Shelter in Peace Date Night 2

Let’s be honest: we’ve probably never spent so much time at home. Seriously, couples and families everywhere are breaking world records for uninterrupted time together. As you get ready for another weekend at home, we wanted to help by offering a few fun at-home date nights. 

This is Date Night 2 complete with dinner, activities and games. Because some of these activities are super family-friendly, we’re giving you the option of inviting the kids into some or all of the night. You get to decide! 

“Don’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for,
You can’t tell me it’s not worth dyin’ for,
You know it’s true, Everything I do

I do it for you …”

If the lyrics to this 90s power ballad don’t get you in the mood for tonight’s date night, go ahead and give it a listen here. It’s just the date night inspiration you need.

Okay, for real now, let’s go to the first part of the date — Honey Do’s. (Note: This first part of the date can be done during your actual date or during the day leading up to it — you guys get to decide! Either way, the name of the game is impressing or expressing gratitude toward your partner.)

The Rules: 

  1. Each person may complete as many “honey-do” items (listed below) as they like. 
  2. Set a time limit — both of you can spend a whole day or an hour … but you have to agree.
  3. The “loser” (person with the least points) will do more of the steps in tonight’s dinner prep.

Honey Do's:

  • Learn how to say “thank you” and “you’re welcome” in sign language. (10 points)
  • Name a friend whom you are super grateful for. Send them a “thank you for being you” text(5 points)
  • Clean a room in the house (kitchen, bathroom, main living space). But first, agree upon the terms of the “contract” because, come on, clean means different things to different people. (For instance, if you claim the kitchen, will you put the dishes away or go the distance and clean everything down to the crumbs in the cutlery drawer?) 
    • Kitchen (25 points)
    • Bathroom (15 points) 
    • Main Living Space (10 points)
    • Office/Study/other room (10 points)
    • Garage … don’t get lost in there! (15 points)
  • Swap out the photos in a few of your picture frames around the house. Choose photos of memories you both love. (10 points)
  • Have a staring contest with your partner. Winner takes point values; loser takes nothing. Iyou do multiple rounds, take the longest success — there can only be one winner for this challenge. (1 point per 5 seconds)
  • Name something your partner did for you last week and give them a hug to say thank you. (5 points)
  • Dance together to “your song.” The person who initiates this and makes the music happen gets the points. (10 points)
  • Give your partner three compliments. If they smile at least once, you get the points. (3 points)
  • Do that thing around the house that your partner has been asking you to do for a while now.  Come on, you already know what it is. (20 points)
  • Find your wedding photos/video/memory box and reminisce. (5 points)
  • Memorize Ephesians 4:1-3 and say it to your spouse. (15 points)
  • Perform karaoke or lip sync to a song of your choosing. Your partner must laugh at some point during your performance for you to get the points. (10 points)
  • Think of something your partner has done to sacrifice for you. Share this with them and practice sacrificing for them by giving them five of your points. (-5 points)
  • Find things around your home that your partner agrees you can try juggling with (three-item minimum). Juggle them successfully and reap the points: One point per item, multiplied by the number of seconds you can keep them all moving. You must catch all items at the end of your juggling session for any of the points to be kept! If anything drops, you get zero points. (3+ points)
  • Who is the most generous person you know? Do something nice for them together. (10 points)
  • Google any of the following English phrases to learn their definitions and/or origin stories. Share your new knowledge with your partner (but you can’t read straight from the screen)(7 points per phrase)
    • True blue
    • That just takes the cake
    • Doesn’t amount to a hill of beans
    • Best thing since sliced bread
    • One sharp cookie
    • Blood is thicker than water
    • Don’t be using the good scissors for that
    • How do you like them apples?
    • Killing them with kindness
    • Quit your belly achin’ 
  • Memorize as much of Colossians 3:12-17 as you can (10 points per verse — 10 to 60 points)
  • Look up how to say “thank you” in another language and recite it for your partner. (10 points)

Let’s set the mood!

Did you know that music can boost happiness and reduce anxiety? Put on your perfect date night playlist now (we recommend music different from what you normally listen to around the house).

To listen to the official Date Night playlist on Spotify, click here.

f cooking just isn’t your thing or if you’re not stocked up with kitchen essentials, support a favorite local spot that’s offering curbside pickup or delivery. Fort Worth Magazine came up with this handy list.

Otherwise, use up that canned tuna you stockpiled last month in this new recipe for Cheesy Southwest Tuna Melts à la quarantine tonight.

