Thursday, March 08, 2012

Baked French Fries

So I was watching Cook's Country on PBS the other day and they were doing a segment on the perfect baked french fry. The secret according to them was to soak the potato in water for 10-30 minutes. I thought that was ridiculous and so counter-intuitive. But they tend be spot on in their recommendations so I thought I'd give it a try. What do you know. It actually worked. The fries were way more crispy than anything I had tried before.

I found a similar recipe online and thought I'd link to it in case anyone else wants to give this strange tip a try:

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Work Happenings

Sara's story - ΑΧΩ at Central Michigan from InterVarsity twentyonehundred on Vimeo.

It's been a while since I've given any sort of update on what we've been up to at work.

One thing that has kept Matt busy the past few months has been working on materials for a recent Greek Conference. One of the video's he worked on is above and you can see more of what Greek Conference was all about here:

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Owl Quilt

It seems now a day's I'm consistently being asked two questions: 1) How are you feeling, 2) Are you making a baby quilt?

I'd actually been a bit undecided about making a baby quilt. There are so many cute ones already out there that in some ways it just seemed easier to buy one instead of make one. And I tend to take way to long making quilts so I wasn't sure I could fit in another project.

However, I reconsidered after seeing this quilt:

It looked really simple and for some reason I liked the owls (must be all that Harry Potter influence coming out). So I took this on as a three weekend project. And here's the result:

Since I wanted this to be a quick quilt, I decided to machine stitch it all (which was a first for me). I still like the way hand stitching turns out over machine. But for something like this, the machine worked just fine. The other challenge was I wanted to use fabric that I already had. It turns out I have a lot of blue fabric which isn't necessarily the go to color of choice for a baby girl. But I think by using the flower print and a white fabric that has a little more of a lacy has a bit more of a girl flare than a boy.

Either way, I like how it turned out. So now when people ask if I'm going to make a baby quilt, I can say...been there done that.