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Yay! It’s time for cheap date night again! But my camera is on the fritz – not that it was working that wonderfully before, but this time you’ll have to use your imagination – not a problem!
First up, we’re going for chili dogs. Easy peasy done in the microwave omg I can’t believe they’re done already chili dogs!
(yeah, it’s a long title but work with me here)
2 flour tortillas – the smaller ones
1 microwaveable container of Hormel chili
Optional ingredients – onions, jalapenos
Heat the chili according to directions – generally it’s like one minute
While chili is cooking, sprinkle one of the tortillas with cheddar cheese and any other fixin’s you want, then roll the weenie up inside.
In a small microwaveable pan, pour in half the chili.
Place the rolled tortillas seam side down in the chili.
Top with remaining chili
Cover and microwave about 5 minutes, depending on how powerful your microwave is. (mine’s a weenie) (get it? hah!)
Sprinkle more cheddar cheese on top and serve. Kind of a weenie enchilada.
Now what would possibly go with a glorified weenie? A Snakebite of course! (oh yeah, go ahead, make your own joke)
1 bottle hard cider (I like Woodchuck Granny Smith)
1 bottle beer (something simple, like Bud Light)
Okay, hang on…these instructions are pretty hard to follow.
Pour half the cider in one glass…the other half in the second glass.
Fill with half the beer in the first glass…the other half in the second glass.
Tada! Chili dogs and beer! Grab some potato chips and lets go on a picnic!
And in case you’re wondering why this post is so short? This are exactly the circumstances under which I wrote …..enjoy a little of Simon’s Cat – or in this case, Carrie’s Six Cats.
I admitted it quite freely, even in spite of the gasps of “noooo!” and “not possible!”s….because, well duh. I am. Born in 1962, it’s now 2012. I don’t make this kind of stuff up.
So, when I got treated as an “elderly woman who needs help”, I possibly went a bit overboard.
First, I didn’t need help. Those damn Rubbermaid containers treat static electricity like it’s the new Velcro. WHY, may I ask you, does Walmart see the need to stack Rubbermaid containers, already known for their stick-toit-tiveness, at least 15 high?
This is just a plot to unearth helpless little old ladies.
(Of which I have no intention of being one)
So there I was, unsuspectingly holding what appeared to be 30 Rubbermaid containers (30 gallon size) in my hands, trying to shake the top one loose. I have too many shirts ( as if! Does anyone want to explain to DH why NO ONE ON THE PLANET EARTH can have too many shirts????) and was attempting to box up a few.
So I shaked. And shimmied. And wiggled. And then I tried getting the boxes apart. Damn things weren’t coming apart for love nor money.
Over my left shoulder I hear breathing. Followed by “May I help you, ma’am?”
May I tell you, few things rile me faster than someone calling me ma’am?
I’m sure you’ve heard it once or twice. A nice boy taking out your groceries. Someone loading lumber for a deck. And suddenly, you’re in shock. You’ve just been ma’amed.
Life as you know it has now changed. You have reached the “elderly status”.
This can happen when you’re 25, 34 or even 84. Doesn’t matter. There it is, hanging over your head like Damocles sword. (If you’re old like me, you’ll understand what that means. If not, Google it.)
Anyways, back to the nice young man. He was in his early 20’s, wearing the uniform of someone who serviced tires and other things I Don’t Understand in the vehicle bay. His hands were outstretched, determined to help me separate those cursed Rubbermaid containers.
I should have been grateful.
Instead, I was insulted. Miffed, even.
It didn’t happen on purpose. I swear. I double dog swear. He lifted the boxes, and two were stuck together at the top. So I said, “Two is fine, I’d love to have two.” And proceeded to tug on the boxes, to get the two free.
“Ow,” he said. “Um. Ow, ow, ow.”
I struggled mightily, trying to find the source of his discomfort. Two boxes, the rest lying on the floor. I tried pulling the second box from the first. “Ow!” His pained face swam into my vision. “Ow! Ow!”
Okay, so this wasn’t going well.
Concentrating on the bottom Rubbermaid, I finally saw the source of his pain. Four fingers were squished, like a Panini Sandwich from Barnes and Noble Food Court, between the two containers. And by me tugging on the two containers, I was squishing them more. Oy.
