This is a list of things I want to do by my next birthday.  (That gives me 9 months.)  It was inspired by Beantown Baker’s 30-by-30 list.  It is mostly food-oriented because I’ve been feeling a bit limited in my cooking lately due to the fact that I’ve been on Weight Watchers since February.  I actually love the program and I’ve lost over 20 pounds, but when I get it in my head that I want to bake a big fat cheesecake or make mayonnaise from scratch, I hold myself back.  Self-control is good, but man oh man do I want to experiment in the kitchen these days!!  Hence, a food-driven list.


  • Make at least 3 new kinds of popsicles in my Zuko
  • Make breads from scratch: challah, ciabatta, bagels
  • Make creme brulee from scratch
  • Make mayonnaise from scratch
  • Make key lime pie from scratch
  • Make a loaded cheesecake from scratch (with candy of some sort- PB cups?)
  • Make veggie paella from scratch (and finally use my saffron)
  • Make at least 3 kinds of macarons from scratch
  • Learn how to hard boil and soft boil eggs perfectly
  • Make Christmas cookies to swap this year
  • Keep buying lots of fresh fruit and vegetables


  • Finish all wedding thank you notes
  • Send birthday cards to family members on birthdays/holidays
  • Attend at least three foodie/blogger/Yelp/Meet-Up events
  • Find a special way to make this first year of marriage totally awesome!


  • Run a 5k
  • Lose 25 pounds
  • Figure out how to embrace my naturally wavy hair so that it looks nice day-to-day


  • Go Camping
  • Go Kayaking
  • Go to at least 3 festivals
  • Try for all A’s my first semester of grad school
  • Take lots of pictures
  • Combine all of my blogs.  (I have been so unhappy with my blog set-up for so long that I stopped posting.  I need to fix this issue!)

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