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Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars & Marital Not-So-Bliss

*There is no shortage of summer in these Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars! The cookie crust is sweet and buttery, and the cheesecake is creamy and packed with flavor. Use fresh or frozen blueberries for this recipe, or any other fruit you have on hand!*

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Marital bliss is hard. It’s hard in the best of times and always harder when the perfect storm of events culminate in the one moment that you come home to find your husband has made dinner – and you’re mad about it. Who am I?!

It wasn’t that he made dinner – it was that the beef stew you thought he was making was more of well, a six quart dutch oven full of vegetable soup with bits of stew meat thrown in – on the hottest day of the year. It was good, no great, but that perfect storm hit me and the only thing I could feel in that moment was disappointment in the entire day.

Who was I? Seriously, my husband made me a rediculously delicious dinner – even if we later laughed that it was soup on the hottest day yet of the year – and I was judgey about it. That’s not me. That’s not marital bliss or thankfulness or paying attention that even during his last quarter of school, after he stayed up the night before until 11:30 trying to finish his homework and paper that he was up at 6 when I left for work and he’d taken care of everything that day – laundry, too!

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Yesterday, was not my finest day. The gentle talking to at work that made me self conscious about keeping my frustrations and emotions that I normally wear on my sleeve hidden a little more, the tummy ache that would not end, and that I was so achy that the margarita I had been planning to make all day that didn’t even sound good by the end of the day all resulted in a whiney, ungrateful, and petulant Megan. I’m a flippin’ peach people.

And as I lay on the floor, head resting on the dog’s blanket, resting my aching back and grumpy tummy, thinking that I somehow totally deserved to smell the dog blanket behind my head and cover my yoga pants with endless amounts of Huck hair, Ben came down to lay right next to me in all of my not-so-glory and share a few quiet moments with me, suddenly wiping the bad day’s slate completely clean with just his presence. Β It’s amazing the power that this man I married has. Even in our not-so-finest hours, I’m so utterly thankful that we can come to each other for just a moment to sit there are be us.

Marital bliss is hard. It’s not always present, but it’s in those little moment you can find where the bliss really is.

Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars -

Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 16 Bars

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 50 Minutes

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Cheesecake Crust:

2 cups Flour

Β½ cup Powdered Sugar

1 cup Butter

Blueberry Filling:

2 Tbsp Sugar

1 Tbsp Cornstarch

1 cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries

Β½ cup Orange Juice

Cheesecake Filling:

1 8oz. package Cream Cheese, softened

Β½ cup Sugar

1 Tbsp Flour

2 Eggs

1 tsp Vanila


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 baking dish with foil. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the ingredients for the blueberry filling and stirs until the mixture simmers and thickens. Many berries will break during this process, but that is okay. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the crust, in a large bowl mix together the flour and powdered sugar. Using a couple of forks or butter knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles pea side crumbles. Press it into the bottom of the line baking dish. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.

While the crust is baking, in a stand mixer or bowl with a whisk (if you have strong arms), beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add in the flour and stir until combined. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until smooth.

Once the cookie crust is complete, spread the cheesecake mixture on top of the warm cookie crust. Add in dollops of the blueberry mixture and with a butter knife run it through the blueberries and cheesecake to create the swirl pattern. Place in oven and bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let the pan cool for at least 1 hour. Place in fridge and let chill 1 additional hour before removing from the baking dish.

Remove from the baking dish and foil, slice and then serve. Promptly devour.

Recipe mildly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars


11 Responses to “Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars & Marital Not-So-Bliss”

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 2, 2014 @ 6:07 am

    Megan, I loved this post. Thanks for your honest (I can RELATE). Ben’s officially a keeper πŸ™‚

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    Momwith3kids — May 2, 2014 @ 6:14 am

    What a beautiful post and extremely well written, your food pictures are also amazingly clear. This is a wonderful recipe we will try it as a snack for our dieting group on Saturday for the Kentucky derby lunch. Thank you.

    Also, The blueberries in your recipe are stunning and we use them for an excellent way to drop fat off the body.

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — May 2, 2014 @ 6:40 am

    Here’s hoping the next day is better! But yeah, you’re right. Being married is a major challenge sometimes. I know I can be a beast in my best hours. πŸ™‚ That’s ok, I’ll console myself with these cheesecake bars. So pretty!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — May 2, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    What a great post. We’ve all been there!

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — May 2, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    Megan, such a beautiful post! And Ben is a winner for sure.
    And I’m the same way, I can’t hide my emotions, I’m so transparent.

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 2, 2014 @ 10:21 am

    Ben want to come cook for me. Everytime shaun steps into the kitchen Olivia throws a royal temper tantrum so I get to do the cooking and cleaning.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 2, 2014 @ 11:52 am

    I totally sympathize, Megan. Sometimes it’s not all sunshine and roses (esp. not with me during this pregnancy – ha!) but you just do your best, forgive each other’s missteps and move on. Baking a batch of cheesecake bars doesn’t hurt either. πŸ˜‰ Hugs!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — May 2, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

    I think we all have these kind of days. I for one can say that I have numerous times jumped down my husband’s throat for something small or when he was just trying to do something nice and I misinterpreted it. Marital bliss is definitely hard and something you have to work on daily, I still have so much to learn. I think the next time I screw up I’m going to make my husband these delicious cheesecake bars!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — May 2, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

    I hate those kinds of days, but I’m glad you have Ben there to get you through them. And Huck! That yellow lab dog hair though…endless.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 4, 2014 @ 5:30 am

    So sorry for the cruddy day, Megan. But I love that you have a husband who can make you feel instantly better — those are the keepers, for sure. πŸ™‚ As are these cheesecake bars…. UM YUM.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 7, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    Oh, I love this post so much! This is so true! Marriage is not always easy, but those little special moments make it all worth it!

    These bars? I need a whole pan. ASAP.

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