Like so many of you, I hate to throw away my sourdough starter, so I made pretzels for the first time. They really turned out very well; a much better first time bake than some of my other first-time experiments! My husband is a bit picky, and he really enjoyed them. We ate one fresh out of the oven. I tried a few things that were different than the recipe, and I think I will do the same the next time I make them. I really wanted a recipe where the pretzels were boiled, so I found one that was fairly simple. The shaping will take some practice, but I happy with the first try and look forward to making them again, perhaps with a little different twist. Now, I have to do some real work rather than enjoy the Labor Day holiday baking!