“Oh,” I said. “Wow, that’s gotta hurt.”
The more I tried to separate the boxes, the further I pinched his fingers. Catch-22. Finally, they sprang apart.
Okay, so I’m no Mother Theresa. I didn’t bandage his wounds, didn’t offer much in the way of sympathy, because now I felt old AND stupid. I did apologize, because my mother did raise me to be polite.
I don’t need help. I can do it myself. I’ve got it. How many times have I said those in the past few months? A lot.
And yet, he made me feel like I’m heading for the nursing home.
And what does any of this have to do with cheap date night? Not one thing. Just something I had to get off my chest. So, to the young man who’s fingers I pinched, I apologize. That really did have to hurt.
Now let’s eat.
Low Calorie Good for You But Still Tastes Wonderful Salad
baked or a rotisserie chicken
dressing of your choice. I used fat free Dorothy Lynch and it was AWESOME.
Heat your oven to 350. Toss a handful of almonds on a baking sheet and bake about 10 min. They should be nice and extra crunchy. (ok, so this is SO NOT the fiasco of the flaming nuts – much easier, trust me!)
While those are cooking, tear the iceberg lettuce into bits and mix with the spinach in a big bowl. Open a drain a small can of mandarin oranges, toss on top. (Don’t you love easy recipes like this?) Chop your radish and cucumber into bite size pieces, toss in the bowl. When the almonds have finished, add those in as well and give it all a jumble. If your chicken isn’t still warm, nuke it for 30 seconds or so, put on top of your portion of salad, and decorate with dressing. Simple, but an excellent salad, full of protein.
And since we’re being so good on the food front, here’s a nice low calorie drink to go with!
D’Asti sparkling wine
In a tall glass add 1 shot of the peach schnapps. Fill the glass with half lemonade and half wine. Sip and enjoy.
And on to the movie portion! Pull up a comfy chair and watch my absolute favorite Bugs Bunny classic.
Morning my peeps! Today we’re leaping right into Cheap Date Night with Breakfast for Supper – one of my favorite meals.
Cheesy Scrambled Eggs
1 serving Egg Beaters
Handful Frozen veggies
1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese
(makes one BIG serving or two smaller size servings so plan your side dishes accordingly)
Okay, I know what you’re thinking – big deal right? Well, it’s a 6 minute microwave meal that won’t heat up your house, tastes great and even has *gasp* VEGETABLES IN IT! For me, that’s a pretty big deal. =) Oh, and did I mention it’s low cal? By golly it is.
First, spray a microwave safe dish with a non-stick spray. Toss in a handful of mixed vegetables and microwave for 4-5 minutes. They should be a little soft. I have a mix of peas, carrots, red and green peppers.
Next pour in the container of Egg Beaters and tear apart a wedge of the cheese, dropping it in in chunks.
Microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Microwave a minute longer and stir again. If it’s still soupy in the middle, keep microwaving another 15 seconds at a time until set.
Serve on a paper plate (it’s CHEAP date night, remember?) with some buttered toast and fresh fruit.
Now since we’re having breakfast for supper, you wouldn’t think I’d be able to come up with a drink to go with this fab meal right? Wrong! To go with your eggs, we’re going to have a little juice too, in a drink called the
In a red Solo cup =) filled with ice cubes, you’ll pour in 1 shot of vodka, two shots of cranberry juice and 1 shot of orange juice. Give a little stir and take a little sip. Yummmmmmm…..
Okay, for those of you who loooooove Martha and always want to be JUST like her? Don’t watch. Cover your eyes and eat your eggs. For the rest of us who’ve always thought Martha must be an alien being (after all, who REALLY serves pina colada’s in a freshly sabered open coconut shell?) then watch this real of Martha Bloopers
So when was the last time you flew a kite? Years ago, I bet. I’d say I was probably 12’ish the last time I flew one. Playing out a bit of string, running like a wild woman down the middle of the street, hoping to catch just the right gust of wind to send my kite skyward. I remember one remarkable summer day, my best friends brother made us run to the store to get more string – he’d gotten his kite so high, he’d run out!
Anyhoo, cheap date night is here again, and this time we’ll head outside for a bit of cooking and drinking – and maybe, just maybe if you watch this video you might be inspired to try your own kite flying.
