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New Look…coming soon!

Hi Everyone!

Soon you will see a new look to Multiply Delicious.  I’m so excited about this new change and new look and I hope you will too.  As you all know I love to cook, but I also have other areas of interest and I wanted to expand my blog to talk about those things too.  To all my current email subscribers you will have to re-subscribe once the new blog was up.  Sorry about this but there was no way to keep the current email updates with the new blog.  The reasoning being is that I will have 4 different tabs to the new site all with different topics.  In order for you to get the email of choice the email feeder had to be broken out.  So please come back and sign up once we are live, which I’m hoping will be tomorrow. 

I want to thank my wonderful designer Lauren at Restored 316 Designs for all her help.  It’s been a month and half process of completing, but the end results are everything I envision.  Thank you Lauren for all your hard work and for helping me put my vision on the screen!  I couldn’t be happier!

I hope everyone will enjoy the new blog!  See you soon!

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The results of the Baked: New Frontier Cookbook giveaway are in and the winner is….

And the # 10 post was Aimee!  My fellow mom of multiples.  Aimee is a mom of triplets.  Can you believe?  Let’s all give her a round of applauds for triplets and the win of course.  Congrats Aimee on the win!  The cookbook is on it’s way to you and I hope you enjoy it!

By the way, I think the next cookbook I will need to purchase is Ree’s cookbook from The Pioneer Women.  If you have never been to her site please do.  She is an amazing lady!  I remember the first time I accidentally stumbled upon her site and I couldn’t tear myself away.  I love how her personality shines and her photography is breathtaking.  Also, do yourself a favor and read her love story of how her and Marlboro Man met!  This is why I couldn’t tear myself away.  She had me laughing and crying!  I think the next thing she should do after the cookbook is publish her love story.  Ok, I’m off to buy my copy of Ree’s Cookbook and if your not sold after seeing everyone’s comments, then maybe hearing that it’s the #2 book on the Amazons Best Selling Cookbooks will convince you?  Way to go Ree!  You are an inspiration to all us food bloggers and mommies!

 

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Brownie Bites

Happy Halloween everyone!  Today our family started celebrating Halloween a day early.   I took the girls to the local play gym for their Halloween event.  The class was packed with 25 kids and their parents.  Pure chaos, but a lot of fun!  I was all by myself with the girls and times like these I wish I had extra arms and extra eyes because the girls went in opposite directions of each other.  They both wanted to do their own thing.  One was in the foam pit while the other was trying to hang from the monkey bars.  I think all parents with multiples wish they had extra hands and eyes.  Wouldn’t that be great?  Or maybe I should have gone as Inspector Gadget?  That would have been great to press a button and my long arms could reach across the room.  Maybe next year?  Speaking of costumes, when I had the chance I got to get quick glimpse of all the different costumes and they were all great!  There was a fireman, a pirate, a cowgirl, a ladybug, a ballerina, and so much more.  This year the girls are a lily fairy and a rose fairy.  Here is one of the pictures I was actually able to capture of both of them together.

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It’s amazing to think a year ago they could hardly walk.  Here they are last year for their very first Halloween.  My little bee and ladybug!

 Halloween 2008

Now to celebrate Halloween I made these delicious brownie bites.  They are brownies cut into rounds, then halved, and then I placed pumpkin cream cheese between the halves.  Yummy!  These would be great if you need a last minute treat to take to a Halloween party.  If they are last minute you could always used a boxed mix for the brownies.  If you never had homemade brownies and have time I would recommend making them from scratch.  I took these treats into the office earlier this week since it would be too much of a temptation if they stayed in my house.  They were hit with everyone. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Halloween this year!  If you have time to make these treats please enjoy!! 

Brownie Bites

Brownie Bites with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling

Print Recipe

Brownies

  • 1 ¼ cup cake flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp espresso powder
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
  • 12 Tbsp (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into six 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with foil; allowing excess to lay over the pans edges.  Spray foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and espresso powder in a medium bowl; set aside.

Melt chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl set over saucepan of almost simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth.  You can also melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals until chocolate is smooth.  Once chocolate mixture is completely smooth, let cool slightly.  Test with your finger it should be like a warm bath.  Once chocolate mixture has cooled slightly, whisk in brown sugar.  Whisk in eggs one at a time until thoroughly combined.  Whisk in vanilla.  Add flour mixture in three additions, folding with a rubber spatula until batter is completely smooth.

Transfer batter to prepared pan; using spatula, spread batter into corners of pan and smooth surface.  Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 25 to 30 minutes.  Make sure you don’t over bake your brownies or they will be more cake like.  Cool on a wire rack to cool completely.  Once cooled completely lift the brownies out of the pan using the foil overhang.  Using a 1” round biscuit cutter, cut rounds out of brownies.  I dipped my 1” round cutter in confectioners’ sugar to help the brownies release easier.  You will make about 14 rounds in total.  Once rounds are cut then cut each round in half.   

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling

Adapted from Martha Stewart

  • 4 ounces organic Neufchatel cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar (I added a little more about ¼ cup), sifted
  • ¼ cup canned solid pack pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

In a bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth.  Once smooth add the cream cheese and whip until smooth.  Gradually add confectioners’ sugar to the bowl, on medium speed mix until smooth, about 3 minutes.  Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg; whip until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary.  

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Assembly of Brownie Bites:

Transfer filling to a disposable pastry bag and snip end.  When brownies have cooled completely and you have cut the rounds and then cut them in half pipe a large dollop of filling on the flat half of brownie half then top with the matching half, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edges of brownie.  Transfer finished brownie bites to an airtight container and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving and up to 3 days.

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Let me introduce how Multiply Delicious came about and what my hopes are for this blog…..

In 2004, after getting married to my wonderful husband Scott I started my journey towards being a better cook. After all good cooks run in my family.  I started to read cookbooks and watched cooking shows and made a lot of mistakes along the way. After the mistakes I started to get a little better.  Then one day, I realized how much I loved cooking. I mean, I LOVE cooking. I love exploring my fridge and cabinets and grabbing things to create something I’ve never made before that actually tastes really good!
In 2007, my husband and I welcomed into our world twin daughters.  And yes, twins run in my family.  The girls are the 4th set in our family!  They are a true blessing and a lot of fun.  However, what wasn’t fun was when the girls started to eat “real” food.  This is when my love of cooking went into over drive as I tried to find recipes that fit their taste.  This also helped me in knowing what I was giving them was the very best ingredients.  Then in September of 2009, I had a conversation with my mom who encouraged me to pursue teaching others all that I have learned about feeding toddler’s and handling the busy and crazy life of multiples. And as we all know, mothers know best! I started researching the idea of starting my blog, and Multiply Delicious was born!

Multiply Delicious is for anyone who wants to experience the true joy of cooking, even if you’re not a mom of twins. Maybe you just got married and are suddenly responsible for another person’s sustenance (that’s how it started for me). Maybe you’re a first time mom who has hated cooking but now knows how important it is to feeding your child healthy meals (my best friend, love you Meliss!).  Or maybe you’ve been cooking for your family for years but just want a fresh look at food. Regardless of your experience, your knowledge, or your lifestyle, it would be my joy to share my kitchen with you! Whether you peruse my recipe blog posts or my posts on life with multiples, my hope is that you find it all enjoyable.

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