Weekend Recap

First things first, who won the Technogel pillow giveaway?


Congratulations Alec!!  Email me at foodfitnessandfamily {at} gmail {dot} com!  


HUGE shout out to my girl Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean for matching for her dietetic internship at Ohio State!  SO proud of her :)


It is hard to believe it is already Monday.  I am sure I am not the only one who feels like the weekend went by WAY too fast.  Maybe because I didn’t accomplish everything on my “to do” list?  Our movers come one week from today (gulp) so this week is going to be awfully busy.  Luckily Chris is home from work today so I have one extra day with an extra set of hands 😉  This morning we have Emmalyne’s 6-month check-up … umm what?!?!  There is NO WAY my baby is going to be 6 months old.  I mean, I JUST had her right??  My mom wasn’t kidding when she said that this time flies.  I am thankful that Chris can come to this appointment … he likes to see how much she’s grown!  We also both have to get oil changes, hit the gym, and finish up some chores we missed from the weekend.  Needless to say we have PLENTY to do!


Since this was one of our last weekends her in Missouri we tried to make the most of it.  Friday night we went to our friend’s house for a BBQ and good company.  Bob and Lindsay are off to North Carolina and Len and Sarah are staying here.  One of the bittersweet aspects of Army life … just as you make great friends, you move.


Bob was the grill master and cooked up awesome chicken and burgers.  We brought a side salad with homemade Italian dressing as well as some dark chocolate puppy chow.  Why puppy chow?  Because it’s AH-MAZING.  I basically wanted an excuse to make it … and then eat my weight in it.


It was a great night with amazing company.  I am thankful that Bob and Lindsay will be within driving distance of us.  Lindsay has been my running buddy and has put up with me even when I had a bad run.  Bob is Chris’ “battle-buddy” in class.  We all spent the night having a few drinks, eating good food, and laughing a ton :)


Saturday Chris and I strapped Emmie up in the BOB and did a 5-mile family run.  I love that Chris and I exercise together.  It was one of the many things we have in common.  Having a spouse who is as passionate about staying healthy as you are is truly a blessing.  I am just hoping that it rubs off on Emmalyne also :)

After grocery shopping and spending the remainder of the afternoon doing chores we thought it would be fun to head out to Sweetwater BBQ, a local BBQ place that Chris has been wanting to try since we got here.  Being that we only have 2 weeks left we figured it was now or never!

We were a little surprised when we walked in and it wasn’t what we were expecting.  We were expecting it to be a traditional restaurant with service etc. but it wasn’t.  You ordered at the counter and served yourself.  I felt a little silly for getting dressed up but how often do I get to put on pretty clothes and look good for my husband?  Not enough that’s for sure :)

Emmie is a big girl when we go out now.  She sits in her high chair and plays quietly.  She is seriously such an amazing baby :)  I don’t have any problem taking her (almost) everywhere with us because I know the odds of her behaving are significantly in our favor.

One of the things we did appreciate about Sweetwater BBQ was how much food you get for your money.  So much so that we came home with TONS of leftovers.  If we go back we will for sure be sharing something instead of ordering two meals.

Chris got the BBQ ribs and I got BBQ chicken.  We shared a little bit of both and brought the rest home.  The BBQ sauce had just the right about of sweet to it.  The chicken was SO moist and delicious!  Chris and I both really liked the “fried spuds” as well.  The potatoes were sliced super thin for frying and were incredibly crispy which is how I like my fries 😉  We really enjoyed our meal!  AND we couldn’t resist getting a picture of Emmie on the pigs outside the restaurant :)

I also was able to convince Chris that it was necessary for some new daddy-daughter photos when we got home.

I {heart} them.

Sunday I went for a 7-mile run and then we took the dogs to the dog park.  The rest of the day was all about chores and watching too many episodes of Frozen Planet on The Discovery Channel :)  Overall it was a perfect weekend spent with 2 of the people I love most in the world!

How was your weekend?  Have you seen Frozen Planet?

Lambert’s Cafe

Chris and I escaped to civilization today!  By civilization I mean Springfield, MO.  It is amazing what the thought of a real mall, Sam’s Club, and a restaurant other than Ruby Tuesday will do for a girl’s spirit.  If you are a new reader, welcome!  Back story … the hubs and I live in Podunk Missouri at an Army base in a really small town.  Springfield is about an hour hour so it is an easy drive but it is HARD to be that far away from REAL stores!


Egg scramble with mushrooms, spinach, cheese, and ham with some bacon and wheat toast with Trader Joe’s cranberry apple butter.  Starbucks Breakfast Blend via my Keurig on the side :)

After breakfast we loaded Emmie up into the car and headed out.  That sweet baby slept the whole way there!  Score!

First stop … the mall.

I scored an awesome sweater at Loft, aka my favorite store in the world.  I also found a really cute top at Forever 21 and Emmie got some new sleepers from Old Navy.  Overall a successful shopping trip.  

Jeans: J. Crew (Toothpick)
Boots: Outlets
Cardigan: J. Crew
Scarf: Express (recent)


Chris recently went to Lambert’s Cafe on a ‘field trip’ with his classmates to Wilson’s Creek (some Civil War battle site).  He came home raving about it so we knew that we wanted to hit it up when we were in Springfield.

