Spice it Up with a Fun New Fall Date Night

Fall is in full swing and before you know it, it’ll be over! So make the most of the time that’s left by planning the perfect fall date night. There are so many fall activities to choose from, you’ll never be bored! We love the classics like apple or pumpkin picking, or getting lost in a corn maze, but there are a lot of different things to do you might not even think of! Here are some of our favorites:

Go Camping

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Depending on where you live, this could be your last chance for a while to go camping! Find a nice spot to soak in all that nature has to offer and really focus on that quality time together. Pack all those yummy camping snacks and make a fun weekend of it! If you’re not as adventurous, try a backyard (or even living room) camp out instead!

Take a Leaf Peeping Road Trip

The colors of fall foliage are just plain magical. Take a drive and try and find the most beautiful trees. What’s your favorite, the red or the orange leaves? This can be as long or short as you want! Find a new place, get lost in the countryside, take the road less traveled. Foliage only peaks for so long, enjoy it while it lasts!

Tailgate at a Football Game

Football is a staple of the fall season. And who doesn’t love a good tailgate?! This doesn’t have to be for an expensive NFL game, local college games can be a blast too! Take a trip back to your alma mater for homecoming and get all those nostalgic feels. If your beau is from a different school, this is a great opportunity to show him around while also experiencing that school spirit and soaking up all that fall fun.

Go to a Brewery or Vineyard Tasting

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Sure, you can do this any time of the year, but fall is just so much fun! Snuggle up and hit a couple different breweries or park yourself at a vineyard for a few hours. Brewery tours in the fall could also mean trying some pumpkin beer or maybe even hard apple cider. We love those fall flavors!

Take a Cooking Class

Once again, something you can obviously do any time of the year, but who doesn’t love fall food?! Those warm, cozy comfort foods are to die for and a cooking class could really up your game and take that crockpot recipe to a whole new level you didn’t see coming!

Go Hiking

Hiking is really the whole package if you think about it. You get some great exercise while enjoying nature and are rewarded with a killer view at the end. Seriously, what’s better than that?

Explore a Haunted House

Halloween anyone? ‘Tis the season for a good spook! Plus, having a big strong man protect you in a haunted house isn’t the worst thing in the world. Grab your partner and some friends and create some memories! Every haunted house ends up with some hilarious stories you’ll remember for years to come.

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Image Source: @bestcampingever

Stargaze

There’s just something so romantic about stargazing. Being all snuggled up on a blanket in the cool night looking out into the universe make us swoon a little. Find a nice place with little to no light pollution and just watch the world go by. Make sure you’re prepared with a stargazing app so you can find different constellations, too!

Host a Halloween Movie Night

If you’re not a big outdoors person, snuggle up on the couch instead! We love a good Halloween movie marathon night. You can go with your spooky, creepy flicks or stick with the fun classics (Hocus Pocus anyone?). Keep it intimate with just you and your beau or open it up to some other couples to join. Pop the popcorn and you’re ready to rock!

Go for a Picnic

Picnics are always a good time! Pack up a yummy basket filled with your seasonal favorites and head to a local park to relax and enjoy the crisp fall air. Watch the leaves fall, snuggle up, and just be together.

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Image Source: @glenviewpkdist

Carve Some Pumpkins

Another Halloween classic, we love pumpkin carving! It brings back all those fond childhood memories, but now you’re probably way more skilled and can make some pretty impressive pumpkins. If you’re not into the carving thing, try painting them!










Solving Your Late Summer Date Night Conundrum

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Sick of the same old, same old date nights? Us too! With the beautiful summer weather getting ready to start turning into that crisp fall weather, we want to take advantage of soaking up that warmth before it’s all gone. With that in mind, our late summer date ideas all revolve around the same theme: being outside! Whether it’s a Friday night or Saturday afternoon, we have you covered with a range of fun options to do something new with your beau.

Fruit Picking  

Who doesn’t love freshly picked fruit? There’s just something extra special when it comes to picking a blueberry off a push and popping it right into your mouth! Not a blueberry fan? No worries, you have plenty of options. At least here in MA, blueberries are picked from July until mid-August, peaches, nectarines, and pears from early August until mid-September, and raspberries from mid-August until late September. Jackpot! Bonus points for those couples who go home and bake a yummy treat with their pickings.

