Weekend Recap

Hi guys! We kicked off our weekend on Friday with some fajitas – always a hit in this house. We made an unpictured sauce with plain Greek yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro that paired really nicely with the heat from the spice on the chicken!

easy homemade fajitas

On Saturday morning, we had a fun adventure planned: a workout + brunch date!

My parents came over to babysit, and Matt and I headed downtown to a new studio called PULSE House of Fitness – it’s on New York Ave near the White House. One of Matt’s former co-workers started the gym recently and reached out to us to come in and check it out. We decided it would be a fun date morning! They offer three types of classes – a boot camp class, a climber machine class, and a hybrid where you do half and half. We went for the hybrid class, and we both loved it! Here’s a reenactment of one of the boot camp moves we did during class (ignore the yellow cones – those were not there during class):

pulse house of fitness review dc

The boot camp portion of class was fast paced and fun; it was hard, but you were rotating through stations so the time went quickly, and the instructors were motivating and attentive. The climbing portion of the class (on the machines pictured below on the right) reminded me of a SoulCycle workout vibe-wise, but on the climber vs. a bike.

climbing machine

We both gave the studio 2 thumbs up. In addition to great workout, I loved that they spent 5 full minutes doing a solid cool down/stretch at the end – so many studios skip that. They also had great amenities, like nice locker rooms with multiple showers, lockers for your stuff during class that have phone chargers in them, and free coffee and tea for you to grab on your way out. I’ll definitely be back soon – I want to take my workout buddies to check it out too! If you’re interested in giving it a shot, use the code “ANNE” to get your first class free. Their website is Maybe I’ll see you there! :)

After our workout, we headed to one of my fave spots, Slipstream on 14th street, to grab a quick brunch before heading home. I got their seasonal quiche and a kale caesar salad with a soft boiled egg (it reminded me of my Kale and Quinoa Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs recipe – love soft boiled eggs on salads)! I’m glad I got the salad too because the quiche was tiny! Matt and I shared the salad and the greens that came with my quiche.

slipstream dc

The rest of Saturday was spent getting some chores around the house done, hitting the grocery store, and playing with Riese! 

For dinner, we decided a cozy night in was in order. After Riese went to bed, we ordered pizza and chicken parm and shared both. We had a bunch of salad stuff on hand so I made a big salad for us to split, too – arugula with beets, carrots, celery, sunflower seeds, and a vinaigrette. 

On Sunday morning, it was all about the pancakes! We used a box mix but made it with milk instead of water for more flavor (and protein), and I also added a few tablespoons of chia seeds to the batter to amp up the healthy fat. Riese loved them and so did we. We had ours topped with almond butter and plain yogurt!

After Riese went down for her nap (she has randomly gone back to 2 naps a day again vs. the 1 we’ve been doing the past month – maybe she’s extra tired because she’s so close to walking? we also think she may be getting more teeth… anyway), I headed out to meet friends for a run! It was a little windy but warmer and beautifully sunny out – I feel like it has been a pretty gray winter so the sun was lovely to see! 

I met up with my friends Sokphal and Mary, and Mary’s sweet friend Miriam. Mary is usually too fast for me to run with but she’s now 37 weeks pregnant and we are finally the same pace. Excellent. ;) The four of us had a blast out there!

dc running blogger

Four miles, check! 

After the run we went and grabbed drinks and snacks at Compass Coffee nearby. I tried their cream cheese kolache pastry, which was delicious.

compass coffee rosslyn

The rest of yesterday was again spent doing some stuff around the house (we finally took down our Christmas decorations and garland). We also busted our instant pot back out (it had been awhile) for a late lunch and made a quinoa fried rice recipe that I was testing out for the blog – Matt and I both loved it!

instant pot quinoa fried rice

Stay tuned for the fast and easy recipe on Wednesday! And in the meantime, here are some instant pot recipes from the archives: Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup and Instant Pot Maple Mustard Chicken.

instant pot quinoa fried rice

The rest of yesterday was spent having a fun walk + baby play date with my buddy Heather, and then for dinner last night Matt and I ate leftover pizza and more salad. 

