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May 17, 2016

The common cold season is upon us. It may seem like no matter what you do, that cold just won’t stay away, and it takes a while to get better. Perhaps this is because you need to try some old-fashioned cures. Here are some ideas from our Almanac readers, culled from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Everyday Advice! Get Rid of a Cold with Old-Fashioned Cures From L. B., Iowa Father and Brother ran trap lines during the winter months. Being a thrifty man by nature, Father used as much of anything... more

May 10, 2016

Weather folklore is a favorite among Almanac readers, and no more so when it comes to the prognostics of the wintery season. Here are some of our favorite winter weather proverbs … Winter Weather Lore The weather on Christmas foretells the weather for the coming year.   Green Christmas, white Easter. If windy on Christmas, trees will bring much fruit. Three white frosts and next a storm. Heavy frosts are generally followed by fine, clear weather. The north wind doth blow, and we shall have ... more

March 23, 2016

Did you know that the date of Easter is tied to the motions of the Moon? It is observed on the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which occurs on or shortly after March 21 (the fixed date of spring set by the church). Easter and the Motions of the Moon The Paschal Full Moon date was determined by calculations made in A.D. 325 that did not consider all factors of lunar motion, so it may differ from the actual full Moon date by a day or so. For those western Christian churches and others that... more

February 10, 2016

Valentine’s Day is February 14! (We hope you remembered!)  Ever wonder how chocolate, heart-shape boxes, and sweets became the tradition? Here’s a little Valentine’s Day history!   Valentine’s Day History Nobody knows exactly why chocolate has become the food of choice for many people on Valentine’s Day, February 14. At The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we eat it all year long! See our best chocolate recipes. 1500s: Handmade valentines were customarily being sent from admirers to sweethearts. 1521:... more

January 6, 2016

Benjamin Franklin, born on January 17, in 1706, not only was a world-renowned statesman, inventor, and scientist, but also was fascinated by agriculture and father of the modern almanac. To celebrate his birthday, here are some facts and quotes about the great man. Happy Birthday, Ben! Father of the Modern Almanac Benjamin Franklin’s portrait is on the front of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, as we honor Ben as the father of the modern almanac. He published Poor Richard’s Almanack in the American... more

December 31, 2015

Resolutions for a healthier lifestyle usually come with the start of a new year. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is here to help. Here are a few winter recipes to get you started! Winter Recipes for a Healthier Year Roasted Winter Vegetables 2 or 3 parsnips 2 pounds winter squash 4 carrots 1 firm eggplant 1 to 2 fennel bulbs 2 large red onions 6 cloves garlic 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary crushed red pepper, to taste ¼ cup olive oil Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and cut up the vegetables... more

November 19, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little time to remember Sarah Josepha Hale, who made this day of thanks possible.  Give Thanks to 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 that he was... more

November 17, 2015

These cookies are a favorite to share at parties, office gatherings, and late night get-togethers. They are especially great for the holidays and when you need a quick and easy dessert fix. You can make them any way you like, whether you like oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cookies with walnuts, or coconut cookies. Can’t decide? Make it with all those things! Coconut Cowboy Cookies from the Everyday Baking Cookbook are the way to go!       COCONUT COWBOY COOKIES Ingredients: 2 cups... more

September 29, 2015

Test your food safety knowledge with this food safety quiz! The full-length version can be found in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac. How Clean is Your Kitchen? Q: How long is clean food safe in the refrigerator? a. 1 to 2 days b. 3 to 4 days c.  5 to 6 days A: b. As long as no bacteria have come into contact with the cooked leftovers, the food is safe for 3 to 4 days.   Q: It is safe to thaw frozen food on the counter: True or false? A: False. Thaw food in the refrigerator, under cold running... more

September 23, 2015

We are taking a look back at some useful hints on everything from household chores to curing the sick—all courtesy of The 1900 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Useful Hints from 1900 Iron pillowslips lengthwise instead of crosswise if you wish to iron wrinkles out instead of in. Do not give sick people fried foods or anything highly seasoned. Avoid hot bread and biscuits and strong tea and coffee. Bathe the face and hands of a feverish person with warm water that has a bit of common soda... more

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