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Hiking

There’s nothing like taking in that fresh mountain air! We love a good hike. It gets the blood pumping and the sweat dripping. Plus, you’re rewarded with stunning views at the end. Seriously, what’s better than that?! Pick a short or a long route, whatever suits your fancy. If you opt for a longer trek, pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top before heading back down. Don’t forget your camera for some fun and scenic shots, too!

Batting Cages or Driving Range

Step it up from your usual mini golf game and go big! Either try out the driving range or go a different direction and scope out the batting cages. These are both fun activities that can give you some laughs. Work on technique and see who can hit the ball the furthest!

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Image Source: @birchlane

Flea Market

There are so many hidden gems to be found at flea markets. Here in Western Massachusetts, we get spoiled with the Brimfield Flea Market three times a year! Not to fear, there are plenty of other flea markets all over the place, lots going on on a weekly basis. Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, it can be fun to walk around and explore a flea market. Check out all the unique and beautiful antiques available and who knows, maybe you’ll end up bringing something home!

5 Creative Ways to Get Out of Your Date Night Funk

So you finally made some time for a date night with your hubby, but now’s the real issue: what’s there to do besides dinner and a movie? It’s easy to just opt for the go-to, comfortable date night routine you guys might have grown into, but there are so many other exciting options and adventures out there that won’t break the bank! Seeking out different things, exploring new places, and trying your hand at something new together creates memories far more special than just another dinner date. We put together a list of some of our fave creative ideas for date night on a budget below!

COMEDY SHOW

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Skip the endless binge-watching on Netflix and opt for a stand up special in real-life instead! This makes a perfect date night for obvious reasons: you’ll spend the night laughing together over a few drinks - what’s better than that? Comedy shows are a great choice because they require some advance planning. No matter how busy you are, you can grab some tickets, mark it on your calendar, and count down to a fun night out with each other!

 


ESCAPE ROOM

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Image Source: VeboLife

Escape rooms have become a major trend lately for all ages, but there’s something special about them when it comes to date nights in particular - you have to work together! An escape room forces you and your partner to communicate and use teamwork to solve a series of puzzles; this isn’t like the movies, where you sit in silence for an hour and a half. Instead, spend that time working together, laughing when you fail, and cheering when you beat each puzzle! You may even be paired up with other couples on a bigger team, which could be an awesome chance to meet new people that you wouldn’t otherwise. An escape room is one of the more expensive dates on this list, but ironically enough, tickets for two are nearly the same price as the movies in the long run, so give it a try!

 


TAKE A CLASS

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Get together and brainstorm some things you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to go after alone! Whether it’s a salsa class that you can practice your moves in or a wine and paint night where you can test one another’s artistic ability, classes can make for an adorable date night that doubles as a lesson, too.


 

WINERY OR BREWERY

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Image Source: @Simply.Wines

Spending a Saturday afternoon outside over brunch and wine doesn’t just have to be a girls’ trip. Include your partner, and make it a romantic outing instead! It’s the perfect way to spend a spring day enjoying something new together. If your hubby isn’t much of a wine guy, check out some local breweries instead!


 

ORDER A DATEBOX

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Image Source: @Kristi_Flash

DateBox is a subscription service that’s been expanding a lot recently, and one of their newest additions makes for the perfect date night on any budget. You can opt for the digital only plan, which is only $7.99 a month! One of their recent digital dates was an at-home Chopped challenge with a twist. They provide a list of crazy ingredients to work with, you set a budget, hit the grocery store, and compete in a cook-off, all while completing a 20 Questions-style game together. There’s tons of options beyond the digital one, too, that’ll send you all over your city.

Our Favorite Valentine's Day Date Ideas!

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IMAGE SOURCE: STYLE ME PRETTY

There is always added pressure to get your Valentine’s Day date right; it needs to be the most romantic date of the year, but sometimes it’s hard deciding what to do! To help, we’ve rounded up a bunch of date ideas sure to create memories, romance, and an atmosphere for your love to grow!


Stay in if you want - no one ever said Valentine’s Day had to be glamorous! Do the opposite of what you and your significant other always do. If you’re the kind of couple that stays in and watches Netflix in your old Christmas pajamas year round, try that new restaurant in town that everyone’s been raving about instead of the same old takeout! If you’re the kind of couple that’s always moving, always on the go, and you never get the opportunity to unwind together, then an easy movie night in could be the best Valentine’s date ever.

