Winning photo, Tuesday Tune and Happy 4th of July!

Happy Friday! Isn't it wonderful that the weekend is here?!

We have just returned home from a wonderful week at the beach and, as fabulous as it was to get away and be with my family, I am so happy to be home. I love being by the sea but I also love sleeping in my own bed! I have lots of pictures that I would love to show you but I will save them until next week. I just had to post something today, though, as I have missed blogging so much! As much as I loved a week away from my laptop I really missed visiting you all, my sweet bloggy friends, and I can't wait to come and visit you all over the weekend.

The other reason I wanted to post something today was to show you what was waiting for me when I got home. A while ago the very talented Michael Lee West hosted a photo competition and I was lucky enough to be a winner with my picture of the spices that I used when making Chai tea cookies!

Even though I live all the way in Australia, Michael Lee sent me a wonderful prize and it arrived while I was away! Just have a look at this wonderful book.....I am so lucky!

It is called Working the Plate and it is all about food styling and it includes pages and pages of wonderful recipes, lots of tips on food presentation and it is full of excellent photographs.

I am Tickled Pink about winning this fabulous prize!

Thank you so much Michael Lee! I cannot wait to try all of these delicious recipes!

I also can't wait to go and visit all of the wonderful people who joined in with my weekly Tuesday Tune Linky party!

If you haven't gone to visit them yet just click here to go to last week's post. If you would like to hear some great music and perhaps share one of your favourite songs with other bloggers please come back on Sunday and join in!

Well, I'd better go and keep unpacking! I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and, to all of my American friends, Happy 4th of July!

Image from here

Best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz 

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. 
Adlai Stevenson.


  1. Congrats on your win! And it looks like a great prize! Happy 4th of July!

  2. Congratulations on your prize Natasha, well deserved by the look of the photograph.
    it is good to hear you had a great time at the beach.

  3. What a great surprise to have waiting for you after your holiday. I'm sure you'll get a lot of use from it. x

  4. Congratulations !!!!!!! beautiful price.......welcome home......have a beautiful sunny weekend .....love Ria...

  5. Congrats and thanks for the Fourth wishes! :O)

  6. Congratulations on your win! Your winning photograph is beautiful.

  7. Congratulations for winning and for the 4th of July wishes!

  8. My name is Natacha too...Meet you has been a pleasure in my first "Show and tell Friday"

  9. Congratulations on your win! That's a beautiful book.
    Have a nice weekend.

  10. Hi Natasha!

    I know just what you mean; I love to go away but I adore coming home!

    The cookies sound delightful, and I love the look of that book! I always try to make my plates look pretty! I will have to look for it.

    Have a great weekend!


  11. Natasha, such a great prezzie, lovely book indeed. I am pleased that you all had a fab week away, I just love the beach in the winter, no place like it really...so calm and peaceful.

    Thanks for hopping along, all the best, Coryanne

  12. Bonjour Natasha,
    Welcome home. I know what you mean, there is nothing quite like your own bed. Glad you had a good time, but what a nice cadeau to come home to. Those labp chops are making my mouth water.
    How kind you are to remember the 4th for all the American bloggers. Being an American expat here in France I've been so touched by all the well wishes for the day I've recieved. I fell I have two countries!
    I love the new design look - well done! I'm off to check out your button collection.
    Bon week-end,

  13. Hi Natasha! We selected you as one of the five favorite blogs that we've discovered recently. Come on over and pick up your award here...

    Enjoy the weekend! :)

    Alison and Jake

  14. Congratulations! Thank you for your kind words about our Holiday.

  15. Hope all enjoyed their week at the beach. The beach is my favorite place to be, rainy or sunny, cold or hot.
    Now you can curl up with a cup of tea and a new book, Congrats!
    Thank you for the well wishes for our 4th...looking forward to the fireworks.

  16. Natasha, congrats on winning. And such a beautiful book! Great photo! Thanks for the Happy 4th thoughts.

  17. Glad you had a great vacation! Congratulations on winning Working the Plate!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    ~ Tracy

  18. Way to go, Natasha! I love the picture and can see why it was a winner. Enjoy your prize--looks like a great book!


  19. Congratulations on your prize Natasha - welcome back to the blogging world!

  20. Welcome home...it is good to have you back! Can't wait to see all your beautiful photo's!
    Congratulations on winning an awesome book! I wrote the title and author down...this would be a great gift idea for Tony :)
    I love your winning photo!!

  21. Congratulations! That is a great shot. The book looks fabulous...what a wonderful prize!

    Hope your vacation was marvelous!

    I really like that quote about America and that 4th graphic!

  22. Congrats. Love the vintage graphic.

  23. Congrats on the photo contest! What a lovely prize. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! It is always nice to get a visit from you Natasha!
    Have a great weekend.

  24. Hi Natasha! Oh, congratulations on your win! I'm sure you have a wonderful time with it!
    Thank you for your visit!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  25. How cute is that little 4th pic? Love how festive the US gets with their celebrations :)

  26. Oh yummy! I have a recipe for Chai tea cookies somewhere... I must find it and make them! hm...... congrats on the win!



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