Fun Date Ideas - When it's Cold Outside


As some of you may know, Mike and I are a long-distance-relationship couple (I'm in Toronto/used to be in Waterloo and he is in St Catharine’s) this means we only see each other on the weekends. I'm very excited to go to St Catharine's this week end for 2 reasons:
1) Monday is a holiday, so we get 3 days instead of 2
2) He was sick last weekend, so we didn't really celebrate his birthday and I would like to do something fun this weekend for him

So, I need some ideas ladies! I would like to do some sort of fun date or activity with his thins weekend, something creative - not the same old dinner/movie etc.
Keep in mind: I have a limited budget, it's still pretty cold out, we will be in the St Catharine's/ Niagara Falls area.

Feb 15, 2011 @ 02:44 pm

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love this topic!!

Hubby and I were talking about this just yesterday - how to spend "special occasions" when it's cold out. I'd love to hear what the others have to say on this too :)

Here are some of the stuff we came up with:

Use something like to book yourself a cheap but nice hotel near niagara falls (perhaps something that overlooks the falls, and/or has complementary continental breakfast?). Staying at a hotel feels like a get-a-way to me, even if it's down the road at Niagara. Lots of hotels there have a jacuzzi which is always *ah-may-zing* lol

You can do this at the hotel or at his place:

Since you're celebrating his bday, do an unlimited food and games weekend:
Pack a picnic basket full of goodies
Lay out his living room floor for movies and video games session
And have fun :)

Drive down to niagara, and play in the arcades. It's nice and warm, you're out of the house, and it's super fun. And your man can win you stuff!!
Feb 15, 2011 @ 03:08 pm

Love it

Thanks for the suggestions becky!
He took me to those arcades as part of our first date - we had so much fun and I still have some of the silly prizes we won.
Feb 15, 2011 @ 03:32 pm

embrace the chill

are you guys outdoorsy? If the conditions permit, you could go skating and have a hot chocolate afterward. For that matter, you could hike on a woodsy trail and pack a warm picnic - maybe even go down a trail where there are bonfire spots that you could make a cozy fire at. This is also a really fun group outing if you want to include a few friends.

Speaking of friends, my geeks and I love a games night in. We juggle between classic faves like Rook or Risk and newer/more obscure games like Carcassone. A little bubbly and ripple chips go very well with that :)

Would you cook together? Try something different you haven't had recently and end the evening with a movie in a different genre that you don't usually watch - like classics from the 1940s or an old favourite from the 1980s to get you nostalgic.
Feb 15, 2011 @ 03:38 pm


You could plan my life - we LOVE all of these things!
He's a hockey player - so skating is always fun, I love to go on walks so we've gone on a few hikes in the woods (down the escarpment was my favourite - right down to the Niagara rapids). I'll have to remember to pack my outdoor gear.

We are also pretty big nerds - his mom bought us a strategy game for Christmas (so far I've been the clear winner)

I've been itching to cook together soon - we used to do it alot when I was in my townhouse in Waterloo, but now that I just live in a room we haven't been able to so much. Cooking together and movies is one of my favourite things!

These are great ideas - Maybe I'll compile some of them together :)
Feb 15, 2011 @ 03:52 pm


I told him I had a bunch of ideas for what we could do this weekend, so we're going to pick a few together.

I also mentioned today that I missed cooking with him, so we're going to make dinner and/or breakfast together this weekend - any favourite recipes? He doesn't like fish so unfortunately I can't try out the honey glazed salmon just yet
Feb 16, 2011 @ 03:08 pm


Lasagne is always my fallback (or stuffed manicotti), because there are a zillion amazing recipes out there and evvvvvverybody loves italian food :) The go-withs are also no-brainers - mediterranean salad, a lovely red wine (like Chianti), and OF COURSE garlic bread.
Feb 16, 2011 @ 03:15 pm

I think I'm secretly Italian...

Neither one of us can get enough pasta, we always choose italian resturaunts and we love pasta recipes. I love when he cookes his famous chicken-tomato penne, He cooks tomatoe sauce with sauted peppers and onions - and then he cooks slices of chicken in BBQ sauce and adds them to the sauce. It so good!

Actually, he's mentioned a couple of times he wants to learn to make lasagne - that could be fun! Of COURSE the garlic bread!
Feb 16, 2011 @ 03:29 pm

1 more idea

If you have italian food often and are thinking of trying another cuisine, I love greek! It's also fairly easy and so delicious. It does differ quite a bit from Italian but so worth a try :)
Feb 16, 2011 @ 03:38 pm


I love Greek food too!
Feb 17, 2011 @ 02:17 pm

I know, I'm getting excited to cook too!

If the weather stays like this we might get to spend a day outside! Hiking here we come :)
Feb 17, 2011 @ 02:21 pm

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