Lambert’s is a family owned and operated restaurant that was founded in 1942 during WWII.  Their philosophy was to serve vegetables, meat, and dessert.  There are now 3 locations … 2 in Missouri and 1 in Alabama.  

Upon walking into Lambert’s you are immediately met with a fun and warm environment.  There are license plates adorning the walls and flags from all over hanging from the ceilings.  The staff is friendly and inviting and you definitely feel happy and comfortable.

Lambert’s is famous for their ‘throwed rolls’.  Yes I spelled that right … well the way they do at least haha.  There are literally servers walking around with fresh out of the oven rolls.  You yell out to them and they throw you one.  They chuck these things across the restaurant and have an accuracy most NFL quarterbacks would die for!  The rolls were warm, fluffy, and pretty much amazing.  Especially when served wit honey 😉

I got the pulled pork sandwich and potato salad.  The pork we tender and juicy and the BBQ sauce was to die for.  The potato salad was also really good.  One of the coolest thing about Lambert’s is that they almost serve family style.  There are servers who walk around with various side dishes (fried potatoes, fried okra, etc). and you just flag them down and they scoop you some!  So much fun.  :)

Overall we both really enjoyed Lambert’s and our entire experience.  The food was good, the atmosphere fun, and the service spot-on.  If you are ever able to visit one do it!  You won’t regret it :)

After lunch we stopped by Sam’s Club and stocked up on some staples and headed home.

We did manage to get to the gym upon getting home and snuck in a Tabata workout.  We were hot sweaty messes and definitely got in a great workout in about 20 minutes.  Can’t wait to post it for you all!

See you tomorrow :)

A Slice of Pie

Happy Saturday everyone!  We have been enjoying having my dad, or as Emmie says Papa, in town!  The hubs and I even got out last night for two of our friends’ promotion parties (big congrats to the new MAJ P and MAJ E!).

Today we visited a whole in the wall pie place in Rolla, MO.  I have heard how amazing their pies are since we moved here.  With my dad in town I thought this was the perfect time to check it out … and I am glad we did!

It’s the kind of place that if you didn’t know it existed you would never find it.  “A Slice of Pie” is tucked back in a corner next to a laundromat.  There are about 5 tables to sit in there … complete with placemats and pre-set forks.  I am pretty sure the decor hasn’t been changed in the last few decades.  They had not one but two chalkboards full of pies to choose from.

Whole wow.  The slices were HUGE!  The hubs and I both got 1/2 slices and they were still massive!  My dad got the American apple pie, Chris got oreo cheesecake, and I got chocolate silk pie.  All three were amazeballsperfection.  I highly recommend it if you are ever in the middle of Missouri 😉  I am pretty sure we will be stopping by several more times before we move!

The rest of the day we pretty much just hung around the house.  My dad wanted to snuggle with the Emster as much as possible before he heads back to Phoenix tomorrow.  It has been such a treat having him here!

Emmie and my dad played SO much today.  He made her do her ‘exercises’.  Needless to say … she was wiped.

Hope you guys all had a great Saturday!  We have a family photo shoot tomorrow.  :)  See you then!

Pumpkin Picking

Happy Saturday everyone!  Today was a fabulous day full of family, friends, and firsts :)

Rudi’s whole wheat English muffin with flax, PB, and jam.  Strawberries and a banana.  I had to make something fast because baby girl was stirring :)

The hubs and I knocked out our errands early in the morning.  We went to the PX (Army Walmart), got his hair cut, and went to the commissary (Army grocery store).  We had just enough time when we got home to shower and eat lunch before our afternoon adventures.

More of the same … turkey sandwich on whole wheat with spinach, cheese, and mustard.  Carrots on the side.  I had to eat it one handed because I was feeding the baby at the same time.  Haha.

Our afternoon was spent going to the pumpkin patch with our little pumpkin.  We went with our neighbors and new friends Paul and Shannon.  It was a beautiful day in the low 70’s … perfect weather for picking pumpkins.  The patch was a scenic 20 minute drive from our house.  It was super cute and a ton of fun!  Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch is in Crocker, MO … I highly recommend it if you’re in the area!

Tractor ride going down to the pumpkins
Paul and Shannon

On our way home we stumbled upon a street fair in downtown Waynesville.  We parked and as I went to get Emmie out of her carseat I realized she had pooped through her outfit.  And it was effectively on me too.  I guess I am a real mom now huh?  LOL

Needless to say, we packed back up and ran home.  I changed and Chris ‘babysat’ so Shannon and I could go back to the street fair.  It was super cute and I got a new headband for the Emster.  We also found out that there is a farmer’s market there on Tuesdays and Saturdays!  Score!

Unfortunately the guys wanted KFC for dinner … blah.  I had to make due.  I totally forgot to photograph it though.  Oops.

Today was just one of those days where you are extra thankful and happy and blessed.  I love my little family.  I couldn’t imagine my life without Chris or Emmalyne … and I have only known her for 9 days :)

Enjoy your Saturday night … I am off to snuggle my pumpkin :)