chai (+ mini wedding cake)

a year ago today, i had the most amazing wedding.

the best food. the best friends. the best family.

i married my best friend.

and went to the best party i'll ever go to. ever.

this year was different.

instead of dancing the night away, we hiked through the woods, checking out the fall colors.

and instead of a three tier, lemon soaked raspberry and fudge filled masterpiece

we snacked on our own mini version while watching saturday night live

instead of nibbling on hand passed bites and drinking the night away,

we sipped homemade chai with pancakes and eggs in our pajamas.

and as much as we joke "too bad we can't get married every year", life isn't the party. not the dress. or the flowers. or the cake. or even the music. it's the lazy sunday mornings sharing homemade pancakes with the one you love. and you wouldn't trade it for anything.

chai tea

adapted from joy of cooking
makes 2 small servings, 30 minutes

1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cups milk (use whatever kind you have in your house)
2 tablespoons sugar
8 cardamom pods, crushed
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 inch piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon good quality black tea (or two tea bags)
  1. in a medium saucepan, bring the water, milk, sugar, and spices to a boil. cover and let sit 20 minutes.
  2. bring the mixture back to a simmer, add the tea, remove from heat, and let steep about 2 minutes. strain and serve hot.


  1. Happy Anniversary, beautiful photos and a great way to spend the day!!

  2. I am so happy that although your world has changed it is still exactly the same. I am so proud to always be your Mom and to know you will always be my Katie.
    I love you and Jason like crazy!

  3. You outdid yourself with this entry Katie. It is hard for me to read it and not get teary eyed. You are right it was an unbelieveably great party, for me one of the three best I'll ever go to - the others being when your Mom and I got married and one still to come when your sister ties the knot. And, you are also right that life isn't about the glitz and glamour it is about being able to appreciate and enjoy simple things with those you care about most. If you two keep that in focus your whole life through you will share a very happy, full life together. I couldn't be happier for you both. I love you Katie.


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