The Big Birthday Dinner

So remember when I told you guys that I had better be thirsty last night for my birthday dinner? Well, here’s why…


I had an enormous birthday margarita to tackle!


There’s a local restaurant in our area called Bombers Burrito Bar, which is known not only for their amazing burritos, but also for their giant (FREE!) birthday margaritas. (You may remember when we were there for my friend Kate’s birthday). Last night, we went to the newer location in Schenectady, but they also have their original spot in Albany, which I’ve been to quite a few times.

Bombers is quite the popular place to be for your birthday…I think we saw at least five other birthday margaritas go by while we were there! Either way, it’s definitely a good idea to go with LOTS of thirsty people, because this thing is huge. Luckily, I had a little bit of help throughout the evening. Winking smile



For dinner, I was joined by our friends Brian & Mal who, oddly enough, actually joined us out for my birthday dinner last year. They couldn’t make it out for Friday’s birthday celebration, so it was nice to be able to spend time with them.


And of course, my favorite family was all with me too, including mom and dad,


“little” bro,


and hubby. Smile


When it came time for dinner, there was really no question as to what I was getting, since I order the same thing every.time.I.go. Creature of habit, I suppose? I did actually change up one thing though…I got a little spunky and ordered my burrito naked!


I figured it’d be good idea to try a little give and take with my meal, so I ordered my typical BBQ Pulled Pork burrito sans tortilla,


and ordered a side of their amazing sweet potato fries. I just love how they serve them with syrup. So unique, and so delicious.


Brian, on the other hand, was a little less than thrilled when he was brought out his order…


Just kidding. He ordered the jerk chicken, but we thought it was funny. Winking smile

Clearly, as you can see, I had no problem dominating my entire meal. With the exception of the chips (I thought I was getting my fries instead of ‘em) and a few fries stolen by my brother, the rest was all me.


Yup, all me.


Unfortunately, I had a little bit more difficult of a time dominating my giant margarita. Even with everyone’s help, the thing just did not seem like it was getting any less empty. After about two hours, this is what we were left with…


But we made it a joint effort, and all managed to work on finishing it up. Teamwork, my friends, teamwork!


The one downside to that margarita + all the food? Wicked heartburn. Wicked. So by the time I got home, I was already feeling exhausted from my 4:30am wake up call and decided to just call it a night. But overall, it was definitely a spectacular way to celebrate my 28th! Smile


This morning, I got to sleep in a bit, which was fabulous. My shift today doesn’t start until later this afternoon, so I’ve still got most of the day ahead of me. That meant I got to start out with a delicious breakfast (which I missed so much yesterday).


I made a big batch of Voluminous Pumpkin Oats and topped it with…


some Homemade Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter.


(Of course, you can always adjust the amount of liquid you use, depending on how thick or thin you want your PB).

The thing I’m starting to love about this PB2 is that I can flavor it any way I want. Today, I went the honey cinnamon route, and I think next time I might even have to add in a few raisins. It was the perfect accompaniment to my pumpkin oats.




Alrighty, folks. Time to start being productive…have a great Tuesday!


  1. Brandi R says

    Okay, you convinced me to order a couple of jars of PB2! I’m definitely going to try your cinnamon honey PB recipe. Maybe think about throwing out the other recipes you use PB2 with in an upcoming blog post?!?! I’m not talented with coming up with recipes on my own and I always love your recipes that I make at home! With the exception of buckwheat bowls…don’t know that I prefer those to oatmeal. I need to try them again, I think!

    • Courtney says

      Awesome! I don’t know if any of them would be “recipes” so to say. But I’ll have to see what I can come up with :)

  2. Corinne says

    Looks like a great birthday with both family and friends! That marg is huge and every birthday girl should polish off their meal! You rock!
    What kind of syrup did the fries come with?? Maple?? Odd!

  3. Sam says

    Looks like you had a great time! Your mom was super excited to go. It looks like you kind of do what I do with a burrito. I always get one from Moes and then cut a hole in it and eat the insides and leave the tortilla. Sometimes I dip into it with my chips. Also… have you ever tried sweet potato fries with raspberry melba sauce? Yum. Hope 28 is great for you! :)

    • Courtney says

      Umm, no, I have never tried the melba sauce but OMG now I need to!! I’ve had it on mozz sticks, but that was wayyy back in the day. Thanks for the top, Sam. :)

  4. says

    ummm I would definitely go that restaurant every single year for my birthday if I got a free margarita that was THAT huge! That thing is absurd! Good thing you didn’t finish the whole thing yourself otherwise things probably would not have ended well lol I wonder if people actually drink the entire margarita themselves?!.anyways looks like you had a wonderful b-day dinner!
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  5. Jean says

    Happy Birthday Courtney! I also just ordered some PB2 and used your disount code, so thanks! Can’t wait for it to arrive. I know you also said you ordered the chocolate PB2, but you could probably also make your own by just adding some cocoa powder and truvia to it.

  6. Alana says

    Happy birthday, hun! You do NOT look 28, trust me :)

    Question: How’s the PB2? Is it pretty on point as far as flavor? Consistency? I told my boyfriend about how I wanted to try it and how it was made and prepared and he looked at me like I had two heads :p

    • Courtney says

      Well, I don’t think it’ll ever replace the real thing for me, BUT it is still pretty amazing. I keep real PB for sandwiches, but I love PB2 on oatmeal, in yogurt, or with cereal. Consistency really depends on how much liquid you add…sometimes I like it more runny so I add more, but sometimes I like it thicker so I add less. I’d definitely say it’s worth a try!

  7. says

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