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Date-Night at Home

Life has been so crazy lately, that I've been missing out on some of the small things that I absolutely love. One of my favorite things to do at the end of the week is go on date-night with the hubby. Sit back and do something together, just the two of us, giving us ample time to talk freely, giggle and be us. A few weeks ago, Chris and I found a really fun cooking class that we wanted to attend for our date night. But unfortunately we sat on it too long that when we went to reserve our seats, they were sold out. After being bummed about it for a while, I decided we were going to recreate the cooking class at home! How fun, right? So after both agreeing that we would do our best to teach ourselves some new techniques, I researched recipes online and found a menu that we both thought sounded scrumptious. The cooking class theme was cooking for fall, with tons of fall ingredients, so we carried out the same theme!

Our Menu:

Appetizer: a cheese board consisting of Horseradish cheese, Smoked Pepper-Jack and Apricot Goat's cheese paired with my favorite Toasted's Sesame crackers. Oh and of course, olives from the olive bar at Wegman's.

Drinks: during our appetizer course - I created a Harvest Punch which consisted of;

1 cup Vodka

1 bottle of Presecco

1/2 Gallon of Cider

1 can of Ginger Beer

Slices of an orange and apple (for the punch and garnish)

Cinnamon Sugar (for garnish)

Pour everything into a pitcher with ice, dip your glasses in a little cider and cinnamon sugar and you've got yourself a cocktail! I will admit, this sounded like a lot when we were making it, but honestly Chris and I agreed this was a super sweet cocktail, so to tame down how absolutely sweet it was, we would suggest adding another can of ginger beer and little more vodka to take away from the sweetness of the cider. We both had sugar-coma's after our 2nd so we stopped drinking it.

Dinner: Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo! Sounds amazing, doesn't it? We all know how much I love pumpkin and I was surprised Chris chose this one out of all the dishes I came up with, but I am pleased to report I thoroughly enjoyed our Alfredo! Find the recipe here.

And for the best part, Dessert: Homemade Apple Pie a la mode! Originally it was going to be mini hand pies, but I didn't like how small they were (like mini doughnut size) so I decided to scratch that and make an entire pie. It was the first time I ever made Apple pie! Can you believe it? I've made plenty of apple crisp's in my time, but never the actual pie. Don't get me wrong, I've made tons of pies in my day; pecan, pumpkin, blueberry, but never apple. The filling recipe you can find here and the dough recipe (an old recipe that I've used time and time again and has never let me down!).