Yes, it was definitely time! My mother got us Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day when it first came out, and I quickly got into the habit of making bread. But that habit fell by the wayside when we had a baby and life felt too busy. I've been wanting to get back into it, and kept thinking I would, but not doing it. Until I saw Molly's post about making bagels, and I knew I had to do it now. I love bagels. I'm willing to go all junky-white-flour for bagels. And we buy them, too often. And in my head, it's one of those things you don't make; you buy. No more!
They're not the prettiest bagels (I'm hoping that will come with practice), but they sure were yummy! And I still can't quite believe I made them! There's dough left in the fridge, ready for this weekend's bagels. I think making the bagel dough may have to become a Friday-night tradition.