Snow and Whole Wheat Baguettes

After a long day on the ski slopes yesterday, all I wanted was a hot shower and some warm, crusty bread.

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This recipe isn’t all that exciting, but it can be combined with so many other recipes. The possibilities are endless. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite combinations later this week. But then again, warm, crusty bread is sometimes best eaten plain and fresh from the oven.

Whole Wheat Baguette
Ingredients:
1 1/4 c. Warm Water
1 T. Active Dry Yeast
2 t. Sugar
3 c. Whole Wheat Flour (I used half whole wheat and half whole wheat pastry flour)
1 t. Salt

True story: When I was making these, I accidentally added a cup and a half of water. (..oops) I ended up adding extra flour and they were still delicious. Crisis averted.

What I’m really trying to say: you might have to play around a little bit to get the right consistency. If you end up with a sticky mess, add a little more flour. Whole wheat flour also tends to absorb more liquid.

Also: I’m sure you could have figured that out, but I do crazy things like setting toaster ovens on fire and shouldn’t be allowed in a kitchen in the first place.

1. Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar in large bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes.
2. Add flour and salt. Knead dough for 10-15 minutes.
3. Set covered dough in a warm place to rise for 2-5 hours.
4. Punch down and allow dough to rise again, until doubled in size.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place a pan of water in oven.
6. Knead and divide dough into 4 even pieces.
7. Form mini loaves into desired shape and place on greased baking sheet.
8. Dust loaves with flour and bake for 20-25 minutes.
9. Enjoy!

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On the New Year and New Resolutions

2011 was definitely a roller coaster of sorts. I spent a month volunteering in Africa, Hearts were broken- literally, hours were spent in hospitals anxiously waiting through bypass surgeries and stent placements, I started grad school, celebrated weddings, and completed my first marathon.

But through all of these events, I have come to realize that we are capable of so much more than we may know.

And however insignificant or unattainable they may seem, I think it is important to set goals. Ultimately, only you can determine what you are capable of becoming or creating or accomplishing.

To the handful of people that may stumble upon this post, I encourage you to put yourself out there. Do something you didn’t think was possible. Do something a little silly, a little daring.

Some things on my list?
Complete a 50k ultra marathon
Finish two chipotle burritos in one sitting
Plan trip to Nepal
Practice yoga every week
Improve my Spanish/ASL
Try a new recipe every month
Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each night
Read at least one book every month

Will I accomplish everything on my list? Probably not. But I have the whole year to find out.

And if you don’t take a moment to examine what you want out of life, then what? After all, you only live once.

Looking for inspiration or don’t know where to start? Here are some interesting articles that you might want to check out:

3 Steps for Setting New Year’s Goals that Actually Work

Popular New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions: Start Small, Dream Big

New Years Resolutions and 31 Days of Healthy Eating

Kind Classics: My Thoughts about Celebrating the New Year

“How often in life we complete a goal that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.” -Robert Brault