Pi Day Facts & Easy as Pi Strawberry Pie Recipe!

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Hello again, savvy savers! Happy Pi Day! Today I wanted to post about what Pi is for those who may not know, and for the kiddos at home on Spring break!

Pi Day falls on Mar. 14 (3/14) each year, where in some parts of the world, people celebrate the never-ending mathematical constant: Pi (Greek letter “π”). While National Pi Day did not become official until 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to the effect, the day was celebrated since 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Shaw and his colleagues celebrated the day consuming fruit pies.

Here are a few Pi Day Facts:

1. What is Pi? It’s a symbol used in math to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14159.

2. Pi is considered to be an irrational and transcendental number, which means it will continue infinitely without a repetition or a pattern.

3. In 1706, William Jones made it popular to use the Greek letter pi to represent the mathematical constant of 3.14. Incidentally, Pi is the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet and “P” is the 16th letter in the English alphabet.

4. The value of Pi has been calculated to over more than two trillion digits, beyond its decimal point.

5. William Shanks, in 1882, is said to have calculated the first 707 digits of Pi. Unfortunately, he made a mistake after the 527th place and as such, every other calculation after that was incorrect. Chemistry student Chao Lu, meanwhile, set the world record in 2005 by memorizing the first 67,890 digits of pi. Chao reportedly practiced for four years and it took 24 hours and 4 min to accomplish the feat.

6. Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day: March 14, 1879.

7. Man has studied pi for over 4,000 years, dating back to 2000 B.C. when the ancient Babylonians determined that the circle ratio constant was 3-1/8 or 3.125.

8) The ancient Egyptians computed a value that was a little different at 3-1/7 or 3.143. That said, the earliest written record of pi is on the Rhind Papyrus by Ahmes (c. 1650 BC), an Egyptian scribe.

 

With all of that stated, I wanted to share with you all my recipe for Easy As Pi Strawberry Pie Recipe:

 

Pi Day Pie

Pie Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup strawberry gelatin powder (recommend Jello)
4 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1 9-inch baked pie crust
sweetened whipped cream topping

Directions:

1 Start by bring sugar, water and cornstarch to a boil over medium heat; approximately seven minutes.

2. Cook, while stirring mixture constantly for 1 minute until thickened.

3. Add package of strawberry gelatin, and fold into mixture until dissolved.

4. Remove from heat; chill mixture two hours in refrigerator, on pot holder, for 2 hours.

5. Arrange strawberries in pastry shell and pour gelatin mixture over; reserve six berries, but on bias for topping.

6. Cover pie and chill 2-4 hours, again in refrigerator.

7. Serve pie with whipped cream if desired.

8) Enjoy!

Remember, you saw this first from my kitchen to yours, at the Lady Prefers To Save!

(Photo Credit for Pi Photo:  Benjamin Haas, AP)

Free Upcoming National Park Days!

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Calling all my savvy travelers! Just a heads up that there are several days in the next few months where there will be free admissions to various National Parks national wide on the following days:
– April 19-20 (National Park Week)
– August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)
– September 27 (National Public Lands Day)
– November 11 (Veterans Day weekend)

 These days would be the perfect opportunity for free days trips with the family, learning group trips for homeschooling students, or a few days to help see some of the greatest parks in our great nation! Enjoy!

Mardi Gras Live Cams!

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Calling all my fellow fans of Mardi Gras! For those who may not be able to mosey on over to the Crescent City, its nearby parishes, or regional celebrations in other cities like Mobile, Biloxi, and Pensacola, than I have a wonderful treat for you! Click here to be taken to a live webcam feed from NOLA.com, where you can see all of the celebrating going on as we speak!

I’m off to enjoy my red beans and rice, andouille, king’s cake, and po boys!

Here’s to the day,

The Lady Prefers To Save

Mardi Gras Freebies!

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Attention savvy savers! If you are like my family, or region for that matter, you may be gearing up to celebrate Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, this coming week! Here is a list of few, fun freebies for this upcoming celebration to help you laissez bon temp rouler into the savings mode this celebration :

Freebies from Zatarain’s: Head to Zatarains.com to print free Mardi Gras masks, Mardi Gras Trivia cards and Mardi Gras recipes. You can even print and decorate miniature Mardi Gras parade floats —just like the ones that roll through New Orleans this time of year.

Free Printable Stickers and Labels: Enhance plain Mardi Gras beads or decorate party favors with free stickers and labels from Mardi Gras Outlet. Graphics include a crown, mask, fleur-de-lis and more. Download them, customize and print on sticker paper or cardstock.

Free Printable Cupcake Toppers: Serving cupcakes at your Mardi Gras meet-up? Make them even more festive with the help of free printable cupcake toppers from Kami Buchanan Custom Designs.

Free Mardi Gras Games: Mardi Gras word searches, word scrambles and coloring pages are free at PartySuppliesHut.com. Download one or print them all depending on your entertainment needs.

Free Mardi Gras Masks: Instead of paying for pricey Mardi Gras masks, tap into your creative side. Turn free printable masks into works of art using glitter, feathers and glue. Get started by printing off a free masquerade mask from firstpallette.com or dltk-kids.com. Hold a mask-decorating competition and give the winner a special prize.

Free Printable Mardi Gras Invitations: Inform guests about your upcoming Mardi Gras masquerade party with free printable invitations. The 5×7 invites are classy, yet fun—just like your bash is sure to be.

Nearly Free Decorations: The Dollar Tree even has a small Mardi Gras section!