Overall, 2010 has been a pretty good year. It started off with running 39.3 miles down in Disney World for the Goofy's Challenge, 13.1 of which were with my dad who lost nearly 60 pounds before the start! I was asked to speak at a luncheon at Mitchell, which was an amazing honor, and I finished another year of law school. Ron and I took a few trips to Chicago and realized that the city may just be our next place of residence and are excited about the prospect of only being 7 short hours from our families. My sister, my mom, and my sister-in-law came out to visit us in the Twin Cities. We moved into Minneapolis and fell in love with the city, finally, after two years of realizing that we are just not suburb people and probably never will be. I ran a 5k with my mom (it was her first) while visiting California for the first time. While there, we all ran a half marathon; dad ran his second half marathon and Erica, Bo, Ron and myself joined. It was super exciting that Ron trained for and ran his first half with a smile on his face the entire time! Ron bought a bike (mom did too!) and started riding everywhere with me! We spent most of our weekends cycling to farmers markets and checking out new restaurants in Minneapolis. I was able to travel for my first "work trip" which solidified my future career goals and I am excited that I will be able to start applying for jobs soon. I finished the Twin Cities marathon. I got to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! And after a lovely trip to Pittsburgh for the holidays and time spent with our families, Ron and I finally set a date to be married.
It is always fun to look back on the year to see what it has brought. Looking back, it was a very good year so I certainly don't want to forget it. But I am excited to begin 2011. 2011 looks to bring lots of opportunity. This will be my last year of law school. It will also be my last year as a "single" girl; Ron and I are set to marry next December, shortly before Christmas. And to chalk off a notch on my 'before I am 30' bucket list, I am registered for the 2011 Louisville Ironman competition in August. It will be interesting to read what this post says next year: Ironman, J.D. graduate, and a Reed!!
And I wish you a peaceful, prosperous and safe journey on your path in life in 2011!
from (I don't remember!! :( )
Yield: 2 large Neujahrspretzels
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 pkg yeast; active, dry
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 7 cup flour; unbleached
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 2 Tbsp water
- Heat milk and butter until very warm (120-130 degrees F).
- Mix yeast, salt, sugar, and 1 cup flour. Slowly beat into warm milk for 2 minutes.
- Add eggs and 1 cup of flour; beat for an additional 2 minutes.
- Add enough flour to form a soft dough; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
- Place dough in a greased bowl; let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down and let rise again until doubled; about 1 more hour.
- Divide dough in half and shape pretzels as follows: roll dough into a rope about 30 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Repeat with remaining dough. Place pretzels on greased baking sheets. Let rise 15 minutes more.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
- Make glaze: Mix brown sugar, water and extract to form a thin icing. Drizzle icing on pretzels (it will be runny) and sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired.