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 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!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Checking In

I've been a bit quiet in Blogland recently but have managed to pop in and out of some blogs and leave comments here and there!  I did take a beach walk on Monday......we are having beautiful Spring weather here on the Coast....lovely sunny days interspersed with cloudy days.....cooler days, just how I like it!

Have a great day Dear Readers and I'll be back with OPAM (One Project A Month).....Dzintra

Sunday, October 19, 2014

~Cook Up with donna hay and Irina~

I recently did another cook up from the donna hay magazine Issue 75 Jun/July 2014

Menu from the magazine was

Crispy Pork Belly with Cider Pickled Pears
Whole Spice Roasted Cauliflower
Kale Chips
Lemon and Goat's Yoghurt Cake
and I added Roast Potato

I use all Organic and Free Range if it all possible (and it mainly is)
All my meals are gluten free

Cauliflower in White Wine, Chicken Stock and Spices

and after Roasting

Kale Chips

The Pork

Next door's Lemons which I had frozen

And the cake (all gluten free) sprinkled with Thyme

And of course I forgot to put the Kale on for the photo

During the evening Mr Armchair took a photo unbeknownst to me lol


The lovely Irina from America has joined me in the Cook Ups.......check her blog over here

I am 2 issues behind so I better get cracking!!!

Bon Appetit.......Dzintra

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Magical Drive

Just had to share this pic.....we went for a little drive not too far from us along a couple of little dead ends and came across this scene...absolute magic......the sun in the late afternoon coming through a stand of trees.  You could swear there were faeries playing in there!  Just what we needed......

I hope today brings a little magic to everyone in this troubled World of Dzintra

Thursday, October 2, 2014

~OPAM (One Project A Month) September 2014~

2 small items completed this month
The first above is a pin cushion designed by Natalie Bird of Birdhouse Designs

The pattern is above and is the first item received in a Tilda Club I joined recently
I was determined to start straight away and then finish this little pretty and I hope to continue to do that with all the bi-monthly postings in this Club

Lovely fabric

which included cotton lace and ribbon along with the pattern.

I also completed this little Happy Heart (after it sat around for about 4 years)

and popped in some pip berries

just like the pattern designed by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched

Thank you Sweet Peg and Kris for organizing OPAM once again this year!!!

I haven't been able to rock around and comment on everyone's blogs lately
Just so busy tied up with having the little Grandies here and JoJo but I do get around and have a quick read to see what everyone is up to.  

Hope all you OPAMer's out there had a great month
Dzintra xo

Sunday, September 21, 2014

~A Respite Weekend For Us.......and Chooky's Christmas Swap~

This weekend we had organised a much looked forward to respite for JoJo
We thought we'd have a day trip down the coast
We started off at the Blue Earth Cafe for coffee/lemon myrtle tea and lunch

We ended up at the beautiful seaside port of Bermagui where Billy Connolly filmed part of the film The Man Who Sued God
We had Fish 'n Chips here and saw a fishing boat come in.

This morning I made (gluten free) Choc Chip Muffins with Choc Chips that were organic from 

This afternoon I did a little on my Tilda Club Pin Cushion

 and to finish off we went for a beach walk in the late afternoon and saw the sun catching the waves

 and on the beach grass

'round the corner this piece of gum!
A lovely relaxing weekend just being 'us' and tasting the 'normal' world
We could come and go as we please
Sit for as long as we wanted without having to jump up and down
We even walked together and held hands on the beach
Something we don't normally do as one of us has to be with JoJo!!!

All in all a lovely weekend........

I have joined Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap this year and looking forward to receiving news of who my partner is!!!

Thank you to everyone who comes over and reads my humble little blog and comments on it
I truly do appreciate it and do try sincerely to get back to everybody

Hope your weekend was a good one
Here's to another week........Dzintra xo

Welcome To My World

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 ...