I know this is probably one of the more unappealing pictures of mine to grace this blog, but don't click away just yet! It's just beans. :)
Recently, I discovered the beauty and joy of throwing everything and anything in my freezer. Casseroles, enchiladas, pizza dough, cookies, refried beans, cut up fruit, herbs that I grew myself (!!), and even a dish towel made its way in there for a few days. I'm ecstatic to have meals mostly ready to go at the snap of my fingers, because heaven knows I'm never too thrilled about making dinner after I get home from work and/or school.
Since it's Friday and you might be wondering what you should do for date night this weekend, here are a few of my favorite ideas that you might want to try out! Keep in mind that sometimes things don't go exactly according to plan, so go with the flow and find something that you and your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend would both enjoy. :) I came up with these lists with married couples in mind, but they're easily adaptable for whatever stage your relationship is in. Don't forget to let me know in the comments what some of your favorite free (or cheap!) date night ideas are.
P.S. Tonight we're heading to a free movie in the park put on by the city and will also be stopping by our favorite custard place. It'll be fun, something new, and under $3. Score!
Go to your local library or Barnes & Noble, find an interesting book to read, and plop down in a comfy chair.
See if your community puts on free outdoor movies or plays in the park, and hit up one of those!
Pick a movie to watch at home and make a themed dinner and/or dessert to go along with it. For example: Watch Napoleon Dynamite, serve tater tots and some "dang quesadillas," and have a dance party. Don't forget your chapstick!
Go for a hike.
Find a new bike trail and go for a ride.
Take your laptop to the park and watch a movie.
Create a photo scavenger hunt list and find those items/people together.
Decorate your home for the next upcoming holiday.
Go to "Italy." Eat a home-cooked Italian meal, find an Italian Pandora station, and paint like Michelangelo (tape paper to the underside of your kitchen table, but don't forget to wear shirts that you don't mind getting paint on!).
Play board games.
Build a fort.
Put on a movie but mute it and speed up the time just a little. Together, you create the dialogue for what the characters are saying. You'll be rolling on the floor in tears in no time!
Play dress-up at your local thrift store. Put together funny outfits for each other.
I've never been much of a football or basketball fan. However, soccer and baseball? That's a whole different field. (Get it? Field, haha.) And by "whole different field," I mean that I don't get as bored watching them as I do football and basketball.
St. Louis is a huge, huge baseball town. There are Cardinals flags and signs plastered around the city and surrounding areas, and it's impossible to go to any store without seeing Cardinals merchandise near the checkout. At work, people wear their Cardinals shirts/sweatshirts/socks/ties/hats/earrings/anything red on game days and I can guarantee that if you have a two minute conversation with a stranger in the elevator, the Cardinals will somehow pop up. It's impossible to avoid the fever. Already, Ben has become quite the Cardinals fanatic; he diligently watches all of
the games, has attended quite a few already this season, and he even
has a shirt. ;)
This week they had a "Mormon Night at the Cardinals" - meaning we got really cheap tickets and sat by 200 missionaries who were having the time of their lives. Ben and I split a cherry snowcone (red, of course), kicked up our feet, and enjoyed a night under the stars with friends watching some baseball.