ABC’s

The visa saga continues; we are in the midst of finalizing the 71 page FLR(M) application; in fact I spent another two+ hours today getting the supporting documents together. This next step of the process will cost us £1,001 (a little over $1,600) and will hopefully lead to us receiving an approval by the middle of this month. An approval means I’ll be able (read: legally allowed) to begin looking for work by the start of November as well as begin the process of rebuilding my photography business. Huzzah!

In other news, fall has arrived and so has my urge for baking and cooking. It’s not a consistent urge but it has kicked in and I cannot seem to stop it.

Over the weekend I made a White Chicken Chilli that I have made a couple of times before however this batch ended up being particularly spicy, a bit too much so for me (ha) though Si really enjoyed it; to be fair, I did as well but not until the next day. I also made Cinnamon Swirl Cupcakes, from scratch. What a giant pain in the arse they were but the mess turned out to bring great reward.

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Please note: No countertop accessories were harmed in the making of this image. It may look a little painful, but I’m assured it didn’t feel a thing. If you’re wondering where that, um… unique knife accessory came from, you can thank Si’s mum; I know I still need to.

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Little handfuls of heaven. They are the most delicious things I’ve ever baked, if I do say so myself and Si, as well as his coworkers, seemed to agree.

Cut to tonight. I made Glazed Pork Chops with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts and baby potatoes. The chops were rubbed with brown sugar, cayenne pepper, a little salt, ground garlic, and ground black pepper. The recipe called for paprika as well but I didn’t have any on hand though it really didn’t matter because they were delicious; nice and moist, beautifully flavored, and wow did they smell amazing. And no, you may not call me Suzie Homemaker.
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That’s about all for now. I haven’t done much in the way of big adventures lately but that doesn’t mean that life isn’t worth writing about; it just means there are smaller adventures to focus my energies on. Things like making new friends and connections, staying close with friends and family I’ve spent years connecting with, taking long walks through our little neighborhood, snuggling with my dog (and occasionally my husband), and exploring my love of photography one photo at a time. And who knows, maybe I’ll become a world class baker in the process. Or not.

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