How was your weekend?

p.s. Random question — for those of you who meal plan/use recipes you find online, do you use any sort of recipe clipping app or process to save the recipes for later (and then to eventually create a grocery list)? I usually end up just emailing recipes to myself so I don’t forget about them, but I’m guessing there’s probably an easier/more efficient way to save and organize recipes that I’d like to try in the future that doesn’t involve cluttering up my email. Thoughts?


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    I’ve used a Pinterest-based system for the past couple of years to save recipes and plan my weekly menus – works great! I pin recipes I like to various boards organized by meal/category (Breakfast/Brunch, Soups, etc.), then look at my recent pins when creating my weekly menu planning – I’ll pick the few that sound the best that week, then create my grocery list from there. Hope this is helpful!

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    I love Plan to Eat. You save your recipes to the site and then when you plan your meals for the week it adds them to your grocery list. There is an app you can use along with the website. You can search your recipes by ingredient or type of meal ( crock pot etc.) . it also saves your plans so that you can look back and see what you planned in the past.

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    Funny fact: my twin sister and I inherited our grandparents’ home and lived there during college, and it was located on New York Ave. Only this was in Oak Ridge, TN. ;)

    That gym sounds incredible! I love that the workout is full of a variety to keep one interested and motivated, and the complimentary tea and coffee is the icing on top. Your brunch looks amazing! I do love soft boiled eggs as well. Pizza is always a wonderful choice, and your run with your girlfriends sounds like a blast. I love working out with my twin sis! One of my many favorite ways to connect, bond, and enjoy our time together. Have the best day, Anne!

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    We use Paprika app on our tablet. We can enter our own recipes as well as “download” those we find online.

    I also print and put in a page protector and save in a 3-ring binder. I love technology so I have access to recipes when I’m not at home, but I love the paper versions when I’m actually in the kitchen. I don’t have to keep “waking up” the tablet when I need to see the next step and I have messy hands.

    For recipes I want to make sure a specific week I post them on my fridge and use them on a menu planning document and create my list from there. For this I’m a paper person. The menu plan is on the fridge as well as the list in case my husband is making meals or doing the shopping.

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    I use Pinterest for organizing recipes which is a bit old school but works really well for me (it’s the only thing I actually use Pinterest for haha). When I see a recipe I like online, I save to a Pinterest board called “Recipes to Make.” (There is a browser attachment on chrome to make saving recipes fast, or it’s really easy from my phone too). Once I make the recipe, I switch it either to a board called “Recipes I Made and Liked” or if I didn’t like it, I just delete it! At the time you switch it to the “Recipes I Made and Liked” board, you can easily add comments like, “more salt next time” or whatever. Within the “Recipes I made and Liked” board you can also create sub-categories like, “Fast Dinners” “Treats and Desserts” etc. It works great for me.

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    I love meal planning/prep. In the notes section on my phone I keep two separately labeled notes. 1 – Grocery List and that I actually try to put in the order of the supermarket. 2 – Lunches and dinners. I created 2 columns one has my labels “lunch day of week or dinner day of week”. The column next to it has what I am making along with any ingredients. I.e. – Lunch Wednesday – Chicken Salad (chicken, mayo, cranberries, dill, walnuts, melba toast).

    Underneath that are also some of my go to meals with the ingredients listed next to them. It helps making planning everything much easier. As I write in what I am making for the week I add in to my grocery list what I will need. Sounds cumbersome but takes me only a few minutes and it’s really helpful when I think of portions what I will have as leftovers for the week to fill in.

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    I’m so retro/tactile when it comes to meal planning that I print the recipes out. If we like the recipe, it goes into a recipe binder in our kitchen which is organized by course/recipe type (soup, salad, entree, sides, dessert, breakfast, etc). That way I can page through it when I’m coming up with meal plans. I find that I do not enjoy making recipes using my phone as my hands get dirty so I don’t want to touch the screen and it annoys me when the screen locks and I have to put my password in! So the binder has been a great approach for us! I have access to a printer at work, though, and we have one at home so it’s easy to print things off, albeit not very green!!