Grilled Club Sandwiches
Seriously? Get that look off your face. This is quick and awesome, and kids will LOVE it, especially if you grill their peanut butter and jelly sandwich next to your ribeye.
First, build your sandwich. Your choice of bread, I prefer potato bread because it’s thick and white and holds up under a lot of conditions.
Add in your meats – I use turkey, ham and bacon
Cheese – American and Mozzarella
Vegetables – Okay, here’s where you can get all creative on me. I’m completely happy with just green peppers on my sandwich, but you can add mushrooms, onions, black olives or jalapenos. Take your pick!
Now, wrap each sandwich in foil, and grill 4-5 minutes on each side until heated through.
Is that just the easiest sandwich ever? Especially if you’re camping or the power has gone out. (Trust me, without a microwave I’m LOST in the kitchen!)
Now we’ll need a little sipper to go along with our sammie.
First, you’ll need a mason jar. Next you’ll need some fresh or frozen fruit, your choice. And some vodka and ice. Now lets make a
Fresh Fruit Chiller
Choose your fruit to puree. I had some fresh strawberries, so I tossed those in the blender and gave it a quick zap. Pour the puree into the mason jar.
Add one shot of vodka.
Top with some more fresh or frozen fruit (if frozen, let it thaw first to save your teeth!) I added in some watermelon and blueberries.
Fill the rest of the way with club soda, or sprite if you’d rather.
Seal the lid on your mason jar, and strap on your hula skirt, because we’re going to do some serious shaking here. Ready? One….two…three! Shake that baby!
Once it’s all mixed – um, you can stop shaking now, sweetie, but way to wiggle those hips! – unscrew the lid, plop in a straw and enjoy…..and the BONUS? Nummy fruit to chew at the end of your drink. Or, if you’re like me and can’t wait, take a nibble now and then, just to keep the hunger pangs at bay until your sandwich is done.
Now these are basically two recipes that can be done hundreds of ways, depending on what you have on hand. No vodka? Try rum, or even no alcohol at all! No turkey, use roast beef. We’re totally flexible here at Cheap Date Night!
Now, take a few minutes and watch this video of a world champion kite flyer. The ending is spectacular – who knew you could LAND a kite rather than just CRASH it into your neighbors tree?
So be honest now – when was the last time you had some fun playing outside? For me, it’s been way too long. And while I may not have a kite, I can play a mean game of hopscotch on the front sidewalk with those colored chalks the grandkids left! =)
Boy, I hope you’ve packed in your sweet tooth, because today we’re taking you on a sugar rush roller coaster!
As always cheap date nite features a quickie snack or meal, even quicker likker and a fast movie – for those times when you just don’t have hours to spare but want to have a wee bit of quick and cheap fun.
First up is our snack.
Peanut Butter Banana S’mores
Seriously? Need I say more? Well, okay, maybe the recipe for those of you already drooling. =)
30 squares of graham crackers
30 marshmallows cut in half
package of chocolate chips or Hershey bars
Ok, first line your 9X13 with aluminum foil. Lay out your 15 graham cracker squares, then top each one with a sprinkle of chocolate chips (or a few squares of chocolate), a slice of banana and two marshmallow halves. The other 15 squares, spread with peanut butter and place carefully over the top. (Peanut butter side down, but you knew that right? right.) Bake at 350 for 4-5 minutes until marshmallows puff.
Let cool and bit and dive in!!!
You’d think with a sweet treat like this, you’d need a fairly simple drink. Right? Wrong. Here’s the perfect accompaniment to our s’mores.
Peanut Butter Cup Martini
1 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. Baileys
Decorate your martini glass with a few swirls of chocolate syrup and slide into the refrigerator. In a cocktail shaker, mix your liquors with about 1/4 cup of cream and a scoop of ice. You can add more later if you’d like. Now shake it baby shake it. Yeah, no one’s watching. =) Strain into your pretty glass and decorate with a few mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Got it? Excellent. Now let’s plop down with our goodies and watch a bit of a movie.
Here’s one I don’t remember seeing before, from the Carol Burnett show – called No Frills Airline. Poor Tim Conway…lol…..I love him!