Re-inventing date night
Since Darling Husband works most weekends, our weekly date night has always been Monday. Yeah, Monday — probably the least likeable of all seven days. But we make the best of it.
Our favourite way to spend Monday evenings used to be going to a pub for a medley of bad-for-you goodies — nachos, potato skins, chicken wings, etc. Clearly we do not have sophisticated tastes …
We did this happily for years. But in the last few months, when we’ve been more conscious of getting healthy
— and saving cash
— we have only been once. We were spending $40ish dollars every time, and
it was being spent on food that would eventually kill us — not exactly a win-win situation.
Except for the fact that it was delicious.
We had just been making a regular dinner — chicken or whatever we had. It wasn’t a special meal, and it was kind of a depressing change from our usual dinner out.
Last night, it was almost summery-feeling, so we decided to barbeque. Darling Husband grilled burgers, I made roasted potatoes and a fancy salad, and we had chips and salsa to start. We put more effort into the meal than we normally would, and it turned out really well …
Much cheaper than dining out, definitely healthier than dining out, and we made it together. In order to keep Date Night feeling like a date, we need to go beyond re-heating something frozen. It needs to take effort.
The meal looked so pretty that I enthusiastically suggested we eat outside on the deck. But Hubby reminded me that it was still Canada in April.