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Friday, April 18, 2014

Strawberry Oreo No-Bake Cheesecake

I love no bake cheesecake even more than I love cheesecake, not just because there is no oven involved but I just prefer the taste. With all these strawberries coming into season and with the weather warming up this couldn't be more perfect. My family and I couldn't stop eating this it was so good. The combo of fresh strawberries, cream cheese, and Oreos is a match made in strawberry heaven! 

Strawberry Oreo No-bake Cheesecake
(Serves 12-15)
1 pkg. of Oreos
1/4 c. of melted butter or margarine
1 8 oz pkg. of cream cheese (room temperature)
1 tub of whip cream de-frosted
1/2 c. of powdered sugar

Strawberry topping:
2 lbs. of fresh strawberries
1Tbs of cornstarch
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. of water

1. For the topping heat small sauce pan on medium high, stir in cornstarch granulated sugar and water. 
2.While mixture is heating up, blend or mash up about a cup of strawberries and add to saucepan. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about five minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.

3. To make the Oreo crust, finely blend up the package of Oreos. Once Oreos have been blended add the melted butter and mix thoroughly. Press Oreo mixture evenly onto large rectangular dish to make crust. 

4. In a large bowl add cream cheese, whip cream and powdered sugar. Mix well. Spread cream cheese mixture layer onto oreo crust. Let set in refrigerator for 45-60 minutes. Add strawberry topping when ready to serve.  


Monday, March 31, 2014

Tiff & Ammon Engagement Photography

These two were so fun to photograph! They were up for just about anything and were always ready to smile. These photos were taken around Hobble Creek Canyon near Springville Utah, and Salem Utah pond. We were so grateful to have the sun up and posing for us even though this was early March however between shots they were putting on coats and snuggling up in order to stay warm.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Tribal Painted Tree Swing (Easy DIY for under $20)

This is one of the best twenty buck DIY project I ever invested in, in years with my two rowdy boys! I am now a huge advocate for tree swings if you have children and a good sturdy tree branch to go with it. They spend "hours" on this baby now everyday. And it's been about a month since we put this up and they are still loving it! My boys have made up all these super fun swing styles named after jungle things like The Tarzan, The Monsoon, and The Monkey. It's so fun to watch them come up with this stuff. 

Anyways, these are so easy to make. We bought our circular piece of wood pre cut and sanded at The home depot for less than $10, same with the twenty feet of rope we got as well. We didn't spend anything on paint because we just used what we had, which was black and white. 

To put this together my husband used a wide drill bit for the hole in the middle. We then painted it up and then hung it on a sturdy branch! In all this only took us about three hours to make plus letting the paint dry overnight.