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 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!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

~Movie......The Hundred Foot Journey~

I have just seen the most Delicious movie (twice)
After the second time I straight away went and bought the book written by Richard C. Morais

There was a brochure available at the screening which had some recipes in it

including this one for Beef Bourgignon a las Hassan created by Chef Floyd Cardoz

The Hundred Foot Journey
Starring Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory
Om Puri as Papa
Manish Dayal as Hassan Haji
Charlotte Le Bon as Marguerite

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
Produced by Steven Spielberg
Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake

Filmed in France in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val
and then The Netherlands and Paris

I just had to blog this movie as I know I will come back here and check out the links again
and don't be surprised if I see it again.

I guarantee you will walk away wanting a delicious meal after seeing it
I might have to go to our local Indian Restaurant one of these times!!!

Bon Appetit.......Dzintra

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

~Wrapped in Paisley~ A New Quilt

Last week I saw on the Fat Quarter site a Tutorial for a Jelly Roll Jam II Quilt-
Shortcut Quilt Series
I was intrigued and went had a look and decided there and then 'I'll do that'!
This is my second Jelly Roll that I have ever used and I got really keen

The Jelly Roll I used was Wrapped in Paisley by Kansas Trouble Quilters
Beautiful rich, dark, warm colours

I printed the pattern out
Looked at the Tutorial
Pattern here

Organized my strips

Sewed them together

Blocks all stitched together

Sorting out the backing strips
The backing is the rest of the strips sewn together
Can't get much easier than that!!!

Last night the backing and quilt top together

The back is together

So happy with this!!!
There are instructions on the pattern for larger sized quilts
So you never know, another day I might just do it again!!!

Thanks so much Fat Quarter Shop and Kimberly for a great Tutorial and Pattern
I'm sure to come back for more!!!

Post Script......I emailed Kimberly and showed her my quilt top and she came back with the following
Hi Dzintra,
Thank you so much for sharing this.  Your quilt is beautiful and I am so happy you made the quilt!  You have definitely made my day!!!

Kimberly Jolly
Fat Quarter Shop

How exciting......thank you Kimberly

Friday, August 22, 2014

~Diamonds at Large Delivered......A Family Affair~

Here is the label for my Diamonds at Large Quilt finally delivered to my Brother

What a surprise he received and showed it off as soon as he opened it

We then headed outside and did some posing with it

I hope this quilt will give him some warmth when needed
I put a whole lot of love in it so hopefully it will come out!!!

I had one of those quilts from Homespun magazine and thought I would give it to my Sister Brigita

she was tickled pink!!!

Caught up with my Niece Hailey
Who said our hair can't be the same colour LOL!!!

 My Nephew/Godson Brendan was at home this weekend (mostly)

And I got some cuddles from my cute little Great Nephew Connor as well!!!
A great family weekend!!!
Hope we can all catch up again!!!

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)
Chocolate Meringue Cake

Oh my 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 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 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

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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 ...)

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