This weekend I had a special treat: my friend Kris was here visiting!
She was speaking at a conference in DC on Friday and stuck around to hang out with us. 🙂 It’s so nice having a guest room again so people can stay with us!
She arrived at our place in time for a late dinner on Friday – we hung out with Matt and Riese for a bit and then walked into town just the two of us for some food. Girls’ night! Woo!
Since it was pretty late we were able to walk right into The Reserve (I feel like usually you need reservations) above Del Ray Pizzeria – I love this place! So cozy and great food.
Drinks + house-made chips to start:
I had the salmon stuffed with shrimp and spinach + the cauliflower/potato mash. Delicious!
The Reserve was all decked out for Halloween still – they had so many spooky decorations! Check out the hallway leading upstairs:
On Saturday morning, we had oatmeal at home with Riese and Matt, and then Kris and I walked over to Mind the Mat for a nice restorative yoga class.
We grabbed lattes after and walked around the farmer’s market before heading home!
Farmer’s market haul – especially excited about that fresh sprouted wheat berry bread! And we love those mini cucumbers – super crunchy and great for snacking.
We all took Freyja for a walk and then headed to brunch at Eveningstar – their pork hash with roasted potatoes and fried eggs was legit.
I was sad to say goodbye to Kris after brunch! We spent some of the rest of the afternoon like this:
And once Riese was up we “helped” Matt put together this awesome outdoor playhouse Riese got from my parents + grandmother for her birthday + Christmas – it’s quite the project but Matt is determined!
Riese and I also made more muffins – this time pumpkin muffins, again using a Simple Mills mix (affiliate link). We added chia seeds and used whole milk instead of water.
Her technique is improving. 😉 She loves doing this – she was so focused!
Dinner was low key and cozy – leftovers from various meals from the week. And once Riese was in bed Matt and I made popcorn and watched TV!
On Sunday morning, I had run date plans! I met up with my friends Diane and Paul for one of our favorites – a bridge loop of VA + DC.
We did our usual route from Roosevelt Island south along the Mt. Vernon Trail…
Over the 14th street bridge, then down along the waterfront towards Georgetown – I always forget how gorgeous it is here! Hadn’t been in awhile.
And from Georgetown, up and over the Key Bridge and back down to Roosevelt. The loop is right around 6 miles – we were just a bit short so kept running until we hit 6, obviously. 😉
Here’s Paul’s watch because I forgot to wear mine – I kept forgetting I wasn’t wearing it and trying to press my wrist!
Such a great run, and it was my perfect running weather – I think in the 40’s but super sunny. My friends were bundled up but I was comfortable in capris, a t-shirt, and gloves. 🙂
I love that I am at the place with my running where I can run 6 miles again now relatively comfortably. Took me so long to get to this point!
When I got home, I ate leftover pork hash from the day before while Riese and I watched Matt do more playhouse work.
We spent most of the afternoon hanging outside while Matt worked, and while Riese napped I rested a bit too – I felt a bit guilty that I wasn’t being productive but I was tired!
We took Freyja for a long walk before dinner (trying to distract Riese and push the dinner timing back… stupid daylight savings is hard with kids in the mix!), and then for dinner I roasted us a ton of veggies (here’s my go to recipe: garlic herb roasted veggies) to eat on for the week:
And then had it with some chicken with a yummy buttery pan sauce.
We turned on our fireplace for the first time last night – glorious. Freyja was super into it – both of us were lying down by it for ages!
And that’s that! Solid low key but fun weekend.
Our sitter called in sick this morning (she’s been gone on vacation for 2 weeks, too, so I was really ready to have a day to dedicate to catching up on work… but such is life!) so I’m rushing to publish this post before Matt leaves for work and about to start shifting around some meetings and such I have this afternoon…
While I wrote the post I’ve been eating a yummy breakfast of leftover roasted veggies with some fried eggs. Plus unpictured ketchup!
Have a great day and I’ll see you guys back here on Wednesday for an awesome new recipe. 🙂
How was your weekend?