Dating on a dime

Last Thursday, instead of going out to eat for lunch, we stayed in at my apartment and cooked together.

We made baked pork chops (marinated in Moore's Marinade, liquid smoke, and dry-rubbed with brown sugar and garlic powder, and then wrapped in bacon), fried cornbread with fresh jalapeños and cheddar cheese, and some black beans.

Just don’t be so cheap that you’re freakish about things.

There are plenty of nice, stylish places that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

While buying the ingredients for this meal might initially seem more expensive than just going out for lunch, there were several ingredients (like the spices, the corn meal, and the marinade) that will last for a good long while.

Wow, it's been a while since this blog has been updated.Go rent bikes, paddle a canoe, visit the botanic gardens, or take a hike.Invite your date to volunteer at a local park cleanup and contribute to the earth and your love life at the same time. Bookstores are often hosts to authors from around the world, celebrities and sports heroes, making your local bookstore the most interesting free venue in town.We didn't purposely abandon it, but the spring semester got busy there towards the end and not too long after that, JD left for Mississippi for two months, so not a lot of actual dating took place for the past few months.However, he got back last week, and now we actually have some material to share.Let’s face it: The economy may be improving, but blast that lagging economic indicator—unemployment is around to stay, at least for a little bit.

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