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IMAGE SOURCE: SHOP STYLE

If a night in isn’t for you, be spontaneous! Head to a city or town nearby that you’ve never been to. If you want to avoid V-Day crowds, consider making it an earlier day and check out the local breakfast places. Romance doesn’t have to be a candlelit dinner with flowers galore - coffee works, too! Take the time to walk around and enjoy being in an entirely unknown place together. Window-shop the stores you come across, and enjoy exploring somewhere new with your love hand in hand!

If you’re not feeling confident about your cooking skills but you still want to impress your S/O with something homemade, check out the cooking classes offered in your area. They’re not too expensive, and not only will you learn something new, but you’ll get to do it with your love and eat a delicious meal afterwards!

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IMAGE SOURCE: MELISSA JILL

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You might feel a little guilty indulging in a massage for just yourself any other time of year, but a couple’s massage or spa day is the perfect environment to get the two of you relaxed. And get that facial you’ve been dreaming about while you’re at it! You’ll be feeling confident, stress-free, and ready to enjoy the night together.

For a little more romance, recreate your first date, or take it back to where you first met. If you spent it at the movies, go to the same theater and get the large popcorn you were too nervous to get on your first date. Take a walk around the park that you met in, or enjoy a nice meal at the restaurant you first fumbled over conversation in. Reminiscing can be very romantic, and chances are, your S/O will be impressed with all the thought that went into it!


We've Already Planned Your Date Night At Home Menu!

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We all love date night! We have our man to ourselves with no interruptions from the outside world. But, sometimes we are too tired, or our wallets are too thin, to have a fancy dinner at our favorite spot. Instead, try cooking together and have dinner at home where you are comfortable! Cooking is just as sexy as that new restaurant downtown! To inspire your date night, we are sharing our fish tacos with mango salsa and corn and black bean salad recipes, along with our favorite crème brûleé recipe from the Food Network! These recipes make 4 tacos and 3 crème brûleés.


FISH TACOS

Choose a white fish that flakes easily; for this recipe we chose a wild caught cod. The amount of fish you will need varies on how much fish you want in your tacos. We recommend about 1 lb.

FOR THE FISH  Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly brush both sides of the fish with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes until it easily flakes with a fork.

FOR THE MANGO SALSA In a medium bowl mix ¼ cup finely chopped red pepper, ¼ cup finely chopped yellow pepper, ¾ cup roughly chopped red cabbage, 1 diced mango, 1 diced tomato (seeded), ½ diced avocado, juice from half a lime, and salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro to taste.

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ASSEMBLE THE TACOS For this recipe, we used small round wheat tortillas, but feel free to use your choice of tortilla! With a cast iron skillet on low-med heat, gently toast the tortillas on each side to give some char and crunch. Place a quarter of the fish in the center of the taco and top with as much mango salsa as you like. We did not create a sauce for this recipe because the salsa brightens up the taco and we didn’t want to lose the fish flavor; however, dress up your taco any way you like!


CORN AND BLACK BEAN SALSA

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FOR THE SALSA In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, slightly char ½ cup corn (we used frozen). Once the corn starts to char, turn the heat off and add ⅓ cup of finely chopped red peppers, ½ can rinsed black beans, 1 finely chopped jalapeño, and 1 tbsp. cilantro stir in paste. Mix ingredients together and season with zest from 1 lime and salt, pepper, lime juice, and fresh cilantro to taste. Serve warm with the tacos.


CRÈME BRÛLEÉ

This delicious dessert takes half an afternoon to complete but is definitely worth it! If you don’t have a cooking torch, you can find one at your local Walmart! Vanilla sugar can be used in place of granulated sugar if on hand. If not, make your own for next time!  

FOR THE CRÈME BRÛLEÉ Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place ½ quart heavy cream and ½ vanilla bean and its pulp into a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve for another use (such as vanilla sugar- bury the dried vanilla bean in granulated sugar in an airtight container for 2 weeks for sugar that tastes like vanilla!)

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In a medium bowl, whisk together ¼ cup sugar and 3 egg yolks until well blended and it just starts to lighten in color. Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually. Pour the liquid into 3 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake just until the crème brûleé is set, but still trembling in the center, approximately 40 to 45 minutes.

Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. Remove the crème brûleé from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top. Divide the remaining ¼  cup sugar equally among the 3 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top (aim for an amber color). Allow the crème brûleé to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.


