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This may sound like a ‘no-brainer’ recipe, but sometimes the most simple desserts can be the most seductive.
Spring and Summer offer a wonderful variety of berries all with go fantastically with fresh whipped cream.
If you’re pinched for time don’t hesitate to purchase Redi-whip. But, if your have a moment, freshly whipped is divine and can be made ahead of time.
A simple summer evening can turn into a sizzling summer night with berries and cream.
1. Rinse berries and divide into two bowls.
2. Starting on low speed, whip your cream, increasing speed gradually. Once it starts to thicken add sweetener and keep beating until stiff.
3. Dollop whipped cream on berries and serve. Have fun!
Last month I asked my friends and followers on Facebook what their favorite ‘mood music’ or ‘song’ is. I got several responses 🙂
And #10 is my husband’s and my song.
It’s the ultimate introvert love song.
For full disclosure, I much prefer Ronan Keating singing it, but his video is really weird and totally detracts from the beauty of the song.
So here it is, “When you say Nothing at All”. I hope you like it!
Do you have a favorite artist or song? Let me know in the comments.
6. Play video games – I have to admit, we don’t have any experience with this one. But a good friend of mine has said that is how she and her husband have date night. And, from what I’ve heard, talking actually happens while the game is being played. You know, that heart to heart, soul talking that we women long for from our husbands.
7. Read a novel together – Years ago my husband and I read Winnie the Pooh. Hardly, romantic, I know, but there was something about reading together. Maybe it was the levity of the book, or that we had something to look forward to. Whatever it was, it was fun and brought us together. I’d say it did its job 🙂
8. Candlelight picnic in the Living Room – For those of you who live in an apartment or a condo and don’t have access to a backyard, a picnic in your living room would be perfect. My husband and I have done this on several occasions and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Candles, wine (or beverage of choice) and a blanket can set the mood for a very romantic evening. Oh, and for this one, make sure that you have your kids do a tidy-up before they go to bed. It’s not as romantic if you’re stepping on Legos 😉
9. Start a Hobby – Is there something that you’ve thought might be fun to try? Or is there a project that has been on your ‘to-do’ list for ages? Head to the library with your guy and see if there is a book in the hobby section that catches your eye. Maybe it’s learning how to do origami together. Or, maybe you could build a model airplane. There are so many possibilities!
10. Star Gazing – Remember when you were a kid, and you would lay down on the grass and stare at the sky? Well, we’re never too old for this. So, go outside one evening, lay down, and gaze at the stars. Make sure that you’re holding hands, though, the magic happens more readily when you and your man are holding hands 😉
This is one of summer’s most wonderful offerings and surprisingly one of the more easily prepared date night snacks. Not only is it beautiful, but will make your mouth glad for sun-ripened tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and just-picked basil.
Pour vinegar and honey into saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let reduce by at least half. Watch closely, until reduction is syrupy. Remove from heat, let cool and drizzle over salad.
This is one of my husband’s all time favorite desserts. The combination of maple and creamy, rich, custard make for a very sensuous dessert. Plus your husband will love when you make this because he gets to play with fire.
Plan to make this one in the afternoon. It should be chilled before serving. And don’t let the hazelnuts scare you. I’ve never served this with them because of the cost. I’m sure they add a lovely dimension, but aren’t completely necessary. Oh, and don’t worry about trying to make this for two – you’ll eat the entire batch. It’s that good!
Note: Step 6 states to melt the sugar in a saucepan and then pour over each crème brulee. It’s much easier and less touchy to invest in a crème brulee torch. This might sound laughable, but believe me, you’ll get your money’s worth out of it since you won’t be able to make this just one time.
Photo credit Better Homes and Garden
Close your eyes. The days have started to get cooler, the leaves are changing, and the nights are begging for you to start a fire.
A little music, some cozy blankets, and a mug of Hot cocoa, are just what you need to set the stage for a romantic evening.
This is one of those recipes that you can make as complicated as you’d like. I typically make our hot chocolate . But, this can be made just as easily and just as well using a mix.
So, let’s make some hot chocolate!
1. Heat your milk in a medium saucepan over low to medium heat. Once your milk is heated, whisk in your cocoa powder. I find that the cocoa dissolves more easily if the milk is warmed through.
2. Add powdered sugar, to taste. Whisk well
3. Whisk in salt and vanilla.
I first saw this recipe floating around the internet about a year ago. Savory foods are my go-to snack, so when I saw bacon and cream cheese, I knew that I had to try them. There are several variations out there, so get creative. I found a rather straight-forward recipe over at the Brown Eyed Baker. This recipe, though makes enough for a crowd, can be easily adapted for just two people.
Be aware – they’re addictive.
Yield: 40 appetizers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and set aside.
2. Cut the jalapeños in half, lengthwise. Remove the seeds and membranes. Stuff each jalapeño half with cream cheese. Wrap each jalapeño half with bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. If after 20 minutes the bacon doesn’t look brown enough, turn on the broiler for a couple of minutes to finish. Just keep a close eye so they don’t burn! Serve immediately or at room temperature.
These would be a great snack for those nights when you and your man break out the cards or a game of Scrabble.
By virtue of where my husband and I have ended up in our lives – living away from family and not having too many close friends until recently – we’ve had to be creative with our date nights. They’ve consisted of the elaborate and the casual. But all have created good memories.
Without further ado, here are my Top 10 Date Nights
1. Play a Game – sounds so cliché, doesn’t it. But it’s true, games can be fun. Get out the Uno cards, play a game of Rummy. How about Risk – the options are endless! And, if you’re in the mood the competition can lead to good conversation and lots of flirting.
2. Sit outside – I’m always amazed that the simple act of going outside makes me feel like we’re on an actual date. We leave the phones inside, get a hot chocolate or cold beer, and talk. Some of the best talks that we’ve had have either been around the fire pit on a cool autumn night, or sitting on the back steps in the heat of July.
3. Movie and Popcorn – this one is kind of obvious, just from the title. But it’s still fun. We have a certain movie that we both find hilarious and can pretty much quote to each other. It’s been our own private running joke over the years. So, find a movie that you both connect over and laugh. Something that simple can make a world of difference.
4. Have a Chocolate Tasting – Go a little crazy at the specialty grocery store next time you’re in town. Pick up several different chocolates to try and decide which is the best. This might get a little pricey, but could be romantically worth it in the long run 😉
5. Dance! – everyone that I’ve asked has either had a ‘song’ or has mentioned some type of music or artist that puts them into that romantic mood. Whether you like the Carpenters, Michael Buble, or Ray LaMontagne, let the music set the stage for romance.
Picture credit The Time-Warp Wife.