Checking in with a monthly update on my 30 Before 30 Bucket List with, coincidentally, 30 months to go!

Bucket List Items Completed: Uh, zero.

Good start, Kayla!

Books read: One!


This month I read B.J. Novak’s debut book, One More Thing: Stories and Other StoriesYou might recognize him from his role as Ryan on The Office, or as Mindy Kaling’s friend/on-again-off-again lover, as is the case with me. I love their rapport on social media, what can I say?

I was a huge fan of this book. It’s a book of short stories, which you could probably tell from the title, and I love B.J.’s intelligent wit (he’s a Harvard grad). I’ve noticed that my attention span is comparable to that of a puppy, so I enjoyed reading a series of short stories instead of one long one. God, help me. This is probably something I should be on prescription medication for.


On deck for July: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, the same guy who wrote The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, both of which I loved. You should read it, too, so we can discuss it.

Pinterest Recipes Made: Two!

I took a vote on Instagram and Facebook to see which recipe I should kick off with, and the Bang Bang Chicken from Damn Delicious was the overwhelming winner, although I was pulling for the Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream.

I don’t know why I ever choose to make foods that I have to fry, because fried meals end up taking forever to complete. You can’t just fry all the chicken at once– you have to do it in phases, and this takes a simple “30 Minute” meal into an “Hour and 30 Minute” meal.

The sauce was good, but definitely make a double batch. The chicken was just—fried chicken basically. It was okay, but it didn’t blow me away.

Bang Bang Chicken

Verdict: 2/5

Don’t bother wasting your time on this. Well, you could make the sauce and then just dip chicken strips in it. It’s too messy and time consuming for the average Joe (me).

I also made Cheeseburger Burritos, which I was told was “very Midwestern” of me.

They were super easy and quick to make. I imagine that is what Matilda would cook for her family if they were looking to take a break from TV dinners. Basic enough for the Wormwoods, and easy enough for a 3 year told to make by herself.

cheeseburger burrito

Basically just mix some ketchup and mustard and pickles in with some hamburger and roll it up in a tortilla. Midwest dining at its finest. I can’t eat anything unless it has a spicy level of at least 3, so I threw some jalapenos in, too. No lettuce because the prepackaged stuff I got tasted like dirt.

Verdict: 4/5

Would make again.

Other items of note:

If you haven’t checked out my Matcha Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream yet, you should. I anticipate another matcha-related recipe in the near future.

Until next time.