While I was sleeping

the Pilot saved a baby bird.

baby bird

Bella was in the backyard sniffing something, and wouldn’t stop when he told her to “leave it.” He walked over to see what it was, and it was a teeny baby bird in the rocks of our backyard, who had fallen out of his nest.

He Googled to see what to do –apparently the whole “if humans touch it, the mama won’t feed it” thing is a myth, especially when it comes to birds- and Nature Google said to try to find the nest or place it in a tree above the ground, because the parents who are most likely watching overhead. After quite a bite of searching, he finally found the nest in one of our trees.

the nest

He placed the baby back in the nest with his siblings.

baby birds

When Livi and I woke up, he told me the whole story, and I got to go outside and see the nest. I was so happy that the story had a happy ending 🙂 Last time we found an animal in despair, I was shook up about it for a long time.

I wasn’t kidding when I told ya we’ve turned into the bird house over here!

He’s an amazing guy.. flies planes, saves baby animals, and grills delicious dinners.

blackened salmon

We had blackened salmon last night, which was a fun switch-up from the usual maple or soy salmon.

I made a spice rub out of paprika, cayenne, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper and thyme:

spice rub

rubbed it all over this amazing piece of salmon:


and we enjoyed our feast with grilled asparagus and baked sweet potatoes

sweet potato2

(Bella had some, too). 🙂

bell's sweet potato

Standard Sunday over here: chores, meal planning, groceries, and then going to pick up my new uniforms at work.

Hope you’re having a happy and relaxing Sunday <3



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  1. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on April 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Aw, what a sweet story! I’d say the Pilot is definitely a keeper 🙂 Especially now that the mustache is gone, haha. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  2. mary on April 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I have a lot of aviators in my family and “flies planes” as a trait of being amazing made me laugh. Though “makes delicious dinners” gets my vote, for sure!

  3. Laura Brasile on April 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    What a great story! And I love Bella’s sweet little face while waiting for her sweet potato 🙂

  4. Kelly @ Vegolosophy on April 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    awww glad the baby was saved! The meal looks super great, especially that grilled Salmon! Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

  5. Alison on April 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Poor bird!! On an unrelated note, I always think that your baked sweet potatoes look delicious. I hate regular baked potatoes, but I love sweet potatoes…maybe I need to bake them?!

  6. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on April 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Aww what a sweet story! I saved a baby bird during the summer! It was so fun actually…we took it to the spca and got a call a few days later saying they had rehabilitated it and released it back near where it had originally been found. So great!

  7. Alexandria on April 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Sweet story! Go Pilot! I just read your “little friend” story and about cried 🙁
    Thanks for reminding me to meal plan for the week!

  8. j3nn on April 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Awww, so glad the baby birds were returned safely! My hubby was just telling me the other day about that myth. Good to know! Dinner looks spectacular, I love salmon and sweet potatoes. 🙂

  9. Cyndi on April 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    THAT is a good guy.

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2012 at 12:20 am

      right? he came into the room as we were waking up and told me about it- so awesome

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks on April 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    What a sweet story 🙂

    The grilled asparagus and baked sweet potatoes look PERFECT!

    Have a great week, Gina!

  11. Ramani on April 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Gina, that was sooo sweet of the Pilot. What a humanitarian. 🙂

    Can you please tell me how you made that sweet potato? Mine don’t come out like that?! Thanks.

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2012 at 12:19 am

      we poke holes in them and throw them on the grill for about an hour, wrapped in foil

  12. Emma @ Bake Sew Grow on April 2, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Your dinner looks amazing – might have to have that over here tomorrow night! And also, how kind is that of the Pilot to save the baby bird? Such a sweetheart.

  13. Meg | One Love Meg on April 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Yum, that blackened salmon looks delicious. Sounds like you have one great guy in your life. 🙂

  14. Chelsa on April 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

    aw that is so sweet and the grilled dinner looks fantastic 🙂

  15. Bonnie @ pastepants on April 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

    What a great story…love happy endings.

    The other story that you linked got me choked up a bit…some people are just SO cruel. But I’m sooooo glad you were at the right place at the right time 😀

  16. britt on April 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    that salmon looks ah-mazing! i’m meal planning as we speak and it just made the list 😉

  17. Rachel Hale on April 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Im pretty sure the PIlot is Superman!! 🙂 I think it is so awesome how God put you and the pilot in place to save that dog!! What a wonderful thing you both did! I’m so sad humanity can be so depraved like that.

  18. Rebecca Meier on April 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Gina!

    Your husband’s a total keeper 🙂

    What is the ratio of spices in your ‘salmon rub’ if you don’t mind me asking?? I <3 salmon, but my husband isn't a huge fan….although he might like it with this rub blackened on the grill vs. in the oven (using lemon, garlic, olive oil & spices), which is how I typically make it.


  19. Jen on April 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Haha, Bella’s little smile in that last picture is just too much! Adorable!

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