Moments in life that are worth celebrating don’t always come on a schedule. I’ve learned that well over my years as both a wife and a mother. And while I’m pretty good at celebrating special moments in the kids’s lives, I sometimes fall a little short when it comes to the hubs. It’s not that I don’t want to celebrate special moments in our lives together. It’s just that those celebrations often conflict with family responsibilities and busy schedules. But I’m working on doing better. I’m coming up with ways to celebrate the everyday with my main man…especially when that day includes a hard-earned change at work that he didn’t see coming. In moments like that when there is more than enough reason to celebrate but perhaps what feels like not enough time, I’ve come up with some simple date night ideas that are perfect for turning any weeknight into what feels like a well planned out celebration!
In the life of busy, hard-working parents, there are often reasons to celebrate. Small successes like actually getting the kids out of the door on time in the morning can be enough to leave me jumping for joy. Landing a new project or seeing the hubs have a successful day at work deserves recognition. But the questions becomes, how do you celebrate the everyday when life is so busy? We used to put off celebrations and try to plan for the weekend and, well, it just never happened. So I’ve learned that if nothing else, when it comes to celebrating the everyday it’s all about seizing the moment and making a memory right then and there. For me, that means simple date night ideas that can turn a regular weeknight into an true celebration. And the best part is, it’s easier than I ever imagined. Here’s how to make it happen.
Put the Kids to Bed Early
I know, I know…kids want to be involved in the celebration as well. But let’s face it, sometimes you just need time that’s specially created for the two of you. While everyday moments can totally be a family celebration, it’s important that some of those moments are created just for you and your special someone. As a parent, I’ve learned that well-planned date nights and pre-arranged babysitting don’t always go as planned. And I’ve also discovered that it’s OK when they don’t because creating a simple date night can start as easily as putting the kids to bed an hour early and whipping up a celebratory meal for the hubs and I to enjoy alone.
Whip Up a Simply Amazing Meal
Once the kids are tucked into bed, it’s time to put an amazing meal on the table. Now, keep in mind that by this time of day I don’t feel like slaving away in the kitchen. But since I think that special everyday moments deserve amazingly delicious meals, it’s important that I’m able to serve up a spread that shows the hubs that his important moments are worth the effort to me. That’s why I always keep Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s Meals for Two on hand in my freezer. Available in the Convenience Meals area of the freezer aisle in Walmart, these gourmet meals for two are easy to prepare and are the perfect way to celebrate the everyday.
With options like Bertolli Frozen Chicken Florentine featuring Farfalle pasta, grilled white meat chicken and tender spinach in a luscious sauce and P.F. Chang’s Frozen Beef and Broccoli boasting marinated beef and crisp broccoli drizzled with savory garlic soy sauce, it’s easy to create up a restaurant style meal quickly and easily!
In fact, earlier this week as we were celebrating the hubs changes at work, I found myself pulling a P.F. Chang’s Frozen Beef and Broccoli Meal for Two (our favorite) out of the freezer and pairing it with a simple Oriental Salad. In just minutes I was able to create a date night worthy meal that turned a regular weeknight into a true celebration!
What You Will Need:
P.F. Chang’s Beef and Broccoli
1 Cups of Baby Kale
1/2 Cup of Spring Mix
1/4 Cup of Edemame
1/4 Cup of Sliced Carrots
1/4 Cup of Diced Peppers
1/2 Cup of Manderin Oranges
1/4 Cup of Crispy Noodles
Sesame Ginger Dressing
How to Make It:
While my P.F. Chang’s Beef and Broccoli was cooking to perfection (seriously, it’s as easy as opening a bag, pouring it into a pan and stirring), I whipped up my easy Asian salad.
To make it, I simply added all of my ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
After pouring in my dressing, I gently tossed the salad and placed it on the table.
As soon as my P.F. Chang’s Beef and Broccoli was cooked to perfection, I added it to a serving dish and placed it on the table as well.
After adding a pre-made chocolate cake, my easy everyday celebration was complete food wise.
Add Some Ambiance
With my simple date night meal prepared and ready to serve, I quickly added a few candles and some flowers to the table and cued up some of our favorite music in the background.
Within seconds, our boring kitchen table was transformed to the perfect date night setting that made celebrating a special moment feel truly magical. After calling the hubs to the table, all that was left to do was serve up our meal, discuss the exciting changes that were happening in his life and celebrate in a simple way that felt anything but ordinary.
As we sat together savoring the delicious flavors of my easy meal while simply taking time to celebrate an everyday moment that was exceptionally special, I realized that times like this need to happen more often. We don’t need to wait until there are huge reasons to celebrate. We simple need to continue to find delicious ways to celebrate everyday moments in a unique and unforgettable way.
Going forward, I’ll be keeping my freezer stocked with not only my trusted P.F. Chang’s Beef and Broccoli Meal for Two but also with Bertolli Chicken Florentine in both the Meal for Two and the family size. By having them on hand, I know that whether it’s an impromptu date night with my main main or a celebration of a winning point scored with one of my boys, we’re always ready to turn everyday moments into a true reason to celebrate!
Now it’s your turn! Be ready to turn everyday moments into a true celebration by stocking on on Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s Frozen Meals at Walmart. That way, no matter what your reason for celebrating is, you’ll have the perfect meal on hand to make sure that it’s unforgettable! So don’t wait! Whatever your reason, make TONIGHT a celebration of the everyday that fills your home with love, laughter and amazing food! Show the special people in your lives that everyday moments are worth celebrating in a most exceptional way!
Now tell me, what everyday moment will you celebrate with with help from Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s Meals for Two?