I’m Finally Dating Again

I have been married almost 5 years. We have 3 beautiful boys. We have a great house, with a never ending list of things to do. What we don’t have is time, or a sitter, which usually means, we don’t have dates. This hasn’t been a problem this far into our marriage. Our kids are in bed by 7, 7:30 at the latest, giving us plenty of time to spend together, even after we’ve done the nightly list of chores like cleaning the kitchen and vacuuming the living room.

Lately though, I have been itching to spend more time with this man, dating, like we used to. We’ve been together almost 9 years, and know each other pretty well. We love to camp, we love to hang out with family, we love to play cards and have friends over, but now we need to find what else we love. I am setting out to start dating my husband again. I want to break from our mold, and try new things. So far my list is very lame has three things, which I figure is a good start! An at home beer tasting, a night of Rom-Com bingo (you can download bingo cards here), and a DIY project (I am thinking of making some pallet shelves for my kitchen like these.)

First up, which will be Friday, is our Beer and Chocolate Tasting! J was, well to be honest, not excited when I said I was pairing beer with chocolate. He said they don’t go, Pinterest says they do, and the internet is never wrong. So we ended up deciding to try 6 different kinds: a pilsner, a blonde ale, an amber ale, a wheat beer, an IPA, and a stout. I asked J to go pick up a mix and match 6 pack at the local store here, and let him decide what actual beers to purchase. Then I got to do the fun part: figure out what chocolate pairs best with each brew! Now, some of these (IPA) aren’t usually paired with anything sweet or desserts, so that took some creativity on my part, hopefully I didn’t totally miss the mark! Ultimately I opted for: dark chocolate fudge brownies (for the stout), orange chocolate (for the wheat beer), dark chocolate with cherries, cayenne and cinnamon (for the IPA, hope it isn’t awful), a white chocolate (for the amber, and pilsner) and a milk chocolate (for the IPA, amber and blonde). I also printed out a “score card” so that we can keep track of what we liked and didn’t like together.  Now, I am by no means a beer aficionado, and this date night was based on Pinterest and Google, so I am sure it’s flawed. Overall though, it was pretty inexpensive, I bought good quality chocolate and then the six pack, and it was still about $25-30, which is less than we would spend at dinner (or on a sitter, let’s be honest) and it didn’t take too much work on my part. It was actually pretty fun to take the kids to the store and pick the chocolate bars I never buy!

I am excited to try something new, and enjoy some of our favorite things, and planning it has made it more interesting for both of us. I will have to let you know how it goes. 20140112primarybeerchocolate

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