Posted in A whole lot, Bounding Time, Marriage, Married Life, Mars and Venus

Fun, Fresh and Sexy Date Ideas

It’s easy to fall into the old dinner-and-a-movie routine, either out of habit or because you can’t think of anything better to do. “Once the courting phase ends and people shift into a more comfortable zone, there’s less incentive to come up with fresh ideas,” says Courtney Cooke, author of Create a Date. “But if you don’t mix things up, the relationship can get stale.” Luckily, all you need is a little creative inspiration and a sense of adventure. These suggestions should get you started.

1. Have a DIY dinner. Set up a taco bar with all the fixings or make homemade pizza. “Creating something together is interactive, so it brings you closer,” says relationship therapist Sandra Anne Taylor, author of Act to Attract.

2. Plan a Sideways-style excursion and hit a vineyard for a wine tasting.

3. Spend the weekend day with your man, sipping cocktails and people-watching at a bar.

4. In the afternoon, visit open houses and fantasize about buying your dream home. “It’ll help you look forward to what your relationship can be down the road,” says Taylor.

5. Go on an edu-date. Taking classes on anything from Italian to film bonds you and introduces you to new things.

6. Hit a playground or an amusement park. Use the swing set, go on rides, win a teddy bear — you know, have fun like you did when you were a kid.

7. Play around-the-world cocktails. Sample one specialty drink from a wine bar, one from a pub, and another from a Russian vodka room. Take a taxi.

8. Take him to a NASCAR-style event. Any guy obsessed with wheels (aren’t they all?) will love a trip to the races.

9. Throw on your sexiest preppy duds and hit the indoor-golf driving range.

10. Pamper yourselves with a couples massage at a day spa. “It’s a relaxing, sensual experience that can put you in an amorous mood as well,” says Janice Levine, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Lexington, Massachusetts.

11. Book a room at a local hotel for only one night. To add an element of mystery, don’t tell him where you’re going.

12. Want to know if you have a future with your guy? Visit a psychic. You don’t have to buy into her predictions, but at least you’ll have a good laugh.

13. Instead of eating dinner in front of the TV, grab a blanket, a baguette, and Brie and have a picnic under the stars. Or nibble on finger foods in bed.

14. Test your luck at a nearby casino or horse race. Bring only a set amount of cash that you can afford to lose.

15. Go to a WWE event instead of a comedy club to bust a gut.

Posted in Familia, Recipes, Cooking Time

Let’s Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach dips always seem to be among the most popular at parties, but this recipe uses artichoke hearts and Alfredo sauce to add a new taste to this old favorite.

INGREDIENTS

1 can (14 ounce) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 package (10 ounce) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Alfredo sauce
1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese mix
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
Serve with tortilla chips or pita crisps

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small baking dish, mix together artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, Alfredo sauce, cheese and garlic. Cover dish.
  3. Bake until heated through and bubbly, about 25 minutes.
  4. Serve in the warm dish or a serving bowl with tortilla chips or pita crisps.

My family loves to eat and have this as our appetizer. Wherever we go and dine we gotta have this! Enjoy!