Date Night And Soup {two recipes}

Dave and I have lots of dates.

Several a week.

Of course, our recipe for a Date Night looks very different from the American norm. We haven’t actually been *out* on a date since Graham was 5 months old. Spring of 2010.

When I was about to give birth to Bess last Autumn, some dear friends took Graham and Adelaide for two hours. We worked on some baby-is-about-to-be-here projects and it was wonderful!

We are in the strange position of not being able to just hire a babysitter and go somewhere. We have three very out-of-the-box children. One strong-willed 5yo, an almost 3-year-old who we leave with fewer than 1/2 a dozen people, and a breastfeeding 1yo who will not take a bottle. We have budget constraints. We have time constraints.  So, we have embraced this season of homeboundness {not a word? oh well…} and make Date Night work for us. With our expectations in the right place, it makes it a fun challenge to date one another.

Our recipe…in no particular order:

Food + Book/Movie/Show + Intimacy + Conversation = Date Night

 

We don’t need to leave our house for this to happen. We don’t even need to spend money. This equation is perfect for the stage of life we are in right now.

Tonight, we are eating a new soup {Aldi had a produce pick on zucchini and I had some extra crockpot roasted chicken in the freezer}, reading The Last Policeman by Ben Winters {on loan from the library} and/or watching Inspector Lewis {through the PBS Roku App}, and then other things we don’t type about on blogs, and we will also talk about anything that strikes our fancy.

Since it is unlikely that we will find a babysitter trained in hostage negotiations, seizure-detection, and lactates dairy-gluten-cocoa-free milk…we are content and in love with our at home Date Nights.

 

Back to the soup. Because I am trying to be punny with the recipe thing. It is an Italian Chicken Zucchini Soup. It is dairy-free. Gluten-free. And Yummee.

I combined in my crockpot:

1 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes which I chopped up with a fork

2 cups of crockpot roasted chicken

3 small zucchini cut into 1-inch slices

1 bell pepper roughly chopped

1 small onion roughly chopped

3 cups of my homemade chicken broth

2 tsp of salt

2 tsp of basil

1 tsp of sugar

1 tsp of oregano

1 tsp of Italian Seasoning

1/2 tsp of garlic powder

 

Mixed it up. Put the crockpot on low for 5 hours. Tasted it. Died. Went to Heaven. Came back. Put it on warm.

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How are you embracing a strange season? Leave it in the comments…

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