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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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  1. I’m interested in project 365–it sounds like a good thing to me!

    Happy New Year, Kristen. I’m glad I found your blog this year.
    .-= Kate at Serendipity´s last blog ..NIGEL’S FISH =-.

  2. Happy New Year, Kristen! Sounds like you have some great goals for this year. And the bread looks fabulous! =)

  3. That’s a great list of goals – I have no doubt you’ll achieve them! I haven’t committed to anything yet but if I can just keep my head above water with two kids 2 and under I’ll count the year as a success :-)
    .-= Kathy – Panini Happy´s last blog ..Download Your “10 Best Panini” Mini Cookbook! =-.

  4. I love the commitment to read more. I find that the computer replaces so many other things that I need to be doing and reading is definitely one of them.
    I also hope to learn to make artisanal breads this year. I will have to try your recipe out. Happy New Year!
    .-= Bunkycooks´s last blog ..Pulled Pork for New Year’s Day =-.

  5. Great goals! I wish I could babysit for you so you could have date nights – I’d do it in exchange for a garlic herb braid!
    .-= maris´s last blog ..Back to Basics: 6 Recipes Anyone Can Cook =-.

  6. Eesh. Bread not Braid. Can’t type!
    .-= maris´s last blog ..Back to Basics: 6 Recipes Anyone Can Cook =-.

  7. Oh, some of them are also my goals too. Especially having a date night with my husband. I completely forgot we put aside our relationship as a couple since Ethan’s born. We’ve got to pick it up. Thanks so much for the reminder.
    .-= lululu´s last blog ..Monkey Bread =-.

  8. Wonderful recipe, great photo. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Happy New Year to you and the family!
    .-= Cynthia´s last blog ..The Best Gift =-.

  10. I bought the binder and set to do the scrapbooking Project 365 last year, but it didn’t arrive until March and it was too hard backtrack so I plan on doing it this year. Figures my little Canon Sureshot would break a few weeks ago. But I’m still going to give it a great try.
    .-= Mrs. L´s last blog ..Chocolate-Cocoa Nib Shortbread Cookies =-.

  11. Great goals! Count me in for the blogger retreat. My #1 goal for 2010 is to finish my second cookbook. Most of the recipes are done, so now I just need to put it all together.
    If you’re looking for a few good books, I just finished The Help and Olive Kitteridge. Both were fast reads and hard to put down. If you like “foodie” books, I highly recommend The Big Oyster. I have my 14-year old reading Exodus … which I hope to read when he’s done. Happy New Year.
    .-= Liz – Meal Makeover Mom´s last blog ..Podcast 87: Persimmon Cookie “Rescue” =-.

  12. I am also working on more frequent date nights this year! Hope you have a fabulous 2010!
    .-= patsy´s last blog ..10 in ’10 – week 1 =-.

  13. Some wonderful goals on your list! Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and — of course — delicious new year.
    .-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..A wish for the new year: no child hungry =-.

  14. Great goals! Happy New Year to you! I hope we can meet up in 2010:)
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Agave Nectar and Fresh Rosemary =-.

  15. You have a wonderful set of goals for this New Year—very admirable. Happy 2010!
    .-= Jennifer J´s last blog ..returning home =-.

  16. I hope you achieve all your goals in 2010! Wishing you all the best in that!
    .-= Simone (junglefrog)´s last blog ..Salmon sandwich lunch =-.

  17. Sounds like a lot of work, but worth it I hope. Good luck to you!!!

  18. These sound like excellent goals — a great way to get some balance into your life.
    .-= Kate @ Savour Fare´s last blog ..New Year’s Eve, Savour Fare Style =-.

  19. Really great goals! I’m particularly curious about your blogging retreat! :)

    I would love for this to be the first bread I bake in 2010. Definitely right up my alley.
    .-= sharon´s last blog ..Asian Noodle Bowl with Chicken =-.

  20. You have listed some great goals, Kristen. This bread looks delicious and I imagine it smells heavenly while baking!
    .-= Lynda´s last blog ..Homemade Sausage Gravy for Biscuits =-.


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