5 Fun Date Night Ideas at Home

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Taste testing to ensure the mozzoralla cheese is good (such a cheese lover)

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“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients. ” – Julia Child

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“Cooking with love provides food for the soul”

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My Outfit Details: Orange Wrap Dress (similar Solid Orange Dress)| Gladiator Sandals (also love wearing Sam Edelman Wedges & Chole Wedge)

Jess Outfit Details: Grey Long Sleeve (similar here)| Panerai Radiomir Watch

  1. Cooking Together: Who doesn’t love pizza? Making pizza at home has always been one of our favorite at home date night activities. Their something about getting messy and the achievement of making something from scratch that is truly satisfying. This Pillsbury website gives you ton of options for the type of pizza you would like to make. Our favorite is the New York Style Pizza with; green peppers, red peppers, onion, mushrooms, tomato, Mozzarella slices, Mozzarella shredded and pizza sauce.

  2. Who’s more competitive (Game Night): One of our favorite games to play is 22. I learned this game when I was in college, once I taught Jess we could play for hours. Forever we would each carry around a deck of cards to play at bars or on trips.


Rules to Playing 22

The players look at their cards, and starting at dealer’s left, each in turn (in clockwise order) has one opportunity to discard cards face down and receive an equal number of cards in exchange from the top of the undealt portion of the pack. Players who are happy with their initial hand need not discard any cards. You may discard any number of cards up to the whole of your hand if enough replacement cards remain. However, players’ discards are limited to the number of undealt cards available, so some players may not be able to exchange any cards at all if the whole pack has already been used.

The player to the dealer’s left leads to the first trick. You may lead any single card, or any set of cards of the same rank, provided that you keep at least one card in your hand. Each of the other players, in clockwise order, must play the same number of cards that were led. When playing to a trick there are two possibilities:

1.You may equal or beat the highest card or set of cards played to the trick so far.

2.If you cannot or do not wish to equal or beat the highest play, you must play the lowest cards in your hand.

The trick ends when everyone has played to it, and it is won by the highest play, or by the last of highest equal plays. The winner of the trick leads to the next, and may again lead a single card or a set of equal ranked cards, but you must keep back at least one card even if all your remaining cards are equal.

Some explanation is needed of what is meant by “highest play” and of how to “equal or beat” a play of more than one card. When playing a multiple trick, it is only the first player whose cards must be of matching rank. Subsequent players just have to equal or beat each of the cards in the highest play so far. For example on 7-7 you could play Q-7 or J-8. If the first player plays 5-5-5 and the next plays J-7-6, the third player could play (for example) K-7-7: the king beats the queen, the seven equals the seven and the other seven beats the six. However, if you can’t equal or beat all the cards of the highest play so far, you must play your lowest cards. Suppose the first player plays 5-5-5, the second plays 10-9-7 and you hold K-K-6-3-3-2-2. You must play your lowest cards: 3-2-2, since you cannot equal or beat all three of the 10-9-7.

Scoring 22

When everyone is down to just one card, all players show their last card, and whoever has the highest card loses. This high card is kept face up in front of the loser for the rest of the game, to show that player’s score. For this purpose aces count 11 points, pictures 10 points, and other cards face value. The loser shuffles the remaining cards and deals the next hand. The number of cards dealt to each player is equal to the value of the scoring card just acquired by the loser – for example ten cards each for a 10, three cards each for a 3, and so on. Starting to the new dealer’s left, players discard cards and draw replacements and then the new hand is played out as before.

There can be two or more losers with equally high cards. In this case both (or all) losers keep these as scoring cards and draw cards from the shuffled pack to decide which of them will deal next.

A player whose scoring cards add up to 22 or more points is eliminated from the game (after dealing the next hand). The others continue to play and the last surviving player is the winner. It can sometimes happen that all the remaining players are eliminated at the same time. In that case you can agree either to treat them all as winners, or to award the game to whichever of them has the lowest total score.


3. Binge TV Show Watching: One of the most relaxing activities we do is being able to snuggle up and pick a new TV series to binge watch. Below is a variety of favorites that we both enjoy:

  • Billions (Showtime): Wealth, influence and corruption collide in this drama set in New York. This show is a mix between politics and major hedge-fund companies. The lingo I personally have a hard time following but the actors are phenomenal at watch!

  • Narcos (Netflix): This show chronicles the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia and the gripping real-life stories of drug kingpins of the late ’80s in this raw, gritty original series. Also detailed are the actions taken by law enforcement as they battle in the war on drugs, targeting notorious and powerful figures that include drug lord Pablo Escobar.

  • Mindhunters (Netflix): Two FBI agents attempt to understand and catch serial killers by studying their damaged psyches. Show is a bit dark, but incredibly fascinating.

  • Manhunt (Netflix): Ever heard of the Manifesto or the Unabomber? Well little history lesson, this eight-part series focuses on FBI Agent and criminal profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) as he tracks and eventually captures the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany) in 1996.

4. Have a Margarita-off:  Testing out a some delicious margarita recipes is always fun to see who can make it better or invite some of your couple friends over for a margarita-off! We love our Margaritaville Frozen Machine (similar here) and of course for presentation these Margarita Glasses are perfect!

5. Porter Comedy Night: On Netflix or YouTube there some unbelievably hilarious individuals out there. Jess and I will cuddle up and watch comedians like Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfield and Sebastian Maniscalco (video below) for a great laugh. 

Enjoy each other and remember to date your spouse <3

xxx

Danielle Porter

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