The kids have been in the Twin Cities with their grandparents since Sunday evening.  They have had a couple of fun-filled days with trips to the movies, the Mall of America, amusement park rides and going out to eat.  Mike and I haven’t been quite as adventurous.  We have spent the past few days at work and one of our two full evenings alone, Mike was at board meeting for three hours.  We planned to have a date night last.  A night on the town – dinner, drinks, conversation.  After being gone all weekend and long days at work and in meetings, we decided to have our date night at home.  We never get quiet evenings without the kids.  Dinners are usually rushed and the meal is not always as appreciated by the kids.  We decided to open a bottle of wine, cook some good food and enjoy the music of our choosing.  Best of all, we were able to enjoy the evening in comfy clothes and it was much less expensive than going out.  We made the right choice.  Here’s what was on the menu.


French Bread w/Homemade Basil Pesto, Mozzarella & Tomato



Spring Greens, Pear, Candied Pecans & Poppyseed Dressing



Risotto w/Italian Sausage, Spinach & Peppers


We were both so stuffed that I’m glad we didn’t bother making a special dessert.  We did raid the fridge at around 9pm and Mike found a piece of cheesecake that we brought home from Easter dinner and I nibbled on a sugar cookie bunny with white chocolate icing.  A nice way to end a great evening!

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