Thursday, March 26, 2015

soccer, sibs, and Ina's brownies

It's tough being three in organized ball sports, y'all. Especially when your mom ruins the flow of your outfit by insisting on shin guards {BLACK shin guards, no less! Horror of horrors!}. 

We did not intend to join the ranks of toddler team athletics so soon, but we were promised a very low-key experience... and the Y?  Don't lie.  Our first practice was today {yesterday}, and it was pretty much just a big park play date with the added bonus of Important Looking Cones. 

Lord help our kind Dad-Coach volunteers... I hope they've been gearing up for this season with some recreational cat-herding!  Win, Lose, or Get Distracted by Goldfish/Port-a-Potties/Squirrels, it should be a decently hysterical time. Gooooo Kickin' Kangaroos! {See also: Saturday morning mimosas.}

Update from the Trenches of Twosomes: My kids have been kind of awesome as a pair of late.  Which, honestly, is the biggest relief in the world.  It's not much of a secret L wasn't the biggest B fan, initially. Infant mobility does add another wrinkle in their relationship {"Mama, what is Brayee doing? Is he getting my toy? IS BRAYEE GETTING MY MOST FAVORITE SPECIAL TOYEEEEEEE?!}, but it's also made a playmate out of a once "useless" pile-o-attention-taking-away-er baby. Watching them wrestle and play chase and "talk" to one another turns me into a big ol' puddle of saccharine-y mom cliches. 

Also!  Unrelated to Anything Above: We had one of those lovely evenings last Friday involving my favorite kind of fly-by hostessing.  The type where you skip through the market, picking up a little of everything snack-y that looks appetiz(er)ing, and you toss together some salad dressing and greens, and your adorable pregnant guest volunteers the main dish, because she must have Neapolitan pizza, and who can say no to adorable pregnant friends and pizza, and, finally, you remember: BROWNIES! PERSONAL OOEY-GOOEY BROWNIES! 

Those casual suppers with fun friends never disappoint, and neither does Ina armed with two types of chocolate.  The best news?  The recipe makes five wee pots of deliciousness... that means one left over for breakfast / wine glass polishing! 

Molten Chocolate Ramekin Brownies
adapted from Ina Garten 

- 1/4th lb unsalted butter
- 4 oz + 1/2 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
- 1.5 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- 2 extra large eggs
- 2 teaspoons dark coffee {prepared...or you can use instant grounds}
- 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract 
- 1/2 cup + 1 T sugar 
- 1/4 cup + 1 T all-purpose flour 
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
- ice cream, for serving

* equipment: double broiler {or I used a pyrex boil set over simmering water} + 4 oz ramekins {or other oven safe individual containers... Ina uses 3.5 inch cast iron skillet, but you could even do coffee mugs in a pinch!}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a double broiler, melt butter, 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, and dark chocolate together.  Set aside for 15 minutes.  In a large bowl, stir {don't beat}together the eggs, coffee, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature. 

Meanwhile, stir together 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, and add it to the chocolate mixture.  Toss the remaining flour with the 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, and stir into the chocolate mixture. Spoon the mixture into five 4 oz ramekins and place them on a sheet pan.  Bake for 25-35 minutes {mine took 35!} -- you want that molten center, so don't over-bake!

Serve still warm, topped with ice cream.  If you happen to be in DFW, Austin, Houston, or San Antonio, might I suggest picking up a pint of Lick -- I went with Caramel Salt Lick, and it did not disappoint! 


  1. Our kids are 2.5 and 1 and holy hell the fighting over toys is killing me. I think Hudson preferred the motionless blog sister to the mobile, all destroying playmate he's got now. Those cakes look great! Have you seen Chef? I think you'd like it. I just watched it a couple nights ago and his rant on the chocolate molten cake gave me a chuckle!


  2. Molten chocolate cake is my spirit animal, so I am SOEXCITED that you posted this recipe. I'll be trying it this weekend!! And yes, as a former kindergarten teacher I can attest to the fact that kid "sports" in the toddler years is akin to the cat-herding of my kindergarten days. Not for the faint of heart!

  3. Those little brownie cakes look amazing.

  4. yum! those brownies look delicious!


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