to hang with him!

Seriously, though… Calamari on pizza at Farmers Fishers Bakers. Why did I not think of this?

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Also, grocery store sushi is always a good idea. Especially when it’s from somewhere as fancy as Dean & Deluca.

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Our homeboy Andrew put on an AMAZING show at the 930 Club…

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For reference, here’s a picture of Patrick and I at our first ever Andrew McMahon show (Something Corporate) in 2005…


And here’s one of us from the show last weekend (the fact that Patrick is still rocking NCSU colors cracks me up)…

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This beer quite possibly made my entire weekend…

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And when I got home, I was happy to see that my little baby cilantro is producing leaves!

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In other news (AHEM, DRUMROLL, PLZ), I accepted a job offer on Friday! I start May 6th, so that gives me at least ONE good reason to throw a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, right?!

I would love an excuse to make these Vegetarian Chilaquiles from Como, Come, Cami


Okay, my mouth is watering. Time for lunch.

I hope life’s been treating you well, too!

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