28th Birthday Recap & Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe

Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to me!

As you probably know, my birthday was this past Saturday, and boy, was it a good one! First of all, I had a wonderful night’s rest, which included sleeping with my bedroom window open, and woke up to the sound of birds chirping outside. It was a refreshing start to my day and made me smile. Then, I got ready for yoga and headed over to my studio. There’s nothing like a sweaty, challenging power vinyasa class to get the day going.

Root Whole Body. (Taken on iPhone).

After yoga, I came home and made myself a wonderful breakfast. You may have seen it on Facebook, but if not, here’s what I ate:

Birthday breakfast.
Birthday breakfast: US Wellness Meats sugar-free grass-fed beef bacon, pasture-raised eggs cooked in garlic n’ herb pasture butter, avocado, and red chard and tomato cooked in the bacon grease. Not pictured, Numi Organics chocolate puerh tea.

Then, I got a surprise phone call from my 87-year old grandma and 90-year old grandpa back in Michigan. It was so touching and wonderful to hear their voices. Apparently, my dad was on the phone with them earlier in the day and asked if they wanted to call me on my cell and wish me a happy birthday. I’m so glad he offered up the idea! I love my grandparents dearly and they’ve always been a big part of my life.

Next on my agenda, a pedicure! I treated myself to a little TLC at a salon/spa down the road from us — literally just a 5-minute walk away. Lucky for me, I had a $20 off any service coupon that they sent me for Valentine’s Day, so my 50-minute pedicure only cost $20 (plus tip). Such a steal, and my toes look tons better. It was much needed.

A sneaky picture, in the midst of my pedicure.
In the midst of my pedicure. (Taken on iPhone).
After: pretty coral toes, and smooth, moist feet and lower legs. Don't mind the flip-flop marks on my feet. (Taken on iPhone).
After: pretty coral toes and smooth, moist feet and lower legs. Don’t mind the flip-flop marks on my feet. (Taken on iPhone).

The day continued with a drive up to Cultured Caveman for some chicken tenders. I LOVE their chicken tenders. They are crave-worthy. They’re dipped in a thin layer of coconut flour, egg white and spices, and then fried in grass-fed beef tallow. Garnished with course salt and dipped in homemade ketchup and/or aioli, they are divine. If you live in Portland and have not tried their chicken tenders and other delicious food, do it! And try some of my date/nut treats while you’re there…hehe.

Mmm...hot tenders!
Mmm…hot tenders! (Taken on iPhone).
A chicken tender smile. (Taken on iPhone).
A chicken tender smile. (Taken on iPhone).

Next, grocery shopping at Whole Foods.

Afterward, I hung out a home and did a itty bitty amount of homework. Then, I decided I wasn’t having any more of that on my birthday and put it away.

For my birthday dinner, we went to Cafe Nell, one of our favorite restaurants in Portland. We drank the loveliest chardonnay I have ever tasted and shared egg on horseback, minus the cheese. This is asparagus with a sunny side up egg and sage brown butter. For dinner, I had NY strip with roasted brussel sprouts. My phone pictures were really bad in here, especially the one I tried to take of my entree, so I don’t have a picture of that.

Dim lighting, a cozy fire and European-esque windows. The atmosphere here is one of my favorite things about this place.
Dim lighting, a cozy fire and lots of windows. The European feel of this place is one of my favorite things about it. (Taken on iPhone).

After dinner, we came home and ate some homemade butter pecan ice cream that I made earlier in the day, and watched the final episode of season 1 Downton Abbey. I had been wondering what all the hype was about this show and kept hearing people talk about it. Jesse and I finally checked it out on Netflix a couple weeks ago and loved it! I’m bummed that we have to wait for season 2 to come out on DVD before we can watch it, but oh well. That’s the nature of most everything we watch. You know what’s really funny? Up until watching this show for the first time, I thought it was called, “Downtown Abbey.” Am I the only one?

I had such a lovely birthday and feel so blessed. I’m just sad that it went by so fast. Now, it’s just a memory, but a good memory indeed.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Birthday butter pecan ice cream, equipped with a candle.


  • 1 14.5 oz can full-fat coconut milk (I used this brand)
  • 2 pasture-raised egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey (or more if you want it sweeter)
  • 1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Dash of Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 cup coconut cream (I used this brand)
  • 3 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 cup raw pecan pieces


  1. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the pecans and let toast, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool. The pecans will continue to absorb some of the butter while cooling.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks, coconut milk, honey and sea salt together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue to cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut cream, vanilla and pecans. Place in the fridge to cool for a couple hours.
  3. Once chilled, add to ice cream maker and let churn for 17-20 minutes. Serve right away or empty into a container and store in the freezer.

