Nick Smarto And His 14 Apostilles

Nick Smarto And His 14 Apostilles

Apostilles, in effect, are very similar to a notarization. Though instead of a private agency affixing the seal and signature, it is the Department of State for the state in which the document originates.

There seems to be some discrepancies regarding which documents are required to be apostilled. Some consulate documents say that every document requires it, some say that only ones referring to direct bloodline are required, but either way, I played it safe and had every single state document apostilled – 14 in total.

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Marriage Apps. aka Victory Celebration

Marriage Apps. aka Victory Celebration

The last document…. I swear. And I have it (sorta).

Finding marriage applications for both my parents and grandparents was easy enough. I called the county clerks of the locations where both weddings occurred and I was able to simply request the documents. The marriage license application for my great-grandparents (circa 1924), was a little more difficult and it is officially the only document that doesn’t exist.

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Blackened Tilapia with Secret Hobo Spices

Blackened Tilapia with Secret Hobo Spices

Grabbed some tilapia to make the family dinner today, and tried a new recipe which turned out to be the best fish I’ve had in a loooong time. Try it out

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

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