Fall Fun List

Fall Fun List

With its beautiful colors and crisp, cool air, fall is easily one of our favorite seasons. There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy the outdoors and all the natural beauty provided by the seasonal change! Whether you’re someone active and looking for an activity that gets the blood pumping, or someone looking for a more leisurely option, we’ve got you covered with our favorite fall activities on our fall fun list!

 
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The slight drop in temperatures make for the ideal hiking weather. Grab a light jacket and hit the path with your beau for a fun afternoon surrounded by nature. The views at the end of a hike are reward enough, but if you’re lucky enough to live in an area that fully experiences fall in all of its glory, your view will be even more breathtaking with all of the colors of the changing leaves!

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IMAGE: CRAFTBERRY BUSH

Easily combined with a fall hike, or enjoyable on its own, we love ourselves a good picnic! Head to a nearby park or conservation area to lay out and enjoy a nice quiet afternoon date. Fill your basket with finger sandwiches, fruits, and some yummy desserts. Bring along some pillows and extra blankets to snuggle up under after your feast and soak up your beautiful surroundings.

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We love the excitement of heading to an orchard or field to pick your own apples and pumpkins! While apple picking tends to be an early fall event and pumpkin picking tends to come later in the season, there’s no reason you can’t participate in both. While picking your own may cost slightly more than buying from the grocery store, there’s nothing quite like taking a bite out of an apple fresh from the tree. And, we love carving (or painting!) our hand-picked pumpkins for Halloween. Plus, it gives you a great chance to create some fun new memories and seasonal traditions!

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IMAGE: BROMA BAKERY

Now that you have your bag of fresh apples, come together in the kitchen to make something yummy! Did you see our fall dessert inspiration board? Everyone loves a good dessert! Try something new or stick to the classics like apple pie or apple crisp. Whatever you choose to make, you’re in for a fun afternoon together!

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The colors of fall are what make it such a magical season. If you have the ability to, make sure you take some time to drive around and really appreciate all that the season has to offer! Plan a day trip around the area to find the brightest colors, or plan a road trip up to New England if you don’t have the full effect in your area. Not a fan of driving? There are tons of great foliage tours available in different areas, some are even on trains!

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IMAGE: GINA ZEIDLER

Who doesn’t love getting lost in a good corn maze? Keep it family friendly and fun by going during the day, or kick up the excitement level and find a haunted maze you can run through at night! There’s nothing like a good scare to get you in the Halloween mood. Bonus points if you can find a haunted corn maze and haunted hayride combo!

How are You Spending Your Valentine's Day?

The most lovable day of the year is quickly approaching: Valentine’s Day! Whether you want to put on your favorite heels and go out on the town, or slide into your comfiest slippers and enjoy a cozy night in, we have fun ideas for both date nights for you and your loved one!


Time to strap on those heels and get fabulous! Although cliché, going out to a romantic dinner for two is a great way to celebrate this day of love. Add a festive pop of color to your look with some deep red lipstick shades and a bright red statement skirt. Split a bottle of wine and end the night with some delicious dessert! If you want to stray away from the typical dinner date, slip into something cute but more comfortable. While still adding some color to your outfit, try a deeper shade of red skirt matched with a long sleeve shirt to keep that flirty look! Sign up for a cooking class and create a meal together or attend a paint bar night, where you can enjoy that bottle of wine all while making masterpieces together.


Don’t feel like making reservations or spending much money? No problem! Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the comfort of your own home. Instead of taking that cooking class, try making a meal at home together. Keep it festive with a pizza in the shape of a heart or learn something new by making your own sushi rolls! Kick your feet up and enjoy each other’s company in something cozy yet chic, such as leggings and an oversized cardigan matched with some natural, softer makeup tones. End your night watching some of your favorite films together while snacking on some yummy homemade desserts like chocolate covered strawberries!  


Pondering what to make for your date night in? We have got you covered! Spicy Clams with Spaghetti.

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 18 littleneck clams (about 1 1/2 pounds), scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped, plus 1 tablespoon thinly sliced stems

1. Bring a medium pot of generously salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add wine and bring to a simmer. Increase heat to medium-high and add clams. Cover and cook just until clams open, 4 to 5 minutes. Discard unopened clams.

3. Stir in butter and parsley leaves and stems. Add pasta and toss to coat, adding reserved pasta water 1 tablespoon at a time, until sauce is loose and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

Recipe Source: Martha Stewart