DIY Date Night #simplepleasures #CDNCheese

Date night on a budget

My husband and I don’t get to go out too often, not with a two year old at home. We moved to a new town in the last year and are still getting our bearings. Both of our families live three hours away and we haven’t had much success with babysitters. So instead of going out, we decided to have a DIY date night.

Feta Dip

I was looking forward to this night all week. I planned an evening made up with our favourite wines from the Okanagan and appetizers made with Canadian Cheeses. Since my son would be at home with us, while we enjoyed our date night I decided to make him something a little special as well.

My son is a picky eater and I’m finding that I have to make things presentable and fun to have him eat. Thankfully for me, he loves Canadian cheese. Canadian cheddar is eye catching for him, so he’s more willing to eat it, which thrills me.

Toddler Food

Knowing that cheese is nutritious makes me feel good. Toddler’s can be tricky to feed, but thankfully my son loves Canadian Cheese. So one of the toddler friendly snacks I made was an adorable mice and cheese platter that was inspired by allyouneedischeese.ca. I used a hardboiled egg for the bodies, halved almonds for the ears, raisins for the eyes and nose and cubed Canadian cheese. It was really easy to make and didn’t take long at all!

Once my son was taken care of, it was time to prepare the main event. I made a Canadian Feta Dip with vegetables, hot broccoli and cheddar dip, and a classic meat and Canadian cheese platter.

The platter contained some of our favourite Canadian cheeses: Cheddar, Jalapeño Havarti and Monterey Jack. Not only was it a hit with my husband and I, but it was a hit for my son. He went for the cheddar right away, and even had some fun with it.

The hot broccoli and cheddar dip was amazing. It’s one of my favourite appetizers. It wouldn’t be the same without Canadian Cheddar. The cheddar adds comforting flavour that is highly addictive.

Hot Broccoli Dip

When my son went to bed, we had one rule: refrain from talking about parenting. It was so nice to be reminded that not only are we mom and dad, but we’re also husband and wife. By the time I took the last of the hot broccoli and cheddar dip I learned a few new things about my husband. New information, even after nine and a half years of being together. Once we got past the usually “how was your day” chat, we began a conversation. I never realized how rare real and deep conversations have become. We need to take the time to sit down with just each other more often. Our at home date night is going to become a regular thing.

DIY Date Night

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28 comments on “DIY Date Night #simplepleasures #CDNCheese”

  1. Simply gorgeous spread! And *drool* over the hot broccoli and cheddar dip – it looks so good!

  2. What a great idea! I’m going to plan a date night soon. Maybe for the Canadian cheese, maybe for my husband. Nobody needs to know 🙂

  3. What a great idea for a date night! Do you have a recipe for the broccoli dip? It looks delicious!!

  4. okay those little mice after the cheese is adorable!! sounds like a nice night

  5. What a nice idea, date night in! I guess that’s what we need to do. I don’t know anyone here either for babysitting so DH and I don’t do date night much. Beautiful ambiance 🙂

  6. I’m almost crying tears of joy reading about your tasty cheese date/party! I love cheese dips, and in fact all cheese! I would love to try your broccoli/cheese dip with some nice crunchy veggies!

  7. Oh my gosh! This post is making me hungry!!! Such great ideas and recipes! I’m coming over to your house!

  8. That dip! I think I could eat that whole thing for dinner and skip everything else.

  9. Randa, you are so wise to plan date nights. People spend so much time and huge amounts of money on their weddings, and then the marriage sometimes gets forgotten after that. My hubby always says, “You keep them the same way you got them!!” 🙂 Bravo to you and your hubby!

  10. Good for you Randa! My husband has a crazy work schedule, so we have dedicated our Friday nights to date night in, and it’s always nachos for us! We kick back and relax, watch a movie or TV show, and just unwind and chat. Saturdays have kind of become an extension of our Fridays, because now we’ve started taking that night to try new recipes. It’s been so much fun to do that, too! Enjoy your date nights!!

  11. Your DIY date night looks like it was fun, not “cheesy” at all!

  12. It is hard getting good babysitters sometimes, but you made the perfect evening out of it. Surprising that we sometimes get so busy that we don’t get to really talk all the time. What could be better than hhese with dome great wine? 🙂 glad you had a great ‘home’ date. 🙂

  13. What a cute idea for getting your son to eat his meal! And a fun evening for all of you. We eat a lot of cheese (probably too much!) and we had a meal the other night that was so delicious. A cheese fondue with fresh bread, veggies & dip, and roasted garlic with baked brie. Not very nutritious, but my husband and I really enjoyed it.
    Debbie 🙂

  14. OMG those mice are ADORABLE, i must make those for my littleman!! Perfect 🙂

  15. Mmmm… cheese… love it! We used to schedule date night on Friday evenings when our children were small! Some of my favourite memories!

  16. It’s so nice to get that time together. It’s precious! I love what you planned for the meal. That egg mouse was adorable!

  17. All of my faves! Looks like a great night

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