Well yet another weekend down and we're almost to the middle of January! How did that happen? I just put my tree up and we're already looking at the middle of the month.
Anyhow, we had a great weekend. We had a baptism service for the Gypsy church and we were so happy to see 4 people follow the Lord in believer's baptism. The new church is in a local Gypsy village and is exclusively Gypsy. It's a very small building so we don't have a baptismal so we take the new believers to the first church plant that is now pastored by a national. They have a great baptismal and it's warm!! Or at least isn't suppose to be warm but I guess when it's 20 degrees outside the water cools off pretty fast. It was quite
funny amusing sad to see everyone shivering in the water. Sad for my poor hubby who was in there the whole time, but it's okay, it'll make him tough!
It was a huge blessing to see Dražen and his wife Jasna get baptized. They also had their 5 adorable little ones with them. The smallest one was terrified of me! Every time I looked at him he broke out in a crazy loud cry. Didn't really do much for my self esteem.
Here's our little group after the baptisms. We're so thankful for what god is doing there in Krsanec and we're blessed to be able to spend our lives working with these dear people.
Sunday morning was great also. We had church as usual at Victors Baptist Church and the spirit was wonderful. We were so excited that our landlords who live in Austria came to the service too.
Saturday I made some almond flour and blanched my almonds for the first time. It's really hard to find things like almond flour here in Croatia. I'm gluten free and honestly it can get a bit boring without any baked goodies. Anyhow, I usually ground them with the skins on but I thought I would give it a try. Here's is the super easy process.
1 lb. of almonds makes 3.5 cups of almond flour.
Put almonds in boiling water for 1 minute.
Immediately rinse with cold water.
Dry the almonds off with paper towels and then just slip the skins right off. This took the longest.
After I finished with the skins I stuck the whole pan in the over on very low just to completely dry them before grinding.
Here it is! My 3.5 C of ground almond flour, HOMEMADE!
Anyhow, I have to lastly say, I'm incredible broken. There was a terrible travesty this weekend and it broke my heart. The Cowboys had the playoff victory against the Packers ripped out of their hands due to a very unjust call and I guess the hustle of the Packers had something to do with it too. This is my first year of actually watching football and here I am, end of season and completely fingernail-less! Maybe this whole football thing is just too stressful for me.