Who Says You Have To Go Out For Date Night??

Ok, so I know the economy is tough on everyone, especially me (my husband has excellent money pinching skills), but I still enjoy an occasional date night and Lord knows we can't always afford to go out to a nice restaurant and hit up a movie, which these days are ridiculously expensive. So I got to thinking....what can Jonathan and I do for a date night while still saving money? Have a date night in of course! I've been wanting to go to Easely Amused here in Jackson ever since we moved here and they have this "Picasso Date Night" where you and a date attend and paint a Picasso inspired portrait of each other. Well I'm definitely not trying to hurt their business, because believe me I still want to go, but I just want to share with everyone a fun way to have a date night with your significant other and save on the $$$. So this is what we did...

First I cooked a delicious meal of course. What is a great date night with out dinner? I started things off with an iceberg salad with fresh veggies, feta cheese, and real bacon bits (not the kind that comes in a glass jar, but real slices of bacon that I cooked and crumbled ;) ). Then we had grilled salmon fillets with a side of couscous and bell peppers all drizzled with a quick-and-easy alfredo sauce. And to top things off, cheddar garlic rolls. I'm going to share the recipes for the alfredo sauce and rolls because they are just too easy and good to pass up!

After dinner I got out all my paint supplies and two 11x14 blank canvasses. You can get a set of 2 at Wal-Mart for less than $8. We used acrylic paints and those are pretty inexpensive as well. I'm not really exactly sure on how this project is taught at Easely Amused but we did blind contour drawings in order to get the distorted, crazy look that Picasso is known for. And if you don't know, a contour drawing is done by not lifting the pencil from the paper once you begin drawing. A blind contour drawing is done the same way except you don't look at your paper, keeping your eyes on the subject. You come out with this weird looking drawing, that is unless you looked ;)

*getting started...notice it was laundry day, like my mad folding skills, Ma??

*Sallie Mae enjoyed date night too

We had a great time together painting our Picasso style portraits and I encourage everyone to give it a shot! You'll be pleasantly surprised :)) & you don't have to be artistic, ask Jonathan!

Quick-And-Easy Alfredo Sauce - This stuff is so yummy but it makes a good bit so I always cut the recipe in half!

1/2 cup butter
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
2 tsp garlic
2 cups milk
6 oz parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a small sauce pan on high heat for about 12-15 minutes, not too long or the milk will curdle, and as it cools it will thicken. If it's not thick enough for your liking add more paremsan cheese!

Cheddar Garlic Rolls - I got this recipe from Real Simple magazine in an article titled "10 ideas for pizza dough" and it's not as good as some Red Lobster biscuits but they are pretty tasty!

1 package pizza crust (just add water!)
4 cloves chopped garlic
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix pizza dough according to package instructions. Add garlic and cheese and fold dough to mix. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Tear dough into 12 pieces and place into muffin cups. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 425 degrees until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes. Toss in a bowl with melted butter and chopped oregano or parsley. Season with salt.


The finished products....

*Jonathan's awesome portrait of me!

*my uncanny portrait of Jonathan!

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