Baking and Loving It

This week is crazy!  So since the week isn’t typical, this week’s post isn’t typical.  Next week I’ll get back to marriage stuff, but in the meantime here’s a couple of things: [Read more…]

How To Provide Hospitality Without Going Crazy

How to Provide Hospitality Without Going Crazy:  tips to entertain as a couple and enjoy an evening of entertaining without all the stressIt’s always hard to play host.  Rush home, start cooking dinner, and try to beat the clock.  Then. . . you realize you forgot something.  One of you runs off to the store while the other attempts to straighten the house and finish dinner.  It’s likely something ends up either burning or not ready – then the doorbell rings!  Perfect timing… Once your guests arrive, you both feel worn out, never wanting to have company again!

Encountering this myself several times, I had to take notes from someone experienced at entertaining.  We have had the privilege to be guests in the home of Bruce and Tana, and for all of the large dinners we have shared, they entertain perfectly.  The set up, planning, cooking, and enjoyment are always well executed.  Here are all of Tana’s secrets that [Read more…]

Roasted Tomato Pasta

Roasted Tomato Feta Pasta recipe.  Good use of cherry/grape tomato surplus.  Pasta served with chicken in a savory lemon garlic oil sauce.Summer is when gardeners everywhere have to get creative with their surplus.  Well, once you fix your tomatoes (grape or cherry variety) this way, you will never want to eat them another way.  Even my tomato hating husband loved this dish!


Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

  1. Slice the tomatoes in half.  In a bowl, drizzle with olive oil.  Season with [Read more…]

“Cooking School” Date Night

Plan a culinary date for a nice dinner at home!  Fix a date bag full of recipes ideas and date plan.  Includes recipe links and a printable. Here is a fun idea for the couple who wants to bring the Food Network home: plan a cooking school date for your own kitchen.    Let’s get cooking!

Date Preparation

  1. Pick a few varying recipes on your level of difficulty, preferably something special that takes a little more time.  Print them off and put them in a gift bag. [Read more…]

Asian Date Night

Relax on this fun Asian Date Night that ends with a fun twist on Chinese take-out! | realmarriedlife.comYou (and your husband!) will love this version of Chinese take out at home.  Set up a nice Asian dinner on your living room floor.  If you’re up for cooking, I included my recipe for Lettuce Wraps.  Then finish the date with take-out containers! [Read more…]