Holiday Weekend Fun

Hi guys! Matt and I are back home after spending the long holiday weekend with family! We were here in the DC area, but went to stay over at my parent’s house (along with my brother and his fiancee Roxanne, who were also in town) to make it feel more like a holiday. Plus, that way we could hang out with everyone during naps and after bedtime. :)

Food the past few days has been all about that leftover turkey! We’ve had turkey salads…

Another full Thanksgiving dinner:

And lots of turkey soup! Matt and I made broth out of the turkey carcasses and it came out really well! We just boiled the carcasses in water with celery, carrots, onions, garlic, and various spices for about 4 hours, then strained everything out and used the broth as a base for different soup variations!

We kept the broth separate so we could make different soups each time and keep it interesting. We had a variation with leftover roasted butternut squash, rice, carrots, peas, and turkey one night at my parent’s house:

And then last night back at our house we made soup with pasta, green pepper, spinach, and turkey.

We also had lots of leftover pie, of course! Pie is my favorite dessert – so good. We did a “Pie + Prosecco Happy Hour” one night before dinner (#eatdessertfirst) which was probably one of the best ideas I’ve ever had:

And later that night we had more pie after dinner because Matt’s parents arrived with his mom’s famous Pumpkin Chiffon Pie! So good – it has a ginger snap crust!

More pie another night – pumpkin + cherry!

We also did some fun meals out. On Friday, Steve, Roxanne, and I went to a yoga class and then grabbed brunch after at Northside Social – their avocado toast is the best.

On Saturday, which was Riese’s 1st birthday (ahhh! more on that tomorrow), Matt, his parents, Riese, and I went out to lunch at Bon Vivante’s in Del Ray. Their salmon cake sandwich was really good!

And yesterday, Matt, Steve, Roxanne, and I went to Barry’s Bootcamp! Have you guys tried Barry’s before? Apparently it’s all the rage in LA, and Steve and Roxanne go all the time in Boston and love it so they asked if we wanted to check it out with them here in DC. Of course – I’m always down to try fun new workouts!

Barry’s is an interval workout class; you rotate between running on treadmills and lifting free weights/doing bodyweight exercises. It’s a lot like OrangeTheory, but without the rowers.

I didn’t get any action shots because I was busy sweating, but it was a GREAT workout! Compared to OrangeTheory, we thought it was a little harder (longer sprinting intervals on the treadmill). I also loved the space – they had really nice showers/locker rooms with toiletries and free towels, and they have a full smoothie bar which was awesome for post-workout (we shared two smoothies between the four of us since we were about to go to brunch)! Two thumbs up – it’s in Dupont Circle (actually right near where I used to have my coworking space) so not super convenient to get to often nowadays, but I would love to go every once in awhile! It kicked my butt in a good way, and the time went by quickly. Thanks, Steve, for treating us to the class!

barrys boot camp dc review

Post-workout we grabbed brunch at Emissary nearby. I had a golden milk latte which has milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and honey. So good!

emissary dc golden latte

Plus their chilaquiles, which were good flavor-wise but could have used way more toppings – they were a bit plain and I like my nachos super loaded. :)

emissary dc brunch

So there you have it! Long weekend adventures in food and fitness. I’m working on writing a big 1 year baby/mama update post for tomorrow, which will recap Riese’s birthday party and also give a general update on how things are going! If you have any specific questions you’d like me to answer, just let me know!


  1. 1

    All of your food looks and sounds incredible!! Now I regret throwing away our turkey bones. Next year Matt and I will need to make a stock!

    I love the soup variations, and the pie before dinner sounds epic. Now I need to make us a pie. I hardly make them but love pie too, even more than cake.

    The poached eggs on the avocado toast look so perfect! The salmon sandwich also would’ve been my choice – it looks so flavorful!

    I enjoyed trying OrangeTheory earlier this year, so I would love to give that workout a try. But Barre3 will always be my favorite form of movement. :)

    Looking forward to reading your recap of Riese’s first birthday!

  2. 3

    I go to the Boston studios – I bet somewhere along the way I’ve been in the same class as your brother/future SIL! Small world.

  3. 5

    Sounds like an awesome weekend! Great food, fitness, and family fun. Very nice!

  4. 6

    Northside Avocado toast is the best! The spice, is it harissa? makes it amazing.

  5. 8

    I used turkey leftovers to make a yummy salad this past weekend too! And I made BBQ pulled turkey with the last of leftovers tonight. Love easy dinners and utilizing leftovers in new ways! :)

    • 9

      BBQ pulled turkey is such a great idea and so different from Thanksgiving dinner – we are tired of turkey now but I bet I can convince Matt to do BBQ turkey sandwiches :) Thanks!

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