When it is cold out - or really any time.. take our date out, in! You'll save on calories (usually) and you'll save your bank accounts. This is not always an easy task especially for someone who loves going out for eats and entertainment. It's not so bad - actually, it's really nice!
When Matt and I went to Toronto we stopped at Ikea and found these adorable moose pastas. We sort of have this corny inside joke about moose so it was fitting and I had to buy them. We've been waiting for the best time to cook them up. We made them in a simple but fit-for-a-king goulash dish for his birthday dinner. Super tasty. I had left over Guinness from his birthday cake so he made a couple of black and tans. If you weren't already informed about the black and tan recipe; tan first (we used Sam Adams Boston Ale) then pour your stout over a spoon on top. You'll get a beautifully leveled black and tan (see photo above) compliments to Matthew for his newfangled skill.
Wegmans is so great - they have a mix/six pack featuring a myriad of various beers for under $10. We went with a couple different varieties; stout, porter, bock, ale.. the Vanilla Porter and the Nitro Milk Stout were my favorite! Great to have on hand for house guests with varying preferences or in this case, for date night in. <3
Lastly, one of Matt's gifts from the cats was this really adorable book titled Everything is Going to be OK by Chronicle Books. So cute and really good for days when you need a quick, "I can get through this" pick-me-up.
I listened to different tracks from a compilation of albums by Balmorhea while prepping date night. This music makes me feel grounded, my mind buoyant - and my heart inspired. I like to listen to them when I need insight, revelation, or when I'm pondering things I'm thankful for. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I do. Below is my favorite track Truth from their album All is Wild, All is Silent.