Happy Birthday, Pilot

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I’m so lucky to share a home with you

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A life with you

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and a family with you.

 bell and tom

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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!

goofers

I’ll be the D.D 😉

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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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60 Comments

  1. Olivia @ PeanutButterNerd on October 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Awww. So sweet. All the food photos you posted look AMAZINGGG.

  2. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on October 24, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Happy Birthday, Pilot! 😀

    Looks like it was a very good night from the looks of the menu!

  3. Suzanne on October 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Happy Birthday, Pilot! You guys are so sweet and make me smile. 🙂

  4. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Happy Birthday Pilot!! You two have a truly beautiful life together! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  5. Heather on October 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Love this. Happy birthday Pilot! Hope you guys have an amazing day together, since he’s home. What a blessing. 🙂

  6. RachelG on October 24, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Those chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are 512% getting made for my apartment warming party. My kitchen doesn’t even know the magic that’s about to happen, lol.

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PILOT!! 🙂

  7. Ali @ Peaches and Football on October 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Tom! I’m sure he’s thrilled to be home for it this year!!!

  8. Rachel on October 24, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Awwww what a cute post Gina! 🙂 Hope you two have fun sharing his special day 🙂

  9. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on October 24, 2011 at 11:40 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PILOT!!! I hope the two of you have a wonderful day together Gina! Sounds like quite the feast you enjoyed! 🙂

  10. Rhiannon on October 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Happy day of birth Pilot!!! 😉

  11. LisaG on October 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Whoa what a dinner! Happy Birthday Pilot. Today’s my youngest sister’s birthday too. Scorpios!!

  12. Michaela on October 24, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Happy Birthday, Pilot!

  13. Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run on October 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Happy Birthday Pilot!! I hope you have a great day!

  14. joelle on October 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Happy Birthday Pilot!
    And thanks for sharing the recipes. Will be trying them ALL!

  15. Beth (Well I'll Be) on October 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Aww, my husband’s bday is today too!

  16. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on October 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Sounds like a great par-tay! Happy Birthday to your Pilot 🙂

  17. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on October 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Birthday Pilot! I love those pics you guys have together, they’re amazing! Hope you both have a great day.

  18. Moni'sMeals on October 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    You two are just so adorable.

    I say you have a slice of that AMAZING cake for breakfast, I sure would. 🙂

  19. Liz @ Southern Charm on October 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Love this post!! So sweet!!

    Happy Birthday, Pilot!

  20. Rachel on October 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Haha, Burfday! Happy Birthday Pilot!

  21. Cat @Breakfast to Bed on October 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I gotta say that I love that the pilot wears aviators.

  22. Lizzie @TheWeekdayVegan on October 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Happy birthday to The Pilot! Hope many great memories are to come =)

  23. Angela @ MyPinkyToes on October 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    This post is so sweet! Happy birthday to Mr. Pilot!!!
    How you talk about your husband and growing family makes me want to grow my own so bad! You all are so cute!

  24. Caitlin on October 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Happy Birthday Pilot! I can’t get over your cute photos together. The piggy-back one in the airport is my favorite.

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      that’s my favorite too 🙂

  25. char @ char on a mission on October 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Happy, happy birthday. You guys sound like you have such a solid relationship! Hope he has a great one!!!
    So who’s the older one?!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      he is, by a long shot. hahaha

  26. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com on October 24, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Awww.. So sweet! I loved scrolling through the photos.

    Happy Birthday Pilot 🙂

  27. Amy on October 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Enjoy the birthday with your husband………………you guys are super cute:)

  28. Anne on October 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Pilot!
    (I was cracking up over your first picture – I have the same one…the SLS in LA, right?! Awesome!)

  29. Brittany on October 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Happy birthday to your Pilot! 🙂

  30. Jamie on October 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Gina, you and the Pilot are so cute. Part of what I love about the blog is how crazy in love with the Pilot you are. It’s so sweet! Hope the Pilot has a wonderful birthday!

  31. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on October 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Happy Bday to your sweet Pilot! I hope he has a happy 21st bday and doesn’t over-do it at that kegger tonight 🙂

    Kidding!

    Have a great celebration, you two!

  32. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Happy birthday, pilot! And it sounds like he had a yummy bday bbq feast. 😀

  33. kathleen @ the daily crumb on October 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    so sweet 🙂 happy birthday, pilot! have a fun celebration…

  34. Brittany on October 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    AWw sooo sweet!! Happy birthday!

  35. Jess@atasteofconfidence on October 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Adorable post. Happy birthday to him:)

  36. Sonia (the Mexigarian) on October 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Awww, that made me tear up. Happy birthday Pilot!

  37. Melissa @ Hot Chokolate Girl on October 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Happy Birthday, Pilot! You two are absolutely adorable 🙂 Hope you both have an awesome day!

  38. Jenny on October 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    So cute!! Hope you guys have a nice celebration 🙂

  39. Nada (One Arab Vegan) on October 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    You guys are stupidly cute! Love all the pictures – hope he had a great day 🙂

  40. Shannon on October 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Beautiful pictures the one of you in the nursery with your hand on your baby bump made me want to cry! Beautiful! You guys are a beautiful couple! Happy Birthday Pilot! From North Cakalaka! 🙂

  41. Hillary on October 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Adorable. And that picture of you guys when he came home from overseas makes me cry every single time. WTF is wrong with me?

    Happy bday, Pilot!

  42. skinnyrunner on October 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    happy birthday to the mr and dad to be!

  43. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on October 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Pilot! 🙂 These type of posts always make me tear up! I’m such a sap. lol.

  44. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Haha no matter how many times you post it, I always giggle at that picture of you guys with the monkey faces. 😀 Happy birthday to the Pilot!

  45. SweatyGirl on October 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Happy birthday Pilot man!! It’s my birthday too!!

  46. Meg on October 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    this post gave me goosebumps! Beautiful Gina! You will have an even MORE beautiful family once your angel comes 😀

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      <3!

  47. Shayla @ The Good Life on October 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Happy birthday Pilot!! 🙂

    And thank you for the recipes! I’m definitely trying that chicken one, hubby will love it!

  48. Nancy @ Beyoutiful Fitstyle on October 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Oh that stuffed chicken looked so good! Can’t wait to try the recipe out! Actually… it all looked good!

    Ps – cute post for your hubby’s bday!

  49. Leslie Wingate on October 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Fitnessbrutha! 😉 You guys are a great couple!

    Gina, 100 cals and fruit only bars. Hope they hit my area quickly! http://www.thatsitfruit.com/

  50. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on October 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You two are the sweetest couple ever!

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