Happy Birthday Tony!

Today I am celebrating Tony’s birthday for the 11th year!  We met in May of 2000, and in September of that year we celebrated Tony’s 40th birthday. . . now fast forward 11 years  . . . HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

What a crazy year we had – we’ve made it through his colon cancer, and he’s cancer free.  SO happy he didn’t need chemo or radiation, and while he still isn’t 100%, it’s so much better than the alternative.

We have become quite the grill masters over the years:

Sadly we had so many mosquitos this year, we hardly spent much time under the gazebo, and hope to change that with the cooler weather this fall.

And super young Tony!

We plan on going out for Italian where I am going to try mussels for the first time – wish me luck!  And I made a pecan pie for his “cake.”  He loves pecan pie!

Super Easy Pecan Pie  (pretty sure there are not a lot of calories in this pie – ha!)

  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup pecan chips (or super finely chopped pecans)
  • 1 pie crust (I used Pillsbury)

Mix all the ingredients together except for the pecan halves.  Line pie plate with pie crust, pour mixture into pie crust and then gently arrange the pecan halves on top in a pretty pattern.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 – at this point I had to put foil around the edges of the crust so they didn’t get too dark, then baked an additional 15 minutes.

You have to let cool completely before slicing, as hard as we wanted to just dig in when it came out of the oven last night!

Yesterday’s breakfast was a repeat – my sweet potato pancakes, this time with some sauteed apples on top – 8 delicious points.

It’s been absolutely gorgeous – yesterdat when I left to work out it was 65 degrees and sunny.  My blood sugar was not cooperating – it only got up to 183, so all I could do was walk for 50 minutes.  Some more pics from my walk – I’ve never taken the path on this subdivision before near my office – there is a covered bridge!

When I got back to my office I put together ground beef and spinach tacos with broccoli slaw and cilantro.  I only had time to take one picture and while the picture sucks ass, the tacos were delicious!  Each taco was 5 points. 😀

I had to run some errands after work and decided to pick up Chinese for dinner – Hannah and I split a chicken and broccoli and on the side, unpictured, bbq pork which was really good.  Dinner comes in at 15 points.

Stats for the Day:

  • 33 WW points
  • 1513 calories, 51 fat, 169 carbs, 14 fiber and 95 protein
  • 31% of calories from fat
  • 39 points according to www.fatsecret.com.
  • 50 minute walk

Q of the Day:  Cake or Pie for your birthday celebration?

Happy Birthday Tony! Looking forward to dinner out with you tonight!


39 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Tony!

  1. Happy birthday to Tony!

    I’ve got to say, if I walked where that covered bridge is, they wouldn’t see me back at work! LOL

  2. Happy Birthday, Tony!

    The mosquitoes have been cray cray this year! I got attacked during my walk yesterday!

    Your pecan pie looks gorgeous! Enjoy!

  3. Happy Birthday Tonyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! You better have the best birthday ever 🙂 With that pie, looks like you’re off to a good start 🙂

    Seriously, Biz…make me breakfast :). I will heart you forever. Good luck with the mussels

  4. Happy Birthday to Tony!! He must be a southern boy (at least at heart) to want pecan pie!!

    Love your walking path.


  5. We tend to only enjoy our outdoor space in the beginning of summer…mostly because after July, the mosquitoes and the bees get so bad.

    Happy Bday to Tony!!!! Chocolate cake all the way for me…but your pie looks delicious!

  6. Happy, happy Birthday to Tony!!!

    The pie looks fabulous!

  7. Happy Birthday Tony! You had a wonderful year to celebrate!

    I’m a cake girl – though pecan pie is one of my favorites! For cake every year I choose a rainbow cookie cake, but sadly this year I’m avoiding it. It’s a MAJOR trigger food for me!

  8. Yeah, Tony! Happy Birthday! I’m gonna need a slice of that pie, though… 🙂

  9. Happy birthday, Tony!! Love all those pictures!
    I’m a cake girl through and through. I need me some frosting! 🙂

  10. I love pecan pie anytime of the year – good choice Tony! Enjoy your day and your dinnner out tonight!

  11. Awww! Happy Birthday Tony!!

    Boooo on the sox picture! lol. I’m a cubs fan! Southside cubs fan!

    I like homemade cakes for my b-day, not store bought.

    I really need to come to your house for dinner! Always looks so good!!

  12. Happy Birthday Tony! We haven’t sat outside as much this year either ;(

  13. “Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear TONY! Happy Birthday to you!” :sung wicked off key by yours truly: I hope he has a great day and enjoys his dinner. Italian. Yum. And great minds think alike. I love pie too – that one is gorgeous.

    Have a great one and give Tony a great big hug from me.

  14. Happy Birthday Tony! 🙂 You got yourself quite a looker Miss Biz! 😉 (and the same goes for him!) Hope you guys have a wonderful time celebrating!

  15. What a beautiful post!! Happy birthday to Tony!

  16. You guys are adorable! Happy Birthday to Tony! Hope he has a wonderful day. That is one gorgeous pecan pie. Enjoy your dinner celebration!!

  17. Cake! Pies are good, but I like cake better. One of my best friends hates cake and frosting and only likes ice cream a little…no idea why we are friends! 🙂

  18. Happy Birthday, Tony!!!

    I love Pecan Pie! The gooey-er the better! Enjoy the celebration tonight and hope the mussel experience is a positive one!!!

  19. happy birthday tony!! and, can you spare me a piece of pie? 🙂 here’s to a great year!

  20. Happy Birthday to the Tonester!!!

    Cake or pie? Hmmm. Yes please? No, I guess a deep chocolate cake would win over pie. Mmmm, pie.

    Have a great time tonight (blech, mussels – you must really love him, Biz!) and enjoy that gorgeous pie!

    • Biz has been saying she wanted to try mussels for months. I changed my restaurant choice to Italian just so she can try them! If a camera happens to be rolling when she eats the first one, so be it

  21. Happy Birthday Tony!!

    Pie AND cake 😀

  22. Yay! Happy Birthday, Tony! I love the second picture of the two of you – so cute! Have a great evening!

  23. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Vat. BIG BIG happy birthday to Tony!!! Hope you both have a great day, and Tony, cheers to MANY MANY more happy and healthy years!!!!

  24. Happy birthday Tony!! I wish you many more great ones.

  25. Thank you all for your birthday wishes. The best part is a night out with Biz is the greatest gift of all.

  26. Happy Birthday to Tony – and Yum on pecan pie!

    Mussels are actually quite good (cooked).

  27. Happy Birthday Tony! I hope you guys have a splendid evening together!

  28. happy birthday tonny!
    and your recipes are great

  29. happy birthday tony!

  30. what a perfect looking pie!

  31. Happy Birthday to Tony!
    Cake all the way for me! I love me something birthday cake but your pie looks very tempting!

  32. Happy birthday, Mr. Biz!!! xD
    You guys have been through a lot together, and there’s many more of these birthdays awaiting!

    and Biz, I really hope you like mussels– they have a distinct texture, sort of like a heartier version of scallops. 🙂

  33. Happy belated birthday to Tony. We celebrated my John’s birthday the same day (22nd). Hmmm, I usually have my once a year cheesecake on my birthday but that Pecan pie looks wonderful. Gosh, I love Pecan pie.

  34. […] Tonight I am going to make Nicole’s crustless pumpkin pie.  Only 162 calories a slice!  Because I am also making my full metal jacket pecan pie.  […]

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