The Bachelor’s Jason Visits Molly in Her Hometown

The Bachelor’s Jason Visits Molly in Her Hometown
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03/26/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT

It’s been nearly a month since The Bachelor’s Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney inspired shock and outrage by rekindling their romance on national TV – at the expense of Jason’s jilted fiancee Melissa Rycroft.

So how is the couple doing now? “Molly and I are happy,” Jason tells PEOPLE.

In fact, the couple spent a few days in the past month getting to know each other off-camera. In one of the few chances they’ve had to see each other since this new post-Bachelor phase of their courtship began, Jason flew to visit Molly at her home near Milwaukee. Together they’ve been busy meeting her friends for drinks (“They all gave him the stamp of approval!” says Molly), taking romantic strolls along Lake Michigan, and “grilling out.”

“I’ve learned new terminology,” Jason says, laughing at the Midwestern word for barbecuing. “It’s normal, right, to say ‘grilling out’?” Molly insists with a laugh as the two snuggle up on a sofa in Molly’s living room. Molly has been cooking for Jason, who loves her signature recipe for Cheesy Chicken. And Jason has been trying to tempt Molly, the meat-and-potatoes all-American girl, to try new foods at restaurants. “She really has a hard time trying new things,” he says. Then again, he has a hard time keeping to a schedule, which is something Molly is great at. So the relationship is working. “We pull each other in the right direction,” Jason says.



The biggest challenge so far is the distance between them: Molly hasn’t had a chance to fly to Seattle yet – she used most of her vacation days around the time of The Bachelor finale – which also means she hasn’t spent any more time with Jason’s 4-year-old son, Ty. “I’m headed out to Seattle in a couple of weeks,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m excited to just spend some time with Ty outside of the cameras and production.” --Mark Dagostino, with Kari Lydersen in Milwaukee

Will Molly move to Seattle? How does the couple plan on defying the Bachelor odds and stay together? For more on Jason & Molly, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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