Happy Birthday, Pilot

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I’m so lucky to share a home with you




A life with you

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and a family with you.

 bell and tom


I’m just glad that soon, someone will else will have the chance to know what an amazing man you are. <3

You’re home this year- let’s celebrate!


I’ll be the D.D 😉


Recipes from last night:

Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting (<— the best frosting.ever. I’ve used boxed mix for the cake before and homemade frosting –no one can tell the take was out of a package because the frosting is so ridiculous. For the party, I followed the recipe for the cake and frosting exactly and made a double-batch – used half for the cake, half for the cupcakes, topped with crushed Reese’s)

Pioneer Woman restaurant salsa and chips

Sundried tomato white bean dip with Mary’s Crackers

-Fruit plate (mango, grapes, strawberries)

-Peppermint tea: seeped peppermint tea, added ice and Stevia in a giant pitcher (this was a hit!)

Greek-style quinoa salad (I nixed the chickpeas and goat cheese, and just used lots of veggies, lemon juice, olive oil, fresh herbs, sea salt and pepper)

-Stuffed chicken:

1) Pre-heat oven to 375. Wash and dry chicken breasts

2) Cut a lengthwise pocket in each one and add 1 T each of the following: basil chiffonade, chopped kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes and goat cheese. Close the pocket and press down so that it will stay closed while it cooks.

3) Season the top with olive oil, sea salt, pepper and dried oregano.

4) Bake at 375 until internal temp reaches 165 (which was about 25 minutes)

-Filet mignon and baked potatoes: the madre worked her magic on these ones

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  1. Jonathan on October 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Happy Birthday to the pilot! Gina, i truly hope i am as lucky as you and the Pilot and find my true love one day. You guys are amazing and i really enjoy your blog 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      thank you!

  2. Pure2raw twins on October 25, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I know I already said it, but wanted to say it here too, Happy Birthday Tom! You and Gina are one of the cutest, most amazing couple I know. Seriously, I will never forget first meeting you two at OKC. Love you guys so much!


  3. Catherine on October 25, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Since this post is dedicated to your husband, perhaps it’s the right place to say this: I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful perspective you give on life as a military wife. My boyfriend is in the thick of training for the Army JAG corps and about to go to airborne school in a few weeks. I’ve had so much anxiety about the implications of that whole lifestyle, and your attitude and perspective have been substantively so helpful to me. I’ve learned from you that it’s all about looking at the bright side, and then you discover how many truly bright sides there are! I now look at it has the opportunity to be a part of a world that I would have never seen otherwise, and I have you to thank for it.

  4. Amber L on October 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    yay! happy birthday pilot!! October is a great month to be born 😉

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