This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our daughter who has a disability)......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!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

~No Fuss Swappers......A Clayton's Christmas~

I recently signed up with No Fuss Swappers in a No Fuss Swap
My gift above from Nor

Nice 'n easy......this one was a Clayton's Christmas Swap
Send a Christmas Fat 1/4
An ornament
and a treat

And here is my gift
A Deer Fat 1/4......perfect as I am into Deer
A little stocking, buttons and Byron Bay Gluten Free White Choc & Macadamia Cookie

Thank you so much Nor......I even arose earlier so I could open my parcel on 26th July!!!

My Partner was Lisa

and these are goodies I sent her!!!

Thank You so much Gals at No Fuss Swappers......this was fun!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

~Cook Up for my Dad~

It's been ages since I've done a Cook Up
This time I did one last night for my dear Dad/mīļš Papiņš
 who is no longer here on Earth with us
It just felt the right thing to do and complete with a Birthday Cake to boot

But first, and very important...which Apron to use
Just this week I received this apron from Trish who recently went over to Provence, France
I already had bought one from there but of course I needed another lol
I also used a Tea Towel with Provence embroidered on it that I purchased whilst over there
Thanks so much Trish......much appreciated!!!

I chose the brown one to use on this Cook Up

My Menu from donna hay magazine Issue 87 Jun/July 2016
(this is why I needed the Quince Paste Annette (no blog))!

Pork and Sauerkraut Meatballs with Quince Glaze 
Savoy Colcannon
Marble Chai Bundt Cake with Maple Syrup

Mr Armchair set the Wine scene

Adding Sauerkraut to the Meatballs gave a real depth of flavour
Next time I'd like to double the was delicious
I'm a bit like Manu Fieldel (French Chef in Australia) and love my Glazes/Sauces lol

The Meatballs here with the Colcannon

Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannann, meaning "white-headed cabbage") is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. It is also the name of a song about the dish.
(from Wikipedia)

In this dish I used Savoy Cabbage, Leek and Pure Jersey Cream from Tilba

And here is part of the verse.......

Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.........

It was very delicious.......together a lovely tasty combination

I ground up Spices for Chai Tea to put into the Cake

And here 'tis
Happy Birthday mils Papins/loving Dad

And to top it off.......Warm Maple Syrup
Also ideal to have with some Cream, Custard or even Ice Cream if you so wish

Recipe for Marble Chai Bundt Cake with Maple Syrup over here

And to keep it all real
Mr Armchair as I sat down took a photo
no make up, no hair neatly done lol!!!!

Lab Apptit......Bon Appetit
Dzintra xo

Monday, July 11, 2016

Let's Get Stitched...March, Hobart

Here I am back in Hobart catching up on my last post from Let's Get Stitched, Hobart 2016
Saturday morning it was off to the well known Salamanca Markets

I bought this Myrtle timber salt grinder for my DS
and saw a timber cut out bicycle

Happened upon a real live Faery Shop, all pretty and pink

I meandered up to Battery Point and saw a Ship's Wheel in an Antique Shop

Saturday night it was off to a Chinese Restaurant for dinner

Later on I had to try a Green Tea Creme Brûlée with Gold Leaf at Salamanca Square

Sunday morning it was off to the Let's Get Stitched day

'Rell was one of the surprise Guest Designers

I purchased her little kit

for this sweet little Dilly Bag

Joy teaching me to embroider roses

Caught up with Val who I made the Name Badge for

Vicki in the centre and me on the right.......the girl's name on the left just escapes me
and a group pic below
(I'm back right)

I had a wander around Constitution Dock and saw the Spiegeltent

Some dock scenes above 

This cool blackboard in one of the Pubs
You wouldn't to have had too much to drink to read this
Bad enough trying to read it as it is lol

Monday morning and it's time to leave Hobart

On board the plane

 And after some hours back here at The Bay
I had a lovely trip.....met some lovely people and hope to do it again one day!!!

 Happy Stitching......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 ...