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August 10, 2015

Making s’mores around a campfire is the quintessential end to a summer’s day. Even if you don’t have a fire pit handy, there’s no better day than today to experiment with the plethora of different spins on the classic graham-mallow-chocolate combo. Read on for tips and tricks on celebrating this delicious holiday! August 10th is National S’mores Day! First, let’s talk about the original s’more, and how to ensure you are making it as delicious as possible. S’mores enthusiasts live and die by the... more

August 6, 2015

If you feel like someone is lying to you, chances are that you’re right. A study by the University of Connecticut found that the average person lies 26 times a day. The following tips for detecting lies will help you in both your business and personal lives. Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Sources whose jobs require them to determine what is the truth and what isn’t have outlined the following signs of lying: Sworn Oaths: Pierre Corneille, 17th- century French playwright, said, “A liar is always... more

August 3, 2015

August 3 is National Watermelon Day! Watermelon is the perfect treat for this early August day (and any summer day, really)! It’s so refreshing and delicious, there’s a whole day devoted to it. See below for how best to prepare watermelon in all of your meals today and any day. 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... more

July 31, 2015

Today, we look back to The 2003 Old Farmer’s Almanac for some unconventional methods to cure common problems…like eating! Foods found commonly in the fridge and pantry work as remedies for some of life’s little maladies. Flashback Friday: Burned, Bitten, or Bruised? Open the Fridge, Not the Medicine Cabinet   A Spud for Splinters Some say a carpenter should always have a potato in his tool belt. Here’s why:  Potatoes can help pull out splinters that are embedded too deep in your skin to... more

July 28, 2015

Backyard poultry farmers know the joys of raising chickens and gathering eggs, but do they know training chickens can be faster than training dogs? We looked back at The 2006 Old Farmer’s Almanac for tips on how to train your chickens. How to Teach Old Chickens New Tricks This title is a little misleading, since the word “tricks” is plural, and today we will be focusing on one trick: How to make your chicken come when called. For more tricks, refer to The 2006 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Now, here’s... more

July 21, 2015

Henry David Thoreau said, “That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.” While saving by not splurging on extravagances is a good method, so is saving by doing little daily tasks differently. Everyone likes having a little spare money at the end of the day, so read up on household savings tips from The 2010 Old Farmer’s Almanac below. How to Keep More Money in Your Pocket Have a spa day at home. Here are two facials that smooth wrinkles: Whip the white of an egg until it’s... more

July 17, 2015

The August issue of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly digital magazine has arrived; just in time to help you make the most of the hottest time of year. See below for a small preview of what’s in store for this month. August Monthly Preview Sorbet: A Sweet Summer Savior This month’s issue gives you the scoop on the easiest method to make this delicious treat. Making sorbet does not have to be a hassle anymore! Learn the foolproof way to make sorbet at home without an ice cream machine, without... more

July 14, 2015

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche said, “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” If you don’t want to prove his point, read on for ways to boost your memory! Our Magnificent Memory We used our 2003 Old Farmer’s Almanac to compile some interesting tidbits and tips about your brain and memory. Memory Myths and Reality: Don’t Be Fooled Here are some common misconceptions about memory and the reasons why they do not hold true. Myth:... more

July 6, 2015

Twenty years ago, our Almanac declared sweet potatoes to be the “healthiest vegetable of them all.” This fleshy root vegetable is indeed highly nutritional, low in calories, and, for the chef, it is easier than pie to use. Sweet Potato Facts and Benefits “There is one thing that a sweet potato is not. And that is a potato.” Since sweet potatoes are unrelated to white potatoes, the two should not be used as substitutes when cooking. Sweet potatoes bloom in the summer. The tropical origin... more

July 3, 2015

To ensure that you are well rested this summer, we looked back at a few past editions of the Almanac to compile this information on snoring, snoozing, and the average time spent sleeping. Flashback Friday: Sleep Facts, Myths, and Tips Revisited Our 1991 Old Farmer’s Almanac discusses snoring, an issue plaguing 20 percent of American men and 5 percent of American women ages 20 to 35, and 60 and 40 percent, respectively, by age 60. Here’s a short summary of the article: Snoring is generally... more


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