Soup & Scrabble Date in 3 Simple Steps
Before I begin this week’s date idea, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Colorado who have been affected by the devastating floods. Don’t forget just how special and precious your spouse is!
Read more over at my lovely friend, Bonny’s blog – Pearl’s OysterBed.
With all the rain we’ve been getting in Colorado, my husband and I’ve been stuck in doors quite a bit. This date idea is perfect for staying home and staying dry on rainy days! There’s nothing like a little chicken soup to warm the body… and maybe the soul. ;o) There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to heat things up between you and your partner.
Soup & Scrabble Date in 3 Simple Steps
*if Scrabble’s not your game, try some of the suggestions at the bottom of this post.
1. Make a big pot of chicken noodle soup!
Here’s my hearty homemade recipe:
- 2 quarts chicken broth
- 12 oz chopped or shredded chicken, cooked*
- 2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 TBSP butter
- 1 medium white or yellow onion, diced
- 4 medium carrots, sliced in half and chopped into bite sizes
- 4 celery ribs, diced
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 1 tsp dried basil or 2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried parsley or 2 fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 medium packages of wide egg noodles**
- Pre-cook your chicken (if you aren’t using the canned method). Try this link for how to cook moist chicken breasts.
- If you are precooking your chicken, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Once boiled, drop in the chopped carrots to pre-cook also. Wait until the water comes to a boil again (about 5 minutes) and then cook an additional 10 minutes or until soft enough to poke a fork all the way through. Remove from heat and drain water. Set aside. (Carrots take forever to soften which is why I always pre-cook them. You can also steam them.)
- Place a large stock pot on the stove. Pour in olive oil and drop in butter. Turn on low heat and let the butter start to melt.
- Add onion, garlic, celery, tomato, and spices. Cook about 6 minutes, for the vegetables to be softened but not browned.
- Pour in chicken broth and bring to a low boil.
- Add noodles and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until noodles are tender.
- Add chicken and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, laddle into bowls, and serve!
*12 oz chicken equals out to roughly 1 1/2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken. To save time, you can also use 2 6oz cans of chicken. I recommend Hormel chunk chicken breast, no salt added, but any brand will do.
**Egg noodles taste the best in this kind of soup, in my opinion, but you can really use whatever noodles you have on hand, even spaghetti noodles, broken into quarter bits.
The soup by itself is pretty filling, but I like to serve with a nice crusty French bread or toasted cheese garlic bread. For dessert, indulge in seasonally appropriate caramel pear pudding or deliciously light apple pie salsa and cinnamon sugar chips recipe.
2. Set the Mood
You really don’t need much. You may even want to picnic on your living room or bedroom floor. Lay down a blanket and bring an extra for snuggling under and grab plenty of pillows for cushioning. For ambiance, turn off all the lights (or at least lower them) and light some candles. Try some scented potpourri, incense, or use a candle warmer to burn a pleasant scent you both enjoy to fill the room with the “fragrance of love.” Grab some fun, festive dishware. And you’re set. For added romance, try feeding each other the first spoonful. ;o)
3. Play Scrabble
Once you’re done eating. But you need not play the traditional way.
- Pop a bottle of wine or try glasses of this delicious honeycrisp apple sangria. Toast to each other and get started.
- Try limiting yourself to just words about romance, love, and your relationship (anything from a word related to a romantic memory you share, what you like to do together, your favorite foods, your couple habits, etc).
- Create a few extra rules to spice things up: if you use all seven letters, collect a sexual favor of your choosing or for each double word score your partner gets, plant 2 kisses on his/her body in a place of their choosing.
- You could also try this great Scrabble idea from the Romantic Vineyard!
Not a fan of Scrabble? Play chess, checkers, Battleship, Phase 10, Uno, or Twister (all with strip elements if you like). Or try my “I Love You to Pieces” date idea and put together a puzzle.
Stay warm and enjoy the evening with each other! You might even find that wordplay leads to foreplay which leads to . . .
…all the more reason to enjoy this evening already in your bedroom! ;o)
This post is apart of the Sweet September Date Ideas collection – commit to more fun date nights this autumn! See also Breakfast with Beethoven. Come back next week for Coffee Shop Romance.
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you…”
“Two are better than one… if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9, 11-12
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