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Wood-ology 101 on Cutting Board Wood Shades

30 Mar

march-woodBoardsWooden maple cutting boards made with premium quality hard maple wood makes a great portable cutting work surface or an elegant serving tray.  They also make a beautiful gift for holidays or anniversaries or housewarming!  Here is a little “wood-ology” about the variety in wood color, according to one of our leading Maple Leaf experts.


There are two types of maple wood that are harvested – summer maples and winter maples – when you see a hard maple that has more color that means the wood has been harvested in the summer because the sap in the maple is still in the tree, on a macro level, at the time it was cut.  When you see a board that is more toward the cream or white shades, that tree has been typically harvested during the winter and the sap has been harvested from the tree in all likelihood.


The boards are a natural product and it will vary.  The maple does patina over time and become more honey, especially when treated with butcher block oil.  A wooden cutting board is one of our favorite gift ideas, it’s something special they likely would not buy for themselves!

Check out our expanded article about this topic, Wood-ology 101, in Studio Insights.

Best wishes,

Renee

National Pi Day & Strawberry Pie?

14 Mar

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It’s National Pi Day!  What is Pi Day? According to Piday.org:

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.

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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.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Strawberry Pie picture source: http://www.hammertown.com/2014/06/fresh-strawberry-pie/

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.

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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!

xoxo,

Jennifer