There’s no Place like Home

My first weekend home has been nothing short of amazing.  My husband picked me up from the base, we headed back to Chicago & I got to see my little buddy, Oliver.  He was excited to see me for sure, but yet always greets me the same way even after an 8 hour work day.  But he hasn’t left my side since I’ve been home.

After we got home & settled in, LC gave me my birthday present.  He was so excited to give me my gift so therefore I was even more excited to open it.  I unwrapped a gray Under Armour zip up hoodie.  I was so confused…why was he so excited to give me a hooded sweatshirt?   After I unwrapped it he said, “Happy Birthday!”  I tried not to look disappointed and said, “I love it, thanks!” Then he said, “Now for your real gift.”  I knew there had to be more.  And there was.  Hubs got me an Apple iPad for my birthday.  I was very surprised and super excited!! I love it so much!  Today, I took it down to our workout room in our apartment building, hopped on the elliptical and started to get caught up on Private Practice.   
On Saturday, I jumped right into my routine.  I went to Bar Method & did some shopping with a friend of mine.  Later that night, LC & I went to Paris Club for my birthday dinner.  The service & food were outstanding!  I’ll be writing a blog post about this restaurant on Tuesday, but we will definitely be back again.  
Tonight, I finally got to cook a delicious home cooked meal!  It was the first home cooked meal in over a month so I made sure to make it a good one.  For dinner I decided to make chili.  I didn’t follow a recipe, I just kind of added some things to a pot and cooked it.  I think it turned out well, but I went a tad overboard on the tomatoes.  I topped it with some Daiya cheese & Fage greek yogurt (tastes like sour cream!)  I served the chili with Chebe gluten free bread sticks.  This was my first time trying these and I really liked them.  They were smaller than what I thought they would be, so they worked well as a dipper for the chili.  They were crunchy on the outside but had a soft, chewy texture on the inside. 
And for dessert, I made my first ever gluten-free pie.  I wanted to make my own crust, but I was running low on time at the grocery store so I bought a packaged pie crust by Glutino.  I liked this because I only had to add a few things to the mix & I have extra pie crust left over for the next time I want to bake a pie.  We haven’t cut into this yet, but it looks and smells delicious!
Off to watch some TV & eat some apple pie a la mode!  See you tomorrow with a ‘Meatless Monday’ post & recipe!

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