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January 11, 2017

Our Everyday Calendar has tons of facts, folklore, proverbs, and puzzles to help you start your day off right every single day of the year! Here is a little look into what we’ve got in store for you this February! Everyday Calendar: February Facts & Fun February 1: You will have good luck if you accidentally put on your sock inside out! February 3: In 17th-century England, women sometimes decorated their hats with carrot leaves instead of feathers. February 5: “It’s easier to make a buck.... more

January 6, 2017

Benjamin Franklin, born on Sunday, January 17, in 1706. To celebrate his birthday, here are some facts and quotes about the great man. Happy Birthday, Ben! Franklin was not only was a world-renowned statesman, inventor, and scientist, but also was fascinated by agriculture and father of the modern almanac.  Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, which was then a British colony. His father came from England to the Colonies in 1682. He was a candle and soap maker in Boston. Before... more

December 4, 2016

In many households, fruitcake (no matter how tasty or un-tasty you think it is) outlives the holiday season and presents a puzzling leftover. Yankees to the core, we’ve developed a few uses for stale fruitcake, some of which are more popular than the original cake. What To Do With Leftover Fruitcake Sprinkle thick slices generously with rum or brandy, and let stand for a few minutes before sautéing in a little butter. Add a spoonful of rum or brandy to the pan, and flame (carefully away from... more

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

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