Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February Date Night



Hi All,

We actually had our February Date Night in February.  (A Good Start)   As I have previously advised the date night was inspired by  Shannon's Find Joy in The Journey Blog.   I am so glad I found the idea on Pinterest. This date was a surprise for Hubs. The actual date involved setting up a restaurant atmosphere in our home the kids cooked, and waited on the table for us.  We decided to go ahead with the plans on a Saturday when hubs was working.   When he set off for work I told him not to buy anything for dinner.  (Hubby usually cooks on the weekend. He knew something was going on)
Plan is set into action.  Ben prepared Salmon Fillets. (Mostly prepared and cooked by himself)  I helped Madeleine prepare Chicken, Leek and Mushroom pie.  (Inspiration came from the latest Masterchef book) Hubby arrived home.  (He was ushered to the study and ordered not to come in the kitchen)  Hubby sat down at the computer and saw the Salmon Fillet recipe on the computer. Ooops! He now knew what he was having for entree.   Not long after, Ben yells out "Mum I am about to prepare the Lemon Meringue" . Oh well,  there goes the sweet surprise. The kids were then popping in to dad and asking for his advice. (What what wrong with mum's advice????)  

I told hubby to go and change his shirt ready for dinner and to wait until I had changed.  He changed but didn't wait for me.  The idea was for hubby and I to walk out together and be seated at the table.  (He didn't know the table had been set for two)   We had a fabulous meal.  The kids served our meal, poured our wine  and cleared our table.  The kids had as much fun as we did. If you are wondering, the kids did get to eat. They ate on a dining table in another room.

Can't wait for the next date.   Our dates won't all be with the kids!!!   

I am linking with up with A Bowl Full of Lemons and A little Bit of Sunshine's Dinner at Eight  The Dinner at Eight Linky is about Date Nights at home after the kids have gone to bed.  My kids are a bit older , but it is good to share ideas, anyway.

Check out further photos below.


Preparing the Salmon

Salmon Entree

Pie Cooking


Pie Cooking

Preparing Lemons

Meringue almost complete

The table

Lemons


21 comments:

  1. I bet the kids will talk about the night as long as the two of you do :)

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    1. Your right, Sandi. The kids loved it and have already talked about doing it again.

      Kelly

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  2. Sounds like you and huby had a great time Kelly! How lucky are you to have the kids cook for you :)
    My eldest son is much better now. He's well and truly back to his "normal" self ie he's fitting like cats and dogs with his sister again! Funny how that's how you can tell HA!!

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    1. Hi Sandra, Send the kids into the kitchen to cook. Kitchen Therapy I have just called it. The kids didn't fight at all whilst preparing. (Note to self. Must send them in the kitchen more often) Glad to read that your son is feeling much better.

      Kelly

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  3. Hi Kelly!
    Beautiful photos:)
    The food looks delicious and what a lovely idea.
    Hugs, Heidi:)

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. As you can see I haven't crafted for a while. I need inspiration.

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  4. I love that the kids did the date. sweet! Like Hailey Mills on the parent trap.

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    1. Hi Erin, Thanks for your comment. I haven't seen Parent Trap. I must have a look.

      Kelly

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  5. oh WOW! this turned out amazing! <3 & oh so pretty to boot! thanks for sharing :) XO, Kate

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  6. Sounds like a good night. You're setting such a good example for your kids :)

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    1. The kids had such a good time, Tricia

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  7. What a cute idea!! When I was young I use to make up menus for the family for evening snacks and then fix whatever they ordered, it was so fun, something I still remember and your kids will too. OK, next date night, just you and the hubs LOL!

    Carol

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    1. That sounds like fun, Carol. I must tell the kids about this. I think they would enjoy this too.

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  8. What a fabulous idea. There should be more date nights! I hope your children enjoyed being involved. They certainly cooked a great meal.

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    1. Thanks, Hotly Spiced. There will be definately a year full of dates at our house!

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  9. What a great example of enjoying your spouse's company you are setting for my kids! I am so thankful that my parents taught me about love and romance in marriage--not often through words but mostly just through having fun and showing that they enjoyed being with each other. It's great that you got your kids in on this date!

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    1. Thanks Erin, The kids enjoyed being a big part of this date night. They really enjoyed the surprise element. I know that we will do this again one day. They really enjoyed being able to do something for us.

      Kelly

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  10. Wow. That is really awesome that you were able to have a date night and the kids served it up. I hope someday I get to have that too...when my kids are bigger.

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    1. The good thing is, that the kids love to cook. Reality cooking shows have really boosted my children's interest in cooking. So they loved doing it. Each stage of a child's life is fantastic, but it is fabulous watching the kids grow into little adults.

      Kelly

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  11. love date nights! that's so cute your kids served you guys! see, this is what i am talking about!! some ppl thinks it's impossible to have "date night" when you're married, but i loved reading how you guys did it!! great idea. . . have the children involved, however they ate in a different room so you two can have our own privacy! love it!!!

    thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Kelly what a totally cool idea!! Looks like you had a very delicious and fun date night and how special having the kids cook and serve!!

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