I am so sorry for my delay in sharing about our first dinner at eight date night - I know I promised I would over the weekend but with the Superbowl excitement and everything I just didn't get a chance. Speaking of, is anyone else still in physical pain over the Seahawks loss? SUCH a huge bummer :(.
I am excited to share about our date night in though, it was seriously so much fun! This month I decided on candlelight for our theme which made it super easy to throw together because candlelight makes everything more special and romantic and it even makes a dirty house look great :)! I didn't tell Chris about the date which I might do every month because when he walked through the door I could tell that the little scene by the fire made him feel special immediately.
I had already given the kids dinner and instructed them to watch a movie together while Daddy and I ate our first course. Of course they all came in to check on us and ask random questions throughout but seriously it didn't even matter, it still felt like a date. I can't quite explain it but putting in the extra effort is so worth it.
I had forgotten that Simon had basketball that evening so after our first course we took a little break and Chris took the older boys to practice while I cleaned up and put the younger two in bed. Then when they got home the older two went to bed and we had dessert by the fire and got to spend some good quality alone time!
For dinner I just did a ton of yummy appetizers, cheese, meat, olives, nuts and fruit and yummy bread and wine. I also made some really incredible brie with broiled honey that was so good - the whole things was quick and easy and we really had everything on hand thanks to a Christmas gift from one of Chris's co-workers! Josie and Zeb and I had set out a bunch of tea lights in mason jars and strung some cafe lights over the fireplace and some pretty flowers on the coffee table was about it. Super easy and not at all stressful, the best kind of evening!
I am really excited about this monthly tradition and spending time being intentional about my marriage in a really doable and special way. This first date was just the thing to reunite us after a long and exhausting week and doing something thoughtful and special for Chris not only blessed him but it totally blessed me so much!
So did any of you join me this month in hosting a candlelight dinner at home too? If you did I would LOVE to see or even hear about it in the comments. The linky will be up all month - and for February I am thinking of doing a true valentine's date night theme…hope you will join me next month too! xoxo
This week for Friday Pieday Josie and Zeb wanted to help with my date night in prep for Dinner at Eight and they were excited about the fudgey chocolate pudding cake I had picked out for dessert. I thought it would be the perfect thing to bake together this week even though it wasn't technically a pie - it was fun for them to get to help with mommy and daddy's special evening together and this healthy version of a pudding cake was so fun to make with them!
This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks ever - Oh She Glows, Angela Liddon is basically my hero and her vegan recipes are always a hit around here! This pudding cake called for all kinds of healthy stuff like oat four and almond milk and raw cocoa powder. There is a little bit of coconut sugar in the recipe but otherwise nothing guilty going into this dessert including flax eggs and coconut oil.
Josie was a huge help of course and I even caught her licking the bowl - she loves chocolate just as much as her mama that is for sure!
The recipe calls for hot coffee and oh that sounds so divine to me but my family isn't as big on the flavor of coffee as I am so we opted to use the hot water instead. I have a feeling the addition of the coffee would've taken this one up a few more notches in the yum factor!
While the cake cooked the kids helped me set up all of the candles and lights for the evenings date - it was really fun to do together and since I was surprising Chris they couldn't wait to see his face when he came home to the romantic scene.
I let all four of the kids taste the cake too before dinner and there were certainly no complaints on this one. It did have a distinct oat flavor and you cold tell it wasn't laced with tons of butter or eggs but it was really yummy and so guilt free - will be making it again for sure!
I will be back tomorrow with pictures from our fun date night in - hope you have a wonderful Friday! xo
Fudgey Mocha Pudding Cake from the Oh She Glows cookbook.
1 T ground flaxseed
1.5 cups oat flour (I ground mine from rolled oats in the vitamix)
3/4 cup plus 1/3 cup of coconut or granulated sugar
1/3 plus 2 T of raw cocoa powder
1/3 cup chocolate chips
3/4 tsp sea salt
1.5 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup almond milk
2 T coconut oil, melted
1.5 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup of hot decaf coffee or hot water
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease an 8-inch (2-L) square glass baking dish.
In a small bowl, whisk the flaxseed and 3 tablespoons (45 mL) water together. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, 3⁄4 cup (175 mL) of the sugar, 1⁄3 cup (75 mL) of the cocoa powder, and the chocolate chips, salt, and baking powder.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flaxseed mixture, almond milk, oil, and vanilla.
