Although I slept most of the day, when I woke up it was still a very dark and gloomy day and felt like one of the most winter-y days we've had down where. We opted for staying in and getting cozy rather than going out to dinner. I made this quick and easy Winter Minestrone recipe by Giada (love her!) and it was the perfect hearty and warm meal for the day we were having. The best part about this soup was that it can be ready in about 40 minutes. I also added extra kidney beans and skipped out on the pancetta. I served this with some fresh Parmesan cheese and a warm baguette. We enjoyed our soup while watching The Croods - which was such a good movie! I highly recommend if the Redbox is out of almost all movies and you are looking for something on Netflix. It also was nominated for best animated picture, so technically counted on a Oscar nominated movie list! Seriously the sloth "belt" was my favorite!
On another note, Kyle and I have decided to plan more dates together over the next few months. Sometimes our "date nights" consist of us vegging on the couch and watching movies, and while this is something we love to do, we feel like we need some more quality time out. The past week, we went to breakfast one day after a night shift. Even though it was just breakfast, going out together during the week over a hot warm breakfast felt like a special little treat. We were able to have some good conversation, sip on warm drinks and just enjoy a small little date. Breakfast is also a lot cheaper than dinner, so breakfast days feel more doable more often.
Although dining out is the easiest way to have a great night together and gives us great conversation over great food, and important part of keeping things fresh is trying new things and having experiences together. So we've been trying to find some more fun activities around Chucktown. We both are very active and so are planning on doing the big Bridge Run this year. Doing races together is so much fun! I've had so many post before about some of the races we do, and plan to have many more. Tackling a race together helps motivate each other in our training and it's awesome to see each other doing something that makes us feel so good. Plus, brunching out after the big race is always such a treat!
Another date we have planned is a BYOB Painting Night. We've done one in the past and loved it! I was unsure of how Kyle would take it, but he really got into the painting and had such a fun time. Plus we need some new art to hang in our home and we are going to do a historic Charleston painting.
Any other ideas for a great date night? What are some of your most memorable dates? There really are so many options and fun things to do out there, you just have to spend a little time searching for it!