31 comes before 32

I am 31 today!!!

Hello! It's my 31st birthday today! A week ago, my horoscope said to treat this month like it was a new year and make some resolutions for myself.  I've decided to make my own 31 before 32 list. 31 things I want to do before I turn 32- all related to food & my website. So here it goes!

31 comes before 32

  1. Share an an actual picture of myself on my website.
  2. Make donuts from scratch.
  3. Go to the French Laundry (again!)
  4. Take a class to improve my knife skills.
  5. Have a nacho party!
  6. Make my own pizza (and not fail!)
  7. Go to a farm.
  8. Make cream puffs for my mom. (She LOVES profiteroles!)
  9. Make cinnamon rolls from scratch.
  10. Clean out/organize my kitchen (FOR REAL!)
  11. Go on a dishcrawl!
  12. Try a dish with capers and like it!
  13. Get my drink on with Joy.
  14. Do a cleanse.
  15. Make my own soft pretzels.
  16. Learn how to do canning!
  17. Make french fries from scratch.
  18. Hang some of my food photos in my kitchen.
  19. Cook something with my husband.
  20. Host a fondue party!
  21. Have a cookbook party where we all cook from one cookbook!
  22. Make some killer hot wings for my husband.
  23. Make crème brûlée!
  24. Go on a food adventure in Portland, Oregon.
  25. Make my own cheese from scratch.
  26. Learn a recipe from my grandma.
  27. Make pasta from scratch. (maybe with my grandma?)
  28. Learn how to do latte art!
  29. Grow some lettuce.
  30. Try to sell some photos online. (etsy maybe?)
  31. Meet as many of my online friends as possible!
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  • August 18, 2010

    happy happy birthday tracy! 31 sure looks good on you. when you decide to do #24 shoot me an email. i would love to meet up and stuff our faces with delicious food! :)


  • August 18, 2010

    Happy birthday to you!
    Nice to finally see your face :)
    Can't wait to hear how #12 goes, because I strongly dislike capers and take them out of any recipe I cook.
    Good luck finishing your list!

  • August 18, 2010

    we are both 31. whoo-hoo!
    you look bee-utiful in that photo by the way.
    i love it. i need to make a list like this too.
    maybe after baby comes i will.

    you're amazing! have the best day ever.
    xo, james.

  • August 18, 2010

    Let me know if you're ever in San Diego! I'll take you to my favorite bakery!

  • August 18, 2010

    happy happy birthday!
    i love your list - so many of these are on my list, too, and some have even been crossed off.
    good luck!

  • Jessica Craig
    August 18, 2010

    numba 24! numba 24! you know i have your back in that dept, and my list is growing by the day.
    happy birthday, bean. this is a great list. cheers to you! xxxooo

  • August 18, 2010

    Dude, I want to come to your nacho party! And cookbook party. And...and... :)

    Super cute picture! Happy Birthday!

    I'm going to be in Portland the end of next week! Fly up early before IFBC and meet me? ;)

  • August 18, 2010

    Happy Birthday! And wow, your son looks so much like you.

  • rita in mi
    August 18, 2010

    Happy birthday, what a fun idea! And you're sure to do most/all of them, since they are all pretty attainable. Good luck! :-)

  • August 18, 2010

    Happy birthday!!! I absolutely love your list. I wish I could be there right beside you doing some of them! I want to learn to can, and make pasta from scratch, and how fun would it be to go to a farm!? I can't wait to hear all about your adventures this year is going to bring. :)

    Oh, and I love the idea of decorating your kitchen with your own food art! That's definitely incentive for me to learn to take better pictures of my food, because I would love to do that too.

  • August 18, 2010

    happy birthday!!! great list! i made a list like this...but it is 40 before 40 (2 years for me)! i have been experimenting in canning lately and love it! and nacho party? that sounds genius!

  • August 18, 2010

    come to chicago and meet me!
    chicago is an awesome food city!!

    this list is awesome by the way. something we all should do each year! love it!

