Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bonds Baby Search 2012

I have entered E into the Bonds Baby Search for this year.

I'm looking forward to see how she goes, to me she is the most adorable little girl ever (most of the time), and I'm hoping everyone else can see it too.
While taking the photos (within the last few hours, I like doing things at the last minute). I was just about to give up (and use a pic from a few days before) when I captured these...

They pretty much sum up my beautiful cheeky girl to the T...however I was only able to submit one photo. I hope I chose the right one...
Please view and vote for her here...

Friday, February 17, 2012

I'm torn

I really want to get a necklace with something to do with the kids on it as a charm...
So I was thinking either the boy/girl birthstone charms (Image 1)
Or the oval charms with their names on them (Image 2) me decide

Image 1 - from any jewelry store

Image 2 - from Uberkate

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Best Baked Cheesecake

Seriously, this is the best baked cheesecake ever and since being pregnent this is what I crave, hits the spot perfectly!

  • 100g butter, melted
  • 300g wheatmeal biscuits (I use rice cookies by Arnotts - Gluten Free)
  • 500g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • few drops pure vanilla, or vanilla extract to taste
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups sour cream

Preheat oven to 180ºC. Brush the base and sides of a 22cm x 6cm deep springform tin with a little of the melted butter. Remove the base from the tin.
Cut a round of baking paper to fit the base of the tin, brush the paper with a little butter and set aside.
Tear off an 80cm sheet of foil and double it over so it measures 40cm in length. Lay the foil over the base of the tin, then put the buttered round of paper on top. Sit the springform tin over the base and lock the sides into place, leaving excess foil outside the tin. Draw up the excess foil around the tin and fold the top out of the way. You now have a watertight container.
Crush the biscuits in a food processor. Add the remaining butter and process. Press the crumb mixture into the base of the tin, tapping firmly with the base of a glass tumbler or similar as you go. (I take the biscuit up the sides too, there seems to be enough to do so)
Beat the cream cheese and sugar in an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the cornflour, then add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating each time just until smooth. Add the lemon juice, vanilla and salt. Add the sour cream and beat briefly to combine. Pour the batter into the tin and stand the tin in a large baking dish. Pour boiling water into the dish to come halfway up the sides of the tin. Bake for 50 minutes, then turn off the oven but do not open the door for a further hour.
Lift the tin from the water bath and flatten the foil away from the sides just in case there is any water trapped inside. Cool completely in the tin on a wire rack and refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Down Syndrome Test

I don't get it.
I understand that the test gives you a probability of your child having down syndrome but its not a positive or negative.

Why have the down syndrome testing? The website babycentre state that people have the test because down syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality to result in a live birth and can have a major impact on a family.

I had the test done not long ago because it seems its just what you do when your pregnant but even if my chances were 1:20 I still wouldn't terminate the pregnancy. The child still maybe born without the syndrome. My results were more like 1:33,000 but my child may well be born with down syndrome so whats the point? I still cant answer why?

More info: - Prenatal Testing
VCGS Pathology - Maternal Serum Screening