It’s been an incredibly relaxing weekend which I feel I need after busy weeks. It’s just so unfair that weekends only get two days while the weeks have five…but ok, we’ll deal with it.
Yesterday we took Jackson and Isabella to Hamar and socialized them. Since we live in the woods we rarely see people and when we do the dogs have this strong desire to “protect” their turf so they often bark and carry on until they, hopefully, get to say hello to whoever walks past and then life can go on again as usual. However, every time we take them to town they are on their best behaviour, lapping up all the attention they get from strangers who just have to pet these giant dogs! Yesterday there was a dog sledding exhibition downtown in Hamar and several teams of extremely excited sled dogs barked and carried on in hopes of their next run. I wondered how Isabella and Jackson would handle all the barking and carrying on but Isabella laid down and looked extremely bored with the whole thing and Jackson looked like a pup who wanted to run and play with his new buddies but otherwise wasn’t giving all the noise two thoughts…I was really proud of them both. There will be more dog sledding events next weekend and we’ll take Bently and Nanna to that. It’s good for the dogs to have some one on one time with us or at least be in a smaller group then when we take the whole gang together. I took some photos of Jackson today and couldn’t help but notice how much he’s looking like his mom, Birdy, and his granddad, Ben, who was my soul dog…
Top left to right, Jackson, Ben, Birdy, Jackson, Birdy, Jackson, big photo- Ben, Birdy, and finally Ben again. Beautiful dogs who I have been so lucky to share my life with, or at least parts of it.
Had a late brunch this morning with one of my favourite lunch type meals lately…Spelt bread (I looked up Spelt on google translate and it just gave me Spelt, so I assume we have this word in English or else Google translate isn’t as updated as it should be!) with yummy sunflower seeds on it, baby greens, sauteed onions, mother-in-law’s fish cakes, garlic scampi, and mayonaise. (Today I had cherry tomatoes also)…it’s such a great meal and pretty healthy, if you use low cal mayonaise
The Americans reading will probably be wondering what a fish cake is, here is a simple recipe I’ve translated from Norwegian:
700 grams fish filet (Cod, Seith, or Haddock)
2 tbsp potatoe flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1tbsp finely chopped chives or regular yellow onion.
Make sure all ingredients are cold. Cut fish in cubes and then pulse in a food processor, you don’t want the fish too finely chopped, so just use pulse. Then add the other ingredients and run until you get a nice mixture. Use a large spoon dipped in warm water and form balls with the mixture, set them in a frying pan that either has margarine or oil in it. Flatten with the back of the spoon into a patty formation. Fry on both sides a few minutes until they are golden and done on the inside, you might have to test a couple to see how long this process will take on your oven.
Fish cakes are wonderful on bread or just eaten by themselves…I’ve bought them at the stores here but hands down my mother in law makes the best fish cakes. (she makes lots of different fish food which is wonderful)
I had bought the ingredients for oreo cheesecake to make yesterday but the day dragged on and we didn’t even eat dinner until almost 9PM, so we saved our “Saturday treat” for Sunday. This morning I made oreo cake while the kids were sleeping. Recipe is as follows:
24 Oreo cookies- crush these to a fine crumb in a food processor.
3tbsp melted butter which you mix up in the oreo cookie crumbs.
Pour buttered crumbs into a 9 inch spring form (24cm) and press down until it forms a firm bottom.
In a large bowl mix together 3 boxes of Philly Cream cheese (200 grams each)..I know it probably didn’t make a big difference but trying to cut SOME calories here I used the light Philadelphia cream cheese. One can try right? Anyhoot, mix the cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract (or in Norway vanilla essence). Beat in 3 eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg until well mixed.
Crush 8 more oreo cookies to fine crumbs and add to the cream cheese mixture by stirring them in with a spoon. Pour the batter onto the oreo crust. The crust will disappear, not a problem. Top the whole thing with 8 more crushed oreo cookies…bake at 180C or 350F for about 45 minutes until the center seems set. Let cool and then set in fridgerator for 4 hours. Serve chilled!
The kids were really excited to try this and as Sarah dug into hers I grabbed my camera…..she was none to happy about that but played along. Afterwards when I was going to fix the photos I’d taken we had some good laughs over her expressions while eating the cake…I laughed so hard I got tears in my eyes….I’m so glad I have kids who have a great sense of humor and can play along with me and not take life so seriously! She told me if I was going to use her photos in my blog I owed her- she wanted me to put a link to her blog under the photos so I shall do that and it would be great if you guys took a minute and visited my oldest’s blog. She’s changed blog sites and gone over to writing in English instead of Norwegian so she could hopefully reach a bigger group of people…let her know what you think, she’ll appreciate it! Now, check out these photos and tell me what you think she thought of the cake…
Hahaha, can’t help but smile when I see these photos, just love this kid….she’s hillarious!!! Told her the one photo on the top right there looks like she is sniffing the cake..hahahaha…so funny!!! The middle photo on the top was when I started taking photos- “not funny Mom!!”….oh yes it is Beara!!! Thanks for being a good sport my dear girl…
Only three and a half weeks left until the Captain returns, YEAH! Sometimes I miss him more then other times, well, I mean, I miss him all the time, but sometimes more then others….like now…miss him a lot.
Thanks for stopping by everyone, hope you have a super Sunday!
Until next time my friends…..