This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

~OPAM~ One Project A Month, December 2016



My final OPAM for 2016 is one I really enjoyed as it was using quite different colours for me
I enjoyed it so much so I made 3 little Mug Rugs


Gorgeous little snowmen on the back
at least it makes me think its a little cooler!!!

Thank You to Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again for another year
So many gorgeous finished projects out there due to this!!!

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And on my final post for the year I'd like to thank all my Readers out there for popping in throughout the year and leaving your lovely comments........they are all so much appreciated so 
Thank You All 

So while we here get used to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and make sense of it all and its' impact on our lives I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Healthy and Prosperous 2017.  

May it be one of Peace and Joy around the World

love Dzintra xo



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

~Bah Humbug Swap~




I recently joined in The No Fuss Swappers 'Bah Humbug' Swap
This entailed sending a Mug Rug, a Mug to match,  and a treat all wrapped in a Christmasey Fat 1/4


The Mug Rug


I had recently ordered and received cloth labels with my name on it and thought Susan's Mug Rug would be the first item to receive one!!!


Mug chosen by JoJo at Rick Rutherford's country shoppe in the Blue Mountains


A treat was added


 and it's all ready to go!!!
Opening day was 13 December......


Meanwhile my Swap Gift was from Helen all safely arrived above


The little card


Fat 1/4 off


and all is revealed!!!
Thank You Helen.......lovely gifts and my Mug certainly has been given a work out over the last few days!!!

And Thank You Girls over at No Fuss Swappers for running these delightful Swaps!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Surprise Gift



Last week I received a very unexpected surprise from Kim
Kim has undertaken a world-wide venture to celebrate her 60th birthday this year
She sent out 60 gifts to 60 people and I was included
Above is a card of an oil on porcelain entitled 'Ziva' painted by Kim (McCool) herself


The back of the card


The gifts......a cushion, card, beading kit, fabric and thread


A little cross-stitch cushion


Fabric and threads

Thank you Kim for these absolutely delightful unexpected gifts......they made my day!!!

I hope you had the Best Birthday with many, many more to come!!!

Happy Birthday.......love Dzintra xo


Saturday, December 3, 2016

~OPAM......One Project A Month, November 2016~





Two tea towels for OPAM this month which is all I managed!!!

Thank you to Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again
I know that sometimes I wouldn't even finish one item without it!!!

A Happy Weekend to you all dear Readers......Dzintra xo

Friday, November 25, 2016

~Cook Up with donna hay magazine......Sticky ginger marmalade Chicken~



Another delicious Cook Up has happened from donna hay magazine Issue 88 Aug/Sep 2016
These are really getting really too far between now but I'm determined to catch up!!!

Menu -  Sticky Ginger Marmalade Chicken Stir Fry
accompanied by Zucchini and a Cucumber Salad with aThai Dressing
 Chocolate and Maple Banana Cake


First up  I started the Dessert Cake preparation 
I even made my own Dulce De Leche instead of purchasing it but come to think of it I have never seen it available in our small coastal town

Recipe for Homemade Dulce De Leche by Donna Hay available here and also above blog in Pages



Condensed Milk ready to go into oven covered by foil and in a Water Bath
I don't think I left mine in long enough due to the paler colour and thickness of it compared to  Donna's but in any case it was still delicious
Also a bit hard to check as it was covered by baking paper, foil and string


As you can see Donna's version is really dark and quite thick
The Dulce De Leche is sitting atop Chocolate Ganache


My version all bottled and ready to use whenever called for


To our surprise we have successfully grown Ginger so this was used for garnishing the meal





All accompanied by Zucchini


and a Cucumber Salad with a Thai Dressing (home made) just to give it that little edge



I used Home Made Marmalade from my local Farmer's Market and boy was this so different to a commercial marmalade........the Citrus flavour was strong and I really enjoy that!!!


Above and below.......just a few versions of my Cake





And the best part........it's all Gluten Free!!!

Bon Appetit and have a great weekend......Dzintra

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Hello, my name is Dzintra Ingrid ... have been known as Ingrid and since our Sea Change I have started to use Dzintra ... pronounced without the D ... (but still known as Ingrid, I know, it's confusing ...)

Welcome to my world ... a journal of our Sea Change ... Mum to three wonderful children ... bringing up a daughter with a disability and seeing life through her eyes ... being a new Nanna ... photos ... inspiring quotes ... taking on a cookery course ... the odd recipe ... and trying to get some stitching done amongst all this ...