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“A #HappiMess Blogger Cooking Class + Delta Showroom Demonstration in Chicago”

Delta Happimess Launch Event

Delta Happimess Launch Event

Delta Happimess Launch Event

Jean-Marc Giboux/ AP Images for Delta Faucet
The first word that comes to mind when I hear “kitchen” and “bathroom” is GERMS! I hate (yes, I said hate) cleaning the kitchen and bathroom and with three kids it’s a daily chore. Kids touch EVERYTHING and I constantly worry if they did or did not wash their hands. Recently I traveled to Chicago to visit the DREAM2O Delta Showroom to learn more about Delta products. At the showroom we got to get our hands wet with many different faucets Delta has to offer from the kitchen to the bathroom.

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Delta Faucet has come to the rescue with their awesome technology of Touch2O. Touch2O in the kitchen will make cooking and cleaning a breeze! Imagine you are cooking dinner and you just rubbed your favorite seasoning over raw chicken. Your hands are messy and now you need to wash them. Instead of contaminating your clean kitchen faucet handle with germs, and another mess you will have to clean later, Touch2O technology is designed to turn on with a touch; a touch from the side of your wrist, the back of your hand, or from a finger. You can pre-set your desired water temperature and pressure with the handle on the side and then you are good to go.

The same Touch2O Technology can be found in bathroom faucets as well and they go one step further! Instead of touching the faucet to turn on, you just need to come within four inches of the faucet for the water to turn on and off. This is a perfect water saver! When brushing your teeth you no longer need to turn on and off the water, just put your toothbrush down by the faucet, water turns on, when you move it away, and water turns off. No need to scream down the hall to remind the kids to turn the water off while brushing their teeth. I really like this feature for not only saving water but because kids are so messy: playing in dirt, finger painting, eating, and that sticky-kid-hand from who knows what. No longer will they need to touch my clean faucet!

You’re probably thinking what I was thinking, what if I forget to turn the water off? Delta thought about that too! The faucets have a timer built into them for us on-the-go Mom brains. The kitchen faucets are designed to turn off after four minutes and the bathroom faucets after one minute. No more worrying about flooding the house, especially with kids and bathrooms.

At the end of a long day most of us just want to be able to take a moment for ourselves and relax. We deserve it! The one thing that I guarantee myself each day is a shower and I’m guilty of taking a rather long one. Delta’s H2Okinetic shower experience uses water at a responsible level. Most of Delta’s shower heads only use between 1 ½ to 2 gallons of water per minute and they do not skimp on luxury. Delta has re-designed their shower heads to use water more efficiently by the way water leaves the shower head all the way down to the size of a water droplet.

Delta’s mission behind all their technology is YOU! They realize that we are busy. We’re working, building families, raising kids, and making memories. Delta wants to make your life easier from the touch of a faucet to a relaxing shower at the end of the day. To find Delta faucets in your area check out their website, http://www.deltafaucet.com/index.html. You can also find a selection at your local big box home improvement store.

One of the ways Delta helped us create memories on our trip to Chicago was a cooking class with the one and only Gale Gand. You might know Gale from her former show Sweet Dreams on the Food Network. Gale has also made appearances on many cooking shows.

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Gale is also a Mom of three kids so she understands the daily struggles of parenting. It was a pleasure to work with Gale and she shared many tips with working with kids in the kitchen, which she highly encourages! Let kids break the yolk after cracking an egg, take turns stirring, measuring ingredients, pouring, anything to engage children in the kitchen.

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Gale engaged us in the kitchen with her take on a hummus style dip but with frozen peas instead of chick peas, and of course I made a mess. For dinner we took on the famous Grilled Cheese, who would have thought of the endless possibilities of the basic grilled cheese. Have you ever had fig jam on a grilled cheese?

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Seriously, try it; your taste buds will thank you! The only way to end dinner is with dessert of course. Ladies, throw out your boxed brownie mixes now. Gale’s Salted Caramel Brownies is the only way to eat brownies again. I am sharing her recipe with you with one catch. I challenge you to make these brownies with the kids in your life. Please take pictures of your escapade and share them with us! Use the hash tags #HappiMess , #ModernDayMoms.

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Jean-Marc Giboux/ AP Images for Delta Faucet

Gale Gand’s Salted Caramel Brownies
Yield: 9 to 16 pieces

4 ounces (squares) unsweetened chocolate
12 tablespoons butter
1 ½ cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon of kosher or sea salt plus ¼ teaspoon more to sprinkle over the top
1 cup (7 ounces) cut up chewy caramels such as Werther’s Baking Caramels (Scissors work great for this)

In a microwave proof bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together.
Remove the bowl and stir them slowly to combine well.
Add the sugar and stir, then crack in the eggs and stir them in along with the vanilla.
Add the flour and ½ teaspoon salt and stir to combine.
Add in the caramel pieces.
Turn the batter out into a parchment (or foil) lined 9×9 baking pan and spread the top surface to level it.
Sprinkle the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt over the surface.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Let cool overnight then cut into squares.

Please check out Gale Gand’s newest cookbook Lunch! for more appetizing adventures!

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Remember, messes are memories. Go out and make lots of messes!

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Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.

Share your #HappiMess moments with Delta for the chance to win a Delta kitchen and bath prize package valued at more than $2,400.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Delta via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.

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