31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Quality Time (Day 2)

31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Quality Time (Day 2)

31 days of unexpected joy

Hello, there!

In case I didn’t scare you off with my first post and you’ve returned for even more unexpected joy, I must confess that, while things improved over yesterday, there was lots of residual (and some new) funk in the air today. So, in an effort to shake that funk up, my husband and decided to have a much-needed at-home date night. After the week we’ve had it was most welcome.

Here’s our recipe for an easy do-it-yourself date night at home in eight easy steps:

  1. Go to the nearest Trader Joe’s.
  2. Head to the freezer section.
  3. Select and purchase lots of food that looks good to you that your children aren’t interested in eating (i.e. spelt risotto, crispy coconut shrimp, French country potatoes, stuffed mushrooms).
  4. Make fun dinner for children (pizza, pancakes, leftovers – aka “Basque Night”) to eat a bit earlier than usual.
  5. Put children down for bed a bit early (change the clocks if you must).
  6. Begin cooking together (unless one of you is horrible at it; then just pretend to work together, but be nice).
  7. Make the table look nice (remove crayon marks, perhaps use a clean placemat, remove crusty cheerios from chairs).
  8. Sit down, breathe, enjoy.


centerpieceplate of foodGood company, delicious food, excellent conversation, no huge restaurant bill, you don’t have to pay a babysitter, and you don’t have to get out of your sweats if you don’t want to = success. Praising God for the unexpected joy of quality time today with the man I love.

Until tomorrow, God bless y’all.



10 thoughts on “31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Quality Time (Day 2)

  1. That recipe looks DELICIOUS!! Esp. the Shrimp. I have been married for 26 years – and I can tell you that date nights have been instrumental in our longevity (along with prayer and the grace of the Sacrament) … SO excited to follow your #Write31Days challenge!

    1. Thank you, Allison! We haven’t had enough date nights lately, but we’re hoping to make up for lost time. The grace of the Sacrament cannot be overemphasized, that’s for sure!

  2. I love at home date nights! That’s what we do most often these days. But one thing we’re really struggling with is how to have a fun date night without fun food! Michael and I are both trying to lose weight and so we’re trying to go 30+ days without any treats. It’s so hard! Why does it feel so much easier to relax and enjoy one’s spouse with something delicious around?? Any thoughts would be so appreciated!

    1. LOL I know what you mean! Well, we are sensory people, and the smells and tastes of delicious cuisine coupled with the comforting feelings of someone who loves us unconditionally is hard to beat. No wonder it’s easy to lose sight of weight loss goals in the heat of the moment! My only thought would be to plan ahead. Don’t serve something that’s not normally on your eating plan to begin with, unless you’re secure in your ability to resist more than a small portion. Or, perhaps take the time to make something that’s a bit more complicated or less kid-friendly that you would love to try but wouldn’t normally tackle on a regular night. Talk with your husband about it. If y’all are in the fight together, it’s easier to win the battles together as well. ?

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