Pi day: the day on which mathematicians and geeks celebrate the fact that the date (March 14) just happens to line up with 3.14. Two years from now, it’ll line up even better: 3.1415. We’re not quite there yet—but you can still celebrate the day with your homeschooled kids. Whether you choose to make a special pie or to explain the meaning of pi (or read Life of Pi, perhaps?) you can have quite a bit of fun with this day!
At our house, “pie” is a particularly special treat—mostly because I’m not all that good at it. I’ve tried again and again, but I can not get my apple pie recipe to come out like my mother’s. I know the family secret (the recipe starts with, “Go out in my grandmother’s back yard in late June and pick apples off the tree….”); I’m the one who put up the apples for the entire family for the last three or four years running (and I can manage to do that much properly); and I have Mom’s recipe on a card in my recipe file.
Mine just doesn’t taste like hers. She says the secret ingredient is love. I say the secret ingredient has to be Mommy spit.
Whatever the case, apple pie around here gets made by calling my mother and saying, “Your grandchildren really want apple pie….”
I can, however, do a reasonable imitation of other types of pie. Today’s celebratory pie is chess pie, already in the oven; and if my Cool Whip defrosts in time, my husband is angling for peanut butter pie to go with it. It depends on how long the baby naps.
The kids are enjoying the day on a sugar rush, at any rate; and really, what more can a homeschooling mom ask for? At least it’s sunny outside so they can run it off!
What about you? Are you baking pie to celebrate Pi Day? Do you have a special pie recipe that’s been passed down through your family…perhaps that only one member can make? Tell us in the comments!