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, July 22, 2012

~New Purple Boots~New Kitchen Floor and Dinner~Plus a Special Birthday~



I mentioned to Susan recently that I had new purple boots and she asked to see a pic of them...
so here they are Susan...I love wearing them and they are so comfy...and they go with everything!!!
And perfect with THAT bag that's nearly finished......see post below


Here is our kitchen floor last night with a second coat of tung oil...
no going in there...
so while JoJo was out with her Peer Support Group Hubby organized for us to go out for dinner...
We went to our favourite place in town...Little Restaurant and Bar
This little place never fails to deliver...the Host Gary takes time to get to know you...
and the food Never disappoints!!!


Mr Armchair started with Pan Fried Squid Rings with Chorizo Sausage, Potato, Peas and Paprika...


Eden Black Mussels steamed with White Wine, Garlic, Fresh Herbs and Roasted Tomatoes...
very very tasty!!!


Mr A chose Escalopes of Veal with Crushed Potatoes, Rocket, Red Peppers, Parmesan and Roast Balsamic Glaze...


I had what I reckon was the Dish of the Night...
Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Roasted Pears, Pickled Cranberries, Pear Cider Jus and Potato Mash...
EXTREMELY delicious!!!


Fries...


Vegies...


The wine...Mayhem Big Barrels Small Berries Shiraz 2009......McLaren Vale
A perfect drop for the evening!


Pear, Pistachio and Tamarillo Crostata with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream...


and for me Panna Cotta with Pears......yummy!!!


Kahlua Affogato...
A lovely evening for us both as we don't get out too often by ourselves...
Seeing there is another coat on the floor today it's Chinese tonight!!!


And I just had to do a quick post here on my Dad (mans Papins)
He passed away whilst in his 40's and it is his Birthday today...
Happy Birthday dear Dad
Daudz Laimes Dzimsanas Diena
Even though he's been gone many years now I still think of him everyday

How he would've loved to see his Family grow up and then become a Great Grandfather himself...

I wasn't going to......but I did
I'm off to Rehearsals this afternoon for The Bay Theatre Players Production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance playing in October/November later this year
I'm in the Chorus of Police...
so it's tarantara from me for now......Dzintra

14 comments:

Cathy said...

Great boots...your post touched a very special chord with me today. My dad passed away at the end of May and it was his birthday yesterday....Condolences to you..xx

Teresa said...

Lovely, lovely post. Great photo of your Dad. They are never far from us and always in our hearts.
Loving those boots, but the food.... OMG... the food... I want to go to dinner with you!!! What a fabulous little restaurant you have.

Susan said...

Lovely boots. That dusky grey purple goes so well with everything and is a nice change from black! Your dinner looks like it was all very yummy, and well deserved. It was my Dad's birthday yesterday - here's to great fathers. X

shez said...

oh lovely boots Dzintra and i love your new floor and how yummy does all that food look.xx

Ann's ~ 'a photo a day for 365 days' said...

A lovely post. The photos of your meal are brilliant, the food looks delicious!!!! What a beautiful photo of your dear Dad, he was a very handsome man and I think it was nice of you to include him in your post today. Love your new floor and the oil is very good Ingrid, we have that also. Have a nice rest of our Sunday, cold and gloomy here in Vic (what is new)!!

Palomasea said...

Dearest Dzintra, this is a beautiful post. Your Dad was gorgeous, and you can see the beautiful light he carried inside...it's in his eyes and smile. My hugs to you....I miss my precious Mom every day.

Your boots are lovely, as is the floor...what fun to eat out for a few nights! This restaurant...wow..you always share the most splendid meals with us!
And guess what...I made "fish pie" from the magazine (except I had to use chicken)...oh my goodness, it was amazing. I also added some peas...
Next I will attempt the tarte tatin. What a stunning publication!
Sending love your way,
- Irina

Annie said...

Ohhhhh yummmm - think I may need to tung oil my kitchen floor too (any excuse not to cook) - not wanting to create a debate, but Mr Armchair's desserty sounds like the dish of the night...tamarillo's mmmmmmmm...I used to live on them in N.Z and they are so hard to come by down here in Tas :(

Maree: said...

Mr A is a Gem he knows how to Spoil a Girl...that Food looked Amazing.
Cool Boots hope all's going well with rehersals...
take care
cheers

Rachaeldaisy said...

Yay for purple boots that go with everything and are comfortable!! Your dinner looks wonderful!! And so does your kitchen floor. Happy Birthday wishes on your Dad's birthday.

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,

Your kitchen floor came up a treat. Good on your for PIP, our kids used to watch the video of that over and over again many years back.

Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Margaret said...

Pears , Pears and more Pears don't you love it when you bite into a pear? cooked or raw. Nice post D.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

PRECIOUS FRIEND!!!!!!!!

Dzintra, I missed you so! I was away for a week with a friend who was visiting. I LOVE YOUR BOOTS and new floor. YOU ALWAYS have the most luscious foods to share on your posts!! Our summer is moving along nicely with almost perfect summer weather. SOON your will have your summer and adventures to share!

MUCH LOVE TO YOU! Anita

Amish Stories said...

I'm a really big fan of wood floors and yours in that kitchen looks great. I have laminate floors in parts of my own home, but it does look fairly close to wood I think. Richard

Fer said...

Mmmm, squid.... num num num...

Groovy boots too!

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