Today is a big day in our house.
Nick and I have been married for 8 years, together for about 9.5 years total.
That’s almost 1/3 of my life and I couldn’t imagine my life without him. It’s hard to even remember what I did before I had him as part of my every day.
8 years later, I still can’t believe it’s been this long. We’ve had some fun years and some tough ones. We’ve seen two nephews completely take over our hearts and lost other family members too soon. There’s been a few vacations, lots of time in Honduras, and lunch together, almost every day.
Sometime over these years, he’s figured out just how crazy I am and still loves me. I finally learned how to cook and found something that keeps both of us happy.
The most important lessons I’ve learned in 8 years of marriage:
Being married to your best friend is the greatest thing, ever.
Laughing every day keeps you both happy.
Even though you may think being right is the most important thing, it never is.
Fight fair and make up.
There is always going to be something trying to tear you apart: disagreements, money, big decisions. Figure out your system, stick to it, and always always be willing to compromise.
Find little things that make your other half happy and do them often. Surprise gifts, special meals, a hug at the end of the day. Just do it.
Your sense of humor will be the most important part about you some days. Don’t lose it.
Dance. Goof off. Don’t always be such a boring adult.
Pay the bills and keep money ready for date nights.
Your marriage is your marriage and only yours. Protect it. Cherish it.
Sharing your life with someone is a lot of work sometimes. Keep working at it, every day. It’s worth it.
A fridge full of beer and steak can cure a bad day.
Chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven calm any bad mood.
Homemade bread and butter solves almost any problem. Fact.
I never, ever thought I would stand in any kitchen of mine and just whip up some butter.
But – you don’t need one of those huge butter churns or gallons of cream. Making butter is one of the easiest things I’ve made…ever.
Take some cold cream. Beat it until you have super thick whipped cream, and then just keep going. The fat will separate from the liquid, leaving you with butter and buttermilk.
Drain it, whip in some salt, and serve.
Some things are better when they’re simple, like bread + butter. Cookies + milk. Best friends + wedding rings.
Makes: about 1 cup of butter
- 2 cups cold heavy cream
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Pour the cold cream into a large bowl. Beat the cream with a hand mixer or in your stand mixer (with the whisk attachment) until you have thick whipped cream.
- Keep whipping the cream on low-medium speed until the fat starts to separate from the liquid.
- Dump the butter and buttermilk into a colander and drain the liquid away from the butter solids. You can keep the buttermilk to use for cooking.
- Put your butter solids back in the mixing bowl, add the salt, and whip together until the butter is creamy.