Date Night on a Budget {+ Strawberry Cream Desserts}

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Strawberry Cream Dessert

These strawberry creme desserts are absolutely delicious and just dainty enough to complement a special evening at home, so that’s just what I did recently! Did I mention that this fancy looking dessert is also no-bake and super quick and easy? Yes, I completely cheated.

When my husband and I were newly married, we received some wonderful advice from a great couple.

They told us that they’d been having a weekly date night for 20+ years of marriage. As newlyweds, we decided to be intentional about a weekly date night.

Our idea of date night has changed a bit over the years, but we still keep the tradition of spending special time together. We now live 2 hours from the nearest family and have a very tight budget. 

This is why I invented the no-prep, at-home, low-cost date – that I affectionately call the “Dessert Date”.

Everything for this date can be done within about 5-10 minutes. 

I thought it would be fun to make this a surprise for my hubby. So, I waited until the boys were in bed and hubby was in the shower, and then got to work.

The first thing I did was to lay out some nice clothes for him on the bed, with a handwritten note saying, “Put these on, and meet me in the kitchen.” Next, I put on some nice clothes myself and dusted on some make up.

I found the champagne glasses from our wedding, along with a couple of napkins, and a copy of the invitation from that day. If you don’t have glasses from your wedding, substitute what you do have.

You could also use a nice quote about love or marriage printed out, instead of your invitation. We don’t drink alchohol, so I bought some sparkling grape juice to go in the glasses.

I prepared these super quick desserts.

Finally, I found the mix of love songs that played during our wedding reception.

Honestly, because of the effort put into it,  this felt much more like a “real” date, than some of our out-to-eat, followed by a stop at Walmart “dates.”

We had a lovely time staring into each others eyes like newlyweds.

The entire prep for this date happened during the short time that my hubby was in the shower, making it a very low-stress date. It was also very inexpensive – around $5 or so. And between the fancy plated desserts, the champagne glasses, candle light, and all of our wedding reminders, it was very romantic.

We both remember it fondly as one of our favorite dates ever — going out included.

If you’re needing some alone time with your husband, but don’t have the resources or babysitter for a night out, I would encourage you to get creative!

You can make great memories right where you are.

Strawberry Creme Desserts

Now you all know how I love to cook and bake, and that most of it is done from scratch. However, we all have baking emergencies, right? Times when you get a last minute invite, or you *ahem* forget you were supposed to take something somewhere?  This recipe is for those times. This dessert can be whipped up in just a few minutes, and it is super yummy. In spite of how simple they are, I always have people ask me about them if I take them to a get-together. And, I always come home with an empty dish.  It also makes a great dessert date!

What you need:

1 package of cream horns (you can make these yourself, but they are no longer quick & easy)
strawberries (about 1/2 lb)
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional
2 tbsp butter, optional

What to do:

1. Slice cream horns into 1-inch pieces. Tip: Put them in the freezer for approx. 30 minutes to harden before slicing. This will make them easier to cut without them breaking.

2. Place a strawberry slice on top of each piece.

3. Optional: Melt together chocolate chips and butter, and drizzle over each piece.

I’ve had these both with and without the chocolate on top and they are delicious either way, but I thought the chocolate drizzle added an elegant flair for our special dessert date.

So, that’s it!

In my book, Intentional Marriage, I include a list of 101+ free & cheap Date ideas! Check out the book for 31 daily devotionals to encourage you to love your husband intentionally.

What’s your favorite quick dessert?


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