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 to have coffee...sip a glass of a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

~Chookshed's Birthday Sewing Party~

Here I am blogging my sewing from Chookyblue's Birthday Party
I did a little stitching from a project at Girls Day in the Country 2016

I did piece a quilt backing which took me all weekend as I was just going to do a plain white one instead but decided against it
After all that cutting and measuring and ironing it finally is finished!!!

Many Happy Returns to The Chookshed and hope there's many, many more Sewing Weekends!!!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

`OPAM.....and the Chookshed (One Project A Month) May 2017 and The Chookshed Sewing Party~

One small item for OPAM this month
A little Mug Rug
I did a little Getting To Know Your Machine Workshop at Rosemont The Patchwork Shop and came home with a little free-motion quilting and a Mug Rug
Not bad for a morning's work!!!

Thank You to Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM this month!!!

Now I better be off and continue with The Chookshed's Celebration of 5 Happy Years of Sewing!!!
Happy Birthday to the Chookshed!!!
Thanks Donna for hosting this weekend for the past 5 years
Extra Special here as we have a night off from Caring!!!!

Happy Sewing

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cook Up......Christmas 2016

Phew, this post has been a long time coming!!!
Back to Christmas 2016 saw my Son and I bottle some Dill Cucumbers the Latvijan way

All cut and ready to go

DS was keen to learn how to do this and quickly jammed the cucumbers into the jars

I thought I would start off a Sourdough batter for some Bread
Having learnt that if Dough is proved for a minimum of roughly 12 hours the Gluten in the process breaks right down......Perfect for Gluten Intolerants like me
More information over here 
It's all about slowing it right down like in the old days before mass baking where now bread can be made in an hour!!!
I'm all for Slow Food

I gave mine an 18 hour rise

Out of the oven

And tasted sooooo good......and no reaction!!!

From donna hay magazine Issue 90 Dec/Jan 2017 
I made an Apple Cider, Mustard and Sage Glaze for our Ham which DS had started outside
Recipe available here 


The Ham over the Spit

Daughter and Grand Daughter by the Spit

Finally ready and oh so succulent

The meal

Whilst on a roll I made some Mixed Spice and Raspberry Loaves 

I used Gluten Free Flour so not as risen as using regular flour

Quite yummy too as I love Raspberries!!!

 Raw Choc-Hazelnut Raspberry Tart before Chocolate Mousse Topping

All done now
And for about 5 years I've been wanting to make a German Stollen using a Gluten Free recipe
A Gluten Free recipe over here 
and it was worth the wait!!! 

That did me in for a few weeks so it was all easy meals from then on!!!

Bon Appetie......Dzintra

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


I'm so sorry I haven't blogged in a while.  My MAC won't upload my photos and the pad can't do it as Blogger needs an upgrade and there isn't one that I know of.  Anyone else have this?  Meanwhile I'll keep trying......Have a great day everyone......Dzintra

Friday, March 31, 2017

~OPAM...One Project A Month

OPAM here once again
This time I have a little Pin Cushion
Stitchery designed by Bonnie Sullivan for Girls Day In The Country 
We were each given a pattern and could make anything we like out of it for a Swap and this was my contribution

My poor old Heat Bag had developed a hole so a new Parisian inspired cover was made for it

3 little handy bags

One of which came in handy for the Pin Cushion

And finally a little Needlebook which was part of a Kit for GDITC

I decided to put a cross on the thread part of the bobbin

page in 'Needlebook'

and a little signature and date on the back of the Needlebook

Thank to Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again this month!!!

Welcome To My World

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 ...