Pour the milk mixture over the flour mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth out the top evenly with a spoon.
In a small bowl or mug, combine the remaining 1⁄3 cup (75 mL) sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons (30 mL) cocoa powder. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter in the baking dish.
Slowly pour the hot coffee over the cocoa powder mixture, ensuring that the coffee completely covers the mixture. The cake will now look like a complete disaster, but this is normal. Promise.
Bake for 27 to 33 minutes, uncovered, until the cake is semi-firm on top but bubbly and gooey around the edges.
Let the cake cool for 5 to 10 minutes before digging in (that's if you can wait that long!). If desired, serve with vegan ice cream, along with a dusting of confectioners' sugar and toasted walnuts on top.
Tip: For a nut-free option, swap the almond milk for a nut-free non-dairy milk (such as coconut milk) and leave out the optional walnuts. For a soy-free option, use soy-free non-dairy chocolate, such as Enjoy Life brand.
This months Dinner at Eight theme is candlelight but I am not going to be super fancy on this one. It'll be nice and simple, appetizers and wine and a chocolately dessert laced with conversation and the fireplace. I am collecting tea lights and flowers today and hope to set it up tomorrow with the kids before Chris gets home from work. It's so wild and crazy over here at all times with our full house but I am genuinely excited about taking some intentional time to focus on my marriage and where it all began!
I am hoping that you might join me on the Dinner at Eight challenge of hosting a simple date night at home for your sweetie too - I'll be posting all about our candlelight date on Saturday along with a linky so if you do join in I can't wait to see what you came up with!
Above are a bunch of pictures I gathered from Pinterest to get me inspired - pretty antipasto plates, pudding cake and candles of course!
I've been sick in bed for the past five days or so with some yucky flu bug that won't quite let me be (yuck!) but today I was feeling a little bit better and thought I would get my jewelry shop opened up again and add some new goodies as well as a few customer favorites too before the end of the month.
Of course this morning my oldest son said he was starting to feel sick too though and he was laying it on nice and thick. Since I've been sick to be safe we kept him home from school. He didn't really seem all that sick to me by noon though so I did the unthinkable…you guys I forced my eight year old son to model these necklaces, ha! You'll have to head to my website to see if you can spot the pictures of him, a little secret info that only my faithful blog readers will be privy to. He would KILL me if he knew I told you! :)
The shop is all stocked up and my new Sweetheart Necklace is a new favorite - it's super tiny and perfect for Valentine's Day!
Also, for all you faithful blog readers you can use the code FREESHIP15 for free shipping through the end of January…love you guys, I hope you're having a great day! xo
You can visit my Jewelry Site HERE
I had never heard of Derby Pie until just a few weeks ago when I was on the hunt for new exciting ideas for Friday Pieday. As soon as I saw it I was so intrigued, it's basically like a chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust with pecans. My family isn't super big fans of nuts in their baked goods but the recipe was so unique and easy so I figured we could make some substitutions for the nuts.
This one did not disappoint. It was so fast and simple and we basically had everything on hand to make it too which is the best in my opinion. Josie and Zeb were big helpers and we decided to use white chocolate chips along with the dark instead of the nuts…and we figured since we made some adjustments we could change the name too. How's - The Seahawks Are Going to the Superbowl Again Pie…or Championship Pie? :) pretty excited about our Hawks over here guys!
We went with a pre-made crust on this one which made it extra easy and the kids had fun doing most of the work, also I should mention this is a one bowl pie - practically unheard of!!
It turned out pretty perfect, I'd say my little pie maker was quite pleased with herself! The pie literally tastes like a cookie in a pie crust, you can eat it with a fork or with your hands, I am positive a scoop of ice cream would not be bad on it either but we stuck with just the pie this time.
Definitely a score all around on this one - I am sure we will be making it again and again! Happy Friday you guys, I hope you have the sweetest weekend!
Derby Pie or Championship Pie :)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips (or pecans)
pie crust (we used a pre-made crust)
Mix the melted butter and sugar in a bowl until the sugar melts a bit and then add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
Add the flour and salt and combine well and then stir in the chocolate and white chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
Let cool at least 1-2 hours before serving.