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 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!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

~Cook Up for my Dad~

It's been ages since I've done a Cook Up
This time I did one last night for my dear Dad/mīļš Papiņš
 who is no longer here on Earth with us
It just felt the right thing to do and complete with a Birthday Cake to boot



But first, and very important...which Apron to use
Just this week I received this apron from Trish who recently went over to Provence, France
I already had bought one from there but of course I needed another lol
I also used a Tea Towel with Provence embroidered on it that I purchased whilst over there
Thanks so much Trish......much appreciated!!!


I chose the brown one to use on this Cook Up


My Menu from donna hay magazine Issue 87 Jun/July 2016
(this is why I needed the Quince Paste Annette (no blog))!

Pork and Sauerkraut Meatballs with Quince Glaze 
Savoy Colcannon
Marble Chai Bundt Cake with Maple Syrup


Mr Armchair set the Wine scene


Adding Sauerkraut to the Meatballs gave a real depth of flavour
Next time I'd like to double the Glaze......it was delicious
I'm a bit like Manu Fieldel (French Chef in Australia) and love my Glazes/Sauces lol



The Meatballs here with the Colcannon

Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannann, meaning "white-headed cabbage") is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. It is also the name of a song about the dish.
(from Wikipedia)

In this dish I used Savoy Cabbage, Leek and Pure Jersey Cream from Tilba

And here is part of the verse.......

Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.........
(Wikipedia)

It was very delicious.......together a lovely tasty combination


I ground up Spices for Chai Tea to put into the Cake


And here 'tis
Happy Birthday mils Papins/loving Dad


And to top it off.......Warm Maple Syrup
Also ideal to have with some Cream, Custard or even Ice Cream if you so wish

Recipe for Marble Chai Bundt Cake with Maple Syrup over here


And to keep it all real
Mr Armchair as I sat down took a photo
no make up, no hair neatly done lol!!!!

Lab Apptit......Bon Appetit
Dzintra xo

Monday, July 11, 2016

Let's Get Stitched...March, Hobart

Here I am back in Hobart catching up on my last post from Let's Get Stitched, Hobart 2016
Saturday morning it was off to the well known Salamanca Markets


I bought this Myrtle timber salt grinder for my DS
and saw a timber cut out bicycle




Happened upon a real live Faery Shop, all pretty and pink

I meandered up to Battery Point and saw a Ship's Wheel in an Antique Shop



Saturday night it was off to a Chinese Restaurant for dinner



Later on I had to try a Green Tea Creme Brûlée with Gold Leaf at Salamanca Square



Sunday morning it was off to the Let's Get Stitched day


'Rell was one of the surprise Guest Designers



I purchased her little kit


for this sweet little Dilly Bag

Joy teaching me to embroider roses


Caught up with Val who I made the Name Badge for

Vicki in the centre and me on the right.......the girl's name on the left just escapes me
and a group pic below
(I'm back right)

I had a wander around Constitution Dock and saw the Spiegeltent




















Some dock scenes above 


This cool blackboard in one of the Pubs
You wouldn't to have had too much to drink to read this
Bad enough trying to read it as it is lol


Monday morning and it's time to leave Hobart






On board the plane


 And after some hours back here at The Bay
I had a lovely trip.....met some lovely people and hope to do it again one day!!!

 Happy Stitching......Dzintra

Thursday, June 30, 2016

OPAM (One Project A Month) June 2016





These months are just flying by and time for another OPAM for June
This time a little Zippered Pouch designed by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched


Back



Looking In







And here is the little Kit......I love Anni's designs!!! 







Next is a little shoebag (also designed by Anni)
This shoe bag was made for Tarnyia as part of a Fat Quarter Birthday Swap hosted by Chez


A yellow Fat 1/4 for Tarnyia also (yellow was specified as her favourite colour to receive) along with some threads and a natural coloured Fat 1/4 and a Theodora Cleave Prim Cat button



And the gifts all together!!!

Thank You Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again this year!!!

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 ...