The Mother of Adventure


on September 2, 2014

Kelly's Landing

It’s back-to-school day for our two girls, which is always a bit of a transition!

After the unstructured pace of summer, it can feel a bit strange to be back on a schedule again. Just yesterday, we were wearing flip flops, building sandcastles at Mooney’s Bay and eating lunch by the Rideau River…Ottawa was blessed with a long weekend filled with hot, beautiful weather. Today it was suddenly back to making sandwiches, labelling backpacks and sharpening HB pencils!

Happily, our girls were pretty excited about school; I think most of their anxiety came from not knowing if their best friends would be in their classes. It turns out they are – so all is right in the world! We left them smiling in the schoolyard this morning – catching up with all of their little buddies.

imageIt’s always a bit nostalgic for parents to drop their kids off in September, too. It’s one of those markers of time that somehow feel poignant – as we are reminded of how quickly the years are passing by. I know last year was a tough one for me, as our youngest daughter, Lily, headed off to Grade 1 – her first time away from home for a full day. This year, I am thankful for a full and happy summer – and looking forward to embracing the changing season and new writing pursuits.

Heading back to school always brings the challenge of packing school lunches, too. While I’m definitely keen on healthy eating – especially for my kids – I also believe treats are an important part of enjoying life! With their first-day-of-school milestone on the brain, I decided to make some homemade brownies. I love this recipe – I wish I could take credit for it, but I found it on a while back. It is sooo simple…I love that I don’t even have to haul out my KitchenAid to make it; simply melt your butter on the stovetop, mix in the other ingredients and bake. So simple and so decadent…a sweet reward for my little students!

Hey, how did your back-to-school routine go today? Were you sad to see the kids off, or thrilled to have a bit of peace and quiet?? I’d love to hear about it!

Chocolate Brownies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8″ square pan.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.


  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup icing sugar


  • Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Frost (and eat) brownies while they are still warm (yum!).

4 responses to “Transitions

  1. Melissa says:

    Couldn’t have read this at a better time…. my little one is starting (full-day!) Junior Kindergarten next week and my oldest started Grade 2 today: where has the time gone?? So instead of feeling melancholy, I am going to celebrate it too, great idea on the brownies! (We did ice cream.)

  2. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Congrats to your girls starting yet another year! Boy they are growing up fast!

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