Last January as I contemplated what I wanted to accomplish this year (I usually don't do New Year's resolutions--after all, if I don't make them, how can I fail?), I wrote down four things:
- replace the in-wall heaters in our house (done--next year I'll make it a goal to remove the thermostats),
- blog a couple times a month on my preparedness blog (I'm way behind and National Preparedness Month is long past),
- get all the paperwork together to become a dual citizen (everything takes forever; definitely not a 1-year thing),
- and lastly to bake 10 unique breads from the three Peter Reinhart books I have.
Having completed the challenge, I'm not sure I'll ever do a challenge like this again. While doing the challenge expanded my experience, it also forced me to try recipes that I had no interest in baking in the first place and often the final loaf reaffirmed my original reluctance. But not always. And lastly, I must admit that at times it became an onerous chore.
Oh, and it also got a little tiring that every time I mentioned it to someone that they asked me if I'd heard of Julie & Julia.
So, what's next? I think for now I'll start picking and choosing from the wide variety of books and material out there, taking a much more whimsical approach. If I find myself getting into a rut again, I can always use the punishment of doing another challenge with one of the other two Reinhart books I have.