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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

Packing for Asheville, NC //

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

Hello, Weekend!

The truth is, dearest readers (few of you as there may be), I had every intention of bringing you a healthy and delicious Friday Feast recipe today.

I woke up, made my coffee, checked my emails, and then decided to try baking black bean brownies.



Not good.

Literally a #ICantEven experience.

To be fair, the recipe itself didn’t even seem very appealing. However, I was convinced that I could make a few tweaks here and there to better my chances at these brownies not tasting like straight-up, well, you know. I’m a fixer. I’m a revamper. (I don’t even know if that’s really a word.) BUT NO, I was wrong.

I know, there are loads of black bean brownie recipes lingering out there in the internet universe, but why?! You’re making BROWNIES. Sometimes I just have to tell myself, “Cassie, not everything has to be healthified.” I mean, a brownie is an indulgence. Let it be just that.

Which brings us to 11:54am and no awesome healthy brownie recipe to share. You can’t win ’em all.

Whew, with that out of the way, I can share some fun weekend plans with you!

I get to see both of my siblings this weekend! My brother is driving down from D.C. and my sister is driving up from Wilmington. Patrick and I will get some bro-sis time in this afternoon at The Roost (beer garden at Fearrington Village), with Richard joining us a bit later. It’s definitely a beautiful day for being outdoors and soaking up the sun. Tomorrow, a few of us are heading to Brewgaloo in downtown Raleigh for an afternoon of (more) beer samples and live music. Oh, and rain. …Yay!

We’ll also be celebrating something quite special — I accepted a job offer!

I’m so so so excited, and as much as I want to share the details with you, I think it’s better that I wait until after I’ve at least filled out the paperwork and officially joined the company. Ha! Seems more appropriate, right?

I hope that you have a really lovely weekend.

Oh, and if you feel the urge to bake brownies…


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.


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 //

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 //

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! //

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 //

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

Hiking at Umstead State Park

Whew, Friday certainly snuck up on me yesterday — and I did not have a Friday Feast to share with you!

Richard took the day off, though, so we enjoyed our own little “Friday Frolick” with a tuna salad sandwich picnic and hiking at William B. Umstead State Park.

Here are some photos from our adventure!

Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC //

Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC //

Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC //

Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC //

Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC //

Hiking at Umstead State Park in NC //

Get out there and enjoy your weekend!

xo Cassie

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