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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?!

Bah!

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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Asheville, NC -- www.beetandbaguette.com

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Asheville, NC -- www.beetandbaguette.com

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Asheville, NC // www.beetandbaguette.com

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

Setting the Scene for Spring

I’m going to be honest with you — I’m not ready for temperatures in the 80s.

And if it has to be hot and humid in April, I’m going to need someone to get me to the coast ASAP.

But here we are.

Mid-April.

Birds chirping away.

Rain and humidity.

Bees angrily hovering over me as I water patio plants.

Pollen rapidly recreating the Dirty Thirties.

My hydrangea begging to be watered 4 times a day.

Springtime // www.beetandbaguette.com

All that complaining aside, I’m so excited to share my latest Target finds with you! Our patio furniture desperately needed new cushions and some pops of color, so here’s what I decided on for the front porch.

Target's Threshold Patio Cushions and Pillows // www.beetandbaguette.com

I’m playing up the coastal colors, since our home’s exterior paint is (to me, at least) reminiscent of a Caribbean cottage! Still working on arranging plants and things, so I’ll share more photos soon. After all, I’m just dying to show you our bright yellow front door all over again.

The herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, sage, and cilantro) are all doing well — trying my best to keep them watered in this heat.

Herb markers from Target! // www.beetandbaguette.com

I hung out with my Mom earlier in the week and she whipped up a delicious (and simple!) warm spinach salad with quinoa, broiled shiitake mushrooms, and crumbled feta. The dressing was a classic mix of olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and cracked black pepper. So good!

Warm Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Broiled Shiitake Mushrooms, and Feta // www.beetandbaguette.com

In other news, our wedding is featured on Chatter, the Fearrington Village blog!

Click the link above to read all about how we met, our romantic engagement, the wedding day festivities, and how much Fearrington means to us both.

xo Cassie

A Few Fearrington Friends

Aaaaaand we’re snowed in again.

Well, sort of.

We could probably leave the house if we had a good reason to, but we don’t… so we’re happily staying indoors keeping warm with our kitty companions.

We haven’t lost power. My parents have, so I hope that their generator keeps them warm today! I’m jealous of their fireplace, that’s for sure.

On a whim, I drove to Fearrington yesterday to play with the zoom lens a bit more. Whew, I bet the village is just stunning today, covered in a thick blanket of fresh snow. My photos show only remnants of Tuesday morning’s snow.

Beltie

Baby Beltie

Baby Beltie

Whirligig by Vollis Simpson

Bird

Squirrel

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Goat

Goat

Song Sparrow

It was a cold, but sunny day at Fearrington. Residents were bustling around in their coats and scarves, stopping at the village post station to pick up letters and parcels, and hurrying to The Goat (the village deli and coffee shop) for hot beverages and a warm lunch.

I wish I could have captured a better photo of what I think is a Red-Shouldered Hawk — but he kept flying from tree to tree, trying hard to avoid the camera!

I love the second goat photo. In the background, you can see another goat strrreeetttccchhhing after a long nap!

The little Song Sparrow, on the other hand, was happily showing off and singing beautiful tunes for me to enjoy whilst snapping away.

I do hope that you haven’t lost electricity — and if you do, please bundle up! What a perfect evening for a bottle of good red wine and a game of Scrabble.

xo Cassie

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?!)

Sandwich

Sandwich

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

Kara’s 18th Birthday

Amidst the painting and cleaning chaos going on at our house this weekend, today is my sister’s 18th birthday!

Happy birthday, Kara! I’m so lucky to have such a caring, smart, and beautiful baby sister. And I’m thrilled that she’s going to be my Maid of Honor!

Here’s a quick visual recap of the weekend so far…

We took Kara to Fearrington on Friday evening.  We showed her the wedding ceremony and reception venues, the gardens, the restaurants, and everything else that the beautiful property has to offer -- the Beltie cows included!  Before bringing Kara along, Fearrington had been a little hideaway that only Richard and I had been to -- even my parents haven't been yet!  We had a lot of fun listening to the live folk music and eating delicious local cheeses.

We took Kara to Fearrington on Friday evening. We showed her the wedding ceremony and reception venues, the gardens, the restaurants, and everything else that the beautiful property has to offer — the Beltie cows included! Before bringing Kara along, Fearrington had been a little hideaway that only Richard and I had been to — even my parents haven’t been yet! The three of us spent the evening listening to live folk music, eating delicious local cheeses, and devouring an amazing s’mores dessert.

A finally thriving plant, some bulb shoots appearing, and a little mushroom garden stake.

A finally thriving plant, some bulb shoots appearing, and a little mushroom garden stake.

The current project.  These bookcases (we have a pair) will be white with yellow shelf-backs.

The current project. These bookcases (we have a pair) will be a creamy white with yellow shelf-backs. Don’t worry, the white you see here is just the primer. I’m not that bad of a painter.

For dinner, Kara picked Fiction Kitchen in downtown Raleigh.  It's a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, that began as a kickstarter project -- how cool is that?!  I got the vegan nori rolls with sashimi-style tofu and a mango chutney.  Delicious!

For dinner, Kara picked Fiction Kitchen in downtown Raleigh. It’s a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, that began as a kickstarter project — how cool is that?! I got the vegan nori rolls with sashimi-style tofu and a mango chutney. Delicious!

Richard and I picked up Kara's favorite Gigi's cupcake, Cookie Dough, and added "18" candles for her special day!

Richard and I picked up Kara’s favorite Gigi’s cupcake, Cookie Dough, and added “18” candles for her special day!

I hope you enjoy that cupcake, Kara. My mouth is watering looking at that picture…

For my local readers, I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy this beautiful weather!

Just don’t forget your Zyrtec.

xo Cassie

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