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When Joe and I first started dating, we would go on long, late night walks together whenever the weather permitted. We continued the tradition into our married life and made it even more of a priority after we added Howie, our dog, to our family and needed to make sure he got out of the apartment for exercise and energy release.
At this current stage of our lives, late night walks aren't an option because we have two young children who are in bed by 8pm. We put our kiddos in the stroller, the dog on his leash and go on a walk after dinner most nights, but it's just not the same as going out on our own. There is something about the quiet and cool night air that makes our conversation flow freely and contributes to a deeper connection in our relationship.
Just a couple of months ago we discovered a solution to our obstacle. The roof outside our bedroom window is perfect for sitting on, so after the kids are in bed, we put their monitors next to the window where we can hear them and climb outside to chat. Now that it looks like it has finally warmed up for good, we are looking for a lot more opportunities to hang out on the roof and strengthen our marriage.
One of the things that makes our rooftop rendezvous even better are the treats that we enjoy while we chat. My new favorite thing to make are Chunky Monkey Sundaes! We combine Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™, Reddi-Wip® and Smucker's Hot Fudge Ice Cream Topping with a few other ice cream sundae favorites to create the perfect date moment for our marriage. The combination of all of these flavors has turned out to be even better than I ever could have imagined! PB 'N Cones™ has delicious ribbons of peanut butter and chunks of cone which are perfectly complimented by Smucker's Hot Fudge topping, slices of banana and a dollop of Reddi-Wip®!
To create your own Chunky Monkey Sundaes:
- Pull out your favorite bowls, or maybe paper bowls so you can avoid doing dishes afterward.
- Place two or three scoops of Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™ in the bottom of each of your bowls.
- Add any of your favorite ice cream sundae toppings. For this particular sundae, we love slices of banana and chopped peanuts.
- Drizzle Smucker's Hot Fudge Ice Cream Topping over the top.
- Top with a dollop of Reddi-Wip®.
- Enjoy!!! Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™
I was able to purchase everything that I needed for our rooftop rendezvous in one quick stop, after I'd put Emmy to bed and while Joe was going through Bensen's bedtime routine. That quick trip made it that much easier to make a date moment happen during a week when we both felt too busy to slow down and when we knew that we weren't going to have time for a date night out.
Blue Bunny® PB 'N Cones™ , Reddi-Wip® and Smucker's Ice Cream Toppings can be found at Walmart stores nationwide.
It's never too late to start new traditions in your marriage. Whatever you choose to do, you should probably make Chunky Monkey Sundaes (or other varieties found here) a part of it.
As you've entered new stages of life that have eliminated your ability to continue some of those long-time traditions that you've enjoyed, what fun new traditions have you started to fill that void?