Disclosure: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Pop Secret but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Pop4AssassinsCreed http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV
Make date night a top priority, even during the holidays! Today I’m bringing you a fun video game date night idea and a spicy popcorn recipe, Jalapeno Popper Popcorn, inspired a popular appetizer.
One of my goals for 2016 was to make weekly date night top priority. Due to work schedules and travel, some weeks have been better than others, but for the most part, we have done pretty well with this goal. I have even shared some of our date night fun and some tips on how to make date night a priority on the blog over the past year.
Even though we have made date night a top priority for most of the year, the past month or so has been very challenging. This time of year is always super busy for us with work and other commitments, and so date nights have kind of been put on hold, even though now, with our crazy schedules and not seeing each other until late at night when we finally make it home from work, is when we need date night the most.
One date night that we can usually manage to squeeze in is movie night at home. And while this is convenient and affordable, it always feels like a fall back and doesn’t always feel like date night, since we both often fall asleep on the couch while trying to watch whatever new movie we selected.
Another date night dilemma, is that since I usually plan our date nights, it is usually things I want to do. So, I decided to put a little thought into planning our next date night and think up a date night that would be convenient, affordable and one we would both enjoy!
Like most guys, Eric loves video games but doesn’t really have all that much free time to play them. After I discovered that one of his favorite video games, Assassin’s Creed, was being transformed into a movie. I knew instantly we should have a video game inspired date night.
To make our date night a success, I ran to Walmart to stock up on snacks for our date night including drinks, stuff to make homemade pizza and cookies for dinner and of course, Pop Secret Popcorn, our favorite movie and game night snack. Our first part of the date would be an at home date like normal but would include making homemade pizza together, enjoying this sweet and spicy, bacon overload Jalapeno Popper Popcorn inspired by Eric’s favorite appetizer and Eric patiently showing me how to play Assassin’s Creed. Then the second part of the date would include heading to the movies to see the new Assassin’s Creed movie inspired by the video game!
Not only is this video game date night a fun themed date that really doesn’t require much work, any guy would love it if date night included their favorite eats and video games! 😉
What’s your best ideas or tips for fun date nights? Please share in the comments below!
A spicy popcorn recipe inspired by a popular appetizer, this popcorn is topped with crispy bacon, spicy jalapenos and tangy cheese.
- 1 bag Pop Secret Kettle Corn
- 3 strips of bacon, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, stem removed and diced
- ¼ cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Line a large baking sheet with foil, set aside.
- Microwave popcorn according to package directions. Once fully popped, carefully open bag and pour into a large bowl.
- Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate.
- Leave about 1 teaspoons of the bacon drippings in the skillet and brush foil lined baking sheet with about ½ tablespoon of bacon drippings. Discard remaining bacon drippings.
- Add diced jalapeno pepper to bacon grease and cook for 1-2 minutes. Pour cooked jalapeno and any remaining bacon drippings in skillet, over popcorn in bowl. Add bacon to popcorn and stir to combine.
- Pour popcorn onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle cheese over popcorn. Bake popcorn in preheated 300 degree F oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
Want to plan your own video game date night? Take advantage of this current offer and buy 2 Pop-Secret 10 ct or 10+2 ct bonus packs at Walmart between 12/7/16 – 1/8/17 and get an $8 credit toward a ticket to the Assassin’s Creed movie while supplies last.
Disclosure: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Pop Secret, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Pop4AssassinsCreed http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV