Monday, July 16, 2012

It's beginning to get real busy here...

What a great day today!  Beautiful sunshine, partly cloudy, mid 80s to low 90s.  Lovely!

Mr K and I have been busy trying to get all our visa things together. Just got our certified translations of our birth certificates and marriage license back in the mail today.  Check that one off our list.  Next we need to fill out the form, one for a researcher visa (Mr. K's, but I will fill that one out too), another for a long stay visa (that one's for me to fill out, I think) and make two copies of each.  There's another form (OFFI) to fill out, but only half way.  The other half we fill out once we get to France at their prefecture to complete the visa process (make 2 copies of that for our records).  Have to keep the same form though.  We have to bring in 2 passport sized photos (but we're going to bring six), our passports (plus 2 copies of the inside info each), Brendan's work contract (plus two copies of that), our birth certificates (plus 2 copies of each), our marriage certificate (plus 2 copies) and then we'll just throw in our driver's licenses and extra pens for good measure. Good thing I have a red folder to keep it all together.
Hopefully after the appointment we'll get the visas!

On the home front in France- we have none as of yet.  Still searching.  We thought we had a nice one, but it got let to someone else. Bummer!!!  So, we're still looking. I know there's going to be a nice little home/apartment with 2 bedrooms for us.  Just have to be patient.

I've been busily trying to pack things.  We just organized our DVDs into a leather case, alphabetized by category. Next is deciding which books to bring (I'm shooting for just 10). Mr. K is lucky.  He has a kindle and is able to pack lighter. But, I like my real books.  There's just something missing when you read a Kindle. It's almost as if you're doing "reading lite" instead of true reading. I guess that's just me with my love of the feel of books, the smell, and the ability to just toss them in a bag and not worry too much about a screen cracking.

In the spirit of moving to France, I made a Tarte aux Cerises et Framboises. Very easy to make and very tasty.  You do have to bake it (but only the crust) so you do get some heat in the's not too long though.  It's worth it!

Mr K said he wouldn't mind terribly if I felt I had to make this again. :-)

For the Tarte crust you will need:

1 1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup butter
1 pinch of salt
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 egg

Preheat oven to 480F. Mix together the butter and the sugar and salt until creamy. Add the egg and mix well. Add the flour and mix until a dough. Make a ball and put in a greased tarte pan ( used Crisco to grease, no flour needed). Push the dough out to the edges with fingers and push up the sides. Make the dough pretty evenly spread out ( to help with the cooking).  Prick with a fork all over. Place in preheated oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes.  Look and see after 12 minutes if it's golden. Take out and let cool.

To fill tarte:
1 cup raspberries (washed and individually dried so as not to be crushed)
1 cup pitted and halved Rainier Cherries

Place on the tarte in any pattern you like.

I made a target! Unintentional, of course.

1/2 cup boysenberry jam
2 tbsp water

Heat at low heat mixing continuously until coats spoon but still runs off. Pour over entire tarte, coating each berry and getting into the crevices.

Serve with ice cream or Cool Whip. Bon Appetit!

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