Today is the United States of America’s 239th birthday. I read an interesting article from NBC News. Here are some interesting facts from the story.
I Love the USA! I like the Fourth of July because I get to spend my time eating at our annual cookout and watching fireworks. I love to do special crafts or cook special deserts on holidays. When i craft and cook, I do it better than Martha Stewart! Just kidding.
Today I made some firecracker cookies. I found the recipe on the Cookin’ Cowgirls blog. Stephanie Hann is the blogger and she now has a business selling hand made jewelry. Talk about coincidence, Stephanie is from Stillwater, Oklahoma. The same state as I! Please check out her blog here.
1 box french vanilla cake mix, 16.25 oz
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 C vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C red sprinkles
1/2 C blue sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, oil and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the sprinkles. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack. The cookies will be very soft at first. Cool and enjoy!
Yesterday, during my Pre-Algebra class, which I just happened to be in during the 9:00 hour (more on that later), we celebrated Pi Day. We brought sweet treats to share with the whole class. The only catch is that whatever we brought had to be round, like a pie. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) each year. But, since March 14th is on a Saturday this year, we celebrated yesterday. 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. Pi is an irrational and transcendental number, meaning it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. Pi only uses a few digits when normally used in calculations; but the fact that it is infinite means that you can memorize it out to as many places past the decimal point as you like and continue to calculate more and more digits because you’ll never run out. Yesterday we played Pi games and had a lot of fun! Yes, a lot of fun calculating Pi in math class. I know, right! But, what makes Pi Day this year so interesting is this: Pi is 3.14159265358 and on and on and on. But, if you look closely, 3.1415 means March 14, 2015. And furthermore, I was in math class at 9:26 a.m. yesterday, so that’s when we started our Pi celebration! Neat, huh? That only happens once every one hundred years! I had such a good time at our Pi Day celebration on yesterday that it even made me forget how superstitious I am and yesterday being Friday the 13th didn’t even matter to me!
Learn more about Pi Day at these sites:
NBC News Science
Happy Pi Day!