Sunday, February 28, 2010

Date Night 4: Game Night, Part 2


For our fourth date night, as a part of Project 52: Date Nights, we once again played a game. I know, not exactly the most innovative idea, but it was a date.

Unlike last time when we played Trivial Pursuit, for our fourth date, I headed to Target to find a game. After examining all my options, I chose Pass the Pigs.

Now, I have to admit that 90% of my decision to buy this game is that it comes with two little pigs. You toss the little pigs and depending on how they land (on their feet, on their backs, balancing on their snouts and front hooves, etc.), you get a certain number of points. The first person to 100 points wins.

We actually had a lot of fun playing Pass the Pigs. It plays really quickly and my natural instinct to win at all costs was somewhat diminished because we played quite a few games, so we both won a couple of times. We actually played Pass the Pigs later in the week, too, so I think it is a keeper.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Date Night 3: Game Night


On our third date as a part of Project 52: Date Nights, I decided to go old-school and play Trivial Pursuit. I was at a thrift store a few weeks ago, and they had an original Trivial Pursuit game for $1.50, and I thought that would be a good investment.

Now, there is something I have to confess. I am a highly competitive person. I have a really hard time not competing, especially when there is a game involved. I make jokes and pretend not to mind when I don't do well, but really, I am dying inside. I know this is an aspect of my personality that I need to work on, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do so. I have to be nice and play well because it is date night!

While I was somewhat nervous about how this would go over, we had a good time. We actually played pretty evenly, so one person wasn't way out ahead of the other, which helped. I got to know the History and Arts & Literature questions, and John got to beat me on the Science and Sports & Leisure questions. A hint for anyone about to play original Trivial Pursuit - know everything you can about the JFK assassination and you will do really well on the History questions. Also, if there is a hockey question, answer Bobby Orr.

I would really like to have future game nights and perhaps play something other than Trivial Pursuit. What are your game suggestions for two people?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yummy Granola


I have been on the hunt for the perfect granola for months. After baking a batch this morning, I think I have found the perfect recipe. It tastes a little bit like Honey Bunches of Oats, which just happens to be my favorite cereal. My biggest critic, the Wee One, gobbled it down for her snack, so it can't be all bad.

Granola

Ingredients

7 cups oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 lb. dried fruit

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Combine oats, wheat germ, sliced almonds, and sunflower seeds in large bowl.
  3. Combine agave nectar, oil, salt, and vanilla extract in small bowl. Pour liquid mixture into oat mixture and combine.
  4. Pour mixture onto baking sheet and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, stirring about every 15 minutes. Cool granola on baking sheet.
  5. Once granola is cool, combine granola and dried fruit.
  6. Store granola in an air-tight container.

This post is part of the 30-minute blog challenge from Steady Days.

Date Night 2: Birthday Dinner


As our second date night for Project 52: Date Nights, my husband and I went out to dinner for his birthday. We got to go out to dinner on his birthday! That hasn't happened for at least 4 years. When we were first married, my husband always wanted to go to a steak restaurant for his birthday, so we continued that tradition by trying a steak place in our town I hadn't been to before.

I had our babysitter come for 3 hours, so we had a leisurely 2+ hour dinner. We ordered a drink, and then an appetizer. We waited to order our entree until we were finished with our appetizer. We took our time and enjoyed each other and our food and drink. It was lovely. My daily meal times are so chaotic that it was pure bliss to sit and enjoy food and company at a leisurely pace.

My husband and I don't have rules about what we can and cannot talk about on date nights. I know some people find that not talking about the kids works for them, but, for me, that seems too restrictive. We talked about his work, an interesting picture on the wall, debated who should get the roasted red potatoes and who should get the mashed, and lots of other topics that seemed to get lost when there is a screaming toddler at the table.

It was a lovely dinner and I hope we can make this a regular activity, not just a once-every-four-years treat.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Date Night 1: Movie


Last Saturday was our first date night since my husband and I committed to Project 52: Date Night. I decided to start slowly, especially since my husband was somewhat swamped at work. We watched The Hangover, which was pretty funny. We sat on the couch together, no laptops. no iphones, just laughing and talking. One of the better Saturday nights I've had recently.

This Saturday is my husband's birthday, so I have booked a babysitter and we are going out to eat! It will be nice to go out to eat and focus on each other rather than making sure that the Wee One is properly fed and not screaming.

Here are some great ideas for at-home date nights from Tiffany Bird at The Mother Huddle. I can't wait to use some of these, but I'm always looking for more ideas. What are your suggestions for at-home date nights?