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Monday, November 21, 2016

Date Night at Home

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Date night.  I think most of us wish we could have more of them.  Chris and I used to go out on dates all the time, but after having Noah, we find it's harder to find the time.  While we do have family nearby that are willing and able to watch Noah, it's not always easy to find the time or the energy to get all dressed up and go out for a night on the town.   But that doesn't mean I don't want to spend some quality time with my husband.  So instead, we've been coming up with some ideas where we can still have date night, but from the comfort of our own home.  

Our date nights at home tend to be on the more casual side.  After a long day, the last thing I want to do after getting Noah to bed, is cook an elaborate meal.  While I want to skip the meal prep and get right to the date, I still want to have a delicious meal.  That's where MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls come in.  Chris has been a huge MorningStar Farms fan for a while.  He likes to stock up on all their options, especially when they are on sale.  I'm not sure if I should take that as a criticism to my cooking or just be happy that he's made my dinner time prep that much easier.  So when we learned about these new Veggie Bowls, he was very eager to give them a try!  And while we aren't vegetarians, I'm always game to include more vegetables into our diets.  That's why I love that these Veggie Bowls are filled with vegetables but still hearty, delicious, and filling... they really are a complete meal!  Check out how others use MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls as a complete meal solution!

For our most recent date night at home, we tried the Italian Sausage Bake Veggie Bowls.  Once Noah was fast asleep, I heated up the Veggie Bowls while Chris poured the wine.  Since these can be heated up in the microwave in under 7 minutes each, it means we can get to date night that much sooner.

We are not big wine or beer drinkers during the week, but we figure wine is in order to make our at home date nights feel a little more special.  Because of the hearty taste of the Italian Sausage Bake, we opted for a Cabernet Sauvignon.  I used to be an only white wine fan, but recently I've been turned onto red wines and actually prefer them now!   I also set the table and even brought out the nice napkins.  It's the little details that make our at home dates feel different than a regular night at home.

Once we were finished with our dinner, it was time for the entertainment portion of our night.  While we often end up watching TV or a movie, we thought it would be fun to switch it up a bit and play a board game.  Chris and I have an ongoing game of Words with Friends, so we thought it was about time to play each other in person with a friendly game of Scrabble.  Though I was surprised at how competitive Chris was with the score!  And I was cracking up when I would put a word down (like mobs) and he would comment that it wasn't sophisticated enough for the blog!  Sophisticated enough or not, I go for words with the most point value ;)

While it's still nice to get out for date night, staying in this past time reminded me that it doesn't matter where you go or what you do, it's the quality time you spend with your loved one that is important.  And my favorite perk of staying in versus going out... you can wear your sweatpants without getting any weird looks from strangers ;)

What's your favorite date night at home activity?  

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  1. Date nights are so difficult to go on these days. We enjoy being with our kids and since we don't have family closeby we tend to just take our kids along or hang out at home too. We will rent a movie or find a show we have been wanting to watch. Playing games with Drew can be an issue because I think he's a cheater. Ha ha! We do love a good game though.

  2. We never do at home date nights :(. We really should try and make that happen more often though. Our date nights feel so few and far between.

  3. We've been doing a lot of family game nights that turn into date night. We usually cuddle and watch a movie or show that isn't Connor appropriate. It's fun to spend some one on one with James in the comfort of our home.

  4. We're terrible about date night too! And I'm with you, let's curl up and watch a movie and bake cookies once the kids are asleep! That's the goal anayway... most often we end up just crashing. Haha. And I love scrabble! It's one of my favs!

  5. Sweatpants always mean a win in my book! I haven't played scrabble in forever, I think it might be time to bust the board out!

  6. Bless you for playing Scrabble, that game is a thorn in my side. Sounds dramatic but my grandma and her brother and sister (my great aunt and uncle) take it super seriously and it sucks the fun right out of it lol.

  7. I'm so thankful for at-home date nights because they're what allow my husband and I to connect and not have to pay a million dollars for a babysitter! ;-)


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