As a child, one of my favourite vegetables was asparagus. Asparagus, a cousin to garlic, is one of those strange-looking green (sometimes white or purple) vegetables that send many kids running. Why did I like it? Well, I think it’s partly because I doused the steamed, green spears in salt and butter. But it's probably also because every Spring I helped my mom and dad scour the ditches along the Iowa highways for wild asparagus. As I got older, I was not as willing to help with this task (sorry, mom!), but I secretly enjoyed the scavenger hunt and the winnings that came with it. Although I haven’t been able to forage these gems in the last few years, I still like to add asparagus to anything when it’s in season: pastas, frittatas, salads, and so on. (And I may even enjoy grilling it on occasion with bacon wrapped around it…)
Lately my husband and I have been getting a little too predictable in our dating life. After our two-year old is in bed, I’ll usually read, work on a project, or watch something on Netflix, and he will either join me or retire to bed early. If we get the chance to get out of the house at night sans said kid, we will typically just end up getting a bite to eat before making our way back home.
So in order to jazz up date night and add some spontaneity back into our relationship, my husband and I sat down and created this “Date Night Jar.” Basically each of us individually wrote down date night ideas on pieces of paper before stuffing them into a large jar we had on hand. (It’s even more fun to keep each other’s ideas as surprises). Then every week or so on “date night” all we have to do is draw an idea out of the jar and the activity for the night has been decided. No more wasting time contemplating what to do or where to eat that night!
When we created our Date Night Jar, I got a little more inventive and created five different date categories. This way we can choose a type of date based on our mood that day (or budget!). Here’s what I came up with:
Well, it is official… I’ve started running again. As of twelve hours ago. I have always tried to stay active whether that be achieving step goals on my FitBit or participating in group exercise classes. But the last time I consistently stayed with a running plan? Probably high school. Back then I ran in cross country to stay fit, but I’ll have to admit, it was mostly just a social sport. Since then running hasn’t been at the top of my list for favourite things to do. So why, you may ask, am I starting to run again? Well, first of all, I miss the sense of accomplishment I feel after pushing myself through a run. Secondly, spring is here (even though it snowed this week), and I will take any excuse to spend time outdoors. And finally, a friend and I have signed up for a 5k at the end of May, and frankly, we don’t want to take last place!
Hello, I'm Erin – a Registered Dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, and self-proclaimed foodie. Welcome to my blog where I hope to inspire others to make nutrition, health, family and faith more than just good intentions.
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