Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Husband Project - Day 4

It's been 3 days since we started this project together. Isn't Kathi Lipp amazing for coming up with such simple ways for us to connect with our husbands? In her book, the full project is 21 days plus bonus projects that will really blow your husband out of the water. Trust me, even if you have a good marriage, it can always be better. I highly recommend you consider buying the book even if you don't win the giveaway.

Someone once asked me if this was similar to The Love Dare. I haven't read that book, but based on what I saw in the movie, I'd have to say yes, but... The Husband Project is much simpler. There is no need for dramatic moves like spending your life savings. Almost all of the projects can be done without spending any more money than you might normally do in the course of serving dinner to your family. Plus, The Husband Project is hilarious. Kathi Lipp is truly one of the funniest people I know.

Today's project is meant to remind you that sometimes the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

There's a good chance you are the one primarily responsible for planning, making, and serving dinner to your family. And there's a good chance you make casseroles and salads and other "lady food" that your husband eats because he's hungry and it is in front of him. You probably make the best tuna casserole on the block. But for most men, that is not going to cut it. That is not man food. (Yes, I'm relying on a stereotype. It exists for a reason... most men would prefer a juicy burger and steak fries to a tuna casserole.)

For Bruce, since starting the Husband Project last fall, I've tried to serve "Man Food" once a week. That means hot wings, hamburgers, meatloaf, fried chicken... all of his favorite foods. Foods that cost a little more to prepare because they are heavy on the meat. Foods that make up for Meatless Monday and Salad Tuesday.

Kathi encourages us to think outside the box and shows other ways to accomplish today's project.

  • Get his favorite pint of Ben & Jerry’s and hide it behind the frozen chicken. Even if you buy it on Tuesday, you’ll have it ready and waiting for his special night later in the week.
  • Is there a certain cut of meat that your husband loves? How about having the butcher cut something just for him? Most supermarkets will even do the marinade for you – one less thing to think about.
  • Is there a certain candy that your husband loves from his childhood? Check out They have all the nostalgic candy you could want (Black Jack Gum, anyone?) while also carrying any modern favorite you could be looking for.
  • My husband’s family loves something called “noodles and mashed potatoes” (we lovingly refer to it as “The Starch Fest”). I learned how to make this special dish just for him.
  • My guy loves the smell of baking almost as much as he enjoys eating the treat. Have some brownies in the oven when he gets home from work or working out. (I know, it negates the workout, but isn’t chocolate always worth it?)
  • Our friend Scott mentioned that he loves cranberry sauce, but eats it only at Thanksgiving. His wife intentionally made the holiday treat for him this past July.
  • Are you a wife who is an expert at low-cal salads and other forms of chick-food? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Man Food at for ideas

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  1. Rocky road ice cream is now in the freezer and I plan on baking him some brownies this afternoon. I hate sweets but my hubby loves them! David's other big love is oranges, so I try to have organic ones in the fridge for him at all times :)

  2. I'm going to be his special treat ;) Oh and I'm grilling a big ol steak for him.

  3. Got this one done already for tomorrow! Can't make him a feast because it is another passing each other in the door day, but I did buy him a few of his favorite snacks while I was shopping for the weeks groceries! Got him Beef Jerky, Peanut Butter Cups, and have some of his favorite onion buns on hold at the bakery to pick up tomorrow! I think I'll keep the PB cups for Valentine's day though!

  4. I picked up a Ghiradelli semi-sweet baking chocolate bar for my husband. He loves those and he loved even more that it was all his. Then for dinner I told him to choose - chicken broccoli alfredo with egg noodles or chicken parmesan. Both are two of his fave dishes. He went w/ the alfredo and I made enough he can take some to work if he wants! He was very happy.

    Over Christmas, I actually made him his own pumpkin pie. It's his favorite pie. I like doing things like that for him. He got starved as a kid, so it really makes him happy that I notice his faves.

  5. This is a great idea! I will go with church's chicken and mountain dew, but I will have to work over time to to silence my health conscience. Lol!

  6. I made chili, rice, corn bread and for dessert banana pudding! This is his favorite meal!

  7. Fried chicken, okra, and pecan pie....I actually had to ask...sad...I know....guess I gotta plan this one for an off day.


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