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Lucky 27

Tomorrow is my 27th Birthday.

That sounds so old, like I am a real adult. I used to be obsessed with birthdays, but recently it seems like life gets in the way. However, no one reminds you how important birthdays are quite like little kids. Our little brother (we will call him “D” for the sake of privacy) was VERY concerned about my birthday and emphasized the importance of adequately celebrating.  When I asked him to describe his own birthday traditions, he said, “Well, we wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy (HE SAID THAT. FOR REAL. I ALMOST DIED), and then we go out to breakfast and eat pancakes. Then we go somewhere fun and have lunch at McDonald’s, and then we do more fun things, have pizza for dinner and then go to bed by 8.  We need our rest.”

I. Die. Is he not the cutest 9-year-old EVER?!  I doubt that I will be feeling like P. Diddy tomorrow, I am more the “drinking hot tea out of a Birthday mug” type of person.

(Party Hats are obligatory in our family)

I decided that I needed to celebrate with “D” since he brings the party.   Last night we invited him over for a birthday dinner. When I was little, my mom would always make our favorite meal for our Birthday, so I decided that I would do just that. Can anyone guess what I decided to make?

Yep! Crockpot Chicken!

On the side I served Roasted sweet potatoes:


Roasted balsamic broccoli:

Ever since learning that I could not digest gluten, I have been worried about birthday cake.  Yeah, I worry about birthday cake. Frosting is a priority in my life, people! Usually, Chase orders something VERY special from a local bakery.

Do you see the number of frosting roses on this cake–that is no accident, my friends.

I have been racking my brain to figure out what I could do to replace cake and still create a celebratory dessert.  However, two days ago I had an epiphany: A Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie Competition.

I have discovered many different recipes for gluten-free PB cookies, I have been playing around with various recipes, but I decided it would be super fun to bake the 4 different recipes and have a “Taste-Off.”

“D” was more than excited to be a “judge.” I am not going to lie, I enjoyed it quite a bit, as well!

As for what we will be doing tomorrow on my birthday, I have no idea. Chase has planned a “secret” weekend, so I will let you know on Sunday!

Are you a big birthday person? How do you celebrate your birthday? Any fun traditions?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

26 responses »

  1. Wait – so which recipe WON??? I love PB cookies.

    I also love that you have a little brother – you are clearly such a great person!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR!! ps – Im 29, thats like hecka old….

    • Thank you Emmy dear! The best recipe was MY favorite recipe, the one that Chase proclaimed that he hated last week and then ate 100 cookies last night (1 cup PB, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp soda)! And YOU do not look a day older than 21. I am going to have to see your birth certificate. I do not believe it! xoxoxo

  2. Woohoo — Happy Birthday a day early!!! Can’t wait to hear where your bday weekend takes you!

  3. YAY for birthdays! 🙂 They are a HUGE deal to me! I think that everyone deserves to feel so special that it is almost annoying on their birthday, just so they know that they are loved!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY enjoy the entire weekend! 🙂
    The cookie contest is a great idea! Mmmm! PS- I’d buy a cake and just eat the frosting, maybe on a cookie or a finger or something. Just sayin 🙂

  4. Aww you’re so cute! Those cookies sound awesome and super easy!

  5. yum PB cookies!
    i love birthdays! I usually celebrate with cake as you can see 😉

  6. I went through a couple of years when I wasn’t a big fan of my birthday, but now I embrace it. I have Kevin to spoil me now!! Haha. I totally go al out with cupcakes and pizza. 🙂

  7. Happy Birthday; 27 is SO not old (shoot me if it is k?) 🙂

    Birthdays have sort of been overshadowed the last few years with first getting engaged and then wedding planning/bachelorette party that I’m not sure what I will have in store for me this year. Hopefully it involves a lot of crappy food and good wine 🙂 (And let’s me honest, diamonds never hurt…)

  8. aww yay happy birthday sally anne! I hope the surprise is a blast!!

  9. Happy early birthday!! “D” sounds absolutely adorable. I wish I woke up feeling like P Diddy on my birthday! But alas, I actually have started dreading the birthdays. It’s as though ever year that goes by means that I am supposed to be more of an adult. Ick.

  10. Awww yay!! Happy Early Birthday and welcome to the age of 27 😉

    I usually do the dinner thing with my family and then something with my friends. I try not to go too big, but sometimes I just can’t help myself! lol

  11. I’m with you on the icing! I always eat the icing off the cake and give the rest to someone else! As for birthdays, I love to celebrate all occasions! My birthday was at the beginning of the school year so all my high school friends sent me things! I got flowers, a cake and a balloon in a box!

  12. And Happy Birthday! 27 isn’t old! 30? Maybe…but not 27!

  13. Happy almost birthday!! I’m one of those people that dreads my own birthday, but loooves other people’s and goes all out! I’m working on being more positive about my own. And with that said, coming from someone that’s been a 27 year old for the last 7 months, i gotta say that 27 is pretty awesome so i think you will love it! 😉

  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SALLY ANNE!!! May this birthday be the BEST yet! 🙂

  15. Happy Birthday! Let us know the recipe of that winning cookie!

  16. Hope you have an awesome birthday!!

  17. Happy birthday!! I hope you are having a wonderful day. Can’t wait to hear about the “secret” weekend!

    Wishing you the best,
    Colleen and Natalie

  18. Happy happy birthday girlie! I love the cookie cake and the Coach shoes! 😀


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