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When you're wedding planning, it's so hard to think about going out on dates. You're so in love and planning a ceremony and reception that will marry you to this person who you're in love with. Of course you want to go on dates with them.
But any spare money you have is imaginary. Your paycheck is going towards wedding things, like flowers and save the dates and makeup trials. You can't spend $50 on a dinner out when that $50 means the difference between having your programs printed on the nice paper or not.
But that doesn't mean you can't have a romantic date night at home. We spent many a nights cooking a meal and having coffee parties and movie nights at home when we were saving for our wedding (heck, we even do that all the time now).
When you're creating your registry, this is stuff to take into consideration. You don't have to be like everyone else and register for towels and bed sheets. You can register for items you need that will turn into date night items.
One of my favorite fall date night at home recipes is Slow Cooker Cheddar Potato Soup. It's absolutely amazing, and super easy to make in the Crock-Pot® Programmable Slow Cooker (which you can add onto your Target Wedding registry).
Slow Cooker Cheddar Potato Soup Recipe
What You'll Need:
- 5 cloves garlic
- 32oz. chicken broth
- 6 potatoes
- 1 onion
- 1/2 stick butter
- 2.5 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 pint (1 cup) half & half
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 tablespoons green onions
- sour cream
- Peel and chop your potatoes.
- Chop one onion.
- Chop five cloves of garlic.
- Combine the garlic, chicken broth, potatoes, onion, butter, salt, and pepper. Cook in the slow cooker for 7 hours on low and 1 hour on high.
- After 8 hours of cooking, mash the potatoes.
- Add the half & half, cheese, and green onions.
- Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a pinch of green onions
See, when you're wedding planning, all you really want is easy. You don't have time to slave over the oven when you have invitations to stuff and address. So the slow cooker makes this so much easier.
I have a few other fall recipes for the slow cooker that are easy too: tortellini soup, sloppy Joe's, and apple pie cake (which actually came out a lot better than I expected). My mom has a bunch of slow cooker recipes too that she loves. Ask your mom. She might have a few in her recipe book too.
And, instead of going out for dessert (one of my favorite things to do, honestly), you can bake something with the KitchenAid Ultra Power 4.5 Qt Stand Mixer. Now, that's something we actually added to our registry but no one bought us. We did get the blender we wanted, so after our delicious date night dinners, we usually have either coffee or a milkshake, which is super easy to make in a blender. I'd make cookies if we had the stand mixer, and we could have those for dessert. My cousin actually made amazing cookies for Christmas last year with the mixer she received, so I would add that to your registry (and hope it appears at your shower). If it's just the two of you for dessert, you can get some great ideas in the cookbook Dessert For Two. Seriously, I'm in love with it.
You could do a classic date night of dinner and a movie by watching a DVD after dessert. DVD's are really expensive (in my opinion anyway), but you could also register for those. Heck, if you're really pinching pennies but want to have a cozy soup at-home date night, you could even register for potatoes. Target has a full grocery section so there's nothing stopping you from registering for ingredients to cook. Sure, I've never seen potatoes on a registry before, but I registered for an owl mug I really wanted. Just one mug. I never saw anyone register for anything less than a pair before, but I only wanted one. My friend bought it for me, so I'm sure someone will purchase potatoes for you.
BRIDAL BABBLE: What are your delicious date night ideas?