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Are you and the S.O. (significant other) overdue for a date night, but trapped at home because of tiny humans/funding issues/lack of gumption/a gigantic snowstorm? Are you considering doing takeout and Netflix for the 25th Friday in a row? There’s nothing wrong with that—Stranger Things isn’t going to watch itself—but maybe it’s time to mix it up a little. Why not step out on a romantic limb and try one (or all!) of these ideas instead? All you need is a little pre-prep and an open mind.
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Start with the Food
You knew we had to suggest cooking, right? Frankly, cooking together can be a date unto itself—especially when you add adult beverages, and maybe some jazz, to the mix. Wait until the kids are down for the night before nixing the nuggets and going for something a bit more adult-themed. Recipes to try: Spicy Lemon Chicken Kabobs or Creamy Herb Grilled Salmon. Want to skip right to the eating part? Start the cooking earlier in the day with a slow cooker meal like carnitas. Fancy tacos for the win.