Friday night, Brian and I had our February Date Night.

February Date Night

For Christmas, I gave Brian 12 planned and paid for dates.  At the beginning of each month, we open the envelope together and plan when we will have our date.  This date was a little more low-key than our January Date Night, but still a ton of fun!

Our Date:  purchasing gifts for each other on a $20 each budget, and cooking dinner together.

The date started at the grocery store.  The envelope included a grocery store gift card to cover the dinner ingredients.  I let Brian pick our special meal, and he chose crab cakes.  A good choice in my book 🙂

grocery cart

We then headed to Target.  We each received a $20 bill and had a 30 minute time limit to purchase our gifts for each other.  I made it very clear that we could purchase anything for the other person with this $20.  It could be one big thing, or 20 small things.  Anything goes!

date night

I honestly felt like I was on the amazing race or something.  I was trying to use my time efficiently and spend the $20 to it’s full potential without being spotted by Brian.  It was so fun!

Of course, Brian was finished very quickly.  I, on the other hand, took exactly 29 minutes to get my gift figured out.  Either way, I think we both did an excellent job of shopping within our budget and time limit.

Brian got me a set of pairing knives for veggies, fruit, and tomatoes along with a pack of gum (I am a gum-chewing maniac!), and an icing decorating set.

date night gift

I got Brian his favorite movie, Love Actually, a workout top, workout socks (because I always steal his!!), and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

date night gift 2

After our little gift exchange, it was time to start cooking.

crab cakes 1

I decided to use this recipe for crab cakes from Cooking Light magazine, and we were both completely impressed with the finished product of this dish.  I was in charge of the crab cakes and steamed asparagus and Brian was in charge of the spicy remoulade.

crab cakes 2

crab cakes 4

All I can say is that if you are planning a date night, stay in and cook this meal!! Brian and I literally could eat this just about every single day.  It was that good 🙂  These were honestly restaurant quality, delicious, and it was so fun to be working in the kitchen together.

crab cakes 3

We then baked chocolate chip cookies.  Sorry, no pics, but they were goood!! 🙂

Can’t wait to see what our March Date Night will be!

Do you enjoy cooking with other people?  

If you do enjoy cooking with others, are you typically the “head chef” or the one helping out?

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  1. Found your blog through Pinterest and love your date night ideas but wondered if you were going to do an update!?!


    • Thanks Hannah!! It was so fun and I can’t wait to do it again 🙂 I haven’t even cooked with my knives yet though…what have I been thinking!!?

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