After you've been married 14 years and you don't have a babysitter and you live in a small town with not many fancy restaurant options and you want to keep your kids on schedule and you're tired and you don't have a lot of extra money, what do you do for a special dinner? You make one yourself. That's what you do.
I did research on the traditional 14th anniversary gift. Do you know what it is? I didn't either. (That's why I did the research.) The traditional 14th anniversary gift is...are you ready for it?...ivory. Well, as I normally do, I try to be creative in my gift. So, I gave Michael a gift of a 4-course dinner on ivory placemats, ivory plates, and ivory cups, and ... I guess our dessert consisted of ivory colored ice cream.
Our 4 courses consisted of:
Roasted Potato Leek Soup
Blue Cheese Encrusted Beef Tenderloin, Corn on the Cob, and Creamed Spinach
Heart Shaped Apple Tarts À la Mode
(made with my grandmother's apple tart recipe)
I enjoyed the special evening with my husband and saving money and staying home. Next year though, I am hoping to get to go back to where we went on our honeymoon. :)