Summer Learning and Brownies!

Since we are almost done with summer camps I decided it was time to start some summer learning. Ok so the fact that Princess’ school books arrive tomorrow might have something to do with it too. Rocket is off to Music camp, so it is just Rebel, Princess and Monkey at home. I have been prepping a Daily Calendar Notebook for Princess while we are homeschooling this year. Most of them that I found are year round. I figure why not start it now? This gives me a chance to see what she knows (she has been in brick and mortar for Kinder and 1st) and see how she learns best now before we actually start school. Plus Rebel is participating as well, so I can keep his retention up during summer as well. Lastly, it lets me see how Monkey is going to behave while we are doing school. I have no idea what to expect from him yet.

I found lots of daily learning notebooks, calendar notebooks and other such named things. I choose I to use the one from Confessions of a Homeschooler, I used her preschool programs for Princess too and we loved them. She has great ideas and tons of great printables. learning notebook

Have I mentioned we have gone sucrose and fructose free (unless it is in the whole fruit) Today, was a tad cooler, and I really wanted something chocolate. I came across a recipe for Hershey’s Frosted Brownies, I figured why not give it a try with dextrose, the sweetener we are using along with brown rice syrup. I will post the original recipe and then tell you how I adjusted it.

Hershey’s Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins  |  Cook time: 25 mins  |  Serves: 12 Squares
Cuisine: American  |  Category: Desserts
Source: Hershey’s


  • All purpose flour – 1/2 cup
  • Cocoa powder – 1/3 cup
  • Baking powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Butter – 1/2 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

For the frosting:

  • Butter, at room temperature – 3 tbsp
  • Cocoa powder – 3 tbsp
  • Honey – 1 tbsp
  • Powdered sugar – 1 cup
  • Milk – 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp


    1. In a bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
    2. In another mixing bowl stir together butter, sugar and vanilla essence. Add eggs and beat with a balloon whisk till combined.
    3. Add flour mixture in batches to this while mixing with a spoon until completely mixed.
    4. Line a 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper making sure that the paper is over hanging above the pan. This is to easily pull out the brownies after they are baked.
    5. Grease the bottom and transfer the batter to the pan. Smooth the top and tap the pan on the counter to even out the surface.
    6. Preheat oven at 180 C (350 F) and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. You can see the sides pulling away from the sides of the pan.
    7. Take out the pan and holding the paper, lift the baked brownies out and let it cool.

For the frosting:

  1. In a mixing bowl beat together butter, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla.
  2. Add powdered sugar and milk and beat well to a smooth spreading consistency.
  3. Slather this frosting on the brownies and level smoothly.
  4. Cut into squares and serve. Keep it refrigerated.

Hershey's Best Brownie

For the sugar I used dextrose powder and for the honey I used brown rice syrup. I had never made a sugar free frosting, afraid it wouldn’t work with out powder sugar, but the dextrose powder is really light, so I gave it a try and it worked pretty good! Now this is not the nice fluffy buttercream frosting of  my dreams, but for a sugar free frosting it is pretty decent! The brownies are still in the oven, almost done. I will have to give you the review for them later.

Today was a great day, I thrived and so did the kids!



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