behind the scenes at krispy kreme

it all started when facebook showed me
that a fellow homeschool friend was interested in an event:
arundel homeschoolers were going on a field trip to krispy kreme:
a tour of the facility to see how krispy kreme does its thing,
an opportunity to get their hands in krispy kreme dough,
and a krispy kreme donut, juice box, and balloon for $5?
the thing was that the field trip was the next day at 9:30AM.

i just finished my homeschool portfolio review;
i believe that all things are possible.

plus donuts are excellent motivation
to get my kids out of bed and ready to leave the house.

the girls learned the three ingredients that make up a krispy kreme donut
— yeast, sugar, and flour (with two secret additives) –,
how they are made, how the glaze is recirculated,
and how they add the extras, like chocolate and sprinkles.

on a slow day this location makes 1300 dozen donuts a day
(that’s more than 15,000 donuts!)
and this location is the “slowest” krispy kreme in the DMV area.

so many calories, so little time.


bill of rights day at the newseum

it was freezing that day, so sensible people must have stayed home. we, however, marked Dec 15 with a visit to the Newseum where we listened to (historical actors) Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton discuss the importance of the Bill of Rights. After several other engaging activities, we ended a perfect visit with a reading of the first 10 amendments…and birthday cupcakes.

artreach portraits 

this fall mercyGirl and signGirl delved into portraiture at ArtReach.

mercyGirl’s statement: I like to design things and draw. I would like to be an architect when I grow up. In the future I would like to design my own house and have an architectural design business.

signGirl’s statement: I love cooking, mixing things together, reading chapter books, and doing gymnastics. In the future I am hoping to own my own underwater restaurant. The door to the restaurant can be found on the beach.

thanks to the teaching artists, their personal pieces and collective work always seem come together so well.

art of the Quran 

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is one of the Smithsonian Freer-Sackler Galleries‘ most recent exhibitions and it features many, many magnificent Qurans. Qurans with gold, jewels & precious metals; ancient Qurans; colorful Qurans; and even one with pages about the size of a twin bed.

We attended an opening event with calligrapher talks (including one of the US’ most esteemed masters, Mohamed Zakariya) and other demonstrations.

We also attended a family workshop with local artist, Lubna Zahid. She gave us an introduction to the art of illumination then led us through the exhibition highlighting different motifs found in various Qurans. We then used our sketches and her techiques to illuminate a custom bookmark.

Catch a tour, family workshop or open studio before it The Art of the Qur’an ends February 20, 2017.

forced from home in DC

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors With Borders built a realistic refugee camp in the shadow of the Washington Monument to raise public awareness about the experience of the world’s more than 65 million refugees and internally displaced people. More than an exhibition, this was an immersive, outdoor experience that included a 360-degree video that framed the context and issues refugees face, then — in the company of an experienced MSF aid worker — we are asked to walk in the footsteps of those forced to leave their home, making increasingly challenging decisions and being faced with greater hardships.

This is social studies at its best. No article or texbook can hold a candle to this 45 minutes experience. 

If Forced From Home comes to your city on its tour throughout the US, Do. Not. Miss. It. It will definitely open our eyes, minds and hearts.