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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Surprise Gift...and Cooking with JoJo!!!

Last week after a busy time DH came in with a surprise package for me from my Blogging Friend...Simone!!! Just the cheer me up I needed after the last couple of weeks...
This little card by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) the Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter...
Sprig of Flowering Almond in a Glass...
and look at this wonderful pattern...Ooh La La...Tres Chic!!!
My Apartment in Paris Quilt by Faeries in My Garden!!!
Just Perfect dear Simone...just what I needed to put a smile on my face...

Simone and I are doing a little stitchery together and she has sent me also these cup cake fabrics with gold on them!!! How cool is that!!!
Thank you so very very dear Simone for thinking of me...I just love these gifts!!!

Meanwhile...there were quite a few storms with flooding in our area last week...
one of JoJo's programmes was cancelled as some of the Carers couldn't leave their homes to the floodwater...the building her programme had water around it...plus a host of other reasons to do with all the water!!!
She was so disappointed she wasn't able to get there...she had been standing in the rain with her new umbrella for 15 minutes waiting for her lift...
So what to do!!!
JoJo loves food...just like her Mum ha ha!!!
I said go and get us an apron and we'll make a slice for morning tea (not knowing whether this would work or not)...it sure did (thank goodness!!!)...
We decided to make a Mixed Spice Slice...
Here she is sifting the flour into the bowl...

Mixing it in...

Checking progress...

Coming along nicely!!!

Cooling down...

Spreading the icing...

All done now!!!

Cutting the slice...

And here we are...Mixed Spice Slice with Lemon Icing!!!
Good job JoJo...let's not wait until the next flood to do some baking together!!!

25 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dzintra! What a happy post! Gifts, friends, and baking? How can one go wrong!!

Happy day to you beautiful!

Anita

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dzintra this looks scrumptious!!! Great distraction!! Love your little gifts too!! Some days do turn around for the better! xx Julie

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Lovely pattern... that shall keep you busy and French inspired for months to come.
I bet that cake tasted as good as it looks. Tell JoJo she did a fine job and if it wasn't so far away I'd join the two of you for tea.
Susan x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And thank you dearest for coming to see me!!! BISOUS! Anita

Notjustnat said...

Lucky girl to received all those goodies from Simone. You will have fun with them. The slice looks so yummy. Could I have a piece please?
Have a great Thursday - Hugs Nat

Simone de Klerk said...

Glad the post came at the right moment (O: And what you made with JoJo looks so very good. Great job, JoJo! Could you give me the recipe (O: Did you make the icing yourself?
Have a lovely Friday!

ria vogelzang said...

Lovely gift by Simone! Great fabrics!
What stitcherie are you doing together?
And you slice with lemon ice looks so yummy!!!!!

Janey said...

What a beautiful gift, you are very lucky my friend, Tell JoJo she makes the most glorious looking cakes, my mouth is watering already. love and hugs to you xxx

Cattinka said...

I like the pattern Simone sent you it looks so cheerful. And you really should bake with JoJo more often, she looks very happy doing it.
KATRIN W.

Kath said...

Mmmm I can almost smell those spices (wish I could taste them too!).

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Oh Dzintra, poor JoJo, but what a fun day it turned out to be for both of you! The baking looks delicious!She did a great job! And what gorgeous gifts from Simone too! Tres chic, as you said! (: A happy day~ xxxVicki
PS: We have lots of rain here too.

Terry said...

JoJo and Dzintra good morning. The unexpected often has rewards for all. You and Mum had time together and yummy morning tea.
The card,pattern,and fabric are a lovely expression of friendship.
Seems like it was a win for all.
Even me cause the post was so nice. Like the smell of spice cake cooking.
Happy Stitching Terry

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Well done, JoJo! When the flood closes a door...a window opens. Love the cupcake fabric, Dzintra.

A Happy week to ya!
Catherine

Sandi Butler said...

Lovely gifts from Simone, very thoughtful.
A great idea to do some baking together, the slice looks wonderful!

Mildred said...

Hello Dzintra and JoJo, Wish I could join you for that delicious cake. Hope you both are doing well.

Bev C said...

What a lovely posting Dzintra. I love the pattern Simone sent you, happy sewing. Is Jo-Jo going to reveal the recipe??? I think Jo-Jo should have her own cooking show.Happy days to you both.

vicki archer said...

Delicious cake baking Dzintra...I am sure you and JoJo had a brilliant time.

VancityAllie said...

Yummy! That looks sooo sooo delicious!

Fer said...

Yum-o slice! It's great when mother and daughter can do things together in the kitchen. :)

a good yarn said...

Yummy looking slice Jo Jo - well done! The floods have been incredible especially after all that heat. Your gifts from Simone are wonderful! Ann :-)

Zuzu said...

Such a happy post, Dzintra! And that cake - yummmmmmmmmmmmmm! :)
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Zuzu

Micki said...

Simone was so nice to give you the gifts and enjoy them all. What a wonderful idea to bake with Jo Jo.
Micki

Pooch Morning Glory said...

dzintra

that is the sweetest thing i have seen all day ! hands down the best.
the cake looks delish and i LOVE that cupcake fabric.

~laura

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dzintra! I can always count on you to come by early in the morning for a cup of tea and say Bonjour! Thanks for going to Paris with me...you look lovely in that little black dress and string of pearls!

Bisous! Anita

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Dzintra,
You did an excellent job of turning a negative into a positive...tyhe pics are great. Made my mouth water a bit though LOL
Lovely gifties from Simone too.
Hugs, Sharon

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