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Looking Forward to 2010 (Recipe: Garlic Herb Braid)

Well, 2009 is officially behind us. It seems like I know a lot of people who are glad to see a new year come around. Not that 2009 was all that bad… it was just different. I am thankful to have had the year I had, but I am also excited to start fresh with 2010!

I sat down today and wrote out some of my goals for the new year. I’ve been reflecting for quite some time on what I really wanted to focus on in 2010, and have decided that 2010 will be time for me to get back to me. I want to get back to things that make me who I am…things I truly enjoy – like writing, photography, my family and my me time. As I am sure many of you are, I am going to try to find that sweet spot of balance between work and play.

My focus for 2010 will include:

  • Read at least three chapters in a book each week (I love to read, but haven’t read hardly at all since Leah was born! I miss reading and have a huge pile of books I want to get through this year)
  • Menu plan weekly and stick to it (This is essential to balance for me… I MUST start doing this again!)
  • Blog at least two times per week (I miss blogging so much and can’t wait to commit to it again!)
  • Have a date night with my husband at least one time each month (With 4 kids it is difficult and babysitting is expensive, but we need this… I miss being a couple instead of just mommy and daddy!)
  • Participate in and complete Project 365 – a year in pictures (Find my daily submissions in my Project 365 Flickr Set)
  • Host a blogging retreat – as of this morning, plans are in the works!
  • Make a schedule for work versus play and commit to it (Hard to do when you work from home, but again… I love my job and want to continue to love my job for a very long time – having separation is a must!)
  • Create an achievable To-Do list on a daily basis with no more than 5 items per day
  • Send cards and snail mail more often
  • Plan something for the kids to look forward to each week
  • Be more consistent

To get a great jump start on my goals, I am participating with several other bloggers in Ten in Ten: Ten Weeks to Healthy in 2010. Check it out and I hope you’ll join us!

What are some of your goals for 2010? Are you excited to start the new year or are you sad to leave 2009 behind? Either way, I hope that you enjoy health, happiness, prosperity and peace in the new year! I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store for all of us.

Here is my first of many recipes to share with you for the year. I hope you enjoy!

16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) quick-rise yeast
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and
seasonings. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and cubed
butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until
moistened. Add egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining
flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
4-6 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
Divide dough into thirds. Shape each into a 15-in. rope. Place ropes
on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck
under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with
melted butter. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 1 loaf
(16 slices).

To make life easier, put all the ingredients except the final melted butter, in your bread machine and let your dough cycle do all the initial work.

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Comments

  1. You have a wondrous year ahead of you! What great goals. All the best to you and your family in 2010!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..2010: Looking Forward =-.

  2. That bread is beautiful! I’ve never done a braid before – I can’t even braid hair! But maybe with the new year I should try something new and not be so chicken.

    The idea of having a daily list with no more than 5 items is great. I’m adding that to mine.
    .-= Amy from She Wears Many Hats ´s last blog ..Fondue and Captain Nemo =-.

  3. Good luck with achieving your to-do list goals. I find the time I spend on the computer takes time away from other endeavors, like reading. I’m going to adopt your 3 chapter resolution and I’m thinking if I close the laptop, I may just read more. I’ve got about 5 books started. Also appreciated the link to 365. That, too, is something I always wanted to do but with a slightly different variation. I once saw a movie starring Harvey Keitel and he photographed the same street corner every day and depending on the weather or the traffic, the photo varied. I thought that was so cool. I just haven’t found ‘my corner’ muse.
    .-= Joan Nova´s last blog ..Culinary Tour 2010 • South of the Border =-.

  4. Your goals sounds fabulous! And so does that bread…
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet´s last blog ..New Year’s Eve. =-.

  5. I’m excited about Project 365, and for being part of such a great group of food bloggers doing it as well! It should be amazing!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..onward =-.

  6. I’ve just joined (or hope I have) the Ten in 10. I know I’m going to need support becoming a mostly-vegetarian.
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..Gingerbread House material acquirement and construction =-.

  7. I think hosting a blogging retreat is a fabulous idea! :)
    .-= Rachel in NC´s last blog ..Strawberry Bellinis =-.

  8. Lots of excellent goals for the new year. I think I’m avoiding stating mine anywhere this year, but have sort of wiggled into the 365 project thanks in part to you. I saw your tweet today and thought that it looked promising, so thanks! Can’t wait to see what everyone turns out.
    .-= kellypea´s last blog ..2009 in Review: One Foodie’s Outtakes =-.

  9. Great set of goals! I haven’t reconciled with mine yet, but love the 365 project … keep hearing of folks that do it, but haven’t jumped on the wagon.

    YES YES YES on date night! It’s a must. Hoping you stick with that one! Do you have a family friend you could babysit swap with for that once-a-month outing??
    .-= Naomi´s last blog ..From sand to snow =-.

  10. An achievable to-do list…. Now that’s a novel idea. I’ll try that one!
    Happy New Year!
    .-= katie´s last blog ..Spinach Strudel; Balsámico de Vinagre de Manzana; the Weekly Menu =-.

  11. Happy New Year! Looking forward to the details on your blogging retreat. I believe you live in KC, so I am really hoping it’s somewhere in the midwest.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Little Bit of Everything in 2010 =-.

  12. My goals would be

    eat healthier
    exercise more
    make new friends but keep the old
    travel more
    spend more quality time with my kids
    spend more quality time with my wife

    How I will do that, and fit in blogging too, is the $64K question.
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..House of Annie’s 20 Best of 2009 =-.

  13. Mmm. Making lentil soup later. This would go perfectly.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Confetti eggs to ring in the new year =-.

  14. Happy New Year! I wish you the success of all your goals for 2010 :-)

  15. Those sound a lot like my goals too. Particularly being couple again vs just mom and managing my time better for work/play. Hoping for a great 2010 for you!
    .-= Katie @ goodLife {eats}´s last blog ..New Kitchen Toys =-.

  16. The bread looks amazing – a must try! Wrapping up my goals for 2010 and looking forward to a positive, happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Perfect New Year’s Eve Party =-.

  17. Wowow,am inspired really,i love love love spending time with my parents and siblings too…and i love the name Leah so muc ….
    happy brite rocking new year to u…

  18. The bread looks delicious. Sounds like you have this year pretty well planned. Good luck!
    .-= The Teacher Cooks´s last blog ..Hoppin’ John – Black-eyed Peas and Rice – Means riches for the new year! =-.

  19. WOW! Kristen..you’ve inspired me to make a written goals list as opposed to just being in my head! I will be with you on the P365..and would love to be on your email list for the blogging retreat..sounds amazing! :) Happy New Year!
    .-= Candy´s last blog ..Hello, 2010! =-.

  20. Happy New Year to you and your family. Great goals.
    I suppose I need to sit down and write some. Maybe my first one should be…stop procrastinating!! LOL
    .-= leslie´s last blog ..Most popular posts of 2009 =-.

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