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VISA Application off to DIMA

Our completed Visa application was sent today to the Australian Consulate today! We received our last (delayed) police clearance letter and we sent it off. Now we pray and wait as they process the paperwork. We could hear as early as 3 weeks.

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Oil and Pancakes

After some trial, my family agrees that using Olive Oil instead of Canola Oil makes the pancakes taste better.  So I ammended the Recipe Posts to say Canola or Olive.  Also frying the pancakes in a stainless steel skillet with a little Olive Oil (just below the smoking point of the oil) makes the pancakes a little better then using a non-stick skillet.

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Added a few pages.

I added more specific About pages about our Story / Testimonies and My Tech History. Check out the links under Pages on the right.

We’ll add other historical info pages in the future there too.

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Sponsorship Letter is Approved!!!

This is great.  Our sponsorship letter is approved for our Visa for moving to Australia.  This is wonderful.  This means that the Australian Government recognizes that the position we will be filling in Australia requires someone with Religious Training / Skills.  Now we are cleared to lodge our Visa Application so that Australia can evaluate whether we are qualified to fill the position.

Now for the bad news.  We assembled our Visa Application to be submitted and when I opened the envelopes containing our clearance letters from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, I found that they were not completed.  The checks I sent in where not cashed because I accidently put 2006 on the date line instead of 2007. They returned it for us to put a proper date on the check.

This seems very silly as the amount for the check was the 2007 amount instead of the 2006.  It should have been obvious that it was an oversight of the year change.  It is not like the date was in the future.  Oh well.  All things are in God’s hands.  We are going to Priority Mail/Express mail a corrected request and provide them the return postage prepaid envelope to do the same.

Please pray that we would be able to submit a complete application next Friday.

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Cool Post Office Service

The US Post Office has a Priority Mail forwarding service for $10 per week (+$10 enrollment fee). They take all of the mail you receive in a week and forward it to your address anywhere in the USA. No forwarding info is sent to anyone that sends you mail.

Pretty cool service. It is called Premium Mail Forwarding. Yes it is still cheaper to have a friend do this for you, but at times the USPS way does make sense. Plus the mail doesn’t accumulate in your home mail box each day waiting for your friend to pick it up leaving the opportunity for someone to steal your mail and your identity. One reason to give them kudos when they are going to raise the rates soon to my dismay.

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Camera Works…

After letting the camera sit without the battery for several days to let it dry, we tried it out and it seems to work. PTL.

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Allergen Free Buckwheat Pancakes

This is an improvement to our Allergen Free Pancake Recipe. This is possibly the best Pancake Recipe yet without Wheat, Egg, Soy, and Dairy.

We usually double the recipe for our family.
2/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose GF flour
1/3 cup Buckwheat flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda (see note below)
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Applesauce (Motts Natural works fine. Gerber’s Baby Food works too just more expensive.)
1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Canola Oil
1 Tablespoon Honey (see note below)
1 Cup water

Put griddle on Stove and turn on to Med to Med Hi. Mix dry ingredients with Wisk. Add Oil, applesauce, honey and then water. Mix thoroughly with wisk until everything is mixed well. The soda and baking powder will start working before done mixing. Pour by 1/3 to 1/4 cup on the griddle. When edges are dry flip. Top with pure Maple Syrup and enjoy.

Variation/Substitutes / Possible Changes

  • Sprinkle EnjoyLife Allergen Free Chocolate Chips into pancakes as soon as they have been poured onto the griddle.
  • Add 1 – 2 mashed ripe bananas to add banana flavor. In that case the Chocolate Chips cease to be optional. :-)
  • If not using Honey, consider dropping Baking Soda and increasing Baking Powder by 1/2 Tablespoon as there may not be enough acid for the Baking Soda, plus you may want to add a teaspoon or two of sugar though not necessary.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mashed Ripe Bananas (Gerber’s Baby Food is perfect) can be used instead of Applesauce but then also consider dropping Baking Soda and increasing Baking Powder by 1/2 Tablespoon as there may not be enough acid for the Baking Soda. 1 Tablespoon when used instead of the Applesause does not add much if any banana taste.
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Southwestern Skillet Supper

1 lb Ground Meat
16 oz Salsa (more if you like a saucier base)
15 oz can Black Beans-drain and rinse
15 oz can Corn
1 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. dried Cilantra
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

Brown ground meat and drain grease. Stir rest of ingredients into browned meat. Heat on medium until mixture bubbles, then cover and simmer on low heat for approx. 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite corn chips. We like Fritos and Blue Corn Chips.

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It was almost inside the snowman. I would have taken a picture but it was the camera I found. It is now drying with the battery and memory card out of it. I’ll turn it on in a couple of days.

Approaching the snowman to throw two snowballs around at Karlissa who was crouching behind, the camera fell out of my pocket.

Crystal and I went outside after the sun rose about 7:45 and in 5 minutes we found it.

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Lost the camera in the Snow

Ughhh. I was outside enjoying one of the last days of snow here and when I came in the camera was not in my pocket. I figure I dropped it during the snowball fight. We finished the snowball fight after the sun went down. After about 45 minutes looking for it outside with a flashlight I gave up looking. Hopefully tomorrow we will find it after the sun comes up.

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