Christmas Week Eats + Exercise Finale

Hey guys! We are back in DC after a fun week in Sewickley, PA (near Pittsburgh) with Matt’s family for the holidays! If you missed my first two posts about the week, check those out:  Christmas week food highlights + Christmas week fitness adventures. I’m back today to share the last of our food + fitness highlights from the holiday week!

First up: Christmas day dinner! These pictures were on Matt’s phone so I totally forgot to share them in my first food post.

christmas day dinner beef

We had quite the feast! Beef tenderloin with twice baked potatoes, an onion and cheese pie, roasted veggies, popovers, and a pear and walnut salad to start!

Everything was so delicious. I especially loved the onion and cheese pie and the popovers (went back for more)!

christmas day dinner

Dessert that night was the creme brulee I wrote about in the last post. :)

On Christmas morning, we had a sausage and egg casserole (this recipe) – delicious and something that would be a good make-ahead breakfast for the week! Lots of protein (eggs + sausage) and carbs (bread) so you aren’t hungry again a second later. You could add some spinach in there to get in some veggies, too.

sausage and egg casserole

A couple days after Christmas some friends organized a holiday party – great to catch up with everyone, and fun to have an excuse to get a little dressed up. :)

We all headed over to the Sewickley Hotel afterwards – the party had appetizers but we were ready for dinner! My sister-in-law Jess and I shared the sliders, a salad, and fries. Fact: mini burgers are automatically more fun than normal sized burgers.

Other eats from the second half of the week included a lunch BLT…

A re-do of our Honey Baked Ham, sweet potato, and grilled asparagus night (with pear + walnut salad to start):

Sidenote – the asparagus had salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice and zest with parmesan added after it was grilled (you could also roast it). Soo good.

I also made oatmeal on the stovetop (so fancy! usually I do the microwave) a few times for breakfast – I made it with whole milk instead of water as usual for protein, and whisked in some banana for flavor and sweetness. Almond butter also got stirred in after cooking for healthy fat! Riese loves this breakfast, too. (More blog posts on oatmeal: How to Make Oatmeal More Filling + Tasty // High Protein Oatmeal Recipe // Microwave Banana Oatmeal Recipe)

As for fitness from the end of the week, I got out for a solo walk/jog during naptime on Thursday (still enjoying making my way through the By the Book podcast!):

It was weirdly warm out (but gray and a little drizzly), hence the tank!

And then on Friday morning I had a fun adventure: a mini trampoline fitness class at The Studio Sewickley with my friends Janice and Megan! It was a mixture of jumping around on the trampolines with weights and doing some lunges, squats, planks, etc. on the floor. It was fun and a great workout – I was very sweaty! Fun to do something different, and the studio was on ClassPass (<- affiliate link for 1 month free) so that was easy!

trampoline fitness class sewickley pa

So there you have it! The rest of the week in eats + moves. We were sad to leave! Have a fabulous New Years Eve/Day and I will see you guys back here on Wednesday with a New Years recap. Until then!

p.s. I know, Riese looks exactly like Matt. Was I even involved?! ;)


  1. 1

    Oh my goodness Riese is Matt’s twin! So adorable! I hope you have an awesome day , Anne! Can’t believe we’re on the cusp of 2019!

  2. 2

    Happy New Year,

    Riese is really wonderful appearance and yes,, she is Mat’s clone, well don’t be upset the blue eyes 👀 are like yours too!

    Wishing you and family an excellent New Year, full of accomplishments and more important a very Good Health!

    Read you next year,
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. 3

    That beef tenderloin looks awesome — as does the food in many of the other photos! And a lovely family photo, too! (But, Riese needs to get into the Christmas spirit!)

  4. 4

    your closing line made me LOL so hard!! glad you guys had a great time :) and i’m going to tell my aunt about that trampoline class (they live in sewickley, too). looks fun!

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