5 Romantic Date Ideas

 

With Valentine's Day approaching you're probably scratching your head to figure out what do do for that special someone in your life. Yes it's true most girls like chocolate and flowers, but why not take it a step further with one of these romantic date ideas. These date ideas are good all year 'round.

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  1. Dinner for two in. Why not surprise him or her with a romantic candle lit dinner at home. you could cook up his favorite meal, have some Marvin Gaye playing quietly in the background. The delicious aroma of their favorite meal is bound to make their mouth water and their heart melt for you. Don't forget to cook up a little dessert and see where the evening takes you.

    Take it a step further and make it reminiscent of a place you guys went together. My husband and I do this at least once a year. We had our honeymoon in Hawaii, so I'll try to find some Hawaiian themed dishes, desserts and even drinks to make. As we sit down to a romantic dinner it takes us back to our time in Hawaii. It's fun to look back and remember the memories we made.

  2. Take a cooking class together. I have heard nothing but great reviews about the Portland's Culinary Workshop. They always have couple's cooking classes on the calendar. My husband and I have been wanting to do this. We've even considered making it a group date with some of our closest friends.

  3. Go wine tasting and splurge on the cheese and crackers. Oregon has some of the best wineries, so why not make a day of it and go wine tasting. Our favorite winery is David Hill. The wines are great and the views are spectacular. You can pack a picnic lunch and sit out on the picnic tables with a couple glasses of wine. In February it will be cold, so dress in layers or bring a blanket to snuggle up in.

  4. Play board games. Bring out those board games you loved to play growing up, or ones that you enjoy as an adult. Lay out a nice spread of cheese, crackers, chips and dips, and candy too. Taking the time to shut off the T.V and just enjoy each other's company is the perfect foundation for some good conversation and great memories.

  5. Collect stamps for your McMenamins passport. If you don't already have a McMenamins passport I encourage you to get one. If you don't know what that is you can find out more about it here. You're guaranteed to have fun going on scavenger hunts, playing a game of shuffle board or just enjoying a beer or wine flight. Our favorite McMenamins is Edgefield. Check it out if you haven't been.

I would love to here what your favorite date nights are. Leave a comment below. I'm always looking for fun date ideas.

 

5 Summer Date Ideas

 

As the temperatures start heating up, heat things up with your love with a few non-traditional date ideas. Forego the dinner and a move date night and spice things up with one or all of these date ideas.

Surprise him with a picnic lunch.

Pack a picnic lunch and go to a local winery or your favorite winery if you have one. You can enjoy some wine tasting or buy a bottle of your favorite wine, snag a picnic bench or a spot on the grass and enjoy the views while soaking up each other's company. After lunch walk the vineyards hand in hand.

Go for a bike ride.

Air up the tires in the bikes and grab your helmet for an afternoon bike ride. Pack some snacks or make some sandwiches for a little picnic along the way.

Hit the hiking trails.

Lace up those shoes and take an early morning or afternoon hike. Nature has a way of bringing people together and what better way to enjoy each other's company than with a trail and beautiful scenery.

Dinner under the stars

Don't feel like heading out for the night, not a problem. Cook up his favorite meal or grab his favorite take out and enjoy dinner out on the patio under the stars. Light up the fire pit and cook up some s'mores for dessert.

Take a road trip

Make a day of it and go on a road trip. Not sure where to go, pull out a map, close your eyes and point to a spot on the map...there's your destination.

However you choose to spend your time together, don't forget to enjoy the experience and each other. Little adventures like these have a way of bringing two people closer and fosters deeper conversations and insight into each other. Go out, have fun, and "love the one you're with".

I would love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite dates you've had?

 

Adventures in the Kitchen: The Couple That Cooks Together Stays Together

 

Cooking, I like to do it, my husband loves to grill, but we usually don't do it. We are doing more of what we call meal assembly. We're baking chicken, quinoa, and nuking black beans in the microwave and creating our own chicken bowls most of the time. Cooking from a recipe though, typically doesn't happen unless I'm cooking for company. As of last week, this is changing.

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We're probably like a lot of couples, we go to the grocery store having in mind what we're going to make for the week, we buy all the items we need, but by the time the week is over, the produce has gone bad and we're having to toss it. We have wasted so much money on groceries that just went bad. This is where the decision to try Blue Apron was made. We have friends and family who have been doing it for a while and they rave about how delicious the meals are, and how nothing goes bad because they receive exactly what they need for the recipes they are cooking. They have also mentioned that it's been a fun time for them as a couple to come together at the end of their day and just spend time with each other.

Last week my husband and I received our first shipment of food and recipes. We're not geniuses in the kitchen by any means, but we found the recipes to be easy to follow. We've really enjoyed the memories that we have created this past week. It's been so enjoyable. It's one of the things I now look forward to at the end of the day.

Cooking together as a couple can really do wonders for your relationship and strengthening the bond. It forces you to work together as a team and communicate with each other to get the task done. Then you get to enjoy your creation together over a glass of wine and conversation.

I would challenge every couple to take at least one night to cook a meal together. If you don't know how to cook consider starting with a service like Blue Apron. If you love to cook, but your partner is not one for cooking, try to incorporate them into your love of cooking. Just remember to be kind and encouraging to them as they try to do what you love to do. I give you all permission to go and have fun with your food.