A Spring Weekend in DC

Hello my friends! Matt and I had a nice, relaxing weekend here in DC. It was great to be home after all our travels! I treated myself to a calming evening yoga class on Friday at my old favorite Edge Yoga via ClassPass – perfect way to begin the weekend.

Saturday was rainy and all about eating! I slept in and then met a group of girlfriends for brunch at Founding Farmers in DC.

brunch at founding farmers

I think Founding Farmers is way overrated (and always SOOOO crowded/stressful when you first arrive), but the company was wonderful. Always good to catch up with old friends! Part 2 of Saturday’s eating adventures was dinner at Rustico in Ballston for my high school friend Hilary’s birthday! I love their food – the kale barley salad topped with salmon always rocks – and it was really fun to catch up and reminisce.

I was up early on Sunday for a run date! The weather could not have been more amazing.

spring running mount vernon trail

I was so happy to be out and about enjoying it via my running shoes! :) Nothing better than a crisp and cool but sunshine-filled morning run.

running mount vernon trail

I ran with my track buddy Diane and two of her friends who were all getting over colds, so we kept the pace casual and enjoyed the views.

running washington dc

spring running dc

6 miles – check! I felt good out there – nice and energized after a rest day on Saturday.


Matt and I spent the rest of the day outside! I had a snack when I got home (toast with nut butter, sliced banana, and plain greek yogurt on top) and we mowed the lawn and tidied up the house because my parents were coming over for brunch! We decided on scrambled eggs with bacon and a side of sweet potatoes, peppers, and mushrooms.

easy brunch to make for guests

Ready to eat! Matt cooked the bacon and the veggies/potatoes out on the grill, which is always nice because then our house won’t smell like bacon for 3 weeks.

cooking bacon on a grill

Ready to eat!

hosting brunch at home

Yum – this was so good. I love going out to eat, but sometimes eating at home is even better. Especially when the day is beautiful and you can eat outside!

brunch on a deck

Matt gets major props for his beautiful OJ presentation. :)

The rest of yesterday was spent getting our house/deck ready for spring! We planted new herbs in our little herb boxes (2 basil and 1 dill):

planting basil and dill at home

And we bought a bunch of flowers for our deck and front yard, too. Last year we planted a bunch of flowers in the front only to have rabbits eat them the next day – they literally looked like they had been mowed down. Womp, womp. This year we did our research on flowers that bunnies do not like. :) No worries for our little deck flower boxes, though – the bunnies can’t reach these!

deck flower boxes

We were tired from all our outdoor efforts and in the mood for something light so we grabbed Sweetgreen for dinner. Easy and hit the spot! Plus, I was able to add my own avocado at home and not pay a billion dollars for it like I usually do. ;)

sweetgreen at home

I’ve got a busy week ahead – lots of Joyful Eating program work to do, plus some AnneTheRD client meetings and blog stuff, too. Better get to it!

How was your weekend? Did you get nice weather, too? How did you enjoy it? Anyone run the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler on Sunday? Perfect day for it!


  1. 1

    Glad I’m not the only one that thinks the prices places charge to add avocado are outrageous! Do you two rent or own the house you’re in now? Does the cat get to go outside at all?

    • 2

      I mean, I almost always pay it, but I still think it’s outrageous. ;) We own the house. Zara is indoor only — we’re scared she’d get hit by a car, and the animal shelter where we got her said she should stay inside for safety.

  2. 3

    I think Founding Farmers is overrated too! Always so crowded…Farmers, Fishers, and Bakers can be that way too. I got outside by renting a rowboat at Fletcher’s and fly fishing on the Potomac. Love that we have Fletcher’s Boathouse in the DC area.

    • 4

      Glad I’m not the only one – it seems like everyone else loves it! I do really love Farmers, Fishers, and Bakers, though – def crowded but their brunch buffet is INSANEEEEE. So good. Love that you got out in a rowboat – I’m hoping to go kayaking soon now that the boathouses are open again!

  3. 5

    I saw all the GW Parkway finishers when I went to Trader Joe’s Sunday morning–I love that race so much! I definitely want to do it again next year ( I didn’t this year since I’m in the middle of training). I love Founding Farmer’s breakfast!!! I’ve only been to the one in DC, but love their oatmeal and stuffed french toast–so indulgent but so good!

  4. 7
    Catherine Cormier says

    I’ve never thought to cook bacon on our bbq! Do you just put it on a cookie sheet and turn when it looks about halfway cooked? I’m like you and find that our house smells like bacon for what seems like forever so being able to cook it on the bbq would be awesome!!

    • 8

      Yep, just put it on a cookie sheet! I don’t think Matt flipped it but I might be wrong… he was in charge. :) Keep an eye on it though – it can cook quickly if your grill is crazy hot like ours is!

    • 9

      One more thing – make sure the pan you put the bacon is has sides, or the bacon grease will drip down!

  5. 12

    I’m assuming that’s Tropicana Pure Premium in those OJ glasses :-)

  6. 14
    Roadrunner says

    Looks like a very nice, productve weekend in lovely weather! Well done!

  7. 15

    Lovely weekend, good food and good weather. Hard to beat combination. Like your flower box. Thinking a could make an edible garden in one! Good size.

  8. 17

    Your brunch looks perfect! You’ve inspired me to prepare a bunch of sweet potatoes to go with a brunch I’m hosting this weekend. Enjoy your week!

  9. 19

    What a perfect weekend! Such delicious eats :)

  10. 20

    Looks like an awesome weekend! :D

  11. 21

    Please tell me how Matt cooked the bacon on the grill. I hate cooking bacon because I hate making the house smell like it for a month, but last time we tried cooking on the grill we nearly started a fire! 😳

    • 22

      Lol okay let me ask him! Stay tuned :)

    • 23

      Okay! He says you basically use indirect heat essentially turning the grill into an oven – so put the top down and have the bacon (lined up in a deep baking pan) over to the side, not directly on the heat. A flip is good but not vital. Keep an eye on the heat and on the grease – don’t want it to overflow the pan and start a fire. :)

  12. 24

    I like FFB a lot more than FF. FF food is mediocre but their cocktails are really good! But I agree it’s stressful. Their Tyson’s location is a lot less stressful and open!

  13. 26

    my uncle recommended FF when we visited, but it seemed kinda meh (in my opinion, the menu wasnt too special), and i’m glad we didn’t go because everywhere else was awesome!!
    and with that brunch spread– why would you want to go out?! ;) it looks beautiful! and i’ve always wondered, what salad bowls do you use?!

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