Oreo cheesecake bites

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If you are on a diet. Look away.
Now, I rarely bake. When I do, it’s for my girls birthdays or special occasions. Guess you could say, it brings out the mommy in me.

Stumbled across this recipe, and wanted to try it out. I will be visiting the lovely people that I used to work with, and these sweet treats are coming along :)
A world without Oreo’s would be sad. Cheesecake is right up there. Putting the two together just makes sense. I can never manage to eat a whole slice of cheesecake, so that’s why I thought it was a pretty neat idea to just make bite-sized versions.
I am obsessed with making a red velvet oreo cheesecake bites. So, will probably try that out next time. Also, going to try making those key lime bites for the summer time. And, don’t even get me started on the reese’s pb & choc bites! I have a little baker in the kitchen, so will be fun trying out new recipes with her :)

Here is the full link to the recipe. Enjoy! xoxo

Oreo Cheesecake Bites

YIELD: MAKES 36 OR MORE BITES, DEPENDING ON SIZE

INGREDIENTS

  • 36 Oreo Cookies, divided
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
  • 4 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 4 ounces white chocolate

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil, with ends extending over sides. Finely crush 24 Oreo cookies. Melt 1/4 cup butter; mix with crumbs. Press onto bottom of prepared pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each just until blended. Chop remaining cookies. Gently stir into batter; pour over crust.
  4. Bake the cheesecake for about 35-40 minutes or until the sides are set and the center is almost set. Cool completely on a wire rack in the pan.
  5. When the cheesecake is completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When chilled, remove the cheesecake using the foil overhang and cut the cheesecake into bite-sized pieces. Place the cheesecake bites on a wax or parchment paper-lined baking tray. Melt the semisweet chocolate and white chocolate in separate bowls (I use the microwave on 50% power, stirring frequently). Pour the melted chocolate into a ziploc bag, one for the semisweet chocolate, one for the white chocolate. Snip a small corner off the corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the cheesecake bars. Chill the bars until ready to serve. Alternately, the drizzled bites can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a month. Let them defrost in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

Two peas in a pod

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The everyday moments I get to share with both Ella Sophie & Zoey Marie, makes me incredibly happy that I got to be their mom. These two girls, from the very beginning, changed everything in the most beautiful way. Feeling super blessed, to have two amazing girls <3

As Zoey grows up, she's more and more interested in what her big sister is up to. If she moves, Zoey quickly moves her head to see what's Ella's next move. Ella is looking forward to when she can play outside with Zoey, but for now she's content with Zoey being her dress-up doll.
After dinner, these two usually get in their jammies & relax together on the couch. Zoey does like to watch tv, or basically any screen. She already tries to touch my iPhone screen, trying to drag her fingers down the screen just like mommy does.

Tomorrow, she will be 4 months :) The 04.04.2014, so we decided to have a tiny celebration & bake a sweet treat tomorrow. Zoey will have to wait a while before she can taste cookies & cakes though, but she will be trying out banana :)

Hope you all are keeping well! xoxo

Baby’s first cereal

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At three & half months, Zoey Marie got her first taste of cereal. To me, this was a big day. Her first taste of food other than milk. She only got a very tiny amount of course, but it went pretty well.

There’s obviously a big debate as to when babies should get their first food. We started with Ella Sophie at 3 months & 2 weeks. She was ready for food, and that’s why we started then. The same for Zoey, she’s been showing signs of wanting more after her feeds. Each baby is different, so you just have to figure out what works best.

Ella thought it was equally as exciting as Even and I. This was the first time her little sister was getting some proper food. Eagerly helping to wipe her mouth after each spoonful.
Zoey’s bowl, was actually a gift from Marthe, Arild & Filip. Super sweet, going to have to get one for Ella too :)

She had a bottle afterwards, and slept afterwards. Hopefully, it goes well tonight and over the next week.

Have a lovely evening! xoxo

3 month check up

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Zoey Marie had her 3 month check up today at the clinic. Doubt it will ever get easy seeing somebody poke a needle in your kid. But, she was a real trooper. The nurse giving her the vaccine, almost didn’t want to poke her because Zoey kept smiling and oooohing and aaaahing at her. Afterwards, she cried for a little and calmed down almost right away. She grabbed onto me really tightly, and I held on so that she knew it would be ok. Love my little girl.

She weighed in at 6190g and is 61cm long. When I saw the 6 kilo mark, I was a little startled. But, she is growing. A baby in our same group was just over 7kg, so they all have very different growth paths.
Interesting, because I checked out Ella Sophie’s card. At the same time, Ella Sophie was about 5kg and 58cm. At her 4 month check up she weighed in at 6065g and 62cm long.

I found a size 1 nappy in the diaper bag. I dont have the heart to throw it away. So cute! Can’t believe that she was once so little! She is just now getting into the size 3 nappies :)

It is finally beautiful Spring time weather outside. Zoey’s had her food, and we are going to enjoy a long walk outside.

