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Monthly Archives: December 2011

We recently celebrated our 2nd anniversary. The 2nd anniversary is the cotton anniversary, which is good, because we definitely have a cotton budget 🙂 We were going to go to the only restaurant in town that had cotton in it’s name, but the restaurant was what we would like to call questionable. We headed straight to our activity instead. We had four cotton balls. Inside those cotton balls were four pieces of paper which had written on them places that have had special meaning to us in the last two years.  Now you may not think that the number four has anything to do with our anniversary but there you would be mistaken. Four is equal to 2 squared. Heather is a math nerd 🙂

To start this date off, we dug into our costume supply and created some interesting ensembles, which can be seen below. This date was themed around Garfield’s Halloween Adventure. In honor of Garfield, we had lasagna for dinner while in costume. We then donned another set of amazing costumes and watched the Garfield Halloween movie. This is another holiday classic.

Holidays are a great time to brew up a themed date! With Halloween comes pumpkins and with pumpkins comes all kinds of possibilities for dates.

We carved a pumpkin which can be seen below. It was the first pumpkin that we have carved together. Aww. ☺ Then we made pumpkin pie bars and here is the recipe: (they are delicious!)

Pumpkin Pie Bars
1-1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter or margarine
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil. Mix flour, 1/4 granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts.
RESERVE 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min. Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, pumpkin and spice with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
BAKE 25 min.; cool 10 min. Use foil to transfer dessert from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

While they cooked we watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! A classic holiday movie! Most stores should have it with their other family Halloween flicks.

To end the date, we enjoyed our delicious pumpkin pie bars. And you can too if you try the recipe. (Do it! They are fabulous!)


Doesn’t everybody like cheese? We sure do! This date is all about being cheesy. Tyler is known to be a little cheesy anyway but this date was an excuse for him to be more cheesy. We had a cheesy delicious dinner – fondue. Afterwards we played a matching game, like memory, with pictures of different kinds of cheese from around the world. When some got a match, we read more about that specific cheese. Tyler ended the date with a cheesy pickup line. ☺

Cheese Fondue
½-3/4 cup milk ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. dry mustard 1 cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar is best☺)
Mix all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over low heat until cheese is melted. Dip French bread, celery, broccoli, carrots, apples, chopped ham, or anything else you think might be good. Eat and enjoy!!
*This is one of our favorites ☺ The apples may seem weird, but they are my favorite to dip.