It was almost girls gone wild at the Cracker Barrel.

This close.

It was date day and I was sitting across the table from my husband talking about this new dessert I was going to make and trying to get his opinion on navy nail polish and when did navy nail polish become so popular and why everyone is wearing it now and whatever happened to a simple nail polish that is clear or pink or red.


A super important discussion.

And right in the middle of nail talk for the year 2013….I totally noticed how cute he was.

I couldn’t help it.

His hair was kind of wavy in that perfect way and his eyes were twinkling as he tried to look remotely interested in the intense nail polish discussion and he was wearing the cutest old t-shirt with paint splatters on it from the gatehouse craft room project and he looked just like Patrick Dempsey in “Can’t Buy Me Love” when he drove around on that lawnmower.

And I stopped.

And stared.

And then….maybe because I paused….or maybe he noticed how cute I was at that exact moment, too….because he reached out and took my hand……

….and winked.


A really cute wink.

That’s all it took.

Good thing there were two cups of very hot coffee between us.

Good thing I can resist a wavy haired t-shirt wearing Patrick Dempsey look-alike.

Good thing I walked calmly out of the restaurant holding his hand all the way.


A kiss from the cutest man this side of the Mississippi in the Cracker Barrel parking lot ….

….reason number 244 why date day is the best day of the week. 🙂


Strawberry Blueberry White Chocolate Bark

adapted from this bhg recipe


25 vanilla wafers

16 oz. white chocolate bars (I used the bars that were 4 oz. each)

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

1/2 cup fresh blueberries


1.  Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil (this makes it so much easier to lift out and cut after the chocolate has hardened).

Place vanilla wafers on the bottom of the pan.

25 should form one layer.

2. In a medium saucepan heat 12 oz. of the chocolate until melted.  Stir continuously and watch carefully so the chocolate doesn’t burn.  Take the remaining 4 oz. of chocolate and break into small pieces and put into a bowl.

Pour the melted chocolate over the chocolate pieces in the bowl and then stir until all pieces are melted.  This ensures the chocolate melts evenly and lets it set easily when cooled.




3.  Pour the melted chocolate over the vanilla wafers in the pan and spread with a spatula.

Let cool for 5 minutes and then press the sliced strawberries and blueberries into the slightly cooled chocolate.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Makes 16 servings.




The wavy haired t-shirt wearing Patrick Dempsey look-alike hung around the kitchen until I finished making the bark.

As soon as they cooled….he ate two bars.

And then he smiled…..winked again….

….and went out to ride into the sunset on his lawnmower. 🙂

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  1. Image for Vicki Vicki

    I loved your post! Just found your blog yesterday and love it. Still wandering around and finding new things to try. After 40 years the hubs and I still have date night every Friday.....who would have thought!

  2. Image for AnnaM AnnaM

    Isn't it wonderful when you still remember why you fell in love in the first place? Hold on to that. I have 40 years with a wonderful handsome man and it is a true blessing. You and your family are blessed...your love for one another makes your children happy, too, I just know it.

  3. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Oh my I kind of had the same thing happen to me at dinner last night. The boys were talking about I can't remember what and my oh so cute husband was listening to them ever so intently and at that moment I realized just how cute he is and why I fell in love with him. And at the same time he looked at me and smiled. That was it though because our dog started jumping around letting us know he needed to go outside and our youngest had to get ready for karate. I love moments like that. After 22 years he still melts my heart. I love your stories and that strawberry blueberry white chocolate bark looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Image for Marian Marian

    I do love me a cute boy who thinks I am the funnest lady in the world on date night in a parking lot. I am so glad you guys are smart enough to escape and go on dates. I just think date night makes the world a better place. Jury's out on navy nail polish though. I am kinda partial to lighter blues and greens, but only on my toes.

  5. Image for Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life...

    Everyone should get date day! So glad you had yours and that it was fantastic! I will never get tired of hearing you tell your love stories... in a world where we are inundated with the negative in the daily news media feed, how completely refreshing and reassuring to hear stories of winks across the table and kisses in the parking lot... you made my day beautiful girl!


    You continue to crack me up KariAnne,you are too funny.I just love reading your stories,you always make my day!!!

