Archive | March, 2015

National Pi Day & Strawberry Pie?

14 Mar


It’s National Pi Day!  What is Pi Day? According to

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

But to most of us, I think we somehow get the idea that Pi Day is about eating our favorite pie!  I wanted to share a family recipe for my Grandma’s Strawberry Pie.  My Grandma has passed away, but this was a favorite at Spring and Summer family parties.


Strawberry Pie

Make a pie crust (we use Pillsbury ready made pie crusts).  Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees in a pie pan.

Combine in a saucepan:

–  1 cup sugar

– 2 tablespoons cornstarch

– 1 cup water

Boil until clear and thick.  Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup strawberry Jello mix and a few drops red food coloring.  Cool.  Cut up 1 quart strawberries and lay in pie shell.  Drizzle with sauce and chill for at least 6 hours.

Serve cold and top with fresh whipped cream.

What’s your favorite pie to celebrate Pi Day?  Or do you just geek out and crunch math problems?  Either way … share your recipes or favorite math problems with us.




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A Correspondence Card is a “must have”

11 Mar

march-notecards-004 If you were to ask me the most important type of stationery to gift someone, I’d certainly say that a correspondence card is a must-have and one of the most important elements in a stationery wardrobe.  Tailored, stylish, and always appropriate, these are flat note cards that normally feature a well-appointed name and are a classic take on stationery. It’s easy to make an impression when you send a personalized correspondence card. The etiquette of sending a personal correspondence card can become second nature and is a way to express your thoughts in a quick and meaningful manner.

Surely everyone has their own style but the one constant for a correspondence card is that it should not be too large, too decorative, or too flashy.  From the socialite in Palm Beach sending a gracious thank you note for a perfect evening to the new graduate writing a note of thanks after a job interview, a correspondence card note card is an absolute must for making a proper statement.march-notecards-002

Select the card style based on the user’s personality and how they will utilize the cards.  There might be just a name appearing in a classical typestyle at the top center or top left corner of the card.  And some correspondence cards also offer a bottom line of text for an email address, phone number or other information.  A skillfully written note on a professional correspondence card is the perfect follow-up to a job interview or a thank you after a dinner party.  It’s also a way to show your gratefulness for many situations with a sophisticated touch.

march-notecards-005Whether the note is social or business, a correspondence card is always appropriate.   Correspondence cards are an often elegant yet simple flat note card featuring a classic look.  The choice of white or ecru stock is completely personal preference (either is very appropriate) and you may even see some colored stocks from such lines as the sophisticated Crane & Co.  which creates elegant cards.

For the imprint, either a full name or monogram is most common.  For ink color, the selection made is completely one of personal preference; however, the most standard and popular ink colors are navy and black.  Today, there are many other ink colors used that are perfectly appropriate and popular too such as cranberry, gold, chocolate or purple.

Help to solidify existing relationships and build new ones with the use of a well written correspondence card.  Remember to send a handwritten note as a congratulations to family and friends for achievements they have made, as a thank you note for a thoughtful holiday gift, as a thanks to a neighbor or friend for helping you by watching your children, perhaps picking up something from the store for you or taking you out to lunch.  A nicely written thank you to someone who went above and beyond in any way is always appreciated.

Whether it’s just for purposes of good manners or if the note is for the benefit of a business, taking the time to send a written note is a smart practice.  And it’s something that won’t go out of style anytime soon.







5 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Kids

10 Mar

shutterstock_68671648St. Patrick’s Day is one week away on Tuesday, March 17th.  You don’t have to be Irish to get in on the fun!  I wanted to share five fun ideas you can do at home with your kids.

1.  Dye your toilet water green.  Simply put green food dye in your toilet and let the kids be surprised when they wake up!  For extra fun, you can put Leprechaun footprints on the toilet seat.rainbow-cake

2.  Make a rainbow cake!  Here is a recipe … just make sure to do it ahead of time.

3.  Make breakfast fun with Lucky Charms cereal and green milk.  Just add green food dye to the milk.


4.  Have the Leprechaun visit your house by sprinkling gold coins on your front doorstep.

5.  Make a rainbow in a cup!  Simply layer jello to make this fun creation.  Just make ahead of time to enjoy.

Does your family have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions you’d like to share?  Let us know in the comments below.  Don’t forget … we’re all a wee bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!