  • August 18, 2010

    Just as I suspected: you are ridiculously cute. :)

  • sandy
    August 18, 2010

    Ooh, you look stunning. Happy 31st! I'm turning 30 in a couple of months and working on my 30-before-30 list. Mine includes donuts and a cleanse too. "Cleanout/organize my kitchen" You mean, again? You come across as a super organized person already. :)

  • August 18, 2010

    happy birthday!! you do NOT look a day over 25, for serious. keep on doing whatever it is you do!

  • Becky
    August 18, 2010

    Can I make a list of all the things on your list I would like to taste and accompany you to? :)
    Love you, lady. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • Reya
    August 18, 2010

    How about I move in with you for the next year? You can scratch #31 right off then :)

  • Kara
    August 18, 2010

    OMG - you're adorable! Happy, happy birthday!!

  • August 18, 2010

    have a an awesome day & many many more!

  • August 18, 2010

    I hope you have a very happy birthday!!!

  • August 18, 2010

    Wishing you the happiest of happy birthdays!

  • August 18, 2010

    First of all, cute hair! Love it! Second of all, happy birthday! Third of all, you are just a baby! :) Hope you have a great day and I love your list.

  • August 18, 2010

    Happy Birthday!! That's a pretty excellent list.

  • Kim
    August 18, 2010

    Lovely to see the face behind this wonderful blog - you're adorable! Happy birthday and may all your resolutions come true. Let us know if you sell photos online - I love your photography and would definitely be interested!

  • Kim
    August 18, 2010

    I am also very jealous of your fabulous shoes and enjoyed your photos of take to work lunches/gorgeous shoes series.

  • August 18, 2010

    awesome - I kinda thought I'd only ever seen your cute shoes (and baby!) on this blog. I'm 32 (and a half) and it's a pretty good age, so enjoy your 31st year!

    You do look a lot like your babe (or him like you). And I love your list too - I really need to do one of these sometime. I'm in Portland, too, so let me know if you ever want ideas for your eating adventure, but you probably don't need much help, as you really can't walk a block w/out finding good food here.

    oh, and what's a dish crawl?

    lettuce is super easy to grow - at least here in Oregon, it's totally thrived in our first year gardening this summer.

  • August 18, 2010

    You are oh so cute!! Enjoy being 31.
    I feel kinda old as I am about to turn 43!!

  • August 18, 2010

    happy birthday weirdo. i hella heart you!

  • August 18, 2010

    Happy birthday!! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Jobin Thomas
    August 18, 2010

    Happy Bday ,

    Keep posting more recipes.. I haven't tried out any new stuff in a while.


  • August 18, 2010

    Capers are great! Put them in a tomato salad, or on a pizza (and take care of #6). As for #22, I don't get the US obsession with hot wings. Care to explain?

    • August 19, 2010

      I dunno! My husband loves HOT HOT hot wings- so I thought I'd hook him up ;) I think it's more about the spicy/sauce than anything.

      • Kim
        August 19, 2010

        I have an amazing recipe that a friend of mine made up and he generously gave it to me. The sauce is killer, it is HOT and very very good. I will send it to you to try out. You guys will really enjoy it.

  • August 19, 2010

    Love your list - very inspiring! Happy Birthday and love your blog!

  • ReNi
    August 19, 2010

    Have a happy birthday!!

  • Kim
    August 19, 2010

    Happy Birthday! May you accomplish all of your 31 before 32 goals!

  • Bonnie
    August 19, 2010

    If I could 'like' this, I would!!! :)

  • August 19, 2010

    Happy birthday! (just under a week before mine! we're practically twins!) If this next year finds you in Chicago at all, I know one online friend who'd love to help make your dreams a reality. :)

  • August 20, 2010

    Happy birthday!

    I have finally finished moving, so let's get that cookbook group going and knock a few things off your list. A fondue party, pizza, and a cookbook party should be easy!

  • michelle
    August 20, 2010

    happy belated birthday! my 21st birthday was four days before yours (aren't leos the best??) & i can honestly say that in 10 years, on MY 31st birthday, i hope to be where you are in life-happily married with a beautiful child and home, and cooking up a storm! keep it goin girl, you're great! :)

  • Nelly Ahmad-Chang
    August 20, 2010

    Happy belated birthday.Your son looks like you!

