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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

The Eats cookbook is full of recipes that would make for delicious additions to your Thanksgiving meal, especially the dessert portion of the evening. We took some of the classic comfort food desserts you love and gave them a little twist! Here are a couple sample recipes—perfect for the holidays! Caramel Apple Crumb Pie “In bygone days, apple pie this good was grounds for a marriage proposal.” Who doesn’t love the mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla and of course, apples?! These... 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

July 27, 2016

Announcing the zucchini recipe winners, as listed in The 2014 Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide, and tips on freezing your extra zucchini! 2014 All-Seasons Garden Guide Zucchini Recipe Winners(and how to freeze your extra zucchini!) With zucchini season around the corner, though, it’s a good time to think about how you’ll save the extra that you’ll inevitably have from your garden (and everyone else’s) for another day. If you end up with more zucchini than you can use at one time,... more

July 25, 2016

August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the perfect treat for this early August day (and any summer day, really)! It’s National Watermelon Day! To quote Mark Twain, “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” This American literary hero understood the serious deliciousness of this magical fruit (vegetable?), and, hopefully, on this beautiful day, you do, too. It’s so refreshing and delicious, there’s a whole day devoted... more

July 5, 2016

August 13 is Left-Handers Day! If you or the lefties in your life feel excluded, forgotten, or even mistreated year-round due to your left-handedness, today is the RIGHT (haha!) day to celebrate being a lefty! Left-Handers Day After another year of scissors, desks, notebooks, coffee mugs, and more being seemingly pitted against lefties, the day has finally come to celebrate them! If you’re a lefty in a righty’s world, remember that you are not alone. Angelina Jolie, Prince William, President... more


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