Hope you all have a beautiful day! xoxo

Picture day at ballet

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This weekend, Ella Sophie and her ballet group had their photo’s taken. So there was a bit more extra effort with her hair and made sure that she kept her ballet clothes nice and clean.

All the girls looked so lovely. Each one of them looking to their moms and dads, and soaking up all the attention they were getting. Even caught a few of them practising their smiles, which was so cute!

Ella Sophie has really been enjoying her ballet classes. When she gets home from kindergarten, she loves putting on a show for us all. Dressing up in her many ballet tutus.
Our little girl. Really wonder what she will be as she grows up. I think it is awesome that even though she loves playing dress up in her tutus and dresses, she also enjoys playing doctor and playing football outside. Looking forward to watching our little girl grow up!

Hope you all had a great weekend :) xoxo

3 months

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Our sweet little baby girl is already 3 months! Feel so blessed that she’s come into our lives.

She is quiet the smiley little baby. The changing table in the mornings, are filled with big bubbly baby smiles & ooooing & goooooing from Zoey :)
She loves to have somebody talking to her, her toys as she’s figured out don’t interact as much as us humans.
She is just as sweet & kind to her parents as her big sis was. She eats & sleeps, awake in the daytime & sleeps through the night.
She is growing fast. Have to pack away her newbie clothes, which is sad but makes me look forward to her being a tiny little person.

Hope you all are doing well! Have a lovely evening xoxo

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Zoey Marie’s big day

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This weekend, we celebrated Zoey Marie’s baptism. It was so lovely to be able to have my sisters and my mom celebrate her big day with us. The day went really well, and she was just as perfect as her big sister. She was the first out of four children being baptised on the day, and right after she was baptised – she fell asleep. She was the only baby that did cry when the Priest washed her head, if i remember correctly I think Ella Sophie cried too.
Her baptism dress, is the same dress that Ella Sophie wore. The dress is really special, because it is actually Even’s moms beautiful wedding dress. I think it such a lovely tradition!
I was so impressed with the Priest for pronouncing Zoey Marie’s name correctly, and he was really friendly explaining the procedure of the day to my mom & sisters in English. Before leaving the church, we had forgotten to take family photos. So that was a pitty. But, there are beautiful photos of Zoey Marie & that’s what matters :)

After the church, everybody met back at our place for some lunch and delicious cakes. Really grateful for all the help we received on the day. My sister, Tamaya sang ‘Isn’t she lovely’ by Stevie Wonder. It was so beautiful to hear her sing and the song was so fitting for the day.

The baptism was also a little bitter-sweet. Only because my mom and sisters left last night. I was very emotional, but the hardest was seeing my little girl cope with it. She really enjoyed her aunts and grandmom visiting. She couldn’t understand why they had to leave. It was a long night of tears from both Ella Sophie & her mommy. Thankfully, our Even comforted us & we are even trying to plan a trip around Christmas to visit them :)

Hope you all are keeping well! xoxo

p.s Here is a throwback from Ella Sophie’s big day, it feels like such a long time ago!

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Our ballerina

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Today was Ella’s first day back at ballet. She walked out of the class with a BIG smile on her face. I knew sending her back to ballet was the right choice, as I watched her twirling & following instructions from her teacher. She was also really friendly with the other girls in the class. Proud mommy watching her dance :)

This was the first class where the parents had to wait outside. She was more than ok with that. Really feels like she’s growing up so fast now.

She made the teacher & all the parents laugh, when she asked the girls their names. Ella introduced herself as, “Ella Sophie Big Sister” :)

Great saturday, enjoying all the snow this weekend. Tomorrow Chloe is coming to visit, should be lots of fun :)

Have a lovely saturday night! xoxo

Mexican coleslaw

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Pretty food makes me happy. Tasty pretty food makes me happy. Being able to grab a few precious moments here and there, to snap up a couple of shots feels just awesome.

I have been trying to find a new side dish for our Mexican dinner evenings. We usually have fajitas or taco nights, and we spice it up a little here and there. But, I wanted to find something new. Mexican coleslaw was something new for me. Red cabbage is something I love using in salads, for the beautiful colour it gives. So finding this recipe made me happy. I’m not a person that follows recipes step-by-step, so I just found some pictures and tried creating my own version of it.

I have also tried my hand at growing my own alfalfa sprouts. Super easy, and delicious in this salad. I tried to slice the cabbage as thinly as I could, topped it off with the sprouts and sliced mango. The mango added a really nice touch to this, and complimented the mint really well. The dressing I used was half a lemon, freshly grated ginger and honey. So fresh and good!

Enjoy! xoxo

Snow day

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This weekend brought with it the years first snow. I’ve always enjoyed the snow, but now even more because of Ella. She lit up yesterday morning when she saw all the snow outside, and thought it was Christmas all over again :-/

We’ve been out for walks and play time. Ella insisted that I build a snow man, but the snow was too powdery. We threw snowballs at each other, not the best snow for that either. But, it got Ella laughing and she enjoyed it. Zoey took her afternoon nap, she sleeps really well outside. Always great to spend time with my darling Ella :)

Have a lovely sunday evening from us four :) xoxo