Wine Me

Better hurry – How I Met Your Mother is on!!! That show totally makes my Mondays  :)


Why did no one tell me how good dates + pb are together?


Seriously – how did I wait this long to try this combination?!?


5 dates + 1 Tbsp peanut butter = Good afternoon snack.

Work was busy today – thank goodness 5 pm showed up pretty quickly today.

As soon as I turned off my computer, I prepped a few things for dinner, changed into my running clothes, and waited for Nick to get home.

We took one of our normal routes today – a little over 3 miles – and it was an okay run.

I feel like I can’t go more than 1 run without having side stitches or cramps. Eh…they can’t all be winners.

One fun thing today – I got some wine in the mail!


I may be the last person to get this, but my Black Box Wine, courtesy of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program showed up today! Thanks to Black Box Wines and Foodbuzz!


Our sample was their Sauvignon Blanc, which was perfect to have with our meal tonight.


It was perfectly light + smooth. Nick and I have never really found many white wines that we enjoy, but this was great!



It made me feel a bit fancier in my pajamas tonight.  :)

I had Nick grill the chicken for tonight’s meal while I worked on the veggies.


I marinated some chicken thighs with grapeseed oil, orange juice, thyme, oregano, salt, and garlic powder.

While Nick was grilling the chicken, I put some diced butternut squash and onion in the microwave for 5 minutes to get them going. Then I put them in a baking dish with some olive oil, garlic powder, thyme, salt, and crushed red pepper. I let those cook for about 20-30 minutes.


The broccoli was quickly steamed in the microwave, too.


The Q&A will be starting tomorrow, so make sure to tune in  :)



  1. Now I really feel like the last blogger to try dates and peanut butter. Whenever I get some on sale, they go straight in my foodprocessor for homemade Larabars

  2. UGH i hate illinois’ liquor laws! i couldn’t get that tastemaker sample!!! Looks like a great dinner my dear!

  3. wine and pj’s with a wonderful dinner….sounds like the best evening! :)

    enjoy your show!!!

  4. haha that must have been exciting :) getting wine in the mail!
    try adding carob chips.. or dark chocolate to your date/PB snackerroo :)yum yum

  5. I know-when i started seeing that dates + pb combo around the blogs I knew that I needed to try it!! let’s just say I quickly became addicted and am having withdrawals at the moment… ;)

    almond butter tastes amazing with ’em too! can’t wait for the q&a! xoo

  6. that chicken looks insane.

  7. Dates with hazelnut butter, sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butter, almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, walnut butter…. you salivating yet?? ;)

  8. Sauvignon blanc is such a wonderful crisp white wine — yum! What a perfect compliment to a lovely meal :) I have never tried a date (*gasp!*) I totally need to add this to my list!

  9. it’s a simple equation:
    anything + peanutbutter = delicious!

  10. That Black Box wine looks so fun! I got bread in the mail today from the tastemaker program!

  11. Man, I’ve never tried the dates + pb combo. I really need to!

  12. delish dinner! enjoy your evening – my friends actually created the show “how i met your mother” – my freshman year roommate is the alyson hannigan character.

  13. Dates with PB and wine! That sounds like my kind of night. I have shared the dates and PB love loudly and often, so don’t look here to place the blame! I told ya! ;)

  14. I might be the last person to try that date and PB thing too. I’ve seen it on blogs but never really knew where to get dates to try them. I didn’t want to buy a huge box and not like them. Now that I know that WF has them in the bulk bins I might buy a few to try.

    Fun fancy dinner at home in PJ’s…what could be better :-)

  15. I love how colorful your dinner is! And I’m glad you get to enjoy some wine… :)

  16. I love How I Met Your Mother… and Big Bang Theory! Also love wines from New Zealand. So happy you enjoyed it!

  17. I love HIMYM!
    Hope you enjoyed the wine!

  18. I have heard of the PB & date combo but have yet to try it. It looks so good! What a healthy and delicious looking snack. I loved your dinner as well. I love it when simple meals can come together so quickly and still can taste so good and be healthy for you. The butternut squash looks so yummy! I loved all the spices you added to it. So apropos for fall!

  19. I’ve been thinking of buying dates for so long now. You’ve inspired me to finally do it!

  20. dates and pb?? thanks for the idea, i’ve so many dates at home! and pb too.. thanks!!

  21. I love dates and PB, it is one of my favorite snacks!!

  22. I’ve never tried dates :-(

  23. Now that’s one classy box of wine :)

    I love How I Met Your Mother too!

  24. Yum, free wine sounds great! I’m running low on pb but once I restock I’m going to have to try that combo.

  25. The PB and date combo is AMAZING. It’s one of my favorite snacks. Sometimes I add sliced dates to my PB sandwiches too instead of using jelly.

  26. How perfect would life be if they made PB covered dates?!

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