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Date Night In

There's a local date night hot-spot with that certain je ne sais quoi. It's easy to get to, the playlist is spot on, the food is delectable, the service is fast and customized, and it's completely acceptable to prematurely kick off your heels. Do you know the spot I am talking about? It's your very own home!

Pairing Penne a la Vodka and Caesar Salad for an Italian-themed evening, I put together an easy "toolkit" for your next date night in! Many of the ingredients are pantry staples, and the recipes are quick and easy - perfect even for a weeknight. Pour some wine, turn on tunes, and get your romantic evening started!

As much as the next person, I love to dine out, experience new foods, and enjoy a meal without cooking or cleaning. In fact, before having a child, dinner dates out were kind of our "thing". But over the years, as responsibilities, jobs and child-rearing took precedence, our opportunities to dine out diminished. However, this never slowed our pace of "dating", as our nights out were simply replaced with date nights in!

Truth be told, I prefer our date nights in. I am drawn to the added dynamic of making a meal together; the uninterrupted quality time while working toward a common goal create a bond that cannot be replicated by dining out. Not to mention, we save a small fortune, and ultimately, have more fulfilling dates!

It's fun to assign a theme for the evening, whether it be a cuisine or activity, and of course, get dressed for the occasion. The options are endless in making each date night unique! So, when David and I were gifted an impromptu kid-free evening, albeit a weeknight (hey, we'll take what we can get!), I scanned the refrigerator and pantry to see where our evening would take us. Our theme was narrowed to "Italian" when I discovered all the ingredients for Penne a la Vodka and Caesar Salad, which are both perfect for a weeknight because they are fast, easy, and most important - delicious!

We poured some wine, chose our playlist, and got to cooking! Within thirty minutes, we were continuing our conversation over the amazing meal we created together, without once being interrupted by a waiter, fellow patron, child, etc. It was perfect, quality time together!

Ready to recreate this super simple, but oh-so-good date night in your own home? Utilize the toolkit and Penne a la Vodka video below, and tell your loved one to get ready for a delectable Italian meal! Buon appetito!

Thanks for reading, and perhaps, cooking! I would love to see if you make one of my recipes - be sure to tag me on Facebook or Instagram!

Recipe Links

Penne a la Vodka

Caesar Salad

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