Our Ancient Odyssey Playlist
Click below to stream this month's Our Ancient Odyssey, complete with Greek songs, old and new!
Challenge One: Dress To-ga Nines!
The toga is undoubtedly the most well known garment from ancient Greek history. Though there were many ways of styling and wearing the toga, the most common way is with the fabric draping behind the back, wrapped across the chest and tied over the left shoulder. Find the toga tying instruction card in your box and with a sheet or large piece of fabric, create your own togas. Add some flair and accessories with the included cords and laurel crowns, as well as any jewelry or additional items to complete your date night look! Put on some songs from the included playlist above and strut your stuff down a hallway in your home for a Greek fashion show fit for the gods and goddesses!
Challenge Two: It’s All Greek to Me
Once you get your toga’s tied it’s time for a Greek themed movie date night! Grab some snacks, set the mood, and turn on one of these Greek inspired films:
- Clash of the Titans
- Wonder Woman
- Helen of Troy
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding
- Mamma Mia
- Oedipus Rex
- Jason and the Argonauts
- Percy Jackson
- The Trip to Greece
- The Minotaur
- Animal House
Challenge Three: Still As Statues
In this activity, channel your inner Greek statue the next time you need to find common ground. Before you begin, choose a wager. Maybe it’s emptying the dishwasher, or folding the laundry, or there is a compromise you need to come to agreement on. Once you agree on the wager, count down 3...2...1… go!
Strike a pose across from one another standing as still as possible while looking into each other’s eyes. Through eye contact alone, try to get your partner to move by making them laugh or smile. The first statue caught moving must accept the wager you agreed upon.
Challenge Four: Columns of Strength
Find the squishy pedestal stress reliever from inside your crate. The column or pedestal is the most prominent element in Ancient Greek architecture. Columns supported the roof, but also gave buildings a feeling of order, strength, and balance. When it comes to managing stress as a couple, what are your strengths or areas of potential growth? Take a look at the chart below and discuss with your partner which of these actions you feel are a current strength you have as a couple, which are an area of discovery and growth, or which ones don’t apply to your relationship. Identify three areas that you would like to work on strengthening together in the next month.
- Share feelings
- Understand each other
- Help each other
- Growing through crises together
- Agreeing to Disagree
Date Night Dessert Recipe: Fig Baklava
Letters from the Founders:
Baklava is probably one of the most recognizable Greek desserts out there. So to put our little spin on it, we've added figs and accompanied the recipe with a small grocery challenge for the both of you!
<3 Michelle and Tyler
Founders, Crated with Love
- 1 pound chopped nuts (or see challenge below)
- 1 package for dried figs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 (16-ounce) package phyllo dough
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Date Night Challenge - You could just get a boring old container of mixed nuts at the grocery store OR you can try this little challenge for the both of you!
Separately down the nut aisle, run down and find one nut and one dried fruit representing your partner (if you don't want to use figs). Here's the catch: you have to come up with a list of five reasons why you chose the nut and fruit you did. For example, your partner may have beautiful almond-shaped eyes that are as sweet as a plum. Before beginning your recipe, present your ingredients and explain to your partner why you chose what you did!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and butter a square (9x9) baking pan
In a food processor, add cinnamon, nuts, and dried figs (or the fruit you each got) until fully diced and mixed. Unroll your phyllo and use a slightly damp towel to cover until use. This will help keep the dough moist without it drying out.
Place two sheets of phyllo dough at the base of your pan and brush with melted butter. Then, spatter three or four tablespoons of your fig/nut mixture evenly across the top. Adding another two sheets of phyllo dough, continue until your mixture is gone or until you run out space in the pan.
Before baking, cut your fig baklava into triangles by first creating rows, then cutting diagonally. Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until the phyllo dough is golden brown and crispy.
While the baklava is in the oven, add your water and sugar to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Mix in your vanilla, honey, and lemon zest and simmer for 15 minutes.
As soon as your baklava is done baking, pour your syrup over the top and allow it to cool before serving!