Today Drew and I celebrate one year of marriage! I smile as I write this because how did I get so lucky to be able to call him my husband?! This year has been filled with joy, adventure, and a lot of humility. I have learned how banana bread is truly the way to Drew’s heart, and simple words of affirmation are his love language far more than I ever realized. We moved across the country 2 weeks into marriage and I would not change it for the world. There have been moments of tears, vulnerability, moments of “what the heck are we doing”, but more than anything, moments of learning how life is better side-by-side.
Drew is one who would never brag about himself (so I will gladly tell you all about him). He is humble, hard working and loaded with dad jokes. This year has opened my eyes more than ever to how he ticks. Drew is a man of routine and at first this was hard for me to adjust to. While I was day-dreaming of wild flowers and adventure, Drew was running the budget to make sure we had enough to get by on for the month. But as time went on, I realized what a gift this is. His tendency of routine enables all of the wild dreams I dream up to be a reality. He dreams in a way I never dreamed before, and it is an incredible thing to witness. So Drew- thank you for loving me in ways I don’t even realize half the time. Thank you for working tirelessly so this blog, moving to Seattle, and finding adventure every weekend can be a reality. I hope I can be half the human you are.
Back when Drew and I started dating (senior year of high school!!), I quickly learned he loved white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and so you better bet I became an expert at making them routinely. I remember learning to use my KitchenAid and the importance of actually measuring ingredients. As time went on, I kept baking for Drew and all the while discovery my love for him, I discovered my love for spending time in the kitchen. As the years go on, my love for both have only grown. So here’s to you Drew! To celebrating a marriage always worth fighting for and a love for baking that I hope will only grow.
This frosting is simple and DANG good. The cake is from my Little Victories Cake recipe but instead of using three 8” pans, I used two 10” pans. I dreamed up this cake just for Drew. If he is going to eat dessert he loves chocolate + coffee + macadamia nuts + cinnamon. So that’s just what is in this cake. Chocolate and coffee in the cake, and of course macadamia nuts and cinnamon in this icing. If you don’t have time to make a cake, this frosting can stand by itself (you know what I mean- in a jar in the fridge for a snack) or between two gooey cookies, or with graham crackers, or well honestly with anything. Celebrate the ones you love today even if for you it’s just another day. They deserve to know they are loved!
All wedding photos by the incredibly talented Kinsey Mhire
Cinnamon Macadamia Nut Frosting
makes: 2 cups
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
4 tbsp milk
1 cup butter, room temp
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
soak the macadamia nuts in warm water for 15-30 minutes
drain the water and add the milk + nuts to a food processor and combine until paste-like
add all ingredients to the mixer and mix until all ingredients are combined. put mixer on high for 2-4 minutes for a more whipped frosting
make sure the butter is room temp. if it is too cold and separates, dont panic! the best solution i have found is to put frosting into a blender and blend on medium until it combines. it will be more whipped but it will save the separated icing!