You will need:

  • A medium-sized bowl 
  • An oven-safe sheet pan
  • ¼ cup finely chopped or grated red onion 
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped 
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated 
  • One small handful cilantro leaves, chopped (optional) 
  • A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce (optional) 
  • 1 lime, juiced Salt 
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted 
  • 3oz canned tuna 
  • 1 large roll, English muffin or a very thick slice of bread (whatever bread you prefer), split and lightly toasted 
  • 2 slices ripe tomato 
  • 4 slices cheese (whatever you have) 
  • Pickled jalapeño slices, for topping (optional)

Let's Make it!

  1. Preheat broiler with rack in center.
  2. In a bowl, combine onion, jalapeño, garlic and (if using) cilantro and hot sauce. Add lime juice and salt, let stand a few minutes. (Consider kissing the cook while you wait!)
  3. Combine the above mixture with the avocado and mash it up with a fork. Fold in the tuna.
  4. Pile evenly onto the halved and toasted bread. Top the tuna salad with sliced tomatoes and cover the tomatoes with the cheese, then place in your oven to melt the cheese. Optionally top with pickled jalapeños and enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from Mexican-Style Tuna Melts With Guacamole.

Dinnertime Conversation Starters

  1. Think about a time someone gave you something you didn’t deserve. Share that story at the dinner table.

  2. If you participated in church online this past Sunday, you might have felt challenged by “the choice to rejoice.” Share specific ways you feel that challenge. If you feel the urge to go deeper on this date night, talk about coping mechanisms you find yourself using to distract from your doubt, pain or anxiety. Pray together for God’s peace and protection; that He would make your heart(s) believe more and more. You might even discuss doing re|engage together (look for more info at the bottom of this page).

  3. What was your favorite childhood toy or activity?

Dinnertime Ambiance

To go with tonight’s menu and post-dessert activity, let this campfire and lakeside video play in the background.

In honor of the s’more time you’re getting together, we’re making S’more Chocolate Chip Cookies to go with that roaring campfire (above). If you want to make these completely from scratch, access the entire recipe here. Otherwise, use store-bought cookie dough or pre-baked chocolate chip cookies, plus these items:

  • A sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone/nonstick baking mat
  • 12 regular marshmallows, halved
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (bar or chips)
  • 1/3 cup crushed graham crackers

Let’s make smore!

  1. Put your oven back on the broil setting. 
  2. Place your cookies (fully cooked) on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone/nonstick baking mat.
  3. Top each cookie with a marshmallow half, sticky/cut side of the marshmallow down on the cookie. Place in the oven for only 1 to 2 minutes or until the broiler lightly toasts the marshmallows. Keep a very close eye on them – they toast FAST! 
  4. Remove cookies from the oven and cool for a few minutes (leave on the cookie sheet) as you prepare the chocolate.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave: place the chopped chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. Melt in 20-second increments in the microwave, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Spoon evenly over each marshmallow.
  6. Top with graham cracker crumbs.
  7. Usually, you would allow the chocolate to completely set at room temperature for about 60 minutes, or in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes; but tonight, it’s time to let the chocolatey gooeyness fly! If you’re both healthy and virus-free, we suggest (wash your hands first!) eating with your hands.

This recipe was adapted from S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies.

For this post-dinner and dessert round, we’re giving you two activity options: Shelter in Place, which involves building a tower out of materials like spaghetti and marshmallows, and Shelter Me which is an epic tent-building activity in your living room. 

Option 1: Shelter in Place

The video above pretty much sums up this activity: building a tower out of materials like spaghetti and those leftover marshmallows … unless you already ate them all. It’s cool. Live your best shelter-in-place life.

We suggest setting a timer for five minutes to see how high you can go without getting carried away. If you didn’t do our dessert recipe and don’t have any marshmallows, try chewing gum or small pieces of masking tape. If you don’t have dry spaghetti pasta, try using drinking straws, toothpicks, chopsticks or pipe cleaners. None of the above? (What kind of quarantine are you in?!) Make an old-fashioned tower out of playing cards or leftover graham crackers. You can work as a team to build one amazing tower or compete against each other to see who can build the highest.

Option 2: Shelter Me

Shelter Me is just a fun excuse for making the most epic tent/fort you can think up in your living room. And why not? With Zoom’s virtual backgrounds, you can veil over the fact that you’re living like a child come Monday morning.

Stay tuned for another at-home date idea coming to you next week! get the shop-ahead grocery list in the link below.

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re|engage online

Trying to shelter in peace at home? re|engage is an online experience that will strengthen your marriage for the days of COVID-19 and far beyond. Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, re|engage is an experience created to help you and your spouse build a marriage to last through any storm or trial that comes your way. We’re having info meetings this Sunday, May 3 and Sunday, May 10 so that you can learn more about the experience. Use the link below to grab your spot in a meeting.

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