Happy Monday.  Another nice but quick weekend.  We started feeling the Winter air here in southern MD with temperatures barely making it out of the 50’s.  I was all about blankets and warm beverages all weekend.  I’m so not ready for the cold, but loving seeing everyone in the holiday spirit.  We have yet to do much holiday shopping but be sure to check out my Gift Guide for the Fitness Lover in your life.  Last weekend we got our tree up and house decorated so it was nice to spend some time at home in all the coziness.

Pizza and Doughnut Date Night

Friday night my husband and I decided to head into Old Town Alexandria for dinner.  I love all the decorations and lights in Old Town and really wanted to enjoy the scenery and it sure helped put me in the holiday spirit.


We ate at Redrocks Neapolitan Bistro and ordered red wine and the meatballs to start.



And shared two pizzas, one with mozzarella, pepperoni and roasted red peppers and the other with burrata cheese, mushrooms, and arugula.  Both were delicious.  I just love brick oven pizzas, they have such a great flavor to the crust.



Because all date nights need dessert we stopped at Sugar Shack Doughnuts and shared a chocolate with chocolate chips, caramel, and a peppermint doughnut.  Sweet ending to a nice night out.


Cardio & Strength Workout and Saturday To Do’s

Saturday morning I was up early to get to the gym for some Treadmill Intervals and then to a BodyPump class.  I hadn’t been to class in a few weeks so I didn’t use my normal weight for all the tracks.  And I was still feeling pretty sore Sunday.


After the gym I headed home for breakfast and then went out later to run a few errands and pick up the essentials from the grocery store for the week.  Then I used the rest of the afternoon to do some meal prepping, hard boiled eggs, steel cut oats, energy bites, and apple slices.  And I made a batch of healthier white chocolate cranberry cookies I plan on sharing with you later this week.

For dinner we had leftover BBQ Turkey Meatballs from the freezer and I made a Skinny Broccoli Mac and Cheese from the Skinnytaste Cookbook while watching college football.  Well after a glass of wine I feel asleep around 9:30, party animal, lol.


Brunch, Shopping, and Yoga

Sunday we got to enjoy some much needed rest with no alarm waking us up.  Once we were up I made these Protein Pancakes with Vega One Protein before heading out for a Sam’s Club trip to help restock the concession stand at my husbands high school.  Did you see our two carts on my Instagram Story?  Full of candy, chips, nacho cheese, and hot dog buns, definitely not my typical shopping trip!  Then we stopped for lunch at Panera.  I got the new Chipotle Avocado Chicken Melt and the Butternut Squash soup, both were delicious and filling.


Photo from my Instagram


When we got home I did a few things around the house, laundry, cleaning, and started this Chicken Tandoori recipe in the crockpot.  Then did some work and a yoga video on Beachbody On Demand before finishing dinner.  Chicken, roasted potatoes, and asparagus and leftovers will be on my salads for the week.

The rest of Sunday night was spend relaxing on the couch catching up on the DVR.  Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules anyone?  Totally my guilty pleasures.

Thanks to Meghan and Katie for today’s link ups.  And you can read previous Weekend Highlights here.

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18 Comments on Pizza Date Night, Workouts, Holiday Spirit, and other Weekend Highlights

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    December 5, 2016 at 1:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m all decorated for the holidays and i LOVE how cozy it makes everything feel! Thats such a beautiful tree in your first photo! I think pizza and doughnuts sounds like a perfect date night! I also love sushi as a date night or hibachi style!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes love sushi and hibachi for a date night, great idea! I love finding food we wouldn’t typically make at home.

    • sweetandstrong
      December 5, 2016 at 10:52 pm (6 years ago)

      I never even used to like donuts that much, but they’re so delicious at all these local shops!

  2. Emily
    December 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm (6 years ago)

    We are decorated for the holidays; no thanks to me! My sisters and mom were so kind, and they did most of it on Saturday. It was delightful to have it all decorated for Christmas last night for Bible Study. So COZY and so wonderful! It looks like you had a beautiful date night; that pizza looks absolutely thick and crusty and gourmet.

    • sweetandstrong
      December 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm (6 years ago)

      Sometimes I’m totally in the mood to decorate, other times I’d rather have someone else do it. Glad you got to enjoy the decor this weekend.

  3. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    December 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Sunday night on the couch is really the best! So glad you had a good weekend!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm (6 years ago)

      Sunday on the couch really helps me relax before the busy week. Hope you had a great weekend Julie!

  4. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    December 5, 2016 at 7:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t know what I want more, the donuts or the pizza. They both look amazing.

    It is definitely the holiday season. I love seeing all the lights and decorations.

    Also one glass of wine has me out at 9:30 too. 🙂

    • sweetandstrong
      December 5, 2016 at 10:56 pm (6 years ago)

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one, but I’m sure early mornings with your daughter gives you a good excuse to fall asleep so early. I don’t have that, lol. And you should have both pizza and wine, because no weekend should not include dessert 😉

  5. Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    December 6, 2016 at 7:09 am (6 years ago)

    What a lovely Christmas tree in your town! Ours looks a bit odd with the backdrop of glorious sunshine! Haha!
    Your date night looks perfect – I know David and I should pencil in one of these very soon. And we love to do half and half on 2 pizzas too – that way you get to try 2 flavours – always fun!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm (6 years ago)

      I am all about splitting food so I can try a few different things. I just wish I had my husbands stomach and could eat as much as him, lol.

  6. Susie @ SuzLyfe
    December 6, 2016 at 8:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Pizza and donuts = WINNING TO THE MAX. At first I thought that the pizza was topped with either beets or grapes (which would be delicious). And I am right with you–brick oven is the way to go!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm (6 years ago)

      Haha yes the pepperonis are a bit small, but it was still delicious!

  7. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    December 7, 2016 at 7:33 am (6 years ago)

    That tree is gorgeous! And the pizza… wow! We had a great Italian pizza recently and it’s all I can think about now!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 7, 2016 at 2:57 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes I saw your Italian night out today! Looks amazing. I could live off pizza for sure!

  8. Sarah @ BucketListTummy
    December 7, 2016 at 6:59 pm (6 years ago)

    All date nights absolutely need donuts! Sounds like a nice relaxing weekend 🙂

    • sweetandstrong
      December 11, 2016 at 8:19 pm (6 years ago)

      Totally agree Sarah!