    That workout place sounds awesome! A morning workout + brunch date sounds perfect!

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    I pretty much use Pinterest as my online recipe box :) I have it sorted by categories (Pasta, Instant Pot, Mexican, etc) and then I copy and paste into excel when I’m meal planning so I have that weeks recipes all in one spot. I also jot down some ideas for snacks / breakfasts / lunches in that same document as I don’t generally follow any sort of recipe for those, just wing it with whatever I have on hand. It’s pretty low tech, but it’s free and works for me!

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    Laura Swanson says

    For online finds, I use Pinterest and have it broken out into categories like cooking, baking, sides, vegetarian, slow cooker, etc. For magazine finds or recipe cards, I use a binder that I browse through. I then right out the menu on the bottom of our grocery list and hang it on the fridge so I don’t forget what we’re making.

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    How do you make your fajitas? I wish I could be better about meal planning in terms of more variety and complexity but I feel like our life is pretty much fly by the seat of our pants when I am at the grocery store!

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      Usually we just cook the chicken in a pan with some salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder, and then sautee some veggies (usually onions and peppers sliced thinly) in a separate pan with some olive, salt, and pepper. Then just pop it into tortillas with some hot sauce and grated cheddar, avocado, chopped lettuce or spinach, etc. The Greek yogurt sauce was a nice addition this time although we don’t always add it – just a squeeze of lime juice and some chopped cilantro mixed with the yogurt!

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    I used to use Pinterest but found it got too disorganized over time. I switched to Paprika (it costs $ but its a one time fee so I decided to go for it) and have really liked it. It syncs between your phone and your computer (and your husband’s too if you share login info), and then has options to create meal plans, grocery lists, etc. It has a browser in the app that automatically scrapes recipes too which I find very handy.

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    +1 for Paprika. Super easy to add recipes (at least those online), plan meals and create a grocery list. You can also easily modify the servings you want to make and it will adjust your recipe proportions – so much easier than me trying to remember to multiply by 3 or divide by 2!

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    My husband and I use Evernote for organizing recipes and meal planning. You can add recipes by entering the URL or taking a picture if you have a physical cookbook. In the app, you can add recipe notes for next time, use tags, and set a reminder to create a meal plan. It makes recipes super easy to search (it even allows you to search the text of the images you upload!)

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    Roadrunner says

    As always, your activities and energy level are impressive! Perhaps you should create a meal planning app with the functions discussed here!?

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    So many good eats, I”ve been on a fajita kick lately! I usually email recipes to myself each week too, and then I make my grocery list based off of them.

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    I love using Pocket to save my recipes. I can add tags to help categorize the recipes which makes it easy to find them later (such as looking for desserts to make) or I can just do a search on the name. I also use this app/site to save articles I want to read later.

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    I am completely old school when it comes to recipes in that I print them out and put them in a binder (in page protectors). I like to be able to write notes on it when I’ve made it. My problem is my binder gets overflowing, so every quarter I go through and weed ones out that I figure if I haven’t made it by now, I probably won’t.

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    I use Clipix. You install a button on your browser that makes it easy to save things to your clipboards, and you can create as many clipboards as you want (I have ones for slow cooker recipes, breakfast recipes, etc.). It does have a sharing component if you want, or you can set all your clipboards to be viewable by “only me” (which is what I do). There is also an app.

    My newest clipboard is Instant Pot recipes, since I just got one! So looking forward to the quinoa fried “rice”! :)

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    I used pinterest. I have boards separated by beef, or chicken or just basic I want to try this for a main dish. Then I use that to meal plan. I make the list on a shared google doc that my husband and I use for whoever is at the store and both can add to it. I have different stores listed on the google doc if we know we want something from those specific stores. Then I print the recipe out an d if it’s a win it enters our binder. Then I move it to my family favorites board on pinterest!

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    Try Evernote. That’s what I have been using for the past few years.

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    We use Real Plans to plan and then shop with. You have to pay for it, but there are a ton of recipes and it is easy to use.

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