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My mom and/or sister always comes for a weekend around Valentine’s Day or President’s Day and then we always take that opportunity to go on a real date. We have plenty of sitters around but there’s something about knowing the kids are happily and safely in relatives’ hands. Sometimes they take the kids out to a kid-friendly restaurant and/or movie, and then we have an at-home date. Sometimes the kids stay at their local grandparents’ house for a night or two. With my family coming this weekend and with the kids going to their other grandparents’ house next weekend, I have cozy winter dates on the brain.
It’s the time of year to hunker down and get close. I have been embracing all the coziest elements to better enjoy the colder and darker times. This means more bubble baths and reading by the fireplace. This means wrapping myself in my favorite grey cashmere blanket and watching winter movies. And this means still getting out there and enjoying the love and light of the season. I have told you before that I’m a soup fiend. I think about soup every day of fall and winter, and even a little bit of spring too. You also already know I love Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups. I also incorporate them into date time.
Sometimes you have to get creative, which I did with Cassidy yesterday, and he did with me. It was so much fun to have surprises all day long to find. He put special socks from one of my favorite movies in my sock drawer to find. He came home with chocolates and flowers, and put fun toys, games, and other presents all over my desk to find. The really funny one was that he put Valentine toilet paper in our new bathroom. Hilarious! For him, I thought about all the things that make the best Cassidy day/night and incorporated them into the house. I’m talking appetizers, a full dinner (even wine), snacks for late night TV, bath bombs, and a card on his pillow. It was such fun. And it reminded me to keep that magic going this winter.
1 – Pop popcorn on the stove, add a sweet treat as well, and have a themed movie marathon. Coming up with the themes is fun. You can even find enough movies for a Valentine’s Day movie marathon. Or movies with snow in them.
2 – Choose a movie theater and go, and just see the first movie about to play, as long as it’s not sold out.
3 – Go to a Trivia Night at a local bar or club. We have local ones with movie themes, and there are at least three places in town that do weekly general trivia nights, and they all do them at different nights of the week for courtesy.
4 – Breakfast together! If you’re really enterprising, first a hotel night and then breakfast! The BEST.
5 – Have a cozy dinner night indoors and make soup the biggest part of your meal. Yes. Soup is amazing and versatile. It makes you feel warm, it tastes delicious, and there’s even something romantic about it. Sharing soup. YUM.
Idahoan Steakhouse Soups are quick and easy to make, and they cause the house to smell delightfully delicious for hours on end. That’s why I share it with Cassidy, because he is my SOUP-er significant other. Get it? Anyway, why do I share my Idahoan Steakhouse Soups with Cassidy? It’s because they give you the flavorful, slow-cooked taste of restaurant-quality soup at home, but in 5 minutes! There’s 4 varieties: Loaded Potato, Creamy Potato, Cheddar Broccoli and Cheddar Potato.
I also love that they bring together REAL, red Idaho® potatoes with flavorful seasonings and rich cheeses. This brings a creamy taste in every spoonful. All you have to do is add water, and then you get that creamy goodness.
What’s your favorite soup variety?
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