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!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Win...And A Gift...and the new stove has arrived!!!

Recently I entered a Giveaway hosted by Lorraine over at Not Quite Nigella ...
the prize was a Jessie Steele Doris Apron, Tote Bag and Oven Mitts...
I entered and then forgot all about it until Lorraine emailed me a couple of weeks later with the wonderful news that I'd won a choice of 2 sets!!!
Boy how stoked was I!!!
Here are the mitts with the congratulatory note from Keren at Jessie Steele


gorgeous pink apron...

button detail on the bib...

hem...

and bag...I love bags and reckon a gal can never have too many!!!
As part of the competition I had to tell Lorraine what I would make if I win the prize...
First things first...I said I would get out the pink bubbles...
and then make a Passionfruit and Coconut Slice (gluten free of course)...

in our new oven which arrived about 10 days ago!!!
If you get a chance hop on over to visit Not Quite Nigella ...
she will show you to-die-for pics on food...
Restaurants she goes to...
Markets...Recipes...Classes....Foodie Information...and it just goes on...
one of the best food blogs around I reckon!!!
Thank you so much Lorraine for the opportunity to win this gorgeous prize...
I'm going to have fun with this prize...here's Cheers to you!!!
This will be the first Slice to be made in here and I'm looking forward to it!!!
And then...

Last week a parcel arrived for me from the United States...

from Vicki over at Vickis'bitoearth ...
In it was a Congratulatory Graduation card and a Birthday Card...

and a parcel in this gorgeous paisley paper...Paisley is one of my all time favourite prints...

and check out this notebook with the very elegant Eiffel Tower on it...
how thrilled was I with this!!!

And look at this bookmark...how sweet is this...with my name on it...along with the Tower...just beautiful!!!
Thank you so much Vicki...you know me so well...I just love it!!!
It was a huge week over here...being away on a Carerfest...co-ordinating respite care for JoJo while away...
saying farewell to Kerri...
I'd like to say thank you everyone for your messages of condolence...they were all so touching and I appreciate all of them so very much!!!

25 comments:

Maree: said...

Congrats on your Win..Your Prizes are Gorgeous...but not as Gorgeous as your New Oven..my oh my she is a Beauty...Happy Cooking.!!

Bron said...

what useful prizes and lovely too. I think I may have just turned a little green with envy when I saw your new oven. Happy cooking!
Bron

RitaGri said...

Ļoti piemērota dāvana tev kā saimniecei. Man patīk rozā nosakaņa. Varēsi priecīgi strādāt pie jaunās krāsns. Parīzes sveiciens ir elegants.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Dzintra
Well you've been winning again!! yippeee!! haha.. and a new stove.. I think I might have to drive down your way for the gluten free slice!!

Love all the parcels you received and totally agree on how lovely that paisley is!!! Enjoy your wins. and glad you enjoyed your break.. xxx Julie

Kiki said...

Yay..congrats on all of your lovely treasures..they are all fabulous and beautiful! Enjoy!
Kiki~

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

So you'll be cookin' up a storm all decked out in your new apron.
Sounds yummy, now what's on the menu.
Susan x

Fer said...

I've never seen anyone win so many prizes as you, you must have the knack!

That stove is almost kitchen porn! I love it!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I'm so glad that you liked your prize! It's gorgeous isn't it :) I love my apron, it's so cute and well made :)

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Dzintra,
Congratulations on your giveaway win and your new stove..I got a new oven before xmas last year....Its great :)
Hugs, Sharon

Astrid said...

Congrats on your win, new oven and even a nice gift from the US - lucky you! :) Do you have time for crafting now, after getting that gorgeous new oven - stay in the kitchen all day long?! lol. I'm happy for you! :)

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra, congrats on your win,such prizes just to suit you. I do like your shiny new oven,happy cooking. That bookmark is just beautiful. Have a happy day.
Bev.xoxo

Notjustnat said...

You must have sneak this post in while I'm as sleep (not usual for me, sleep I meant!). Hey congrats on your win. What a lovely apron and mittens set you have won. New oven too, it looks very much like mine. Now you will be cooking up even more storm. I see DIL is here before me, shame on me!!! Love this post - Hugs Nat

Margaret said...

What an oven !!! worth waiting for.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW! Dzintra, these gifts are magnificent! The colors suit your brightness and cheer and all the other lovelies are so YOU!!!! BRAVO!

Have a blessed day dearest! Anita

Kimonos and Sushi said...

Can I have your new oven wooowzers what a great oven. Certainly some scrummy things to be made in that oven. What great gifts you also got love the book mark and the book with the eifel tower in background. Ok talk to you again soon
Andrea

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Dzintra, you are going to have so much fun with that new stove!!! I have one in stainless as well, and it just gets prettier as time goes on!

BISOUS! Anita

Mildred said...

What adorable pretties you have won. I love your new oven - WOW! The bookmark is just lovely! My new blog is up and running if you get a chance to say "hi." Love to you and JoJo.

a good yarn said...

Such marvellous gifts to have received. I'm looking forward to seeing the delicious meals you make with your new oven. Cheers, Ann :-)

Terry said...

Enjoy there is nothing as comforting as the smells of home cooking and you have all winter to experiment.
I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
Pressies are always nice bit of a French Connection happening.
Happy Playing Terry

Pooch Morning Glory said...

thats a beauty of an oven !! wow
im sure you will have some fun with that
cheers
~laura

Terry said...

Love the notebook and bookmark! They're just lovely! :0)

sharon said...

Congratulations on your win and the sparkly oven! Thanks for stopping by.
Sharon

Micki said...

Congrats on the wins Dzintra! Boy, do you deserve it all! I love your oven...It is wonderful! Have fun with it!
Micki

Jeni said...

congratulations on your win...... and just love your apron and bag ,,,,book mark and stove .....cook up a storm now

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

Oh I'm soooo late in getting around to my favorite blogs (I've got a new temporary but full-time job that has my tied up for 8 weeks), but I'll comment anyway. Oh those giveaway prizes are so gorgeous Dzintra! Lucky you! I love the apron, and I totally agree with you... a gal can never have too many bags! LOL xxxVicki

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