  7. Image for Regina Regina

    My grown-up daughters and I watched "Enchanted" the other night. Sigh . . . I totally get where you're coming from! Such a sweet story . .. and what a great-looking snack! ;)

  8. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    oh my goodness KariAnne that sounded like a really sweet Viagra commercial :) I could just picture it!! I live for your blogs they never fail to make me smile. so happy you and your knight are still so much in love...

  9. Image for Pamela from Flower Patch Farmhouse Pamela from Flower Patch Farmhouse

    Looks yummy! I gotta make this one. I love white chocolate with berries. My hubby and I love date night, week or forever. ;) I posted about the one of the most wonderful things he made me. I just wanted to share the love... Now he really is a Rock Star! Pamela

  10. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    Such a wonderful post! I loved your date day story. So heart warming and sweet. It put a smile on my face! Sounds like you have a wonderful hubby and marriage. :-) And, your photos of those beautiful berries....yum...I can almost taste them!

  11. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    What a great story, I love your stories. Isn't it wonderful when you can be with someone that still makes you feel like that. My husband still does that for me, he just smiles sometimes in a certain way and I love him all over again. I enjoyed the nail polished discussion too, I have to admit. What has happened to nail polish? I have been getting my nails done since I was 21 and I still do it now at 48. It is an indulgence for me that I will not miss. Blue, green, turquoise is all over. Some can really pull it off but not me at all. Lipsticks I will dabble in, I sort of hoard it, LOL! Can't wait to try this recipe out either. Cynthia

    1. Image for Mike (CraftyDad) Mike (CraftyDad)

      Jennifer - I TOTALLY agree. With all the sad, bad news we hear about marriages that don't last, it's SO refreshing to see that there are some that work. And W-O-R-K is the operative word here. Karianne and her husband are great examples. Husbands and wives that work to keep things positive are to be commended. Being married to my wife for 26 years, I can say things like that. : - ) Let's here it for the couples that work hard to keep their relationship strong. And Christ-centered. SIDE NOTE: It's so important that our kids see what a happy marriage looks like. We can preach it all day long. But when we LIVE it, that's what counts. All the best, Michael

  12. Image for Renee Renee

    I just started reading your blog & following you on FB. Did you ever post (or will you) a picture of you and your husband? Would so love to see that? Maybe you could do one of those family Christmas cards and share with us or something like that :)

  13. Image for Barbara Barbara

    I just love the way you love your man, Karianne! What a treasure you so happy for you. I've got a keeper, too, and love him more than all the chocolate in the world. (And THAT'S saying a lot!!) Blessings to you and your sweet family!

  14. Image for Christine Christine

    Awwwwwe! What is the ending? hehe Just kidding! Enjoy your man, mine is battling stage 4 renal cell carcinoma and he is cancer fre right now and we treasure our days together more than ever. Going on 36 years! Oh and the bark looks pretty tasty!

  15. Image for Pat Pat

    Love your story and I love that you have date night! I think that's so important, especially for those with children. You can easily get overcome with all the chores, etc. Keep that spark...and wink...alive! :) Can't wait to try these bars. xo Pat

  16. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Oh, Miz karianne....that gave me misty eyes! My husband and I still....after 31 years together.....will every once in a while have one of those little "moments" at a most unexpected time. And we seize that sweet. I hope you'll always be swept off your feet like that, and treasure every time it happens!

  17. Image for Heidi Heidi

    I'm telling you, Karianne, I read your blog for your sweet stories and your loverly look at life! I can't do one single THING with a paint brush without looking like I've been in a paintball competition and LOST! I'd sew my fingers to the sewing machine if I got within five feet of it. Burlap bows? Pul-eeze! But I love to write and I love to read your blog for that very reason. You can keep putting in the instructions for your cute projects for the rest of the girls. I don't mind. Just keep the stories coming. THAT'S what this Minnesota gal checks on, every day!

  18. Image for Amy Seward Amy Seward

    This looks good. I love that you love your husband and your story telling and your pictures, well... I just love everything about you and this blog. You are one of my favorites!

  19. Image for Kathy :) Kathy :)

    Ha ha ha loved this story, well you know I love all your stories!! You are such a sweetheart and hubby is very lucky to have you too......,thanks for ths recipe can't wait to try ths version. Also thanks for the "G" rating to the end of day date !!! Lol

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