Tonight Mat and I had our first date night since July. Yes, July. Unless you count going to Corner Bakery randomly on a Friday night a month ago, it really has been that long since we had a night to ourselves. There have been weddings, wedding related activities, and birthdays every weekend for the past two months. None of those things are bad, but it’s so important to have date nights every once and a while. You don’t realize just how important they are until you finally get one.
It started with a trip to the pumpkin patch. There’s a really awesome pumpkin patch just 10 minutes from home. It’s almost like going to Riley’s Farm but cheaper and easier. It was pretty hot (we’re having ANOTHER heat wave) so we didn’t stay long, but it was still fun. We even got a picture with one of the scarecrows. 🙂
Isn’t that sky gorgeous? We picked out a nice big pumpkin to take home. We’re thinking we’re going to be extra festive for Halloween and actually carve it! Or it’s also possible we’ll be lazy and not carve it and just leave it out for decoration until Thanksgiving. We’ll see. 🙂
Since it was so warm and we didn’t stay nearly as long as we might have had it been actually fall weather, we decided to drop the pumpkin at home. I also wanted to get the coupon I had clipped for cake mix and frosting since I’m planning to make pumpkin cake pops tomorrow. I have a bit of a busy morning, but I’m still hoping/planning to do a little experimenting in the kitchen. Cross your fingers it goes well! I’ll have a post up about it in the next day or two.
After our random Target run for cake mix and candy (shh…it’s Halloween time. Candy is totally legal) it was dinnertime!
We had a 5:30 reservation at The Melting Pot. We’ve been there once before and remembered that it takes quite a while to eat so we opted for an earlier dinner. We’re total homebodies who fall asleep by 11 and we wanted to watch a movie at home.
If you’ve never been to The Melting Pot, GO! It’s not cheap (we had a gift card from our wedding that covered a good chunk of it – thanks Sarah!) but it’s definitely worth it if you want a nice dinner out. The best way to go, at least in our opinions, is to get the four course meal. It’s priced per couple and includes cheese fondue, salad, entree, and chocolate fondue for dessert. At $82 per couple, it’s actually not TOO bad when you consider what you get.
We both started with a glass of wine. Mat had a pinot noir and I had a white wine blend that I can’t remember the name of. It was slightly sweet with a dry finish.
We chose the traditional Swiss cheese fondue as our first course. It had a couple different cheeses in it along with white wine, garlic, lemon, nutmeg, and some sort of alcohol that was drizzled around the edge. It came with bread, apple, and veggies for dipping.
For the second course, we both chose the house salad. Mine was with the house dressing (kind of a honey mustard but without the mustard) and Mat had the peppercorn ranch.
For our entree, we had salmon, mahi mahi, regular shrimp, cajun shrimp, and potstickers along with vegetables. We cooked it ourselves in a Caribbean inspired broth with orange and lime juices. Delicious!
There were 5 different dipping sauces: teriyaki, something similar to sweet and sour, yogurt-based curry, bleu cheese, and The Melting Pot’s own green goddess dip – a blend of sour cream, cream cheese, chives, parsley, and I think something else that I can’t remember. Whatever it was, it was yummy!
And of course, you can’t forget the chocolate fondue. We chose the cookies and cream marshmallow one. It was dark chocolate with flambeed marshmallow cream and crushed Oreos on top. It came with all sorts of goodies to dip. I
licked the bowl clean finished the last few bites with the spoon and promptly was over the top full. But oh so happy.
And at that point, I definitely had to roll out. As I was waiting for the pictures to upload, I was browsing Pinterest and saw this:
It was captioned “too full to stand up – I know the feeling.” And yes, I know the feeling.
Date night is continuing at home with this that we bought on our random Target run:
I’ve been wanting to watch this for a while now and have been wanting to get it too. I love these kind of animated movies on blu-ray, and I also just love the “IT’S SO FLUFFY!!!!” part. But don’t we all?
This was the perfect date night. It’s a lovely combination of going out and staying in. I hope we can do it again soon – at least sooner than three months!
How was your Saturday night?