Then There Were Two {Recipe: Cherry Poke Cake Cocktail}

Nick and I just got back from enjoying a kid-free vacation in Park City, Utah… the first we’ve shared in over 6 years.

In 6 years time, it is pretty easy to forget all the reasons you fell in love with your spouse in the first place. I definitley knew I still loved my husband, but this vacation was exactly what we needed to get reacquainted with each other again, and that was a good thing.

With 4 kids and grandparents who live far away, getting away for even a date night is hard. Add to that living on one income and juggling busy schedules, finding the time and resources to get away isn’t easy, but we decided it was time to make it happen.

There’s something to be said for adult time… getting to have real conversations without interruption, sleeping without little bodies wiggling between you, eating at restaurants you wouldn’t set foot in with children, doing activities (like our 22 mile hike) that you wouldn’t sanely take 4 kids on…. it was truly blissful.

It’s important to turn off the noise and let the light shine on you as a couple every once in awhile. Hopefully, now that we’ve had this reminder, it will happen more often than not. I am grateful for the man I married. I love my kids too, but I know that we will both be better parents if we continue to invest in our marriage this way, don’t you think?

We’re back home now, but have one more kid free evening ahead of us. I see these fun cocktails and a good movie night in my future!

I’m thankful for my in-laws for keeping the kids at their place while Nick and I vacationed together! We couldn’t have done it without them.

Cherry Poke Cake Cocktails
This refreshing cocktail recipe tastes just like old fashioned Cherry Poke Cake.
  • 2 ounces Pinnacle Cake Flavored Vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces cold Sprite or 7-Up
  • 1 ounce cherry juice (from the Maraschino cherry jar)
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish
  1. Fill a highball glass with ice
  2. Pour Cake Flavored Vodka, Lime Juice, Sprite or 7-Up and Cherry Juice over ice. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with cherries.

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  1. says

    I am so happy that you and Nick had a wonderful vacation together. Yes, re-connecting with our husbands after investing so much time and energy into our sweet children is always so very important. Mark in on your calendar. Make it happen again and again. I am firmly convinced that being good parents and being a happily married couple goes hand-in-hand.

    Hugs to you!! I miss you.

  2. says

    I most certainly agree with this. We feel it even with our pup-child. A weekend without her means no early morning walks. It means we can leave the house for more than 7 hours without having to rush back to take her out. It means sleeping without a dog in the bed!


  3. Courtney says

    That is awesome so glad you were able to do this! I usually go with Brian on his trips and love the time but I know that will be ending as we send Avery off to school with her crazy busy schedule!

  4. says

    I definitely think it’s so important to have some couple time especially when life is so busy. It sounds like you had a really wonderful & refreshing break.

  5. Pat Wogan says

    I know you appreciate Jerry and Jodi for caring for the kids while you and Nick were able to restoke your fires. Everyone wins in this situation. Thanks Jerry and Jodi for being the wonderful grandparents you are!

  6. says

    1. I adore your blog
    2. Your photos are stunning
    3. I want those elephant cocktail stirrers (did I spell that right)?
    4. I adore cocktails and this one sounds delicious. Just printed and will be shaking it up this weekend. Thank you!

  7. Lisa says

    I love your pretty photos, they never fail to cheer me (and I don’t do alcohol, but I want to make that drink just to pretty up the place!). Hmm, I don’t think I’ve heard of that cherry cake before; I must do some research…. : ) Also, Kristen, I just have to say — you look amazing dahling — you’re just glowing and prettier than ever!

  8. says

    Looks like you had a great getaway! This post really made me want to spend some time alone with my husband… The last time we had without our son was actually last Sat. Night (but I don’t count a trip to the hospital thinking it is labor and ending up with both of us having the stomach flu as quality time alone!) My mom was nice enough to keep him most of the day on Sunday as well so we could sleep and just be sick…
    I think time together as just a couple is the best thing you can do for a marriage!

  9. says

    I agree that making time for each other, without kids or other distractions, is very important for any couple. It helps you re-connect if you need to and keeps your relationship fresh and strong. So glad you and hubby had some time to yourselves!

  10. says

    Sounds absolutely lovely – the time alone and the drink! We’re in need of this ourselves but probably not for a bit more. Maybe we can at least sneak away for a few hours to celebrate our anniversary in Sept.


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