Poor me

Fabulous mommy is not freeling very fabulous. Mommy is sick. Babies are sick. Angel Nanny is on leave for  week.

Not much is happening in the Fabulous household. Poor Dear Wife is working her tail off keeping the house running. Thank goodness that she isn’t sick too.

 

Will update with party plans when life is back to normal.

 

Oh-so-good lemon cheesecake fridge tart recipe

It was Dear Wife’s birthday last week so we had a birthday party over the weekend. I asked DW what kind of birthday cake she wanted and she replied “lemon cheesecake but one of those fridge tarts not a baked one”.

I was a little disappointed that she didn’t want my famous peanut butter fudge cake, but I have never made a fridge cheesecake so I was excited to try something new.

Since my boys were born I no longer have time to spend on 50 step recipes, this has resulted in me discovering some real gem recipes that are so simple and quick. I think there is definite benefit to cooking simply and showcasing flavours in a clean and uncomplicated way.

If, like me, you love Aunty Woolies’ lemon swirl cheesecake then this is the recipe for you. It is ridiculously quick, easy and delicious.

This is a double party sized recipe but you can halve it if you want, although I think there is no such thing as too much cheesecake.

Ingredients:

1 packet oatmeal digestive biscuits
1 packet ginger-nuts biscuits
150g butter

2 tubs (500g) cream cheese
500ml whipping cream
2 cups icing sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
Zest of 1 lemon for decoration

Method:
Crush biscuits in a food processor. Add butter and mix until the crumb mixture holds together. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a large pie dish or a well greased spring-form tin.

Whip the cream until it holds it’s shape but not completely at firm peak stage. Add cream cheese and then sifted icing sugar. Mix well until silky. Add lemon juice. The mixture should be the consistency of a thick custard. Spoon into the pie dish or tin. Sprinkle lemon zest on top and refrigerate overnight so that it can set.

Et voila!

Best eaten out the bowl with a teaspoon surreptitiously from the fridge.

You could easily make these as single portions in ramekins.

Other ideas:
Cover with a berry coullis instead of lemon zest.
Leave out lemon juice and top with caramel treat for a delicious caramel cheesecake.
Make a half portion of plain cheese cake mixture. Top the cheesecake with chocolate mousse. Mouthgasm!

I had a dream last night

Dear Wife and I have spoken about having another child. It was always our plan to try for another baby in a year or two. Some days I think I can’t wait to start trying. Other days I feel like our boys are enough and I don’t really want to go through it again. Then sometimes, just sometimes, I wonder what it would be like to adopt.

In my heart of hearts, I wonder what it would be like to be a mommy to a girl. I find myself staring over at the little dresses and girly clothing in the store and feeling a longing to buy it for my little girl. Dear Wife and I have already named her.

So all this leads up to my dream last night.

I dreamed I was pregnant. We decided to keep the sex a surprise and wait for the birth. The big day arrive and out pops a lovely…little boy. I’m disappointed but he is my baby and I will love him to the moon and back. Then the dream becomes a nightmare(ish) because out comes another baby, it is twins again. The second baby is also a boy. 4 boys!

The idea of having twins again scares me. I don’t know what I would do if it happened again. I suppose I’d cope but the idea leaves me cold.

Having another baby is really such a hugely emotional decision for me. More and more often I find myself feeling like our boys…are enough.

10 (and a half) Month Update

Don’t you just hate it when you type out a post and something happens which wipes out the entire thing before you can save or hit publish? Yeah, that.

Our 10 month update is a little late. Unfortunately Dear Wife brought back a lovely cold from Cape Town which had us all sick for the better part of a week. Also things are really starting to move with my research study so I have been working on that too, alas my blog will not get updated as often as I like over the next little while. Please bear with me.

So back to the boys.

I have been slack and haven’t taken the twins for their 9 month measles vaccinations. I must take them sometime this week. I’m dreading it, although I know it is worse for mom than it is for the boys. I’m feeling rather unfabulous about leaving it so late. Update: took them last week and it was a non-event. They each cried for about 3 seconds and then they were happy again. They are 100% fine.

Lion Cub has become such a loving, sweet and happy little boy. My goodness does he give such beautiful smiles. I love his gentle soul, it really brings me such joy.

Monkey is such a busy boy. He is forever climbing on something or getting into something. He is such a mommy’s boy. He’ll go off to place the come back for a quick cuddle and then go off to play again. I love how affectionate he is and can’t get enough of his big open-mouth kisses.

Lion Cub has his two bottom teeth and Monkey finally cut his first tooth. I am a bit worried that they are teething a little slowly but then their cousin still didn’t have teeth at a year old. I just get mommy anxiety when I meet babies a month younger with 6 or more teeth.

Both boys are crawling and cruising well. Both can almost stand unassisted and have managed to stay standing for a few seconds. Thankfully the falls have decreased and now we only have a hard bump once a week or so as opposed to twice a day. I am a little concerned that Lion Cub has just never gotten the hang of rolling over. He is little a little tortoise who has gotten knocked on its shell and has its little legs waving in the air. I think I need to help him practice rolling over. If he doesn’t get it right i’ll discuss it with our paediatrician.

The boys are eating so well. I really have no complaints about their appetites or eating habits.

Their sleep is still crap. It is improving little by little and we have had a few nights where they have only woken me 3 times between 11pm and 5am, which is a darn side better than every hour. Dear Wife takes over from 5am and that let’s me get some uninterrupted sleep which is heaven. I am working towards dropping their 11pm bottle. I am so used to getting up (or staying up actually) to give them their bottle it almost feels strange to be dropping their last night time bottle. Is 10/11 months the right time to drop the bottle? The literature I’ve read says yes but I’m just not sure.

The boys haven’t really progressed much on the talking front. They babble a lot but don’t really use any recognisable words. They say Mama, da! da!, baba, make clicking and lip smacking noises, but none of it seems to really be directed at us or used in any sort of context.

I’m really enjoying how interactive the boys have gotten. They are so much fun to play with now. Our favourite game is “let’s jump on mommy”, I lie on the floor and they climb all over me and stick their fingers in my mouth then squeal when I nibble on them. Monkey gives zerbets on any piece of exposed flesh which is too precious.

The plans for their birthday party are in full swing. I am so excited. I can’t wait for November. It is going to be great.