Spice up your date night– with a jar!

It’s the weekend! And in our home, that usually means having a date night! I am a firm believer that date nights are crucial to any marriage. It’s so easy to just want to curl up and veg out on the couch after a long work week, but setting time aside to reconnect with your honey is so worth it! But after having the weekly “dinner and a movie” for about a month, we started to get into a date night rut and wanted to change things up a bit. That’s when I came across this GREAT idea on Pinterest— creating a date-night-jar! Here’s how it works: Start with any jar. A mason jar will do just fine. I actually had a pretty tin sitting around that I used. photo 1 (3) Pick up some inexpensive popsicle sticks which can be found at any craft store. Michael’s happened to have some that were already colored which was perfect. However, if you can’t find any in this fashion, no worries– you can simply paint them! photo 1 (2) Just keep in mind you’ll need to select three colors (categories) for you popsicle sticks which will represent kind of date you’ll be going on: Yellow—An inexpensive night in Examples:

  • An “old movie night” watching black and white films
  • Playing a competitive board game
  • A Chopped Challenge where you select three ingredients and make a complete dinner using only what’s in your pantry

photo 4 Green—An event which requires a lot more planning and usually tends to be on the more expensive end Examples:

  • Visiting a wine vineyard
  • Going to see a Broadway show in the city
  • Taking a couples cooking class

photo 5 Pink— A night out of the house, but not as expensive or elaborate as a “green” date. Examples:

  • Drinks at our favorite wine bar “Rosie’s”
  • Miniature golfing
  • Coffee and dessert in town

photo 3 Come up with as many ideas as you want and write them on the appropriate popsicle sticks. Don’t be afraid to be creative and maybe a bit silly. The point of this is to have fun! And voila…you have a date jar full of wonderful thought free moments for you and your love to enjoy!

What about you? Any great date ideas or tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them!

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Foodie Friday: Chicken Burgers with Garlic and Rosemary

This is my first “Foodie Friday” post (yay!). I was thinking about which recipe I’d like to share with you all and thought of my husband’s favorite summer meal– Chicken Burgers! I originally got this recipe from Giada De Laurentis on Food Network but have put my own twist on it over the years. Click here for the original recipe.

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They are so easy to make and super delish! Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients
Mayonnaise Spread:

1 cup light mayonnaise

Pinch of salt

Pinch of freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves

1 clove garlic, minced

Burgers:
1 pound ground chicken

1 Small Onion

1 Small Pepper

¼ cup parsley

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 Kaiser rolls

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup arugula, divided

½ cup Mushrooms

1 Small Eggplant

Directions
For the mayonnaise: In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, garlic, and rosemary; set aside.

For the burgers: Preheat a gas or charcoal grill or place a grill pan over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, add the ground chicken, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, ¼ cup parsley, sautéed chopped onion, sautéed chopped pepper and 1/2 of the mayonnaise mixture. Using clean hands, gently combine the ingredients and form the chicken mixture into 4 patties. Place the burgers on the grill and cook for about 7 minutes on each side. Transfer to paper towels and let rest for a few minutes.

While the burgers are cooking: Sauté mushrooms with salt and pepper. Set aside. Slice Eggplant into ½ inch thick portions. Brush each side with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and place on grill until tender.

Brush the cut side of each roll with the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of the mayonnaise mixture. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes until slightly golden.

To assemble the burgers: Spread a dollop of the remaining mayonnaise mixture on the tops and bottoms of the toasted buns. Place ¼ cup of arugula on bottom bun with chicken burgers on top. Next, add mushrooms, eggplant and finish with the top half of the bun.

Happy Cooking!!

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The Good Wife’s Guide: Circa 1955

Right before I got married, a co-worker of mine gave me a copy of a 1950s Housekeeping Monthly article on wifely duties.  As someone who admires traditional values, I was excited to see what this list had to offer.  Below are a few of the tips given and how I view them as a modern bride:

  1. “Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready upon his return.  This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are connected with his needs…” Agree (to a degree)– I actually am a strong believer in meal planning. I am not always the best at practicing this idea, but I do enjoy coming home from a long day of work and knowing exactly what’s for dinner. And if I really planned ahead, dinner is probably warming in the crock pot as I turn the key.  However, Mr. H doesn’t expect me to have dinner every night. Some nights we order in or go on a date to a nice restaurant.
  2. “Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make up and put a ribbon in your hair”Disagree—I don’t have 15 minutes to “refresh myself” before my husband arrives. I work.
  3. “Be a little gay and more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and it’s your duty to provide it”Agree (to a degree)—I do think that as a spouse we should lift our partner’s spirits if he’s having a bad day.  We love to share our day with each other, talk about what’s going on with our friends, or ask for advice on things on our mind. Even though we are a couple, there are individual parts of our lives also that make us who we are.
  4. “Prepare the children…they are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part…”This is not always possible!- Children are children. They can be perfect angels one minute and screaming on the floor the next. If anything, I’d be happy to have my husband home to help give me a break! Maybe to take that nap listed in tip #2…
  5. Be happy to see him”–Strongly Agree—Why wouldn’t you be happy to see your best friend?
  6. “Listen to him…remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours”.–Agree with part one of that statement…But the rest…Yeah…
  7. “Don’t greet him with complaints and problems”Agree- There’s nothing worse than coming home from a stressful day at work to deal with a stress at home.  If there’s something really important we need to discuss, I try to let it wait until after dinner.
  8. “Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner or even if he stays out all night.”–Disagree- This is just a respect issue.
  9. “Make him comfortable… Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.”–Agree—Only because it looks so cool in Mad Men! I actually tried doing this for our first few weeks after marriage and had a Jack and Coke waiting for him when he’d come home! (Then we thought of our livers…)
  10. “Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity…You have no right to question him.”Strongly Disagree—While my husband is the head of our household, we make decisions as a couple and discuss how they will affect our family
  11. “A good wife always knows her place.”Agree—only if they mean that her place is by her husband’s side and not as a submissive slave!

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So what do you think???

Are these traditional “wifely duties” still applicable today or have our roles evolved past the point of executing such responsibilities????

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