First 5 weeks of date nights done. That’s an accomplishment. Give yourself a pat on the back. I’m just glad that Nathan will be in charge of next month. It’s hard work coming up with a different idea week after week. Although, I hope you didn’t miss my guest post at The Mother Huddle where I listed 16 at-home date ideas. Yup. Four months worth of date ideas.
This week, we had to rearrange our date night. We scheduled Elle’s little family birthday party for Friday night (our regular date night) because all those invited guests had previous engagements Saturday night. Luckily, we didn’t have anything planned for Saturday night so that’s when we had our date. Lesson #1: Sometimes we do have to work around other people’s schedules and not just our own.
The day of our date, I still had no clue what I was going to do. I spent the entire week planning and putting together Elle’s birthday party. I also had a meeting Saturday morning. So it came down to the last minute, when I was making dinner. I pulled out our rice cooker that sat next to our fondue pot. Ta-da! We called our neighbor Mike and invited him and his girlfriend over for a double date fondue style. Lesson #2: Inspiration for date ideas can come from anywhere.
I concocted a caramel fondue from a caramel sauce recipe my best friend, Julia, gave me. Caramel because I don’t like chocolate. No, really. It’s true. I am a chocolate hater. The recipe is actually for a caramel sauce to drizzle over cakes. I took the recipe, added a personal Tiffany Bird touch and used it for fondue. Can’t have fondue without great conversations. We had exactly that. Then we played Super Mario Brothers on the Wii. It was so fun. Highly recommended – caramel fondue and Super Mario Brothers. Lesson #3: Keep trying. After attempting to play the Wii for date night two other times, third time was the charm.
Nathan said: It has been a long time since we had a fondue night. We used to have fondue a lot while we were both in school. It was fun to involve another couple in our date night and we have some great neighbors! Fondue is all about eating and chatting so it makes a great date and gives you time to decompress from a busy week. Now I need to figure out what we are going to do for the next date night.
What? What was that? You want my delicious caramel fondue recipe? I should make you beg because it is that good. Try it, you will thank me for it.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup butter, cut into tablespoon sizes
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium sauce pan, put all ingredients in and cook on medium heat. Stir and mix well until the butter is melted and a caramel brown color. Continue to heat on stove on medium heat until it begins to boil. Then pour into fondue pot and allow it to boil for another 5 minutes or until the sauce has thicken slightly. Suggested dippers: pound cake cut in cubes, bananas, marshmallows, strawberries, apples.
How you have a great date night last week? Link up or comment below and tell us all about it. I love to read about your dates. Have you been reading each other’s dates? There has been some amazing stories.
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- Keep it clean and family friendly. This is a family friendly site. Anything inappropriate will be deleted.
- It needs to be a date. Not your latest projects or pictures of your beautiful children. I do love reading about your projects and learning about your family. But this linky is for date nights and date nights only. It is for us to exchange date night ideas.
- Link to a specific blog post about your date that week. Don’t just link to your site’s home page. It needs to be the direct link to the post. Anything not directly linked to the post will be deleted.
- Link back to Simply Modern Mom or put the Project 52: Date Nights button on your site. It’s common courtesy. Please be nice.