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 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!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

~Cook Up with donna hay and *Irina*~


Chorizo Sausage cooking for another Cook Up
from donna hay magazine Issue 74 April/May 2014



Menu tonight is (all gluten free)
(Comfort in a bowl)
and
Chocolate Meringue Cake


Oh my goodness........how tasty was this
It's sure to be on our menu again!!!


Fair Trade Organic Dark Chocolate 70% purchased from Rustic Pantry


just out of the oven


with meringue on

The recipe says
This cake is supposed to look rustic and uneven,
don't be alarmed if it cracks or collapses a little
And it did crack!!!


this is how it cooked up







Oh wow,   S P L E N D I D 
It's very hard to find a gluten free chocolate cake that is moist 
but this one takes the cake!!!
I think I might even make it for Birthday Cakes and Celebrations
so yummy!!!

Recipe for the Chocolate Meringue Cake over here

I try and use organic/free range food whenever possible
A lot of our veggies and meat and fish are purchased from the SAGE
 (Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla) Farmer's Markets
which also won a delicious magazine award for 
2014 Outstanding Farmer's Market
Congratulations Everyone at the Markets......You Guys Rock

Irina has joined me in these Cook-Ups
She has also just cooked from the same issue and to see her delicious fare pop on over here
Anyone want to join in with us?
Just cook something up from the latest issue and blog it......easy peasy!!!

Bon Appetit......Dzintra xo


Saturday, August 9, 2014

~Happy Birthday JoJo~


Jo Jo has just celebrated her birthday and we had a great day yesterday
By special request a Wiggles Cake for her


She loves a bouquet of flowers


A Happy Birthday Mug was one of the gifts


And a long awaited for pair of Electric Blue Suede boots
I think she has inherited her Mum's shoe fetish LOL.......perhaps I taught her!!!


And JoJo was famous for a day when a dear Blogging mate Shez blogged about her special day (a year long awaited event)
The birthday post is over here


Here is the little decoration Shez sent her


and the back of it


She then hung it on the door handle with the Christmas Decoration Shez made for her!!!
Thank You so much dear Shez......you are one awesome chick and so thoughtful!!!


We went out for Breakfast to JoJo's favourite place for pancakes
Above is the view looking through the window overlooking Clyde River


Then on to a blown up balloon


After that we dropped her off to 'work', her Day Programme for a few hours
Her Brother came up for overnight and we took him for a Bowl of Coffee


He even brought up a selection of European Beers.......in snow!!!


I even scored a belated Birthday/Mother's Day Gifts in this pink bag


along with some Paris Cushions and a Katie Melua CD


When JoJo arrived home it was a Wiggles Birthday Cake





We then went out for an early dinner so that we could see Bay Theatre Players Production of Annie
And we are taking it easy today
Hope you had a Beautiful Birthday Darling JoJo!!!

And now it will be non-stop as we await Christmas LOL!!!

Happy Weekend Dear Blogging Friends,
Love Dzintra xo

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

~OPAM (One Project A Month) July 2014~


A little late here for OPAM this month
I have just quilted this quilt finished back in 1999
I had no idea back then about 'in the ditch' so this one was done in Perle thread
At the time I just did a red heart around the heart


Some swirls in the corners
and a frame in perle just outside the green border
Now I have gone back and 'ditched' it and added another red stitched line in the tulip border
And it feels so good


Angel background
I call it my Tulip Quilt
Done at a Workshop in Bathurst with Yan Pring


And a just for fun pic I even hung it on our wall here just after we moved here
You can just see the outline of the red stitching, top left

Thank you Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again this year!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

~A Win for JoJo~


Shez had a little giveaway of one of her Christmas Decorations and asked if whoever wins it what colour would they like it made in and what design 
I commented that if I were lucky enough to win I would get JoJo to choose


Shez ended up having a few winners but she also chose JoJo
and Jo Jo chose a Christmas Tree in green
First pic is the Tree received in green and above the backing fabric


 Well wasn't she so pleased and excited and happy to get this Decoration in the mail
She just loves Christmas!!!


Here she is happily displaying it 
It is now on her doorknob to her World........her Music Room, awaiting the arrival of Christmas and to hang it on the tree!!!!
But first we have to get over her upcoming Birthday and then talk of Christmas will be non-stop here
As you know she just  LOVES all occasions!!!

Thank you so much dear Shez for including JoJo in your giveaway
You made her day!!!

For Shez's Tutorial on the Decorations and how to make them up go over here


Monday, July 21, 2014

~Sunday......a sewing day~



Well I had a lovely Sunday yesterday
I spent a lot of it in my Sewing Room making headway on my Sing Bag
and sewing lots of 1 and a 1/2 "squares together LOL!!!
Pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched

Just a lovely day
I hope I can get more of them like this!!!

Hope everyone had a lovely Sunday
and here's to a great week to follow!!!

Dzintra xo

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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 ...