We are at less than a week until Christmas people! When all my Amazon orders arrive I will officially have everyone checked off my list. This weekend was full of Christmas shopping, Holiday baking, and staying warm during a few chilly nights. Lets get to all the Weekend Highlights.
Home Cooked Dinner and Bravo
My Friday night included a trip to the grocery store after work, then cooking a nice home cooked meal paired with a class of wine and some good Bravo TV. I seriously can’t get enough of Vanderpump Rules and Real Housewives. Thank goodness my husband doesn’t mind watching them as well. I cooked up our Classic Marinara Sauce and then added it to some beef, carrots, celery, and onion for a homemade bolognese sauce. I had zucchini noddles and made some whole wheat spaghetti for Tom. It was delicious and the perfect meal on a chilly night. Are you more of a soup or comfort food person to warm up?
Shopping, Shopping, Food, and Shopping
That literally sums up our Saturday. Before all the shopping we woke up to sheets of ice on the sidewalks, roads, and cars. So rather than going to the gym I was able to do a Hammer & Chisel Beachbody On Demand Workout. Then enjoyed a protein shake and some coffee as we waited for the temperature to rise so it was safe to head out on the roads. You know when you shop so much that all your bags are getting in the way that you almost have to take a trip to the car so you can shop some more? Yea that was us on Saturday. All I have to say is thank goodness for outlet stores.
When we were finished we treated ourselves to burgers and fries from The Burger Joint. We each got the Triple D, beef, bacon, and a fried egg also with grilled jalapeños, and mine was wrapped in lettuce, YUM! My only wish was that the egg was a bit more runny. I first had this combo during my trip to Los Angeles and have been obsessed with a fried egg on burgers ever since. Just trust me and try it.
When we got home I was able to head to the nail salon before they closed for a mani/pedi to get ready for the holiday trip up north.
The rest of the evening was relaxing and preparing some cookie dough, these chocolate chip cookies, and one batch with mint chocolate chips I shared on Friday’s post, these toffee cookies, but I also added oats and sugar cookie dough. I’m a big believer of chilling cookie doughs for a few hours up to a day before baking them. I find the the cookies stay together much better.
Time to Brunch
Sunday morning I woke up and headed over to our community gym to do some treadmill intervals since I hadn’t ran all week. Then we headed out for a few final Christmas shopping errands in 60n degree weather. When all finished we decided we deserved a good brunch. We ate at Virtue Feed & Grain in Old Town Alexandria. I had the Vegetable Frittata and a side salad and Tom had the Chicken and Waffles with a side of home fries. It was delicious and I can’t wait to go back for lunch/dinner and a cocktail
By the time we left the restaurant the temperature had probably dropped almost 20 degrees and it was cold and rainy. So when we got home I lit some candles, warmed up some tea, and started baking up all the cookies from the dough in the fridge.
Then it was cookies for dinner while flipping between holiday movies and football for the rest of the evening. I’ll share some photos of the cookies this week on Instagram so be sure you’re following!
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Thanks to Meghan and Katie for today’s link ups. Have a great week!
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Are you finished with your holiday shopping?
What’s the weather like in your area?