  • August 20, 2010

    What an awesome list! I hope you manage to complete the whole thing :)

    I have a give away over at my blog. Enter if you wanna be in with a chance of winning some delicious English noms :)


    Katie xox

  • glenda
    August 21, 2010

    Great site! Happy Birthday! What is a "dishcrawl"? Sounds like fun!

  • L.
    August 21, 2010

    GIRL. I haven't been online enough, I completely missed out. But the happiest of belated birthdays to you, fellow Lady Leo. You make me smile and laugh and drool. Special things. Special gifts, you have. I hope everyone treated you like a mint, and you deserve every good thing that comes your way. Much love!

  • August 22, 2010

    Love your list, but then again I love lists. Just a heads up the pizza crust recipe in the Dolce Vegan is bomber, even if you're not vegan. I like your blog ;)

    • August 23, 2010

      Thanks Elsage! I'll have to check it out! I like trying vegan stuff!

  • August 23, 2010

    What a fun list!

    I just wanted to let you know that lettuce is pretty easy to grow, just be sure to keep the tops trimmed so it doesn't flower and stop growing on you... Spinach is easy too, but also needs to be trimmed!

    • August 23, 2010

      Oh good to know!! Thank you!

  • August 24, 2010

    I am super late, but the wishes are just as grand as if it were today, happy birthday! it looks like you celebrated it in the best way possible. I love your list! A few are on my own, I am making my own cheese for the first time this week - ricotta. gotta start easy :)
    p.s. you're beautiful. xoxo

  • August 30, 2010

    oh wow! you are so pretty :) Happy belated.

  • Jea
    September 2, 2010

    Happy belated birthday! Thanks for all the sharing!

    Capers, you say?
    Try orange roughy simmered in butter, olive oil, dill, garlic, pepper, lemon and capers (the smaller ones that aren't over salted) until it is falling apart, over risotto or couscous with the extra sauciness and veggies, or with tabouleh salad. Mmm.
    Our To-Do lists have similar aspirations on them, but I suspect you'll accomplish most of yours before I do mine! Best of luck to you and your goals this year!

    • September 3, 2010

      oooh i like this orange butter situation you are talking about!!

  • September 14, 2010

    I love the idea of an X before Y list!!! I'm starting this year with a 25% time deficit....but I'm going to make a list this week and get started!

    BTW, Alton Brown's soft pretzels are excellent, and a good place to start. :)

  • November 8, 2010

    Oh! You've got some awesome things on your list...I may need to borrow a few. Or 10.

    • November 9, 2010

      Go right ahead! Let me know what you knock off! :)

  • November 21, 2010

    Soooooo cool. You've inspired me. I'm gana do a 25 comes before 26 (even tho I'll have just half a year to do it, because my bday is in may... I love your blog... :)

  • March 4, 2011

    Fun list! It's awesome :) I've always wanted to make soft pretzels and do latte art, too! And #26 is just sweet.

  • Jenna Meyer
    August 5, 2011

    I am working my way up to a cleanse right now ( this week I am detoxing from coffee , booze and sugar whoa it was not easy since I just came back from vacation--next week I will leave off flour type items and meat--then I will do the 3 day cleanse the week my kids start school)
    I have two books:

    "The 3 Day Cleanse" from the founders of Blueprint Cleanse I actually bought this and do not think it is that great they only have a recipe for 2 vegetables cleanse the rest are fruit type smoothies

    "Super Cleanse" I got from the library and I like it a lot

    Wish me luck!

    • August 5, 2011

      I start that cleanse next week! Wish me luck!

  • Rachel
    August 21, 2011

    Just got caught up on my Google Reader after being away for a couple weeks, and I just wanted to tell you that your last couple posts are fantastic and, apologies for the cliche, truly inspirational! I just wrote an email to an advisor from my undergrad university asking for advice about applying to grad school, downloaded the kindle version of the book on the 3-day cleanse, and am now making my own "26 before 27 to-do list" -- thanks for the motivation!!

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