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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!

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Get out there and enjoy your weekend!

xo Cassie

English Pancakes

When Richard and I first moved in together, he made us “English pancakes” for breakfast. At the time, I was unaware that there was a difference between American pancakes and English ones.

Many American recipes for “homestyle” pancakes call for buttermilk. They are typically dense, yet somehow still fluffy! MY favorite American pancakes are those cooked with chocolate chips and sliced bananas. Amazing.

English pancakes are similar to crepes — light and thin. The batter is so simple, too! Flour, butter, eggs, milk, salt. Well, you can see where this post is going. My grandmother mentioned English pancakes the other day (because of Shrove Tuesday), so I asked Richard if he would make them for us!

Pancakes

Pancakes

You can find the recipe that we used for English Pancakes here. We topped ours with cane sugar and lemon juice — so tasty!

xo Cassie

Life Lately

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

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!

DPAC

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.

Plating

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!

Freckles

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

Worthwhile Weekends

What a beautiful weekend! Yes, it was a little chilly on Saturday, but we’ve been lucky enough to have sunny and cloudless skies all weekend.

Trail

Saturday morning, we had a delicious brunch at Another Broken Egg Cafe in North Hills with our friends Gerry and Erika and their precious little 1-year-old son, Dylan. In the afternoon, Richard and I walked the greenway trail from Meredith College, my alma mater, to the North Carolina Museum of Art. It was nice to spend some quiet time together (and walk off the beignets). Since Richard works full time during the week, it’s really important to us that we make the most of our weekends together.

We crawled into the “Cloud Chamber” in the NCMA park.

Cloud Chamber

It may have been a little late in the afternoon to see the real camera obscura effect, but it was still really neat! After hiking around for a while, we headed over to Raleigh Brewing (across from Meredith) for a few coffee porters (see header photo).

We did a quick 3-mile run around Bond Lake in Cary today, so now I feel like being rather lazy for the rest of the afternoon.

Anddddd Gretchen spent most of the weekend napping.

Gretchen

xo Cassie

Lazy Sunday

Ah, Sunday…

Coffee is flowing, banana muffins are ready to be consumed, Richard’s Arsenal game is on, the painting is patiently waiting to be completed — I may get to that later. Oh, and the kitties are being cuddly.

Gretchen

It’s been a great first week back from our honeymoon. We spent some time with family and friends, and even celebrated my Dad’s birthday at Bolt Bistro in downtown Raleigh last night. On Thursday, my friend Sarah and I had an amazing lunch at Cary’s new farm-to-table restaurant, Belle at the Jones House.

Belle

I had the vegetarian open-faced sandwich — two sliced of toasted sourdough bread topped with white bean and roasted beet hummus, cucumber, locally-made goat cheese, and mixed greens with a side cup of sweet potato salad. The food was great and the atmosphere is so cute! You can read more about Cary’s historic Jones House here. Richard and I have decided to book a table at Belle for our Valentine’s Day dinner!

Wedding cards and gifts are still trickling in, too! Our bar is completely covered in sweet cards from our friends and relatives.

Wedding cards

The banana muffins that I made are from Southern Vegetarian, a cookbook that I’ve had for over a year… and am just now diving into. The muffins taste wonderful, though they didn’t rise very much! The recipe is very banana-dense, so that could be why they became squatty little muffins.

Veggie

I’m really looking forward to trying more recipes from the book, though. The photographs themselves are mouth-watering!

I hope you have a lovely Sunday!

xo Cassie

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