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November 16, 2016

Here at the Almanac, Thanksgiving is all about comfort food. This year, we took some of the classic comfort food desserts you love and gave them a little twist. All recipes are courtesy of the EATS cookbook by The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Warm Brownie Pie We know Thanksgiving is all about pies, but how about a dessert option for those chocolate lovers? Presenting chocolate IN a pie! Voila! Pure chocolate heaven. Watch a video below on how to make our luscious brownie pie. Photo Credit: Becky ... more

November 3, 2016

Getting married in June?  It’s the time of the summer solstice! How about a Sun-themed wedding! Getting Married in June? “Marry when June roses grow, Over land and sea you’ll go.”                 -traditional verse Choose Your Theme: For a wedding in the sixth month of the year, you might consider a Sun theme to honor the summer solstice. For informal weddings, bridesmaids could wear sundresses and sun hats. Arrange yellow blossoms in vases and hang Sun mobiles, sun catchers, and other fun-in-... more

October 30, 2016

Poetry has always been part of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.  Look back through every calendar month and you will see a snippet of verse or folklore. Here are three poems for you to contemplate today. The Poetry Corner from Puzzles & Pleasantries Many of the poems we share with you are written by the great poets of the ages, however, you’ll often find poems written by us, your Almanac editors!  Our favorite topic, no surprise, is often about growing things. Enjoy … and tell us which poem is... more

October 28, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little time to remember Sarah Josepha Hale, who helped make this national day of thanks possible.  Who Was Sarah Josepha Hale? Sarah Josepha Buell was born on October 24, 1788, on a farm in Newport, New Hampshire. From a tender age, she was curious, smart, and eager to learn. As a young girl, Sarah was taught by her mother about history and literature. Later, her brother Horatio taught her everything... more

October 22, 2016

Ever wonder how Halloween came to be or why we celebrate it in the way that we do? Here’s a look back at some Halloween traditions from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Why is it called “Halloween”? As with many holidays, Halloween is rooted in our agricultural past, marking the end of harvesttime and the beginning of the new year. The origin of Halloween and many of its customs can be traced to Samhain, an ancient pagan Celtic festival that is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” a day to bid good-bye to... more

October 15, 2016

Ever made your own sand jars? Now that school is out for most, you may be looking for a way to keep your little ones occupied.  Sure to bring out a kid’s creative side, a sand jar makes a great gift or can be used in a number of decorative (but functional) ways, including a pencil holder or vase. This project is just one of several Classic Crafts ideas from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids. (Yes, we have a Kids Almanac!) To make a sand jar, you will need (kids—get your parents’ help and... more

October 15, 2016

Let’s have a garden party! Set tables and chairs near the flowers or on the lawn and gather some friends or family. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids has a few activities to add fun. Painted Rocks You will need: a variety of stones acrylic paints brushes water clear varnish spray (optional) Clean the stones and paint. If desired, spray with varnish when the paint is dry. Use as paperweights, doorstops, stepping-stones, or garden art. Decorate Birdhouses You will need: birdhouses (from a craft ... more

October 10, 2016

It turns out that there are some garden “pests” that you should welcome with open arms. Some creepy creatures can be great garden helpers. So you may want to think again before sending ill-will towards them. Praise Snakes: Garter snakes are most common in North America and are no threat at all to humans. Their backyard prey include slugs, grasshoppers, and small rodents, including the voles that chew bark off your fruit trees. They eat bullfrog tadpoles, because adults are too big to swallow.... more

August 18, 2016

Whether making traditional side dishes, or trying something a bit different, these cooking tips and recipes for Thanksgiving from the Eats cookbook are sure to help make this cooking holiday go as smoothly as possible.  Eats Cookbook: Thanksgiving Day Cooking Tips Planning on making mashed potatoes? Try adding some roasted garlic! If you don’t have time to roast garlic heads (which takes almost an hour), mince a couple of cloves and cook them very gently in butter for 1 minute. Add the garlic... more

August 10, 2016

A fruit fly infestation can be so bothersome, so learn where fruit flies come from and how to get rid of fruit flies. Where Do Fruit Flies Come From? Reach for a peach, and what happens? A squadron of fruit flies takes to the air above the fruit bowl! Where the heck did they come from?  They probably didn’t come from the grocery store. They come into house from the outside when hey spell fruit as it’s ripening, especially if it was starting to get a bit overripe. (Fruit flies actually prefer... more


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