Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy Pi Day!!!

3.14 is Pi Day! Here are pi-squared ways to commemorate this important math holiday!

1. Read 1 Kings 7:23
2. Run 3.14 miles

3. Play with new circle toy to find pi (Nanna had no idea how appropriate this toy was for pi day)
4. Visit The Joy of Pi website

5. Read Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
6. Write 3.14 pages for your thesis (It should be more, but I was too busy celebrating pi day)

7. Read Life of Pi (which has nothing to do with the number, but is a fabulous read)
8. Ride a bike (note the spokes)
9. Eat things that are round (pies, pizzas, quesadillas, oranges, etc.)

I've also included my favorite pie recipes for you to tryout.

Banana Blueberry Pie

8 oz package cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
2 c. whipped topping
4 bananas, sliced
2 9-in pastry shells, baked
1 can blueberry pie filling

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and bananas. Pour into pastry shells. Spread with pie filling. Refridgerate at least 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh blueberries, mint and sliced bananas.

Vanilla Cream Pie

2 baked pastery shells
4 eggs yolks
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. cornstarch or 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3 c. milk
1 T. butter
1 1/2 t. vanilla
Whipped topping

For filling, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat till thick and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Slightly beat egg yolks with fork. Gradually stir 1 c. of t he hot filling into yolks. Pour egg yolk mixture into hot filling in pan. Bring to gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Pour filling into baked pastry shell. Chill for 3 hours. Serve with whipped topping.

Variations: cover pastry shell with bananas for Banana Cream Pie; or add 1 c. flaked coconut with butter and vanilla, garnish with toasted coconut and almonds for Coconut Cream Pie


karla said...

Great post! I'm glad you took some time to celebrate Pi with us. :)

karla said...

and PS - I like the scripture picture, as well as the angled crib shot of Grant on the side. Good work!

The Murrays said...

I can't believe I forgot about this important holiday!! I've always thought it was a fun one. Thanks for all the suggestions for next year :)

Critchlow said...

Technically speaking do you stop running at 3.14 or do you keep going like Pi?

Loved the post it's cute! And Grant looks cute and oddly smart while looking for pi.

Jason, Natashia, and baby Tyson said...

i had no clue about celebrating Pi, thanks and I love the ideas!

HRP said...

This is like me celebrating 10,000 Day birthdays. (Yours should be coming up Nat). Something like 28 1/2 years old. I thought about this one day and calculated it out on Excel. I had just passed mine, so i planned a surprise 10,000th day B-Day party for Amy. Invited friends and family over. Totally surprised her. But it was worth it.
But we did miss e day this year: 2.718281828459045. Maybe next year