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    Seven Quick Takes on Donut Makers, a New Study Guide, Spring Break, and MORE!

    March 18, 2016 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    It’s time for my annual Easter Break! That’s right: I take time off for Holy Week each year.  I try to stay off social media, too. We take time to recharge, refresh, have some fun, and focus on what matters. House cleaning is also supposed to happen, but I’m not making any promises.

    I plan to be back bright and early on Monday, March 28th!

    :: 2 ::

    This week, I bought a donut maker. Breakfasts have been sort of boring around here, and I’ve found myself missing the good old days when Si would pick up a discount pastry at the grocery store and we’d enjoy something sweet with breakfast. That hasn’t been happening because gluten free. And also sugar free. That’s a deadly combo. But then I found a whole bunch of THM donut recipes {such as this one} and I thought that all I really needed was a donut maker.

    So, when I found one super cheap as an Amazon Warehouse Deal, I snagged it, and this weekend, we’re having ourselves some donuts with breakfast. Everyone is pretty stoked about it. Treats are nice. Even for sugar free and gluten free people!

    :: 3 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2010:

    Charlotte Mason and the Formation of Character

    It was my first encounter with Charlotte Mason’s fifth volume. I struggled with the book at first, but it totally changed my life.

    :: 5 ::

    So my local group is reading through Home Education, which is Charlotte Mason’s first volume. At the same time, I’ve started receiving emails from those of you who are in groups that have completed Start Here and are wondering what to do next. Guess what that added up to? I’m writing a new study guide! It’ll be a bit different from Start Here — more discussion questions, fewer reading assignments — and yet the same {links to free material and pointers on getting the most from the book}.

    I don’t have a timeline yet, but I’m enthused. 😉

    I’m also taking recommendations if there is anything you’d really like me to include, or opinions on how you’d like it to be. {Speak up soon, or forever hold your peace. 😉 }

    :: 6 ::

    Have you planned out your Spring Break yet? I used to not plan, and then it felt sort of ho-hum. Of course, sometimes ho-hum is exactly what one needs! This year, I want to be intentional with at least a part of each day — ideally I’d find that perfect balance between free time and plans. We’re doing a beach day, of course — with gas prices so low, we can’t ignore an opportunity like this. I need to decide on a movie to rent for one night. We’ll do an evening out for treats that can include our sugar-free guy. Maybe hiking? We haven’t gone in a few weeks. I’m trying to finalize my ideas this afternoon.

    You? What’s on your bucket list for Spring Break?

    :: 7 ::

    Answering Your Questions:

    • Question: Could I trouble you to email me the pages from the Book of Centuries you created? I was not able to download them without having to install some programs which I’m not comfortable with (I’m not tech saavy).
      • Answer: You are not the first one to ask about those! The host I used originally made sense at the time, but totally doesn’t make sense now. So. I updated where I’m keeping the files, and downloading them should now be a breeze — one-click, I think! So, head on over to My Book of Centuries Solution to get them.

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    5 Comments

  • Reply Melissa March 18, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Oh, enjoy your break Brandy! We have one coming up the week after because I’m attending the Great Homeschool Convention for the first time. I can’t wait!

    Also, I didn’t realize you created a BOC. I did as well, but I like your cover pages better 🙂 Mine can be found here…

    http://reflectionsfromdrywoodcreek.blogspot.com/2015/07/our-book-of-centurieswith-free-templates.html

    Happy Easter!

  • Reply Ashley March 18, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I am loving THM, so thank you for that push! I can not believe how much more normal my energy is (I even feel tired at 11pm! Crazy). The anti-library concept is so dear to my heart. Okay, anything Eco is fabulous in my mind; however, I would love to hear opinions from other on it. That cataracts cure, wow! What we are able to do!

    Thanks for the shout out! I hope your doughnut breakfast is fabulous!

  • Reply Ann-Marie March 18, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Thanks so much for posting the link to your BOC post! I have been thinking the past few weeks of revisiting that lovely post! Unfortunately the link in it for Book of Centuries: Editable 2-Page Spread does not work.
    Cannot wait to hear how the donuts turn out. My youngest has tons of allergies including gluten and have been thinking of making donuts too. This makes it look simple 🙂 Thanks for posting that as well!
    I hope your family has a blessed Easter and enjoys the break!
    Blessings!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you for the heads up! I changed the permissions settings and the template should be working now. 🙂

      My children are SO excited about the donuts, and quite honestly so am I. 🙂 What I did was pin a number of recipes. We’re going to make one or two a week and decide which ones we like best, and then I’ll try to share a list of links of the good ones. I’m sort of hoping they are all good ones. 🙂

      • Reply Ann-Marie March 18, 2016 at 12:59 pm

        *yay* Thanks so much, Brandy! Looking forward to the new series too. Always love them 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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