24 thoughts on “28th Birthday Recap & Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe

  1. Cinnamoneats March 4, 2013 / 10:03 am

    Sounds like you had a great day! All the food looks so good especially that ice cream! Oh and as for Downton Abbey… it gets better and better, Joe and I love it and are up to date, can’t wait for the next season to start! Oh and yep I thought it was called Downtown Abbey too LOL

    • paleoinpdx March 4, 2013 / 5:14 pm

      Yes, a wonderful day! I can’t wait to watch more Downton Abbey…it’s SO good! Glad I’m not the only one that thought it was Downtown Abbey too 😉

  2. Craving4More March 4, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Love this and you look so gorgeous in your photo :-). Happy 28 years!!

    Ashley Kipp

    Sent from my awesome iPhone

    • paleoinpdx March 4, 2013 / 5:13 pm

      Aw, you’re so sweet, Ashley! Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  3. Nikki March 4, 2013 / 11:58 am

    happy birthday! glad to hear you had such a great day, full of all of your favorite things and some surprises. If you have amazon prime, you can check out downton abbey, season 2 on their video streaming for free. Have you checked Hulu as well?

    • paleoinpdx March 4, 2013 / 5:13 pm

      Thanks, Nikki! Good to know about Downton Abbey. I thought Jesse checked Hulu, but now I’m not sure. How many seasons are there right now? I thought the second season was currently on, but apparently I’m wrong! I don’t know these things!

      • Nikki March 4, 2013 / 8:14 pm

        They just finished season 3!!! I think you should definitely be able to find season 2 somewhere. Although, I thought season 2 was a real “down”er compared to season 1.

      • paleoinpdx March 5, 2013 / 6:56 am

        Thanks for the heads up, Nikki! Hopefully it isn’t too much of a downer! I still look forward to watching it though 😉

  4. Megan March 4, 2013 / 2:34 pm

    That icecream recipe looks amazing! My roommate has an ice cream machine and is moving out soon, I am going to have to make this before she leaves! Happy belated birthday Alisa!

    • paleoinpdx March 4, 2013 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks, Megan! Yes, totally take advantage of that ice cream maker before she leaves! It’s fun to experiment with flavors, and it’s a yummy treat too 🙂

  5. MamaB March 4, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    Cheers to you! What a wonderful way to spend such a special day!! Counting down the days until you are back in the Mitt!! XOXO

    • paleoinpdx March 4, 2013 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks, Mom! It was a great day, indeed. I’m counting down the days too 🙂

  6. Eileen March 4, 2013 / 8:01 pm

    Happy Birthday! As my gift to you, I can tell you that all 3 seasons of Downton Abbey are available on DVD on Netflix already. Each season actually comes out on DVD the same time it hits US television, so I watched all of season 3 before my friends saw the episodes on TV. So, move them to the top of your Q!

    • paleoinpdx March 5, 2013 / 6:55 am

      Hooray! That’s great news, Eileen! Thank you for filling me in and thanks for the birthday wishes too 🙂

  7. phoenixhelix March 4, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    Happy Birthday! As my gift to you, I can tell you that all 3 seasons of Downton Abbey are available on DVD through Netflix right now. No wait necessary. Just move them to the top of your Q.

  8. Mary Catherine March 5, 2013 / 8:27 am

    Happy birthday Alisa! You look so happy and healthy!

    • paleoinpdx March 5, 2013 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks, MC! I’m feeling very healthy and happy 😉

  9. rockyscafe March 5, 2013 / 8:44 am

    Happy Birthday! And here’s to a great year ahead! That ice cream looks scrumptious! I’ll be making it myself once I finish the GAPS intro diet! I look forward to the next recipe.

    • paleoinpdx March 5, 2013 / 1:02 pm

      Thank you! I look forward to when you can taste the ice cream 😉

  10. valentinag2012 March 6, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    Thanks for fowwing my blog. It means a lot to me. I’m new at this whole thing.
    I love what you do. It’s nice to meet like minded people. 🙂

  11. girlmeetspaleo March 8, 2013 / 9:55 am

    Me and my guy fell in love with downton abbey too !! Netflix is amazing 🙂 happy belated birthday !

    • paleoinpdx March 8, 2013 / 10:08 am

      Yes! We just started season 2 last night. So far, so good!

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