Welcome to 31 Days of Date Nights. My plan is to give you a simple date night idea, (mostly inexpensive ones) every day for the month of October. You can find other days’ posts below.
But, I’ll be totally upfront. DH and I are extremely frugal and rarely pay full price for anything. So our date nights are rarely fancy, expensive or exciting. Even so, it has been great to have some time to just have fun together and to get out of the house, just the two of us. As I mentioned before, I’ve been reading about how important dates are, especially after kids come along. It’s so easy to think of your spouse as the roommate who didn’t take out the trash on time etc. and forget that they are the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with and that your relationship needs to be nurtured on an ongoing basis. So I think its important to have uninterrupted time together to do something out of the ordinary and not have any responsibilities hanging over your head while you are trying to reconnect.
Okay, finally, onto the first date night idea. Since this post is so long, I’ll go with a short and simple idea.
This is one you can do at home, after the kids have gone to bed.
Cook together. Perhaps you and your spouse already do this. Or maybe you are thinking, “I already have to cook every night, why would I want to do that for a date night?” Maybe it’s just me, but cooking together makes it less of a chore and more of a fun event. Especially if we make a dessert or try something new. When DH and I were dating, we liked cooking together. Here is one of our favorite homemade desserts:
UBC Ponderosa Cake
Here is the recipe (doubled)
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cup granulated sugar (I use less, about 1 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 mashed bananas
3 cups flour (plus ¼ cup for high altitude)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup chocolate chips
Cream butter and granulated sugar. Add eggs, then vanilla and bananas.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add to banana mixture alternately with sour cream.
Pour half of batter into greased 9”x13” pan. Mix cinnamon and brown sugar together. Sprinkle half on top of batter, then half of chocolate chips. Repeat layers.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until cake tester in middle comes out clean.