Working date night a few days back. Fun to make a lot out of a little.

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A good excuse to use pieces I only use a day or two out of 365.

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Grandma’s china one of my favorite’s.

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Silver chargers I found at the Goodwill years ago for very few $$’s.

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Starting with my favorite staple from Whole Foods. Quinoa with lots o goodies.

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Adding brussels sprouts, portobello mushrooms, leek, chorizo and rotisserie chicken. Easy goodness.

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Brown the leeks, sprouts, mushrooms. Add chorizo. Then chicken.

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Last, the quinoa.

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Taste frequently.

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Light the candles.

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Don’t forget the wine.

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Here is where we landed after dinner. Great conversation as we explore 2015 together. Business, goals, dreams, together we are working through what we hope to be a great year.

Married 24 years, and counting, nights like these often end up being my favorite. Relaxed, focused, intentional. Not fussy, not a whole lot of prep required. I am so very thankful I get to do life with this guy. My best friend, confidant, one who loves me enough to say both the good and the bad, when necessary. We have been committed to date nights for many years. “Must see T.V.” Thursday nights, Domino pizza (super affordable) and we were content. It set a very important precedent and tone in our marriage. Intentional time regularly was, and still is, critical.

Once kids entered the picture, this time was easy to dismiss. I am thankful for a husband that was committed to making it happen, regardless of how tired I was or fussy the kids were. Mom and Dad’s relationship is a priority. They did not always like or understand this, and BELIEVE me, we were often bombarded with calls asking “when are you coming home”…but those began to subside, replaced with the question “when are you all leaving?” They began to find great comfort in our relationship. They still do.

Now that we are empty nesters, this routine brings with it great meaning, depth AND expectation. I am not bored. I look forward to planned or impromptu time with Kevin. This has not always come easily or naturally. My advice to any and all couples, young and old, is to make this a concerted effort, a night weekly where it is just the two of you. It breathes life into a most important relationship.

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