Monday, May 30, 2011

Friday Night Dates :: 1

I recently made the decision to make
my relationship with my husband a priority.
We were feeling the distance of throwing ourselves into parenthood.
After a few in-depth heart to heart conversations,
we realized that we did not feel like we just hung out together anymore.

So, our "Friday Night Dates at Home" came to be.
It's our time to reconnect and we both look forward to it all week.

Every Friday we plan a menu
that consists of a cocktail and a snack.
Then, we snuggle up in bed, dine on our snacks,
slowly sip our cocktails, and watch a movie.

It' so sweet because Friday is my night to do Griffin's bedtime
so Roger makes our treats while I snuggle with Griffin.
It's nice to feel waited on.

I've decided to start a Monday series
called Friday Night Dates
where I document our dates from over the weekend.

This will ensure that we continue the tradition
even if we are tired.
Also, it's fun to plan the menu
and I'd like to share the recipes with y'all.

So, without further ado,
here is Week 1.


We went for a tropical flare!

* 1/2 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
* 1/2 lime, juiced
* 1 sprig fresh mint, crushed
* 1/2 cup crushed ice
* 2 fluid ounces white rum
* 4 fluid ounces carbonated water
* 1 sprig fresh mint, garnish


1. In a highball glass, stir together the confectioners' sugar and lime juice. Bruise the mint leaves and drop into glass. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour in rum. Pour in carbonated water to fill the glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.


It may look like a heap of junk but it tasted so good!

Crab Nachos :

{recipe from Clean Eating Magazine}

cooking spray, extra virgin olive oil, 1 serving
2 whole wheat pitas
1/2-1 tsp cumin seeds-I used gr cumin just fine but only used 1/2 tsp
1/2 bell pepper, chopped small
1 cup fresh baby spinach, thinly sliced
8 oz crabmeat
3 tbsp Sour Cream-I used 0% Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Mozzarella Cheese, whole milk, 3 oz-I used lower fat preshredded

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a baking sheet with olive oil spray. Slice your pita into wedges (I then separated each pita pocket in half as well) (16-24 wedges, depending on your preferred size). Arrange wedges in a single layer on baking sheet, and toast in the oven for 2-3 minutes until crisp.

Combine pepper, spinach, cumin, cayenne, crabmeat, sour cream, and salt and pepper if desired, in bowl, and mix well. Sour cream should coat other ingredients. Place mixture on pita wedges. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until mozzarella melts and topping is warm. Serve immediately.


Then, we watched The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Let's face it, the book is always better than the film.
Somehow, we always enjoy this one though.
The irreverence of it all makes it so fun to watch.
Sam Rockwell is a genius in this film.

I know that other blogs have done similar date night challenges
but I'd like to inspire y'all to invite
a little romance into your life.

Feel free to join me on Mondays.
Just leave your link with a post about
your fantastic Friday Night Date in the comments.

If enough people decide to join in then I'll add a linky.
Trust me...I've said it before,
Friday Night smooches are the absolute best.

Happy Snuggling!



Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Leigh, I LOVE this idea. And now I am super HUNGRY for those awesome looking crab nachos!!! Looks like a night we would enjoy too!

A really good friend of mine (who is about 10 years older than me) once told me that sometimes in parenting we become "co-parents" rather than husband and wife. Gil and I have also found that these date nights at home are really important--and fun. No sitter required (so no excuses)! Thanks for reminding all of us. I am going to participate in this next Monday. Sending love.

Sunny Simple Life said...

My husband and I recently came to a similar decision except our kids are older though we do have a little one too. You can think focusing on family is enough but it isn't. We decided to make us more of a priority and figure if mom and dad are happy and healthy so will the house and kids be. Yummy looking treats.

BananaSaurusRex said...

Yea! So inspiring - must copy!

Linda D. said...

The drink: A simple glass of wine... The snack: cubes of sharp cheese... The movie: "The Pride and the Prejudice"... The memories: Priceless!
Thanks for the inspiration and terrific recipes!

Katherine said...

We tried to do this (just once a month, because c'mon, I have no ambition.) But things just kept getting in the way. I would have to work super late, or there would be a kid activity or a work function. And we just haven't found the time to do the date night.

We watched Hitchhiker's Guide a couple of weeks ago! I agree, the book is much better, but we both got such a kick out of the movie. Too many funny parts.

Pieni Lintu said...

That is so important - spending time together!! ♥

We are not just moms, we are wifes too. I love this song and it's lyrics:

"Children grow up
Parents grow old
Man’s wives become mothers to sons"

Have a nice week Leigh,
it's friday soon! ;)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I didn't do it this week but I would love to get back to regular dates with Dave. We almost made it 52 dates last year.

Sue said...

What a neat idea!


Sarah said...

I'm so behind on my blogs, so I am just seeing this now. What a great idea! Can't wait to participate.