By Tawny May
It’s freaking cold where I live. Cold enough that I don’t want to walk the dog, go to work, or do anything besides sit around in sweats, slippers, and a hoodie while sipping Stephen’s mint hot chocolate (topped with a hefty portion of RediWhip). But life happens and the dog still needs to be walked, I still need to go to work, and I really can’t just sit around doing nothing but sipping cocoa. Plus, I need a little more nutrition than that!
This may be a totally stupid idea for some of you, but it might be helpful for others. Ever since writing those little articles about love languages, I’ve been aaaaaaaaall about activities that foster quality time with my man. Because it’s darker earlier and colder outside, some of my outdoor activities have been eliminated as potential QT ideas. Gotta step up my creativity game.
A few weeks ago I was meal planning and compiling my grocery list when Pat came home. He came up behind me while I was on Pinterest and said, “Oh, that looks good!” I showed him a few more recipe ideas I had and suddenly we were cruising Pinterest together looking for meals we both liked and were excited to try. He selected honey bacon wrapped tenderloin and I paired that with this yummmmmmy salad. Then I realized we were bonding--talking about things we dislike, like and/or love...and it was fun! And fast. And easy. We discarded a few meals ideas, saved more, then he went on his merry way while I finished with the grocery list for the week.
So if it’s freezing where you are, or you’re looking for an indoor date idea while hoping to be productive at the same time, hop on Pinterest and plan your weekly meals/grocery list with your lover. It’s one of those amazingly simple things that you need to do anyway, so why not do it together and have a little fun at the same time?
Then--even more fun--personalize your meal options for your spouse! As an example, I chose this pasta (I have a thing for creamy pasta dishes), but surprised Pat by making it spicy and adding shrimp. He was thrilled! It’s the small and simple things in life, I tell ya.
So go ahead and spice up your life with some marriage-time-meal-planning and wait for the love to flow. I promise, making your man food he loves is the ticket to a good night. Happy spouse, happy house!
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photo credit: Caitlinn Mahar-Daniels
“Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.”
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