Pi Day

While my mom was busy teaching children math in the snow trodden streets of Boston our own little Pi Day event came together here in sunny California. We decided that ratios were a little advanced for the youngins so we’d just stick to lessons around cooking and eating.

We hatched this idea with Danielle on Friday. And then Saturday Danielle and her family and a bunch of neighbors came by to make (and eat) all sorts of pies.

Danielle and Aaron brought the fixins for the first and most important kind of pie. That’s right …

it’s a pizza, it’s a pizza, mama mia, pizza pie:

That pizza turned out so circular that it really is a shame that we had opted for cooking over math lessons. Had we not been friends with Danielle and Aaron it is very likely that that pizza pie would have been ordered on the phone and delivered. But these guys are the quintessential DYIers so it probably would not have even occurred to them that we could actually order pizza. Along with the pizza fixins they came with homemade beer, ingredients to make pumpkin pie, and even home sewn clothes on their backs.

Not to be outdone by such industrious friends, Caleb set out to show us all how he could make pies by … magic. With just a sprinkle of fairy dust—poof!—you have banana cream pie.

What is really happening here is that Caleb woke up on Pi Day to make his banana creme pie and realized that it had to chill over night. But he wanted to eat the pie that day. So an inventive solution was hatched: pour dry ice into the pie custard and see if that cools it off.

You may now be wondering if we are the kind of people that keep dry ice on hand for this sort of occasion. Actually we don’t happen to have a stash of dry ice in our home, but it turns out that dry ice is a common enough component in birthday parties: cake, hats, balloons, party favors, and … dry ice, of course. So a quick jaunt over to the neighborhood party store hooked us right up.

It also turns out that dry ice improves pretty much every liquid at a Pi Day party.

It improves water …

Milk …

Beer …

And what is that? That is a bowl of something that looks like it could use some improving with a little carbon dioxide. Certainly that is what the expressions on Lynette and Aaron’s faces are saying.

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It is time to apply a little magic!

Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn and caldron bubble

That pink stuff is totally bubbling over! Why does Leo look so happy? It’s because that pink stuff is ice cream! Dry ice ice cream is genius. Because of the carbonation it tastes just like a root beer float only without the root beer flavor. You can make a root beer float of any flavor this way. By golly we are inventors. Time to get our an patent that!

You might be wondering if the kids were as excited by the dry ice as the adults or if they were as excited about spending an afternoon slaving away in the kitchen. The answer is that Super Smash Brothers turns out to be more exciting to the children.

And here is an in-action close-up. Miguel and Leo are smashing each other hard. Miguel warned Leo that he was good at Wii and his warning turned out to be true. And whats going on over there in that corner of the couch. What are Ewan and Lucy up to?

The other thing the kids decided to do was have a water fight. They took bags from the grocery store, filled them with water and smashed each other. This reminded me of our poor friends in Boston who were busy looking at their 108 inches of snow that they had accumulated over the year. No pictures of the water fight unfortunately.

And now the finished pies. The banana creme set perfectly. Oh the pie.